Biden-Harris Administration Allocates $25M in Grants to Enhance Career-Focused High Schools

The Biden-Harris Administration today is announcing 19 new grant awards totaling $25 million through the first-ever Perkins Innovation and Modernization, Career Connected High Schools (CCHS) grant program.

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) is investing $25 million in the Perkins Innovation and Modernization, Career Connected High Schools (CCHS) grant program. These grants aim to develop new high-quality career-connected high school programs for more students, by partnering with business and industry. Grantees will focus on four strategies to help students succeed in their careers: providing postsecondary education and career guidance, increasing access to dual or concurrent enrollment programs, offering work-based learning opportunities, and providing industry-recognized credentials.

“President Biden understands the importance of career-connected learning to prepare our young people for in-demand careers and well-paying jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “By providing all students with access to dual enrollment classes, work-based learning, industry credentials, and comprehensive career advising, we can transform the American high school experience and ensure that every student is career-ready. The Biden-Harris Administration remains committed to providing career-connected learning opportunities for every student in every community.”

This grant is part of the Department’s initiative called “Raise the Bar: Unlocking Career Success.” The initiative aims to help young Americans access good-paying jobs by implementing innovative models. Secretary Cardona will highlight this announcement during a visit to DC Public Schools’ Advanced Technical Center in Washington, DC. The CCHS grant program is the Department’s first-ever effort to build capacity and coordination among secondary and postsecondary education, workforce development systems, and community partners. The goal is to expand access to career-connected high school programs, especially for underserved students.

The Department received 160 eligible applications from 43 states and the District of Columbia, with funding requests totaling over $850 million for comprehensive career-connected learning projects.

The following are the recipients of the CCHS grants:





Pike County Board of Education



Arkansas Department of Education



Yuma/La Paz Counties Community College District



Blue Lake Rancheria



Office of the State Superintendent of Education



Miami Dade College



Clayton County Public Schools



Illinois Central College



South Bend Community School Corporation



Allen County Schools



Rockcastle County Board of Education

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