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Department of Labor Announces Funding for Cooperative Agreements to Improve Post-Secondary Education and Employment Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities
Jul 1, 2014
The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy has announced the availability of $2,083,300 for two cooperative agreements to improve post-secondary education and employment opportunities for youth with disabilities through the Pathways to Careers: Community Colleges for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities Demonstration Project.

Each cooperative agreement may receive up to $1,041,650 to fund a pilot project that will build the capacity of community colleges to meet the educational and career development needs of youth with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities. The pilots will provide for researching, developing, testing and evaluating innovative systems to deliver inclusive integrated education and career development services.

To be eligible, grant applicants must be: institutes of higher education that provide education and career training that can be completed in two years or less and recipients of funding through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program. Grantees will be required to use the Guideposts for Success, developed by ODEP in collaboration with the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, as a framework in developing their projects. They must also establish partnerships with public workforce systems; intermediary organizations serving as conveners, brokers or technical assistance providers; philanthropic, business-related, nonprofit, community-based or labor organizations; youth-focused disability-serving organizations; state or local disability-serving organizations; and local education agencies.

The full announcement for this cooperative agreement opportunity (SCA-14-03), including eligibility requirements, particularly regarding the partnerships, for applicants, can be found at http://www.grants.gov or http://www.dol.gov/odep/. Applications will be accepted until Monday, Aug. 11. All grants will be awarded by Sept. 30.

ODEP provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on the employment of people with disabilities. For more information on ODEP and the grant awards, visit http://www.dol.gov/odep/.

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