Superintendent's Memo #160-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

July 9, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Virginia Career Pathways System Grant Competition

The Virginia Community College System (VCCS), on behalf of Virginia's Career Pathways System, announces a grant competition for three regionally based $75,000 grant awards for the period August 1, 2010 through December 31, 2011. The VCCS will fund three regional grant awards, in part, through support provided by the Ford Foundation. Grants will be administered at the state level by the VCCS in collaboration with the State Career Pathways Taskforce comprised of representatives of the Office of the Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Virginia; VCCS; Virginia Department of Education (VDOE); State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV); Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP); and Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI). The purpose of the grant awards is to support development of operational frameworks through which regions can build or improve career pathways systems.

Please note that the expectation is that these new $75,000 grants will be issued to organizations representing a regional partnership that is comprised of at least some of the following partners in a career pathways system: economic development organization, Workforce Investment Boards, community colleges, universities, private colleges and technical schools, school divisions, adult education programs, social services agencies, and community based organizations. Of these partners, any of the following may apply for the grant on behalf of the other identified partners:

Specific products and guidelines for the grants are detailed in Attachment A. Other attachments include Attachment B-the application, and Attachment C-work plan and budget.

The pre-proposal Webinar was held at 10 a.m. on July 8, 2010, and the due date for the grant application is July 30. Three hard copies of the grant application, including one with original signatures and two with copies of original signatures included, are due to the VCCS on or before Friday, July 30, 2010. Mailed applications should be addressed to Elizabeth J. Moran, Virginia Community College System, 101 N. 14th Street, James Monroe Building, 17th Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23219. In addition to providing the VCCS with three hard copies of the application, including signature pages, narrative proposal, Excel spreadsheet work plan, and line item budget, applicants must also send an electronic copy of all of the above materials on or before July 30, 2010 to



  1. Guidelines for the Regional Career Pathways System Grants (PDF)
  2. Regional Career Pathways System Grant Narrative Proposal (Word)
  3. Regional Career Systems Grant Work Plan and Budget (XLS)