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This section applies to the K-12 component only. Each consortium shall administer a competitive grant program to distribute funding allocated pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 88827 to eligible grant recipients. Consortia are encouraged to collaboratively develop a uniform grant application process that includes a process for grant renewals and for a grant applicant to appeal a grant award decision of the K-12 Selection Committee. As part of the application process, each consortium shall ask applicants to indicate whether they have received a grant under the California Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program established pursuant to Chapter 16.5 (commencing with Section 53070) of Part 28 of Division 4 of Title 2. For each fiscal year, the chancellor's office shall work with the State Department of Education to produce a list of grant recipients that receive funding under this program as well as through the California Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program, including the grant amounts awarded through each program and the purpose for which each grant was awarded. Local educational agencies applying to receive a grant from a consortium shall comply with all of the following:

(a) The local educational agency shall be located within the geographical boundaries of the consortium, and engage in regional efforts to align workforce, employment, and education services.

(b) The local educational agency shall use its consortium's plan developed pursuant to Section 88823 to inform their efforts to create, support, implement or expand upon career technical education courses, course sequences, programs, and pathways, and to the extent possible, integrate available local, regional, state, and private resources to improve the successful outcomes of pupils enrolled in career technical education courses, course sequences, programs, and pathways. To the extent an applicant's career technical education program, or programs, offered in the 2018-19 fiscal year do not align with its consortium's plan developed pursuant to Section 88823, the applicant shall be deemed to meet this requirement by including in its grant application the steps that it will take during the 2018-19 fiscal year to align its career technical education program, or programs, with its consortium's plan.

(c) (1) The local educational agency shall provide matching funds for any grant funding received from this program as follows:

(A) For regional occupational centers or programs operated by a joint powers authority, one dollar ($1) for every one dollar ($1) received from this program.

(B) For local educational agencies, two dollars ($2) for every one dollar ($1) received from this program.

(2) The local match may include funding from school district and charter school local control funding formula apportionments pursuant to Section 42238.02, the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (20 USC Sec. 2301 et seq.), or its successor, the partnership academies program pursuant to Article 5 (commencing with Section 54690) of Chapter 9 of Part 29 of Division 4 of Title 2, the agricultural career technical education incentive program pursuant to Article 7.5 (commencing with Section 52460) of Chapter 9 of Part 28 of Division 4 of Title 2, or any other source, except as provided in paragraph (3).

(3) The local match described in this subdivision shall not include any funding received by the applicant from the California Career Pathways Trust established pursuant to Section 53010, or the California Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program established pursuant to Section 53070.

(4) An applicant's matching funds shall be used to support the program, or programs, for which the applicant was awarded a grant.

(d) The applicant, or the applicant's career technical education program, as applicable, shall meet all of the following minimum eligibility standards:

(1) Is informed by, aligned with, and expands upon regional plans and planning efforts occurring through the Strong Workforce Program.

(2) Offers high-quality curriculum and instruction aligned with the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards adopted by the State Board of Education pursuant to Section 51226, including, but not limited to, providing a coherent sequence of career technical education courses that enable pupils to transition to postsecondary education or training programs that lead to a career pathway or attain employment upon graduation from high school.

(3) Provides pupils with quality career exploration and guidance.

(4) Provides pupil support services, including, but not limited to, counseling and leadership development.

(5) Provides opportunities for pupils to participate in after-school, extended-day, and out-of-school internships, competitions, and other work-based learning opportunities.

(6) Leads to an industry-recognized credential or certificate, appropriate postsecondary training or employment, or a postsecondary degree.

(7) Is staffed by skilled teachers or faculty and provides professional development opportunities for those teachers or faculty members.

(8) (A) Reports data that can be used by policymakers, local educational agencies, community college districts, and their regional partners to support and evaluate the program, including, to the extent possible, demographic data used to evaluate progress in closing equity gaps in program access and completion, and earnings of underserved demographic groups.

(B) Data reported pursuant to this paragraph shall include, but is not limited to, metrics aligned with the core metrics required by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Public Law 113-128), the College/Career Indicator included in the California School Dashboard, and the quality indicators described in the California State Plan for Career Technical Education required by the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (20 USC Sec. 2301 et seq.), or its successor, and the following metrics:

(i) The number of pupils completing high school.

(ii) The number of pupils completing career technical education coursework.

(iii) The number of pupils obtaining an industry-recognized credential, certificate, license, or other measure of technical skill attainment.

(iv) The number of former pupils employed and the types of businesses in which they are employed.

(v) The number of former pupils enrolled in each of the following:

(I) A postsecondary educational institution, disaggregated by public, private nonprofit, and private for-profit institutions.

(II) A state apprenticeship program.

(III) Another form of job training.

(C) No later than November 30 of each fiscal year, the Workforce Pathways Joint Advisory Committee established pursuant to Section 12053 shall review the data metrics specified in subparagraph (B) and make recommendations to the fiscal and appropriate policy committees of both houses of the Legislature and to the Department of Finance as to whether they are the most appropriate metrics to measure and evaluate program outcomes for both new and renewal applicants, and whether other metrics should be included.

(D) Data collected pursuant to this section shall be reported by the grant recipient to the State Department of Education and their K-14 Technical Assistance Provider by November 1 immediately following the fiscal year for which the data is being reported. The K-14 Technical Assistance Provider shall annually notify the K-12 Selection Committee in each region of any grant recipient that fails to provide the required outcome data. The K-12 Selection Committee, in consultation with the consortium, may terminate or rescind contracts and grants from grantees that fail to provide the required outcome-based data pursuant to this paragraph.

(E) The State Department of Education shall make the data reported pursuant to subparagraph (D) available to the chancellor's office on a date to be jointly determined by the State Department of Education and the chancellor's office, to ensure the data is included on the California Community Colleges LaunchBoard data platform.

(F) No later than January 31, 2024, and on or before January 31 every five years thereafter, the State Department of Education shall submit a report, pursuant to Section 53076.5 and this section, to the Department of Finance, the Governor, and the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature evaluating the progress that local educational agencies have made in expanding the availability of high-quality, industry-valued career technical education and workforce development opportunities; improving coordination and alignment with postsecondary educational institutions and workforce agencies and programs; and, to the extent possible, the progress in closing equity gaps in program access and completion.

(Added by Stats. 2018, Ch. 32, Sec. 115.)