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Ventura County Community College District (Moorpark College)

Grant Amount: $566,111
Project Period: 36 months

Project Description
Established in 2000, the High School at Moorpark College offers interdisciplinary academic instruction linked and integrated with technical education to nearly 150 juniors and senior high school students. Students enroll in one of four career-themed "institutes": Health Sciences, which focuses on a range of possible health careers; Liberal Arts/Teaching, which focuses on preparing students for careers in child development and teaching, or for students undecided about a major; Media Arts/Technology, which focuses on multimedia and information technology; and Business, which prepares students for careers in business and management. A number of math, science, and technical courses are dual credit, giving students an opportunity to earn up to a full year of college credit toward an associate degree by the time they graduate high school. Grant funds will be used to infuse career development and work-based learning experiences throughout the curriculum. School staff will also develop and implement a senior year "career major" project that will combine classroom instruction, student research, and a 10-week work experience, culminating with the student's completion of a research project or work product that will be evaluated by representatives from local business. Partners in the project include the Moorpark Unified School District, Maxon Computer, Los Robles Regional Medical Center, and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., an AOL Time Warner Company.)

Contact Information:
Dr. Victoria Bortolussi, Project Director
7075 Campus Road, Moorpark, CA 93021-1695)
Phone: (805) 378-1405)

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Florida Community College at Jacksonville
Grant Amount: $485,519
Project Period: 36 months

Project Description
Florida Community College at Jacksonville will redesign the adult high school program offered at its downtown campus as a Tech Prep education program that will provide adult high school students with integrated academic and technical instruction, career guidance and academic counseling, internships and other work-based learning opportunities, and opportunities to enroll in dual credit technical education courses. Students will graduate the program with a high school diploma and credits toward the completion of an associate degree in a technical career field. Technical education coursework will focus on automotive technology, computer systems and networking, construction and metal trades, manufacturing technology, office systems technology, and health care. An estimated 600 students, principally ages 18 through 24, are expected to enroll in the high school over the three-year project period. BellSouth Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, the Coalition for Automotive and Truck Training, the Florida Construction Institute, and the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce are among the business partners who will participate in the implementation of the project. Grant funds will be used for initial start-up costs, including curriculum and professional development.

Contact Information:
Suzanne Stout, Project Director
501 West State Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: (904) 632-3059

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Polk Community College
Grant Amount:$500,000
Project Period: 36 months

Project Description
In cooperation with the Lakeland Regional Medical Center and nearly fifty business partners, Polk County Community College and the School Board of Polk County will establish a Collegiate High School on the college campus that will offer integrated academic and technical instruction to 200 high school juniors and seniors. An estimated forty percent of students will be students from low-income families, out-of-school youth, students with disabilities, who have limited English proficiency, or who have other special needs. Technical education programs will focus on the information technology and allied health fields and be articulated with associate degree programs offered by the college. Every student will participate in a work-based learning experience that may include a paid summer internship with one of the project's business partners. During their junior year, students will complete an interdisciplinary research project that will be evaluated by an English teacher and at least one technical program instructor. In their senior year, students will complete a technical or career-related project that will be evaluated by a panel of business and industry representatives. Peer tutors and business mentors will provide support to students as they progress through the program. School leaders plan to seek charter school status once the program is established. Grant funds will be used to support the startup costs of the program, including instructional and administrative costs and professional development for teachers, administrators and counselors.

Contact Information:
Stephen E. Hull, Project Director
999 Avenue H, NE
Winter Haven, FL 3388
Phone: (863) 297-1094

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Anoka Hennepin Independent School District #11
Grant Amount: $569,453
Project Period: 36 months

Project Description
In collaboration with local business partners, the Anoka-Hennepin Independent School District #11 and Anoka-Hennepin Technical College will establish an Accelerated Career and Technical education program (ACT) that will provide full-time academic and technical instruction to fifty juniors and seniors at a new facility located on the college campus. The technical education programs will focus on information technology, health, and design and manufacturing occupations. Technical courses will be dual credit, giving students an opportunity to earn up to 36 college credits by the end of their senior year. An estimated twenty percent of the students will be recruited from among students who are at-risk of dropping out of high school, from special needs populations, or who are participating through a multi-district desegregation plan. Grant funds will be used to support the project's initial startup costs, including curriculum and professional development, textbooks, and some instructional costs.

Contact Information:
Ginny Karbowski, Project Director
11299 Hanson Boulevard NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433-3799
Phone: (763) 506-1135

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State Fair Community College
Grant Amount: $535,918
Project Period: 36 months

Project Description
State Fair Community College, in partnership with 10 high schools and 8 area businesses, will establish an integrated academic and technical program for high school juniors and seniors on its campus. During their junior year, students will enroll in technical courses at the State Fair Area Vocational-Technical School, which is located on the site of the college, and enroll in academic courses at their home high school. During their senior year, students will enroll full-time in academic and technical courses at the college, many of which will be dual credit, giving students an opportunity to earn up to 30 hours of credit toward an associate degree by the time they graduate from high school. The technical education programs include agriculture, automotive service, building maintenance and repair, building trades, child care careers, electronics, graphic arts, health occupations, microcomputers and business technology, machine tool technology and welding technology. An estimated 30 students are expected to enroll in the program each year, or a total of 90 students over the 3-year project period. Grant funds will be used to upgrade technical equipment to meet current industry standards and for curriculum and professional development.

Contact Information:
Kevin Dinsdale, Project Director
3201 West 16th Street
Sedalia, Missouri
Phone: (660) 530-5800.

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Lehigh Carbon Community College
Grant Amount: $573,600
Project Period: 36 months

Project Description
Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) and the Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (LCTI), a part-time secondary area vocational school, will revise and implement a multi-track Tech Prep manufacturing technology program that will serve 60 secondary students over the 3-year project period. The consortium will develop new curricular tracks focused on robotics and semiconductor technology at the secondary level and biotechnology, optoelectronics, and welding at the postsecondary level. In addition to taking technical classes at LCTI, juniors and seniors may enroll in academic or technical courses offered by LCCC. Students who perform well on the college's academic placement exam and have a B average in their high school courses will enroll in college-level courses; other students will be placed in the college's remedial and developmental academic courses. Students may earn up to 15 college credits during their participation in the program. All students will have the opportunity to participate in internships linked to the curriculum. Grant funds will be used for curriculum development, equipment, project management, and career counseling for students.

Contact Information:
Linda L. Mesics, Project Director
4525 Education Park Drive
Schnecksville, PA 18078
(610) 799-1585

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Nashville State Technical Institute
Grant Amount: $574,589
Project Period: 36 months

Project Description
In collaboration with the Williamson County School District, Electronic Data Systems, and the Williamson County Economic Development Council, Nashville State Technical Institute will enhance its existing Middle College High School by creating two Tech-Prep programs that will focus on information technology. Established in 1998, the Middle College High School now offers a traditional college prep curriculum. The school will create two Tech Prep programs, one focused on communications technology (i.e., computer networking) and another focused on computer information systems (i.e., computer programming), which will offer a mix of academic and technical courses, many of which will be dual credit. Work-based learning opportunities, including paid summer internships, will be provided to all students. The Information Technology Academy will enroll 25 juniors in fall 2002 and enroll an additional 25 students the following year.

Contact Information:
Bob Wright, Project Director
120 White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 353-3571

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Community Colleges of Spokane
Grant Amount: $573,448
Project Period: 36 months

Project Description
Spokane Community College will establish a biotechnology high school on its downtown campus in partnership with three area school districts and several local biotechnology businesses. The school will provide instruction to an estimated 60 juniors and seniors in a dual credit biotechnology curriculum that is based on industry-developed skill standards for biotechnology technicians. Students will select English, social science, and other remaining courses needed to fulfill high school graduation requirements from among college-level courses offered by the community college or courses offered by their home high schools. Work-based learning opportunities will be provided to students through classroom laboratory projects designed by and performed for local businesses, as well as through paid summer internships. In addition to earning a number of college credits toward a two-year degree in biotechnology or other science, students who complete the program will be awarded an industry-validated certificate as a biotechnology technician, a high-wage, high-demand occupation in the Spokane region. Grant funds will be used to support the initial startup costs of the school, including instructional and administrative costs, technology, and work-based learning opportunities for students.

Contact Information:
Clay Malinak, Project Director
501 North Riverpoint Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99217-6000
(509) 533-7246.

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Chippewa Valley Technical College
Grant Amount: $561,880
Project Period: 36 months

Project Description
Chippewa Valley Technical College will serve 100 high school juniors and seniors from the Eau Claire Area School District in a new Chippewa Valley Health Care Academy. Developed in partnership with the school district and area health care providers in response to a critical labor shortage in nursing and other health care occupations, the new Academy will focus on the career fields of nursing and sonography. It will be located on the campus of Chippewa Valley Technical College, and will enroll students both part-time and full-time. The business partners will provide work-based learning opportunities to students through clinical experiences and summer internships. Through a dual credit arrangement between the college and the school district, Academy students will have the opportunity to complete the first year of either the Associate Degree in Nursing program or the Associate Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program before high school graduation. Grant funds will be used to support initial startup costs of the Academy, including curriculum development, other instructional costs, and project management.

Contact Information:
Project Director Margaret Dickens
620 W. Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701-6162
(715) 833-6419.

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