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Announcing New Grant Opportunity

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

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Career Pathways Grant (CPG) Program

The Career Pathways Grant is 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.

On February 1, 2022, 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) issued an additional competitive grant opportunity for the Career Pathways Project for 2022-2023, Collaborative Career Pathway Grant Opportunity. All necessary forms are embedded in the Career Pathway Grant Application.

An informational webinar for interested applicants was held on Monday, February 7, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Although no questions were submitted for the Career Pathways Grant application, please note the application for this round has significant changes from the previous applications, including:

  1. Letter of Commitment requirements for secondary and postsecondary grant partners only
  2. Grant Process and Timeline
  3. Grant Narrative required to be entered into Narrative Response Form
  4. Stakeholder Form requirements

Important dates to remember:

  • Applications are due April 15, 2022
  • Grant awards will tentatively be announced June 1, 2022
  • Grant start date is tentatively June 1, 2022
  • Grant end date is May 15, 2023

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. 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.

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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.


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CPG News 

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

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