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Workforce Development Funds (Washington)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges


    The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) is committed to helping industry thrive and expand in Washington State and to continue the development of a skilled workforce. The allocated resources will support the continued alignment of education and training programs with current industry practice and employee recruitment needs. This funding is to support one-time projects that are necessary to meet changing needs and expectations of industry and/or prospective students, or to support local workforce and economic development initiatives. Successful proposals will do one or more of the following:

    • Support the transition, redesign, or adjustment of workforce education and training programs to meet the changing needs and expectations of industry (e.g., new competencies, articulation agreements, career pathways, competency-based credentials, badging/microcredentials, new technology, etc.);
    • Support the transition, redesign, or adjustment of instructional programs to meet changing needs and expectations of prospective students for how instructional programs are delivered (e.g., hybrid, remote, virtual, asynchronous);
    • Create, support, or streamline local workforce and economic development initiatives; and/or
    • Support and expand workforce development partnerships among employers, education and training providers, and workers.

    The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is soliciting proposals that fall into one of two categories:

    • Economic Development Proposals: Projects addressing locally identified strategic initiatives, through collaboration with community partners, which require changes in education and training programs in order to deliver a workforce to meet industry needs.
    • Emergent Need Proposals: Projects addressing a need that is emerging due to:
      • Industry-based changes that necessitate adjustments to instructional program content and/or delivery in order to deliver a workforce that meets industry needs. Such changes may be due to industry structural adjustments, emergence of new skill requirements for the industry, new technology, regulations, credentialing standards of industry, and so forth.
      • Changes to prospective students' needs and expectations for attending college professional-technical programs that necessitate changes to educational delivery modes, technology, remote/hybrid instruction, badging or other innovations in credentialing and the portability of credentials, and so forth.
      • Emergent need proposals can include faculty training and/or faculty return-to-industry to support efforts to revise instructional materials or content necessary to meet new/emerging educational delivery requirements. Proposals that include faculty training and/or professional development must be inclusive of adjunct faculty.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Workforce development funds may not be used for:

    • General costs associated with program administration, review, assessment, instruction, or professional development that are not directly related to the development, implementation, and/or improvement of the CLNA process.
    • Products, services, licenses, and/or personnel costs typically funded by Perkins that could not be supported in perpetuity without supplanting state funds.

    The SBCTC requires that all digital software, educational resources, and knowledge produced as part of this competitive funding be placed under the Attribution license from Creative Commons. 



  • Eligibility Details

    A Washington State community or technical college that will initiate or continue comprehensive local needs assessment (CLNA) activities related to Perkins V funding during the FY21 (2020-21 academic year) may opt-in to this funding opportunity.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by March 31, 2022. A similar deadline is anticipated, annually.

    Award Details

    Funding available for 2022-2023 totals $1,500,000. The SBCTC will fund projects in the range of $50,000 to $150,000 per proposal. A project that includes more than one community or technical college may apply for funding in excess of $150,000. Consortium proposals may not exceed $500,000.

    Funding for approved applications will be allocated to colleges. Funding becomes available July 1, 2022 and expires June 30, 2023. Funds do not extend beyond the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2023). Work with your college's business office to access these funds. 

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