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Today, July 15, 2020, the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) announced $1,787,936 in grants to help Colorado high schools and colleges expand career technical education (CTE).

The Innovations in CTE Grant was made possible by the state’s new Strategic Plan for CTE, funded by federal Perkins dollars, to fund projects that align with the plan, encourage partnerships, and reflect innovative ideas or practices that advance CTE programming.

CTE - Learning that works for AmericaThis is the first time CCCS has awarded the Innovations in CTE grants. An expert panel, that included business and workforce representatives, reviewed competitive proposals and determined twelve grants for award ranging from $23,000 to $250,000.

“We are excited to make these awards and offer meaningful investments in high-quality CTE projects that will positively impact CTE students, educators and programs across the state,” said Dr. Sarah Heath, state director for Career Technical Education and associate vice chancellor at the Colorado Community College System.

Gants recipients reflect the wide range of where and how CTE is offered, including school districts, colleges, area technical colleges, and school cooperatives, and represent regions across the state in rural, suburban, and urban locations.

“This will be a great opportunity for thousands of young people who want to combine in-demand job-training skills with relevant classroom education,” said Joe Garcia, chancellor of the Colorado Community College System.

With these additional funds, the selected groups will go above-and-beyond in supporting and preparing students for the workforce. Activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Developing work-based learning opportunities
  • Creating world-class laboratory simulations that supports both in-person and online learning
  • Creating a new apprenticeship program for Veterinary Technology
  • Strengthening the pipeline for industry-ready Equipment Technicians, specifically for the Agriculture sector
  • Purchasing industry equipment
  • Resources to develop new professional development opportunities for staff

CCCS awarded grants to the following recipients:

Grant Recipient Project Name Award Amount
Sargent School District Sargent High School Aviation Program $23,100
Julesburg RE-1 Agriculture Education Program Enhancement (Julesburg) $58,433
Haxtun School District Haxtun High School Innovative Store $81,057
Colorado Mountain College High Mountain High School to Higher Ed Pathway through eSports $90,015
Jeffco Public Schools Jeffco Schools Education Pathways $109,547
Community College of Denver Veterinary Technology Work-Based Learning Model $169,480
San Juan BOCES Preparing Tomorrows Equipment Technicians $172,000
Westminster Public Schools Westminster HS Farm to Food Truck Entrepreneurship $174,007
Emily Griffith Technical College CTE Teaching Excellence Pilot $204,777
Northeastern Junior College Rural CTE….Curriculum Transformation Today for the Workforce of Tomorrow $208,910
Pueblo Community College Virtual Simulation Studio $248,015
Lamar Community College Southeast Colorado Virtual Anatomy Lab $248,595