Grant Applications for County Vo-Tech School Districts, Colleges Now Open

By: Katie Francis, Follow South Jersey News Reporting Intern

SOUTH JERSEY — Governor Phil Murphy announced last Friday that another round of grant applications are available for county vocational-technical high school districts and county colleges. This second round of grant opportunities aims to further enhance career and technical education at a number of New Jersey schools.

Gov. Murphy is focused on the impact these funds will have on the future success of New Jerseyans and the economy.

“Making these additional funds available is part of our Administration’s key priorities to ensure more New Jerseyans have equitable access to high-paying, in-demand careers that will fuel our innovation economy now and through our pandemic recovery,” he said.

New Jersey voters approved the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act, also known as the “Bond Act,” in November 2018. The act is made up of $500 million in bonds, and $275 million is available for the career and technical education (CTE) enhancement grants. Of the funds made available for CTE enhancement grants, $50 million will be allocated for county colleges, and the rest are for water infrastructure and security projects in K-12 schools.

The first round of Bond Act CTE grants that were announced in July awarded county vocational school districts $222.9 million compared to the most recent funding of $275 million. The July funding also awarded county colleges $26.5 million compared to Friday’s announcement of $50 million.

New Jersey county colleges and county vo-tech school districts can apply for these grants until February 14, 2022. To apply, or for more information, visit the New Jersey Department of Education’s website and the Office of Secretary of Higher Education website.

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.