Career Pathways Grant

The Michigan Department of Education - Office of Career and Technical Education (MDE-OCTE) and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, Workforce Development (LEO-WD) is offering a collaborative grant opportunity to fund secondary/postsecondary partnerships to develop seamless programs of study aligned to local labor market needs and student interests; with learner-friendly on-ramps and off-ramps, that culminate in postsecondary recognized credentials.

Grant recipients will work with employers to identify the credentials valued by employers and link those credentials to state Career and Technical Education (CTE) program standards and ensure aligned, high quality CTE programs of study.  For the purpose of this grant, credential refers to the occupation-specific, safety, and career ready practices recognized by industry. The State CTE program standards refer to the technical, pathway, cluster, and career and employability standards recognized by MDE-OCTE and aligned to postsecondary programs which may provide an opportunity for credit at the postsecondary level.

The grant supports MDE's Top 10 Strategic Education Plan Goals and Michigan's Sixty by 30 Goal. Grant fiscal agencies must be eligible secondary or postsecondary Perkins subrecipients.


CPG News

On May 10, 2021, MDE-OCTE announced new and updated credentials for Perkins V reporting beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, developed under the first round of Career Pathways Grants.  See Credential Update for Perkins V Reporting memo.

Information on these credentials are available on CTE Instruction Resources, by Career Cluster webpage. 

Three Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) areas are finalizing work:

  • 49.0101: Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology (Commonly referred to as General Aviation/Drones)
  • 52.0901: Hospitality Administration/Management, General (New program)
  • 49.0102: Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew (Commonly referred to as Private Pilot)

The most recent CPG Application period ended on September 2, 2021.  

Questions regarding the Career Pathways Grant program may be directed to