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U.S. Department of Education Awards $2.8 million in Grants for Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Programs

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The U.S. Department of Education announced the award of $2,802,676 in grants today to Alu Like, Inc., a community-based, non-profit organization, primarily serving and representing Native Hawaiians, to plan, conduct and administer career and technical education programs. The seven grants--awarded under the Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Program (NHCTEP), in partnership with Alu Like Inc.--will provide coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards to prepare students for the high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations in emerging or established professions.

"The Obama Administration is committed to strengthening the nation's skilled workforce and expanding innovative training options," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. "The skills students learn through these programs will prepare them to succeed in college and careers in Hawaii and contribute to a strong economy and our global competitiveness."

Career and technical education in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields is important to providing students with education that can lead to employment in high growth, in-demand industry sectors. In the application for new awards under the FY 2013 NHCTEP, published on June 14, 2013 in the Federal Register, the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) included STEM education and technology as invitational priorities, which grant applicants could choose to highlight in their applications.

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