New Jersey Department of Education

Early College Model Program-Competitive

Division: Academics and Performance 

Office:  Career Readiness

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It is the intent of the New Jersey Early College Model Program NGO to “empower a diverse group of underserved high school students, specifically those at risk of not completing postsecondary education, with access to an intellectually engaging educational experience, affording them the opportunity to reach their full potential by earning a high school diploma and associate degree, along with supportive career and college counseling, while in high school.” The goal of this program is to support schools’ provision of services and early college programs to students in underrepresented subgroups, which will include increasing career and college advisement on Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s (NJDLWD) identified industries of focus.

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has established a seventeen month grant program. This limited-competitive grant program is open to LEAs that currently operate an existing early college high school program serving students in a municipality designated as a New Jersey Opportunity Zone. One award will be made.

Based on the availability of FY21 state appropriated funds, this first year of the one year grant program will begin April 1, 2021 and will end on August 31, 2022.


Eligible Agencies: LEAs currently operating an existing early college high school program

Approximate Number of Awards:  1

Grant Program Type: Competitive 

Total Amt. Available: $200,000 

Application Due Date: 1/19/2021 

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