The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is requesting applications for the Parallel Pathways to Success Grant Program. The program requires grant recipients to provide matching funds equal to or greater than the TDA grant award (1:1 match ratio). The purpose of this grant is to align educational resources with workforce needs by supporting the development of programs that offer rural high school students a more flexible education system with a focus on job training. Students will have the opportunity to concurrently earn a high school diploma and vocational skills certifications or college credit towards an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree.
Grant applications/proposals/ will be accepted from an accredited high school, institution of higher learning, chamber of commerce, economic development commission or similar organization located in the state of Texas. Partnerships are encouraged; however, a single entity must be designated as the official applicant.
Applicants must demonstrate a benefit to students in rural areas in Texas. TDA defines “rural areas” as municipalities with a population of less than 50,000, and counties that have a non-metropolitan population of less than 200,000.