posted on May 21, 2012 09:20
“Grow Dakota - Education for a Strong Economy” SD EPSCoR Funds-2013
The purpose of the Request for Proposal (RFP) is to solicit proposals to increase career opportunities and achievement of secondary school students by enhancing, expanding and developing new programs and opportunities in specific Career Clusters.
Please note: the level of priority will be:
1-Science, Technology, Engineering & Math,
3-Health Science, and
4-Agriculture Food & Natural Resources.
Additional resources: 1-ACTE Issue Brief: STEM, 2-www.acteonline.org & 3-SD My Life
This can be accomplished through the following objectives:
1. Rigorous New Program
To provide opportunities for “new” program initiatives specific to a career cluster and based on
national standards or industry certifications. Examples include:
Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Cluster- Project-based Engineering, such as
Project Lead The Way Engineering
Information Technology Cluster- Project-based Computer Science
Health Science Cluster–Project-based Biomedical Science, such as Project Lead The Way
Agriculture Food & Natural Resources Cluster-Project–based Science, such as CASE
2. Increasing Rigor and Relevance in Current Programs
To expand, add rigor to, and align existing programs to SD Career Clusters.
To provide real-world experiences for students by establishing partnerships with business and
To provide students with dual-credit opportunities through partnerships with post-secondary
3. Career Guidance
Career Cluster camps (following the state-wide framework)
To provide career guidance opportunities and information about postsecondary education for
students through partnerships between Career Cluster programs.
To facilitate career guidance opportunities through personal learning plans for all students
that leads them to further education and/or career opportunities.
4. Capstone Experiences
To implement Youth Internships, Senior Experiences, or Entrepreneurship Experiences
opportunities for students.
5. Virtual Courses
To provide rigorous virtual courses in a specific career cluster/pathway through a provider
approved by the Department of Education.
RFP available at: www.doe.sd.gov/octe/SDEPSCoRgrant.asp