North Dakota earmarks $70M for CTE center construction
North Dakota – More than eight North Dakota cities will be vying for $70 million in state appropriations for construction of new career and technology education centers (CTEs).
Grand Forks Public Schools is preparing to issue a request for proposals (RFP) soon for architectural services to draft blueprints for its center. Other municipalities expected to compete for a share of up to $10 million in funding are Bismarck, Dickinson, Fargo, Jamestown, Mandan, Mayville, Watford City, and Williston.
The North Dakota Legislature approved the one-time funding for an area career initiative grant program for career and technical education projects involving construction, addition, maintenance, and equipment for new and existing area career centers.
Preference will be given to school districts that collaborate with other school districts for a regional career center facility or to districts that will use an existing area career center to positively affect that region of the state.
Projects will be given preference that will promote postsecondary education and workforce training education in conjunction with secondary education.
The state will award the funds in two rounds of $35 million each. The first application deadline is October 1, and the second is set for December 1.