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Tech Prep Education

Designed to implement programmatic connections between high schools and two-year colleges encompassing specific technical fields and occupational areas.


Technical Preparation education is a planned sequence of study in a technical field or pathway program beginning as early as grade nine. This sequence extends through two or more years of postsecondary education or through an apprenticeship program of at least two years following secondary instruction. The sequence culminates in an associate degree, a certificate, and/or a bachelor’s degree. (PL 105-332, Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998).

Demonstration Site Grant

Application for Funding for the Tech Prep Demonstration Site Grant including instructions for completing the application.

Regional Coordination Project Funding

Funding for the Tech Prep Regional Coordination Project will support a regional approach for partnership development and coordination of resources and agencies to develop a comprehensive integrated system that provides high quality tech prep pathway programs to assist in meeting California’s need for highly skilled workers.

Only one application may be submitted from each of the ten economic regions identified by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Vocational and Technical Education Regional Consortia.

Tech Prep Regional Coordination Project 

Tech Prep education has been a significant innovation in the education reform movement in the United States and has proved to be an important transition strategy to assist students in making the connection between education—secondary and postsecondary—and employment.

California has provided Tech Prep Local Consortia with funding for the development and implementation of Tech Prep programs and pathways of comprehensive articulated programs of study since 1990. Many excellent Tech Prep model pathways and programs have emerged. These programs provide educational options that combine academics and technical training for students to develop the skills needed in today's job market and prepare students for the high levels of technology in the workplace.

The intent of this Tech Prep RFA is to support an effective and efficient collaborative regional approach for partnership development, coordination of California’s various education and economic development agencies, and use of various education and community resources. Additionally, this project is to support the development of a comprehensive integrated system that provides high-quality, successful Tech Prep pathway programs to assist in meeting California’s critical need for highly skilled workers.

Technical Assistance Workshops

Three Technical Assistance Workshops were held to help Tech Prep Local Consortia develop their applications. Following is a list of questions and answers that were discussed at the workshops.

Q: Will funding for this project be renewed? Will there be follow-up funding for additional years?
A: No additional funding is expected.

Q: Do you expect to fund all ten regions? What happens if an application is not received from each region?
A: The expectation is that all 10 regions will apply, but if that is not the case, the money will be redistributed to the remaining regions.

Q: Do colleges/districts self-decline to participate or do we have to actively seek them out to ask whether they want to participate?
A: The RFA requires all consortia and partners in the region are able to participate, how that is accomplished can be decided within the region. The site visit will validate the consortia and partner interest. Contracts will not be awarded until required partnership involvement has been validated.

Q: What type of proof is needed to verify that agencies have adopted not to participate?
A: Any documentation from the regional partners will meet the requirement.

Q: Would an MOU dated this year count as evidence of a partnership?
A: Yes, depending on the content of the MOU as related to the consortia.

Q: Does the partnership with the Workforce Investment Board need to be at the Board level or the One-Stop level?
A: Both. Refer to the RFA for more information.

Q: Are partnerships with labor representatives required?
A: The name of each appropriate partner has not been provided by the RFA. There are a variety of appropriate partners within the region as related to your project.

Q: Does the partnership need to include a representative from each area (high school, postsecondary, business/industry, etc.) from each consortium in the region?
A: Yes, as appropriate to the project.

Q: Can region meetings be done via a teleconference or conference call instead of having members travel long distances to meet face to face?
A: Yes

Q: Who needs to be on the Management Team?
A: The Management Team should consist of those directly related to the project. Each partner in the region does not need to be on the Management Team, but a variety of representatives from the required partners should be included. It is not expected that one college will manage the entire regional project without representative input.

Q: Please explain when a resume is needed, versus a vita, for region partners.
A: A vita is required for each member of your Management Team. However, a full resume is required for any key project personnel listed in the budget. The resume must include the individual’s place of employment and expertise as related to the project.

Q: The RFA stated that presentations at both the 2008 and 2009 Educating for Careers Conferences are required as part of this project. How can we present at the 2009 Conference if it is outside the project time period?
A: The 2009 Conference date was listed in error; the only required presentation will be at the 2008 Conference.

Questions:   Charles Parker | | 916-323-2564
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