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Technology Funding for Higher Education


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Technology Funding for Higher Education

  1. 1. Funding to Enhance Technology in Your College Workforce Development Programs Sponsored byListen Hands-free!You may listen over your computer speakers orheadphonesThere is no dialing-in required!Please note:You may ask questions at any time using theQ&A interfaceThis session will be recorded and available fordownload at http://www.HigherEdGrants.infoThe session will begin shortly.
  2. 2. MichaelFunding to Enhance PaddockTechnology in Your CEO Grants OfficeCollege WorkforceDevelopment Programs Eric Sheets Regional Grant Manager Cisco Sponsored by
  3. 3. Cisco Grant Strategy Team (GST)• Team of Regional Grant Managers for direct support• Grant education/training and funding research services• Feedback on applicant eligibility and project competitiveness• Provide targeted grant application and writing support on a case-by-case basis• Consult on post-funding project implementation
  4. 4. Thinking About Technology In A Post-secondary ContextEnhancing student learningExtending academic opportunityImproving student safety and securityEquipping and Connecting researchteams
  5. 5. Grant Programs We’ll be Covering• Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants Program• H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants• Advanced Technological Education• Workforce Innovation Fund
  6. 6. Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grants Program• Administered by the Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration• Focused on development and implementation of 2-year training programs in high-growth industries• Public/Private Nonprofit Institutions of Higher Ed eligible• May apply as individual organization or consortium• Deadline: May 24, 2012 (expect an April-May deadline in 2013)• Applications may be submitted electronically on or in hardcopy by mail or hand delivery.• Guidelines:
  7. 7. Awards• $500 million each Fiscal Year, 2011 – 2014• At least $2.5 million must be awarded in each state• Individual awards: $2.5 million to $3 million (one per state)• Consortium awards: $5 million to $15 million• Award period: 3 years (cost sharing is not required)
  8. 8. TAACCCT Goals• Increase attainment of certifications• Introduce innovative and effective methods for curriculum development and delivery• Demonstrate improved employment outcomes
  9. 9. TAACCCT Core ElementsEvidence-based design • Develop new strategies or replicate existing evidence-based strategies • Use evidence to continuously improve programsStacked and latticed credentials • Work with industry associations and employers • Develop certifications, certificates, and diplomas which can be stacked • Build a portfolio of credentials which are standardized and recognized
  10. 10. TAACCCT Core ElementsOnline and technology-enabled learning • For students balancing work and family • For students in underserved areas • Design for maximum scalability • Technology-based infrastructure projectsTransferability and articulation • Recognized levels of achievementStrategic Alignment • With 1) employers and industry; 2) public workforce system; 3) educational institutions and other organizations
  11. 11. Allowable Costs• Hiring and/or training additional instructors or staff• Purchasing or upgrading classroom supplies, equipment, and educational technology• Leasing space and altering facilities• Implementing and/or enhancing information technology infrastructure• Organizing and/or analyzing program data for program evaluation• Other costs of program development such as using subject matter experts, education, state workforce agency labor market and economic research entities, and other areas to inform and assist in curriculum design
  12. 12. Unallowable Costs• Cost of tuition• Wages of participants (i.e. paid internship)• Stipends for wage replacement of participants• Purchase of real property and construction
  13. 13. Required Outreach• Employers and industry associations, including small- and medium-sized firms• Local, county, and/or State government agencies, including the State workforce agency that administers the TAA for Workers program• Local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs)• Labor organizations• Local educational agencies, and other relevant educational entities, such as career and technical education and adult education programs serving the community
  14. 14. Pine Technical College – TAACCCT GrantChallenges Solution• Foreign trade has had a severe impact on MN. • Three lead institution s in partnership with other members of the MN College and University System will More than 6300 deploy Cisco Telepresence to deliver advanced manufacturing courses and programs of studies to employers. manufacturing jobs lost due Employers want to offer onsite training for their employees and Cisco Solutions make this possible. Cisco to foreign trade since 2007 Solutions include Show and Share, Content Server, MX300 Endpoints, WebEx Meeting Center, and Media Experience Engine.• Manufacturers across the state are experiencing a severe skills gap – they can find plenty of lower- skilled workers, but high skilled technicians in advanced manufacturing are scarce.Benefits• Connecting 18 partner companies to each other and to the colleges to improve companies’ abilities to upgrade employed lower skilled workers in their own workspace.• Bring to the college classroom industry experts.
  15. 15. H-1B Technical Skills Training Grants• Administered by the Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration• Provides education, training, and job placement assistance in the occupations and industries for which employers are using H-1B visas to hire foreign workers• Funds partnerships of private and public sector entities• Financed by a user fee paid by employers to bring foreign workers into the United States• Deadline: Spring and Fall 2013 (two rounds of funding)
  16. 16. Awards• $130 million in Fiscal Year 2013• Individual awards: $1 million to $5 million• Up to $30 million to grantees that provide On-the Job Training (OJT) to all participants• At least $40 million to applicants proposing to serve: • long-term unemployed • returning service members and veterans • unemployed young adults (ages 18-24)• Award period: 48 months• Cost-sharing for incumbent worker training activities: 50 percent
  17. 17. H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant Priorities• Raise the technical skill levels of American workers so they can obtain or upgrade employment in high-growth industries and occupations• Help businesses reduce their use of skilled foreign professionals permitted to work in the U.S. under the H-1B visa program• Focus on high-growth industries and occupations that: • are projected to add substantial numbers of new jobs to the economy • are being transformed by technology and innovation requiring new skill sets for workers • are new and emerging businesses that are projected to grow • have a significant impact on the economy overall or on the growth of other industries and occupations
  18. 18. Funding CategoriesOn-the-Job Training (OJT) • OJT must be provided to every participant • Participants are hired or employed and earn wages during training • Training is based on an individualized plan • Training is conducted in the work setting • Employer is paid a reimbursement to cover costs of trainingOther Training Strategies • Classroom occupational training • Contextualized learning • Distance learning • Customized training, including incumbent worker training, for particular employers or groups of employers
  19. 19. Funding Categories (continued)Activities that Support the Training Strategies • Costs related to accrediting employer and/or industry-recognized credentials • Recruitment of eligible participants • Initial assessment of skill levels • Job search assistance
  20. 20. Funding Restrictions• All proposal costs must be necessary to the project and in accordance with Federal guidelines• Applicants will NOT be reimbursed for pre-award costs• No more than 10% of funds may be used to pay administrative costs• Equipment costs must meet the standards in the applicable Federal cost principles—such costs must be reasonable and necessary to achieve grant outcomes• On-the-Job Training will follow the definitions and requirements under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) section 101(31)
  21. 21. Partnership Requirements• In addition to the entities included in the applying partnership, applicants must work with at least one employer or consortium of employers that is engaged in the project• ETA particularly encourages partnerships that include multiple employers in an industry cluster• Employer partners must be involved in one or more of the following ways: • defining program goals/activities • identifying necessary skills • providing resources to support training/education (equipment, instructors, funding, etc) • assisting with program design • hiring qualified participants who complete grant-funded programs
  22. 22. Learning Deliver personalized, authentic learning experiences Ubiquitous Faculty and Students can Faculty and Traditional and student design their staff evolve classroomsgranularized collaboration, own learning their roles to give way to content, social programs or meet student online and anywhere, networking, follow a set needs blendedanytime, any and video program courses and device assessments
  23. 23. Advanced Technological Education• Administered by the National Science Foundation• Promotes improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and the secondary school levels (grades 7 through 12)• Two year colleges will have a leadership role in all projects• $64 million was available for new and continuing awards in FY2012• Deadline: October 17, 2013• Proposals may be submitted through either or the NSF FastLane system• Guidance document:
  24. 24. ATE Major TracksProjects • Program development and improvement • Curriculum and educational materials development • Professional development for educators • Leadership capacity building for faculty • Teacher preparation • Business and entrepreneurial skills development for students • Small grants for institutions new to the ATE program • Conferences and workshops
  25. 25. ATE Major Tracks (continued)Centers • National • Regional • ResourceTargeted Research in Technician Education • Technician education • The changing role of technicians in the workplace • Other topics
  26. 26. Applicable Cisco Solutions TelePresence Endpoints TelePresence Infrastructure MXE / Show and Share In Some Cases: 86A9H7EP  WebEx  WebEx Social  Core Infrastructure
  27. 27. Workforce Innovation Fund• Administered by the Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration• Funds public workforce development agencies and consortia• $98.5 million was available in 2012• Grants Range from $1 million to $12 million• Deadline: March 22, 2012 (expect a February-March deadline in 2013)• Partnerships are critical• Guidelines:
  28. 28. WIF Program AreasProvides funds to: • Re-tool service delivery strategies and/or policy and administrative systems and processes to improve outcomes for workforce system customers • Evaluate the effectiveness of such activities • Remove administrative, statutory, and regulatory barriers to support greater coordination in the delivery of services • Support changes in structures and policies that enable a closer alignment and integration of: • Workforce development • Education • Human and social services • Social insurance • Economic development programs.
  29. 29. Key Take-AwaysFocus on meeting workforce needs of your community • Actively engage with local employers • Don’t get caught up with “conventional wisdom” or vogue ideasCollaboration is critical! • State & Local Workforce Investment Boards • State Workforce Agencies • One-Stop Career Centers • Other institutions of Higher Education • Employers
  30. 30. Grantseeking Advice• Plan well in advance of (anticipated) deadline• Details matter! Quantitative evidence (data, statistics, trends) is most helpful to demonstrate need• Create plan for sustainability of project after grant period• Be very specific in your project narrative and budget request
  31. 31. Advocating for Technology in Your Workforce Development Project1. Start by addressing an identified need Technology Needs: Technology is a means, not an end • Professors and2. Get others involved in developing a plan Instructors The earlier the better, especially faculty, IT Staff, Parnters • Employer Partners • CIO • Deans, Department3. Communicate the plan broadly Leaders Everyone should know why this is important • Workforce Investment Board4. Stay involved in the application • Trade Associations Make sure to keep stakeholders involved • Community Based Organizations Follow us on Twitter @grantsoffice
  32. 32. Uses of Cisco Technology in Education Immersive Multipurpose Personal Solution PlatformsMost realistic Transform any Connect students, TelePresence componentsface-to-face, virtual classroom into a faculty, and and complete systems forcommunications for TelePresence administrators with customized educationdedicated classrooms collaboration center each other and deployments andand auditoriums any classroom applications Expanding student experiences
  33. 33. Cisco GST Resources Podcasts  .Info websites  Grants Office Funded Newsletter 
  34. 34. Education Grants Webcast Series – Sponsored by Ciscohttp://grantsofficeevents.webex.comClick “View Event Recordings” Follow us on Twitter @grantsoffice
  35. 35. ResourcesRecommended Next Steps:Contact Cisco for Technology Solutions and how they fit into grantsReplay the Webcast series on Higher Education Funding Stephanie Jones 219-766-0821 Follow us on Twitter @grantsoffice
  36. 36. Contact Grants Offce For Grants Development: Dan Casion Manager of Grants Development Services (585) 473-1430 ext. 113 For other inquiries: Michael Paddock CEO (585) 473-1430 ext. 175 Follow us on Twitter @grantsoffice 36