The U.S. Department of Education invites high schools to propose technology education programs that use competency-based distance learning.
No matter where they want to work or what they want to do, today’s high school students will need advanced technology skills. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the tech industry will add more than 500,000 new jobs over the next decade — and many of those jobs are not location-dependent. Rural communities can be a source of tech talent, and skills-based distance learning can help build career pathways in underserved areas.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Education launched the Rural Tech Project, a $600,000 challenge to advance rural technology education and prepare students for the careers of today and tomorrow. The Department invites high schools and local educational agencies to propose technology education programs that use competency-based distance learning.
By advancing technology skills development, rural communities can help their students prepare for rewarding career opportunities. This open innovation challenge, designed and produced by Luminary Labs, will empower educators with resources to create technology education programs that are customized for their students and local needs.
Eligible schools and local education agencies must submit proposals by October 8. Up to five finalists will each receive an equal share of the $500,000 Phase 1 cash prize pool and progress to Phase 2, a two-year implementation period. Finalists will also receive on-the-ground assistance, expert mentorship, and access to virtual resources as they plan, run, refine, and report on their programs. One grand-prize winner will receive an additional $100,000.