Below is a list of helpful resources related to Career and Technical Education in Nebraska:
- AQuESTT Career Education
- Career Readiness Standards
- Career Academy Programs
- Career Clusters
- Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)
- College & Career Readiness Toolkit
- Effective Career Guidance
- H3: High Wage, High Demand, High Skill
- National Career Clusters: Learning That Works for America
- NCE Standards Flyer and Web Resources
- Nebraska Career Connections
- Nebraska Career Education Model
- Nebraska Department of Economic Development Data and Research
- Nebraska’s Next Economy Report
- Postsecondary Partnerships
- Programs of Study
- Reality Check! Video
- Entrepreneurship Education
- Work-Based Learning
- School Counseling
The purpose of the Perkins reVISION Initial grant is to assist local school districts in completing the reVISION Career Education strategic planning process. Working in collaboration with postsecondary education and regional workforce/economic development leaders, the reVISION process links career educators, school administrators, school counselors, industry professionals, and community leaders. Through this process, schools will have the opportunity to analyze and transform their current Career Education (CE) system to improve their ability to educate a qualified workforce that meets employers’ needs. This will help ensure that high quality CE programs are in place in all Nebraska schools, and that such programs are aligned with college and career readiness standards as well as the needs of employers, industry, and labor.
Specifically, the outcomes of reVISION include:
- Aligning and supporting CE systems with local, regional, and/or statewide economic initiatives
- Developing Nebraska’s talent pipelines for economic growth and workforce development
- Analyzing and updating current CE Programs of Study and curricular offerings
- Strengthening secondary CE program alignment with Nebraska postsecondary education entrance expectations
- Engaging local/regional businesses in CE programming
Districts that have not completed a reVISION evaluation process are eligible to participate in this reVISION grant opportunity. An Educational Service Unit (ESU) may apply on behalf of a group of schools and serve as the single fiscal agent for the grant. Similarly, a lead school may apply for a group of schools and serve as the single fiscal agent.
Participation in the reVISION process requires the following:
- The identification of a reVISION team. This team should consist of all CE teachers from each CE discipline/career field, school counselors, and at least one school administrator (building principal required). In addition, teams may consider additional team members such as school board members, core academic teachers, middle school teachers, or
other key stakeholders.
- Participation in an initial meeting facilitated by Nebraska Career Education (NCE) staff. Regional meetings will be held in multiple reVISION districts if appropriate. The initial meeting should be scheduled in September or October if possible.
- Facilitation of a Community Engagement Meeting to be completed by mid-January.
- Participation in a second meeting facilitated by NCE staff scheduled after the Community Engagement Meeting. This meeting should be held in January or February to allow adequate time to summarize feedback and key findings.
- Development of a 3-5 year Action Plan that identifies high priority changes for your CE system.
- Closing out the grant (due October 15), including the submission of a Final Report, reVISION Action Plan, and final financial claim including itemized printouts detailing the expenditures form the project.
Use of Funds
This grant is intended to assist with implementing the reVISION process in the local district. Perkins funds may only be used to:
- Reimburse substitute teachers to allow teachers to participate in the reVISION process
- Teacher time outside of contract time to prepare for reVISION activities
- Expenses associated with the NCE facilitated and Community Engagement meetings (such as a working meal, materials, etc.)
The maximum amount individual schools may apply for is $2,000.
Future Funding Opportunities
After completing the reVISION process, districts are eligible to apply for reVISION Action grants for the following three consecutive years. reVISION Action grants may be used to help implement the Action Plan developed by the district during the reVISION process.
Download the reVISION Initial Grant Application.
There are two distinct reVISION grant opportunities: Initial and Action.
- The purpose of the Initial grant is to assist local school districts in completing the reVISION Career Education strategic planning process (year one).
- The purpose of the Action grant is to provide funds for secondary school districts to help implement the reVISION Action Plan developed in the reVISION process (years two-four).
For additional information, select one of the grant opportunities below.
The purpose of the reVISION Action grant is to improve, modernize, or expand career education programs to align with Nebraska’s economic priorities and workforce labor demands. The Perkins reVISION Action Grant program provides Perkins funds for secondary school districts to help implement the reVISION Action Plan developed in the reVISION process.
Applicants must have completed the reVISION process and filed their reVISION Action Plan with NDE. Districts are eligible to apply for a reVISION Action Grant for the three consecutive years following their initial reVISION process, regardless of whether or not they applied for or received an Action Grant award in a prior year.
Use of Funds
Grant activities proposed under the reVISION Action Grant must be directly related to the implementation of the reVISION Action Plan completed during the reVISION process. Only those activities that align with high-skill, high-wage, high-demand (H3) occupational preparation and are aligned with the following economic priorities of Nebraska as defined in SRI’s Nebraska’s Next Economy report will be considered for funding:
- Advanced Manufacturing (Precision Metals, Materials & Chemicals, Automotive & Transportation Equipment, Packaging)
- Agribusiness and Food Processing (Primary Agriculture, Food Processing, Agricultural Machinery, Agricultural & Food Related Wholesale)
- Biosciences (Agricultural Bioscience, Medical Bioscience)
- Business Services (Legal & Accounting Services, Management of Companies & Enterprises, Business Process Outsourcing & Employment/Temporary Services, Business Support & Security Services)
- Financial Services (Financial Institutions, Securities, Insurance)
- Health and Medical Services (Ambulatory Health Services, Hospitals, Nursing & Residential Care)
- Renewable Energy (Renewable Energy Production, Environmental Consulting & Organization)
- Transportation and Logistics (Freight, Distribution, & Warehousing, Air Transportation, Rail Transportation)
Allowable activities under this grant include those that:
- Are targeted to overall CTE improvement and Program of Study changes; and
- Support the implementation of career guidance, entrepreneurship awareness and exploration, workplace experiences, career academies, and occupational-based professional development for teachers.
Grant funds may not be used to purchase instructional materials, equipment, or professional development for current CTE programs unless the proposed expenditures are addressed in the reVISION Action Plan and are aligned to H3 priorities. Funds may similarly not be used for general use equipment, broad, whole-school faculty professional development, or for students below grade seven. Only professional development opportunities and equipment that are directly connected to action items identified throughout the reVISION process and well detailed and justified in the reVISION Action Plan will be considered fundable.
Additionally, administrative expenditures are limited to 5% of the total budget and can be spent for meeting the general requirements of administering the grant (records retention, financial management). Any funds requested for personnel will be considered using the following scale: for year one applicants, 100% of a salary will be considered for funding; for year two applicants, 50% of a salary will be considered for funding; and for year three applicants, 25% of a salary will be considered for funding.
The Perkins Guidelines for use of Federal Perkins Funds as defined in the Nebraska Perkins Management Guide apply to these funds as well. In particular, no consumable items, furniture, or items that become part of a permanent structure may be purchased. Please visit https://www.education.ne.gov/NCE/Manuals_Booklets/Mngmnt_Guide.html for additional information related to allowable uses of funds.
The maximum amount of grant funds that may be requested is $50,000.
Download the reVISION Action Grant Application.
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