Tech-Prep Education


This program provides assistance to States to award grants to consortia of local agencies and postsecondary education institutions for the development and operation of programs consisting of the last two years of secondary education and at least two years of postsecondary education, designed to provide tech prep education to the student leading to an associate degree or a two-year certificate. The program also is designed to strengthen links between secondary and postsecondary schools.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 01/15/2013 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Vocational and Adult Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available
Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV), Title II, 20 U.S.C 2371.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The Department of Education makes formula grants to State boards for career and technical education agencies. Eligible recipients for subgrants are consortia of (1) local educational agencies, intermediate education agencies or area career and technical education schools serving secondary school students, or secondary schools funded by the Department of Interior/Bureau of Indian Education; and (2) nonprofit or proprietary institutions of higher education that offer a 2-year associate degree program, and are qualified as institutions of higher education pursuant to Section 481(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, including institutions receiving assistance under the Tribally Controlled Community College Assistance Act of 1978, or a two-year apprenticeship program that follows secondary instruction, if such institutions are not subject to a default management plan required by the Secretary of Education.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individuals desiring to participate in a combined secondary/postsecondary program leading to a postsecondary degree or 2-year certificate with technical preparation.
The establishment of a State Board for career and technical education is required. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Eligible agencies submit 5-year State plans for career and technical education, and annual revisions, to the Department pursuant to section 122 of Perkins IV. However, the Virgin Islands may submit an application for Perkins IV funding under the Consolidated Grants to Insular Areas authority. See CFDA 84.403. Additionally, any eligible agency may chose to consolidate its tech-prep funds with funds that it receives under the Career and Technical Education -- Basic Grants to States Programs. See CDFA 84.048.
Award Procedure
Once the Secretary approves an eligible agencyâ₏™s 5-year State plan or annual revisions, the Department forwards the grant award to the State official designated by the eligible agency and notifies the State director for CTE.
Mar 30, 2010 The submission date for State plan or annual revisions is generally set in late March or early April in guidance issued annually by the Department. Contact the headquarters for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Within 90 days.
The Secretary shall not finally disapprove a State plan, except after giving the eligible agency notice and opportunity for a hearing.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Eligible agencies qualify for funding based upon their State plans and annual revisions approved under Perkins IV, section 122.
How may assistance be used?
States must award program funds to consortia of local agencies and postsecondary education institutions. Consortia must implement tech-prep programs that have the following elements: (1) an articulation agreement between secondary and postsecondary consortium participants; (2) a two-plus-two or a two-plus-four design with a common core of proficiency in math, science, communication, and technology; (3) a specifically developed tech-prep curriculum; (4) joint in-service training of secondary and postsecondary teachers to implement the tech-prep curriculum effectively; (5) training of counselors to recruit students and to ensure program completion and appropriate employment; (6) equal access for special populations to the full range of tech-prep programs; (7) preparatory services, and (8) coordination with activities conducted under Title I of Perkins IV. This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate, which is referenced under 34 CFR 76-564-76.569. For assistance call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Costs Group on (202) 708-7770.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
OVAEâ₏™s Consolidated Annual Report (CAR) for Perkins IV requires annual financial status reports, performance data reports, including on the tech-prep indicators in section 203(e) of Perkins IV, and program narrative reports. Eligible agencies must also submit Office for Civil Rights Annual Compliance Reports. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Any additional audit requirements may be included in grant documents.
As required by EDGAR for State-administered programs (34 CFR 76.730-76.731). Generally, the eligible agency and its subgrantees must retain records related to grant funds and compliance for a period of 3 years from the date the grantee or subgrantee submits its final expenditure report for that funding period. 34 CFR 80.42. Also, all records supporting claims for Federal funds or relating to the accountability of the grantee for the expenditure of such funds must be accessible for administrative review. See also section 443 of GEPA.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: The funding formula is based on State per-capita income and population in three age cohorts (15-19, 20-24, and 25-65). The formula provides for a minimum State allocation of at least 0.5 percent of the total, and a "hold-harmless" provision in the formula ensures that no State's share of the appropriation is less than its share of the fiscal year (FY) 1998 appropriation. A special provision limits the increase a State with an initial allocation of the 0.5 percent minimum may receive, resulting in a number of States that receive an allocation of less than 0.5 percent of the total. If appropriations result in the amount of funds for allocation to States exceeding the amount of funds allocated to States from the FY 2006 appropriation, up to one-third of the additional funds are allotted to States with FY 2006 grants that are less than the minimum 0.5 percent grant amount and the remainder flows to the other States. The Bureau of the Census supplies the population data; the Department of Labor supplies the per capita income data.
Matching Requirements: See statute for maintenace of effort requirements.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Generally, annual grants to eligible agencies are made from July 1 to September 30 of the following year. In addition, funds remain available to the eligible agencies for an additional fiscal year for obligation and expenditure under section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act, as amended (GEPA). See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Sharon Lee Miller, Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Division of Academic and Technical Education, 550 12th Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 245-7846.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 09 $102,923,000; FY 10 $102,923,000; FY 11 $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY11: $54,653-$11,251,825.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Rules and regulations, Title 34 CFR 400 and 406; Education Department General Administrative Records (EDGAR) at 34 CFR Parts 74, 76-77, 79, 80-82, 84-86, and 97-99; OCR Guidelines for Vocational Education.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available


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