Project Title: Statewide Work-Based Learning Intermediary Regional Network Grant
Funding Period: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022
I. General Information
The Iowa Department of Education (DE) was appropriated $1.45 million for the development and implementation of a statewide network comprised of fifteen regional work-based learning intermediary networks. These service regions are defined as the community college regions. These networks will prepare students for the workforce by connecting business and the education system by offering relevant, work-based learning activities to students and teachers, particularly related to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics occupations, occupations related to critical infrastructure and commercial and residential construction, or the targeted industries of advanced manufacturing, biosciences, and information technology.
The competitive grant applications will be reviewed and scored. Award recipients will be notified by July 31, 2021.
The purpose of the program shall be to prepare students for the workforce by connecting business and the education system and offering relevant, work-based learning activities to students and teachers. The program shall:
- Better prepare students to make informed postsecondary education and career decisions.
- Provide communication and coordination in order to build and sustain relationships between employers and local youth, the education systems, and the community at large.
- Provide a one-stop contact point for information useful to both educators and employers, including information on internships, job shadowing experiences, and other workplace learning opportunities for students, particularly related to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics occupations, occupations related to critical infrastructure and commercial and residential construction, or targeted industries as defined in Iowa Code section 15.102.
- Integrate services provided through the program with other career exploration-related activities such as the student core curriculum plan and the career information and decision-making system developed and administered under Iowa Code section 279.61, where appropriate.
- Facilitate the attainment of portable credentials of value to employers such as the national career readiness certificate, where appropriate.
- Develop work-based capacity with employers.
- Provide core services, which may include student job shadowing, student internships, and teacher or student tours.
III. Targeted Population
The targeted population is students who may benefit from work-based learning experiences.
IV. Funding Provisions
A statewide work-based learning intermediary network program is established in the department and shall be administered by the department. A separate, statewide work-based learning intermediary network fund is created in the state treasury under the control of the department. The fund shall consist of all moneys deposited in the fund, including any moneys appropriated by the general assembly and any other moneys available to and obtained or accepted by the department from the federal or private sources for purposes of the program. Notwithstanding Iowa Code section 8.33, moneys in the fund at the end of a fiscal year shall not revert to the general fund of the state. Notwithstanding Iowa Code section 12C.7, subsection 2, interest or earnings on moneys in the fund shall be credited to the fund.
Each regional network shall match the moneys received pursuant to Iowa Code subsection 7 with financial resources equal to at least twenty-five percent of the amount of the moneys received pursuant to Iowa Code subsection 7. The financial resources used to provide the match may include private donations, in-kind contributions, or public moneys other than the moneys received pursuant to Iowa Code subsection 7.
V. Meeting Attendance and Assistance:
The department will provide technical assistance which may include periodic meetings. Questions concerning the guidelines should be directed to Kristy Volesky, Education Consultant for Career and Technical Education, Iowa Department of Education (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In addition, each regional network shall establish an advisory council to provide advice and assistance to the regional network. The advisory council shall include representatives of business and industry, including construction trades industry professionals, and shall meet at least annually.
VI. Eligible Recipients:
Eligible recipients of this grant will provide work-based learning opportunities for students in a community college region or a consortium of community college regions.
VII. Requirements for Reporting
Each approved regional network shall submit an annual report to the DE, via iowagrants.gov, detailing its ongoing implementation of its work-based learning plan and participation in the statewide work-based learning intermediary network program.
Each grantee shall provide data performance metrics as part of the annual report provided through IowaGrants.
IX. Intellectual Property Rights
The DE shall have exclusive rights, title, and interest in any and all content, data, materials, copyrights and other materials developed and designed in connection with all programs funded and administered by the award.
Funds will be distributed upon approval of the region’s work-based learning plan/application, submitted via iowagrants.gov. All expenses paid with grant funds must be incurred during the grant’s funding period.
XI. Procedures for Submitting Applications
Applications must be submitted to the DE via iowagrants.gov.
Questions regarding the grant guidelines and expectations can be directed to Kristy Volesky, Education Consultant for Career and Technical Education, Iowa Department of Education (email@example.com).
It is the policy of the Iowa Department of Education not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, political party affiliation, or actual or potential parental, family or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code sections 216.9 and 256.10(2), Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C.§§ 1681 – 1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.). If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy by the Iowa Department of Education, please contact the legal counsel for the Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50319-0146, telephone number: 515-281-5295, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-4544, telephone number: 312-730-1560, FAX number: 312-730-1576, TDD number: 877-521-2172, email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.