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Announcing Career Pathways Grant (CPG) Opportunity


This grant opportunity is funding 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 include Perkins Course Competencies and postsecondary recognized credentials. Secondary or postsecondary Perkins eligible subrecipients may submit a CPG Application for the grant. Eligible applicants may apply for more than one CIP Code or Career Cluster and must submit a separate unique CPG Application for each CIP Code or Career Cluster. (See Addendum at the end of this memo for CIP Codes eligible for grants in this current grant round.) The deadline for submission of the CPG Application is April 3, 2024.  An informational webinar for interested eligible applicants will be held on Monday, February 20, 2024, from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Register here.

Grant awards will range up to $250,000 per wage earning secondary state-approved CIP Code or Career Cluster.  Grant awards will tentatively be announced June 1, 2024. Grant start date is tentatively June 3, 2024. Grant end date is May 15, 2025. 

Secondary and Postsecondary partner grant recipients will work with employers to identify the credentials valued by employers and link those credentials to state CTE program standards and ensure aligned, high-quality CTE programs of study.  For further information on grant deliverables, please review the Career Pathways Grant Timeline.

All necessary forms for application are embedded into the CPG Application.

CIP Codes available for the 2024-2025 CPG grant opportunity are:

15.0000 Engineering Technology 

15.1301 Drafting and Design Technology/Architectural

26.1201 Biotechnology

28.0301 Army (JROTC)

46.0502 Plumbing-Pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter

46.0503 Plumbing Technology 

47.0201 Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration

47.0399 Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technologies 

47.0603 Collision Repair Technician (ASE Certified)

47.0606 Small Engine and Related Equipment Repair 

47.0607 Airframe Technology 

47.0608 Power Plant Technology (Aircraft) 

47.0609 Avionics Maintenance Technology 

47.0613 Medium/Heavy Truck Technician (ASE Certified)

51.1000 Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science/Research and Allied Professions

Important dates to remember:

  • Applications are due April 03, 2024
  • Grant awards will tentatively be announced June 01, 2024
  • Grant start date is tentatively June 03, 2024
  • Grant end date is May 15, 2025

The CPG grant supports the Michigan Perkins V state plan for career and technical education and Michigan’s Top 10 Strategic Education Plan to: Expand secondary learning opportunities for all students. 

  •  Increase the percentage of all students who graduate from high school. 
  •  Increase the percentage of adults with a postsecondary credential. 

Please direct questions to the Career Pathways Grant Project at or contact MDE secondary CTE Supervisors Deb Miller at or Dr. Jill Kroll at or Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) State Administrative Manager Keenan Wade at

Career Pathway Grant-Additional Credential Recommendation

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) have partnered to issue an additional grant opportunity for the Career Pathways Project. The Career Pathways Grant-Additional Credential Recommendation (CPG-ACR) is funding secondary/postsecondary partnerships to identify postsecondary recognized credentials and to develop seamless programs of study aligned to local labor market needs and student interests.  Secondary or postsecondary Perkins eligible subrecipients may submit proposals. This grant opportunity is an ongoing grant; the application window will remain open with no deadline for application submission.

CPG-ACR Timeline

Application Submission Deadline


Phase1 Deliverables Due

With submission of Grant Application

Grant Award Notification

Varies, usually within 60 days of receipt of application

Grant Start Date

Date of Grant Award Notification

Phase 2 Deliverables Due

60 days from Grant Award

Phase 3 and Phase 4 Deliverables Due

240 days from Grant Award

Phase 5 Deliverables due

300 days from Grant Award

Final Performance Report Due

11 Months from Grant Award

Grant End Date

1 Year From Date of Grant Award

Final Expenditure Report Due

60 Days from Grant End Date

Please direct questions to


CPG Information & Resources

Career Pathway Grant Application FAQ Update

MDE-OCTE and LEO-WD developed responses to CPG questions related to the application.

View FAQs

CPG Process

MDE-OCTE and LEO-WD have developed guidance and tools to assist Career Pathway Grant recipients to propose and vet credentials that are aligned to the specific CTE standards within a high-quality CTE program of study.


Learn more

CPG News 

Searchable database is available for information on credentials:  List of All State-Approved CTE Credentials (

CTE AT-A-Glance Documents:

  •  New Credential Selection Process (Schools)
  •  New Credential Selection Process (Vendor/Employer)

CTE Facts Brochure and At-A-Glance Resources (

On February 1, 2022, MDE-OCTE announced an additional competitive grant opportunity for the Career Pathways Grant project for 2022-2023. 

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

See all OCTE news