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Concurrent Enrollment Grant Program


 

The Office of Higher Education administers the Concurrent Enrollment Grant Program for development of new concurrent enrollment courses and expansion of existing concurrent programs. Concurrent enrollment courses are college courses taught in high school by qualified high school teachers during the regular school day and offered through a partnership between a high school and a college or university.

Funding Sources

The grant program was established by the 2015 Minnesota Legislature. The 2019 higher education omnibus bill provided $225,000 each year of the 2020-2021 biennium to support development of new concurrent enrollment courses in career and technical education and $115,000 each year of the 2020-2021 biennium for the expansion of existing concurrent enrollment programs by a postsecondary institution currently offering a concurrent enrollment course.

Fiscal Year 2020 Request for Proposals

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is currently seeking proposals to fund concurrent enrollment program expansion and the development of new concurrent enrollment programs in fiscal year 2020. The two funding options are described below:

Option #1, New CTE Concurrent Enrollment Courses: A total of $225,000 is available for fiscal year (FY) 2020. These funds will support grants to Minnesota postsecondary institutions to develop new concurrent enrollment courses under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09, subdivision 10, (https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=124d.09) that satisfy the elective standard for career and technical education. The courses may not be developmental (remedial) courses or any other course that is not college level.

Option #2, Concurrent Enrollment Course Expansion: A total of $115,000 is available for FY 2020. These funds will allow Minnesota postsecondary institutions to expand their concurrent enrollment offerings into new high schools/districts, offer additional courses in high schools that they partner with, and/or offer additional sections of a course that they currently sponsor in a high school. Preference will be given to expanding programs that are at capacity.
Projects for fiscal year 2020 will be funded from November 2019 (or upon contract execution) through June 30, 2020 with a one-year no cost extension at the grantee’s request. The timeline for proposals, awards, and funded projects are as follows:


August 1, 2019

Request for Proposals available to applicants

August 30, 2019

Technical Assistance Webinar for interested applicants

September 13, 2019

Deadline for receipt of Intent to Submit forms

October 4, 2019 (4:30 p.m.)

Deadline for receipt of proposal

November 2019, TBD

Notification of recommended grant awards


If you are interested in joining the technical assistance webinar, please email Kelly Gibson (kelly.gibson@state.mn.us) to register. If you have any questions regarding the RFP or application process, please contact Alaina DeSalvo (alaina.desalvo@state.mn.us).

Criteria

The program awards grants to postsecondary institutions in Minnesota that are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission or the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Programs (NACEP) or working toward NACEP accreditation.

Fiscal Year 2019 Grant Recipients

Fiscal Year 2019 currently funded projects are:

Career and Technical Education Course Development

  • Mesabi Range College, $109,482, "Growing Tomorrows Teachers: A Garden of Opportunity"
  • Pine Technical and Community College, $21,600, "Developing the PTCC Business Academy for Interactive Television (ITV)"
  • Pine Technical and Community College, $27,000, "Developing the PTCC Manufacturing Academy for High School Classrooms & Interactive Television (ITV)"
  • Anoka Technical College, $24,640, "Concurrent Enrollment Automotive Courses at STEP"
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College, $41,918, "Growing Agriculture: Offering Agricultural Pathway Courses in Southwest Minnesota"

Program Expansion

  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College, $32,054, "Building a Teacher Pipeline: Offering Additional Education Pathway Courses at Worthington High School"
  • Southwest Minnesota State University, $29,137, "SMSU Concurrent Enrollment Expansion"
  • Minnesota State Southeast, $16,157, "Expanding Concurrent Enrollment Courses at Winona High School to Meet the Needs of the REACH Health and Human Service Program"

Fiscal Year 2018 Grant Recipients

The projects currently funded are:

Career and Technical Education Course Development

  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College -Creating a Teacher Pipeline: Offering Introduction to Education Courses at Worthington High School
  • Riverland Community College -Developing CTE Concurrent Enrollment Offerings at Riverland Community College: Expanding Concurrent Opportunities in SE Minnesota
  • Anoka Technical College -Concurrent Enrollment Automotive Courses at St. Francis High School
  • Mesabi Range Community College -Expanding Educational Opportunities Grant
  • St. Cloud State University -Encouraging Young Adults to Explore Careers in Gerontology

Program Expansion

  • Inver Hills Community College -Expanding Concurrent Enrollment at Burnsville High School
  • Inver Hills Community College -Expanding Concurrent Enrollment at Simley High School
  • Northland Community and Technical College -Immersion of College Education in Secondary Agriculture and Aerospace Programs

The 2019 fiscal year report to the Minnesota Legislature is now available.