The 2021 Budget Act provides $250,000,000 for the Department of General Services (DGS) to establish and administer a competitive grant program to support regional K-16 education collaboratives that create streamlined pathways from high school to postsecondary education and into the workforce.

 

The Budget Act specifically authorizes the DGS to contract with a third-party administrator to administer the program on behalf of the department. However, DGS, specifically the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) shall serve as fiscal agent of the funds.

OPSC is requesting proposals for a third-party administrator to serve as a subject matter expert, particularly with respect to California higher education systems, and assist OPSC with establishing the Regional K-16 Education Collaboratives Grants Program (Program).

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, details can be found on Cal eProcure website*, California’s online portal for bid opportunities. A direct link to the solicitation can be found here. Proposals are due December 9, 2021.

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The Regional K-16 Education Collaborative Grant Program (Program) requires the collaborative to meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Include at least one K-12 school district, at least one University of California campus, at least one California State University campus, and at least one California Community College district.
  2. Establish a steering committee, of which at least 25 percent of the members shall be local employers, thereby ensuring that regional economic needs inform the creation of the streamlined pathways.
  3. Commit to participate in the California Cradle-to-Career Data System established pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 10860) of Chapter 8.5 of Part 7 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code.
  4. Commit to implement at least four of the following seven recommendations from the February 2021 Recovery with Equity report to promote student success:
    1. Improve faculty, staff, and administrator diversity.
    2. Cultivate inclusive, engaging, and equity-oriented learning environments.
    3. Retain students through inclusive supports.
    4. Provide high-tech, high-touch advising.
    5. Support college preparation and early credit.
    6. Subsidize Internet access for eligible students.
    7. Improve college affordability.
  5. Commit to create occupational pathways, including accelerated degree and/or credential programs that incorporate work-based learning, in at least two of the following sectors, based on regional needs:
    1. Healthcare
    2. Education
    3. Business Management
    4. Engineering or Computing
  6. By June 30, 2024, implement two of the target Recovery with Equity report recommendations and fully establish one occupational pathway, demonstrate progress toward the final two target Recovery with Equity report recommendations and occupational pathway, and participate fully in a statewide evaluation of the regional collaboratives.
  7. By June 30, 2026, fully implement both occupational pathways and all four target Recovery with Equity report recommendations.

 

Information, Guides and Resources

Office of Public School Construction Regional K-16 Education Collaboratives Grant Program Meeting - Friday, December 10, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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         Or by Telephone: USA - 213.787.0529   Toll Free - 888.808.6929   Conference Code - 991990

Guides and Resources

Contact

Barbara Kampmeinert

Department of General Services
Office of Public School Construction

707 Third St
West Sacramento, CA 95605

More contact Info :

Phone: 916.375.4732

E-mail: barbara.kampmeinert@dgs.ca.gov