New Career-Focused Grant Offered by Department of Education

The Office of Postsecondary Education, through the U.S. Department of Education, is soliciting applications for a new funding opportunity related to their emerging Career Pathways program, which is funded via the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).

The Career Pathways program is designed to develop technology-centric career exploration systems for high school students to identify and research career trajectories that align with their interests, abilities, and ambitions. Funded applications must also utilize built-in financial analysis tools so that prospective postsecondary students can understand the economic ramifications of their educational decisions. In addition, the created content must include the full range of educational opportunities such as apprenticeships, short-term programs, and a traditional degree trajectory for a given career path.

The office welcomes applicants from non-profit organizations with focus areas in workforce development or career counseling. Qualifying organizations are welcome to seek partnerships with institutions, labor unions, employers, and states when applying for this opportunity. Successful applicants can expect an award of approximately $5,000,000 over a 36-month project timeframe.

Completed applications are to be submitted by December 9, using the Common Instruction for Applicants for the Department. The full background, scope, and expectations regarding the Department’s opportunity is available in the Federal Register. For more information, you may also contact Sharon Easterling or Carmen Gordon.