Several Missouri Career & Technical Education programs receive grant money

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(KBSI) –  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has awarded several Missouri Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs with grant money to further support the work these programs do to ensure all Missouri students are prepared for success upon graduation and further contribute to developing Missouri’s workforce.

Missouri’s Area Career Center Opportunity (MACCO) Grant provides funding to enhance the state’s CTE capacity by providing more opportunities for CTE students while updating and modernizing career centers’ infrastructure and equipment.

MACCO is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (APRA). It was included in Governor Parson’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget proposal to the General Assembly.

MACCO grants local education agencies (LEAs) up to $400,000 for the following purposes:

  • Create new high-demand and emerging programs
  • Construct a new area career center building
  • Renovate or build an addition to an existing area career center
  • Update or expand current CTE programs
  • Improve infrastructure for safety and equipment needs
  • Upgrade equipment and instructional technology

The grant’s funds must be used to enhance or extend area career centers’ capacities to increase students’ knowledge and skills needed to gain employment in current or emerging fields, continue their education, or re-train for new business and industry opportunities. The grant required local education agencies to submit an application and match 25 percent of the awarded Missouri’s Area Career Center Opportunity funds.

Gran recipients and award totals in the FOX23 viewing area include:

  • Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center, Cape Girardeau, $400,000
  • Current River Career Center, Doniphan, $400,000
  • Kennett Career and Technology Center, Kennett, $400,000
  • New Madrid County R-I Technical Skills Center, New Madrid, $400,000
  • Pemiscot County Career and Technology Center, Hayti, $400,000
  • Perryville Area Career and Technology Center, Perryville, $400,000
  • Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center, Poplar Bluff, $400,000
  • Sikeston Career & Technology Center, Sikeston, $400,000

Tap here to view a complete list of all the grant recipients and award totals.

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