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Parallel Pathways to Success Grant Program

Deadline: closed

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) created the Parallel Pathways to Success Grant Program to assist communities as they strive 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 are provided an opportunity to concurrently earn a high school diploma and vocational skills certifications or college credit towards an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree.

Eligibility
When available, grant applications are accepted from accredited high schools, institutions of higher learning, chambers of commerce, economic development commissions or similar organizations located in the state of Texas. 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.


The availability of future funding is unknown at this time. Please check back periodically for updates.

Program Highlights
  • Creates a qualified labor force for local employers.
  • Provides additional post-secondary education options for high school students.
  • Available skilled labor force encourages new local economic development.
  • TDA has awarded seven awards totaling more than $750,000 and benefiting hundreds of current and former student participants.

“What we are willing to invest today will produce dividends later.  This [Parallel Pathways grant] program allowed us to help each one of our students whether they were college, trade school or directly to work students.”   - Rick Moeller, Knox City High School
 
Program Contact
Ms. Mindy Fryer
Grants Specialist
phone: (512) 463-6908
fax: (888) 223-9048
 
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