The Career Technical Education Facilities Program (CTEFP) provides funding to qualifying school districts and joint powers authorities (JPA) for the construction of new facilities, modernization or reconfiguration of existing facilities, and equipment to integrate Career Technical Education programs into comprehensive high schools.
Career Technical Education provides a program of study that involves a multi-year sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers. The California Department of Education (CDE) currently recognizes 15 industry sectors; each sector contains several pathways. A complete guide may be found under the CDE's adopted CTE Framework (link), and additional information is available on the CDE's website (link).
Fourth CTEFP Funding Cycle Key Dates
With the passage of Proposition 51, an additional $500 million has been made available for the CTEFP. Therefore, the State Allocation Board (Board) approved regulatory amendments to establish additional funding cycles, as well as other amendments, for the CTEFP on August 23, 2017.
Applications for CTEFP funding occur in two stages. First the applicant submits a grant application to CDE. Upon receipt of a passing score, the applicant may submit a funding application to the OPSC. OPSC and CDE Staff collaborated to develop the schedule listed below for the fourth funding cycle of the CTEFP:
- CDE Grant Applications submitted to CDE September 27, 2017 through November 29, 2017.
- Grant Application scores published by CDE February 14, 2018.
- Application for Career Technical Education Facility Funding (Form SAB 50-10) due to OPSC by close of business February 21, 2018.
Funding applications are submitted to the Office of Public School Construction at the following address:
Office of Public School Construction
Subject: CTEFP 2018 Filing Round
707 Third Street, 6th Floor
West Sacramento, CA 95605
In addition, the Board approved a fifth CTEFP funding cycle that will begin no later than September 2018 with a maximum allocation of $125 million. OPSC and CDE staff will provide more specific dates regarding the fifth cycle in 2018.
The remaining $250 million in CTEFP funds from Proposition 51 will be announced and made available in a future funding cycle(s).
CTEFP Projects and Priority Funding
Approval for CTEFP projects will follow the standard priority funding process as outlined in School Facility Program (SFP) Regulation Section 1859.90.3. Applications for funding will first receive an approval for placement on the Unfunded List (Lack of AB 55 Loans). Following this approval, applicants may submit a request for an apportionment during established priority funding filing rounds.
Applicants also have the option of requesting a reservation of funds for its project. SFP Regulation Section 1859.193 allows the Board to reserve funding for a period of up to 12 months for applicants to obtain the necessary Division of the State Architect (DSA) and CDE approvals. The 12-month period begins on the date of apportionment enabling applicant’s time to acquire the necessary approvals. OPSC’s receipt of the CDE and DSA approved plans and specification triggers the 90 day period for the application to meet the requirements of a priority funding apportionment fund release. If an applicant does not submit the required CDE and DSA approvals within the 12 month period, the apportionment will be rescinded without further Board action and the CTEFP bond authority will return to the program for reallocation.
Quarterly CTE Facilities Reports
Senate Bill (SB) 13 (Chapter 519, Statutes of 2007) added Section 17070.52 to the California Education Code (EC). As part of seeking plan approval for a new construction project, local education agencies (LEA) are required to report to the CDE on whether CTE facilities will be provided in a project. If not, the LEA must explain how the CTE facility needs of the students housed in the project will be met. The LEA's report must include when the CTE advisory committee was consulted. The EC Section also requires the CDE to provide quarterly reports detailing the information submitted to the OPSC. In turn, the OPSC must post reports on the website as they become available.