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Career Technical Education Facilities Program

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 (PDF), 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.

Resources


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.

Eligibility

CTEFP applicants must provide a matching contribution at least equal to the state grant. All applicants must have an active career technical advisory committee pursuant to the Education Code Section 8070. A school district can apply for CTEFP New Construction or Modernization funding if their facility is a Comprehensive High School as defined by the Education Code. A JPA can apply for modernization funding if it was operating a CTE program(s) as of May 20, 2006.

Applicants are eligible to receive funding without requiring eligibility in either the School Facility Program (SFP) New Construction Program or the Modernization Program. A CTEFP project can include CTE equipment or consist solely of equipment with an average useful life expectancy of 10 years. The CTE plans must have been reviewed by the CDE, contain all mandatory elements required by the CDE, and have received a score of at least 105 points to be eligible for funding. CTEFP New Construction and Modernization projects are apportioned during the same funding cycles and out of the same fund. They are distinguished by the scope of work and have individual funding caps. 

New Construction Projects

  • The maximum grant is $3 million per project, per school site.
  • The project can be a part of a qualifying SFP New Construction application. If so, the facility must be located at the same school site as the SFP project.
  • The project can be a stand-alone project.

Modernization Projects

  • The maximum grant is $1.5 million per project, per school site.
  • Eligible modernization projects can include reconfiguration, or remodeling an existing building within current confines, or minimally expanding the square footage of an existing building.

Funding

The Architect’s Submittal Guidelines (PDF) and the Presentation on Additional Grant for Site Development Costs (PDF) contain detailed information for school districts and architects to prepare project plans, specifications, and cost estimates for project applications.

 

Please note: CTEFP projects may be subject to Prevailing Wage Monitoring/Labor Compliance Program requirements

Funding Order

Within each funding cycle, the funding priority will be based on the numerical score for the applicant's CTE grant application, as determined by the CDE and the locale of each project. The locale for each project shall be Urban, Suburban or Rural, as determined by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). To determine your locale using NCES, see "How to Determine Your Locale" (PDF). Funds will be apportioned to a project in each locale. If there are no applications in a given locale, projects will be apportioned in the remaining locales. The process will continue as described above until funds are exhausted. Unfunded CTEFP applications will be returned to the applicants.

Loan Request

If matching funds are not immediately available to the applicant, the applicant may enter into a loan agreement with the OPSC on behalf of the State Allocation Board (SAB) for all or part of the required match. The loan repayment term will be ten years with interest. All repaid funds will be re-deposited into the CTEFP fund. The interest rate is determined by the Pooled Money Investment Board, and interest starts accruing on the fund release date. If the applicant is not be able to pay within the ten year time period, a one time request for a five year extension is possible, provided it is approved by the SAB. To request a loan, a CTEFP Funding Availability Worksheet (PDF) must be completed and submitted with the Form SAB 50-10. Non-Financial Hardship districts will need to submit complete Financial Hardship Fund Worksheet (Excel) for each fund of the district that contains any capital facility related funding.

Fiscal Reporting

Fund Release

Funds that have been apportioned by the SAB through the Priority Funding process will be released after submittal of the Fund Release Authorization (Form SAB 50-05).


  • If the application is apportioned for full funding, the applicant must submit the Form SAB 50-05 within 90 days of apportionment.
  • If CTEFP funds were reserved, the applicant has 12 months from the date of apportionment to submit the necessary approvals and/or plans and specifications to the OPSC. The 90-day time limit on the fund release commences upon receipt of the documents required to complete the project.
  • If the applicant is requesting a loan for the entire matching share, 10 percent of the State grant will be released within 30 days of apportionment. 

Closeout

The SFP Compliance Review page contains detailed information on compliance review requirements, including substantial progress and expenditure reporting. Savings may not be retained on CTEFP projects; any unexpended funds must be returned to the State.

Contacts

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