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Fund your CTE program through a Workforce Ed. Grant

The Department of Education is now accepting applications for the 2017 Workforce Education Grants, which offer districts a chance to make transformative changes in their career and technical education programs.


Resources for the 2017 Workforce Education Grants are available on the Department of Education website and, in addition, DOE CTE staff will hold conference calls to connect with educators, answer questions about the grants and discuss project ideas on:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 2, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. CDT
    • Connect via Skype or call 1-866-410-8397 (conference code: 7708795296)
  • Friday, Nov. 18, 9:30 – 11 a.m. CST
    • Connect via Skype or call 1-866-410-8397 (conference code: 7708795296)

In 2017, up to $2.5 million in grants will be awarded.




The Workforce Education Grants require a one-to-one match, meaning the full amount requested from the state grant funds must be matched in an equal amount from non-state grant funds, and the match may come from in-kind and/or monetary contributions by the LEA, community contributors, or business and industry partners.


Grant applications are due by Monday, November 21 and awards will be announced by December 21, with projects provided the ability to begin in January 2017.


Download the grant application here and the scoring rubric here.


If you have questions about the process, please contact CTE Director Tiffany Sanderson at or at 605-773-7006 CTE Assistant Director Erin Larsen at or at 605-773-2533.

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