On May 28, 2018 Governor Scott signed Act 189 into law. Act 189 aims to fuel Vermont's economic vitality through a skilled and productive workforce. The law includes several components linked to Career Technical Education (CTE). It introduces students to CTE and pre-tech programs beginning in middle school, more formally defines career pathways and adult technical education, and assigns the oversight of a robust credentialing system to the State Workforce Development Board.
Act 189 authorizes the Agency of Education to establish guidelines, submission requirements and a review process for approving up to four CTE Pilot Projects. The purpose of the Pilot Projects is to encourage CTE centers and partner high schools to propose and study new ways of funding and/or governing CTE centers and programs in Vermont.
In December 2018, the agency released a request for proposals to superintendents, principals and CTE directors around the state. In the request, consortia that include at least one supervisory union/district, at least one high school and at least one regional CTE center, in addition to other relevant partner organizations, were invited to apply for the CTE Pilot Project opportunity. The opportunity is competitive and will help to inform changes in how CTE is funded and delivered in Vermont.
The RFP for CTE Pilot Projects outlines the agency’s priorities, guidelines and overarching process for proposals. Written questions were due by January 4, 2019. The agency hosted a conference call to review the questions, provide answers, and answer additional questions from participants. Those questions and responses can be found in the Act 189 Pilot Q&A.
The deadline to submit a proposal has been extended to May 1, 2019.
For technical assistance please contact Ruth Durkee at Ruth.Durkee@vermont.gov
Selected proposals will be posted here.