New Jersey Department of Education

Middle Grades Career Awareness and Exploration Program

Division: Teaching and Learning Services

Office:     Career Readiness

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It is the intent of the Middle Grades Career Awareness and Exploration Grant to cultivate the development of innovative career awareness and exploration programs focused on engaging career-focused instruction and unique experiences for students in the middle grades (defined as grades 5 – 8). Middle grades schools are well positioned to implement this initiative because of the organizational structures, programs and practices that support students’ unique academic, developmental, and social needs such as smaller learning communities, looping, advisory programs, and interdisciplinary teams.

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has established a three year grant program. The Middle Grades Career Awareness and Exploration NGO is a limited competitive grant that is open to those grantees selected through a competitive process in year 1 and that made sufficient progress during the first year. Applicants may apply for up to $68,500.

Based on the availability of FY22 Federal Perkins Reserve – Innovation funds, this second year of this three year grant program will begin July 1, 2022 and will end on June 30, 2023.


Eligible Agencies: 16 School Districts funded in Year 1 of the Grant

Approximate Number of Awards: 16  Grant Program Type:  Continuation

Total Amt. Available:$1,096,000          Application Due Date:  7/21/2022

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