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Career and Technical Education Incentive Grant Program

Updated December 2016

This secondary education initiative of the California Department of Education (CDE) is a state education, economic, and workforce development program for providing K-12 students with the knowledge and skills necessary to transition to employment and postsecondary education. The program seeks to encourage and maintain the delivery of career technical education (CTE) programs during implementation of the school district and charter school Local Control Funding Formula.

The program requires a proportional dollar-for-dollar match for grant funding received:

  • FY 2015–16, $400 million, 1:1 match
  • FY 2016–17, $300 million, 1.5:1 match
  • FY 2017–18, $200 million, 2:1 match
  • FY 2018-19, $150 million of ongoing funding

Resources: Overview, Legislation (Education Code Chapter 16.5 [Section 53070])

Related legislation: Education Code Chapter 16.5 (Section 53070)

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The Workforce Pathways Joint Advisory Committee has created Guiding Policy Principles to Support K-14+ Pathways.  

Practitioners could promote high-quality CTE experiences through deep integration of academic and technical skills in high school instruction. There is also opportunity to connect Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) Title I out-of-school youth and WIOA Title II adult basic education participants through WIOA programs that use integrated education and training models to simultaneously build foundational academic knowledge and occupational skills. WIOA formula funds could also help provide the required increased funding match for CTE Incentive Grants.

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