K12SWP Bidders’ Conference October 2019

November 10, 2019 0 By Luis Garrison

>>Today to the K12 Strong Workforce Program Bidder’s Conference for the RFA for 2019 and 2020. Before we get started, I just wanted to give you some housekeeping items. First of all, we’ve got everybody on mute today. If you do have questions, go ahead submit them through the chat room. Today is technically the last day to submit questions, but we’ll take into account some of the questions that we receive and if there’s anything new, then we’ll report them on the FAQs. Realize that we’ve been doing a number of FAQ development or frequently asked question development through our engagement meetings that have taken place. And so for those of you on the call that have been able to attend an engagement meeting, thank you. For those of you that have upcoming ones, we appreciate your attendance there. As always, we want you to refer to the RFA for any additional questions that may rise and then the FAQs. If you have additional questions after that, you can always approach the regional chairs the leads on each region to ask questions, too. Again, once the point of the deadline for the questions ends, then we can really only answer questions that are related to NOVA access and accessing the online portal. Just keep that in mind. Today is designed to really get you all
the information you need for the RFA. Again, my name is Matt Roberts. I’m the Dean for Field Operations overseeing the K12 Strong Workforce
Program and the Strong Workforce Programs here at the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Let me give a shout out to our California
Department of Education counterparts, Michele McIntosh and Pradeep and the team over at CDE. I’d like to really thank them for their help this year in the development of the RFA. Joining me on the call today is my colleague from here at the Chancellors Office.>>Good afternoon, everybody. ALejandro Navaro with the Chancellor’s Office.>>Together, we’re going to just
go through these slides with you. The slides are all posted and we’ll show
you where those are at in just a minute along with other resources. Of course the presentation today that’s
being recorded will be available at a point in the near future in our Chancellor’s Office website. If you do know folks that weren’t able to attend today, just turn them to the Chancellor’s
Office website with K12 Strong Workforce and they’ll be able to pull it up. Are there things I missed there so far? Today, the purpose of today’s session
is to really walk you through the application for K12 Strong Workforce
and to review support resources, materials, and tools to help you. I want to thank the field for all of your comments, all of your productive comments and criticisms to help us to improve the tools that we roll out to you. We listened. I want you to know that the application, we’ve gone in and tried to reduce a lot of the duplication, a lot of the administrative burden
that may be you experienced in the first iteration. Realize that the first year, we had
probably six months to roll this out, but in the second year, we had a little
bit more time, so again, thank you. Throughout the session though, where applicable, we’ll also address some frequently asked questions that have surfaced during the introductory webinar. A little bit later on the PowerPoint today, I’m going to ask Alejandro talk about four or five really of the top questions that we’re getting in the field and maybe it’ll answer you some things that are on your head, on the top of your minds. We also want to tell you that FAQs have come from the regional engagement meetings and other questions that you submitted directly to the helpdesk here. Same process as we used last year. Once again, the RFA and support resources available on the Chancellor’s Office website really provide very detailed descriptions, examples, and it should be examined carefully prior to preparing and submitting your application. More general information about K12 Strong Workforce is available at the Chancellor’s Office website including an overview of the K12 Strong Workforce Program and an archive of introductory webinars
from the September 18, 2019 meeting date. We want you to be able to message what this funding does, what it’s intended to do to your boards, to your administrators, et cetera in your communities. Let’s move forward. Let’s dig right in. The K12’s SWP RFA and support materials were released on the Chancellor’s Office website
and by email on October 1, 2019. Included in the packet are the RFA itself, the CTE Pathway Program work plan template which you’ll need. There’s also a template with an example. You can see from top to bottom how to fill out the work plan. There’s a budget template as well and then also scoring rubrics. I want to point out that last year, I don’t believe that we have the scoring
rubrics complete prior to the RFA release, and so this year, we’re very pleased that we have this. Also, too, the scoring rubrics have been aligned with those that are being used for
CTEIG or the CTE Incentive Grant over at the California Department of Education. The rubrics are definitely an area
where we’ve aligned across programs. Similar to last year, the K12 Strong Workforce application will be submitted through the NOVA
system, through the NOVA platform. That’s the online application portal. That portal will become available on November 1st. In a couple of weeks, November 1st, you’ll have
access to filling up the actual applications. We made these materials available to you to give your organization time to plan
and to prepare your applications. We also want to point out that we’ve
done a tremendous amount of work aligning our timelines with timeline
for CTEIG or the CTE Incentive Grant. We’re always looking for ways to integrate
our application processes with the board. Here’s the timeline for K12 Strong Workforce. Again, October 1 is the release of RFA and support materials. On November 1st, so in roughly 10 days or 2 weeks, the online NOVA reporting system opens so that you
can fill up the application online and submit. Realize that the K12 Strong Workforce application, all of the required forums that are specified
in the RFA and all supporting documents are due in the NOVA system by December 18, 2019 by 5 p.m. Notice that 5 p.m. stop time. Last year, we had a couple of folks
not meet that timeline at 5 p.m. Make sure that we’re reinforcing it. The applications will then be read, scored, and the selection of committees in each of the region will deliberate between January 13th and February 21, 2020. Then of course, we expect to put out announcements
in February, late February of 2020. We’re trying to ramp up the timeline a little quicker this year in response to the need to get dollars out to the field. Hopefully, this timeline works for you. Notice that the applications being due on December 18th is right before you leave for your holiday break in December, so we’re hoping that that works okay for you. Here are the eligible applicants. While we’ve covered the issues
regarding eligibility and allocations in the introductory webinar on
September 18th and in the RFA itself, based on the questions submitted, we think it’s worthwhile reviewing
important aspects of the application including eligibility and funding levels, so here we go. If you’re part of an LEA and the LEA
is defined as a school district inclusive of all programs underneath your continuation
ed, your special needs students, et cetera, we really want you to drill down and call out
those specific folks within your district. County offices of education of course
are an LEA and equally can apply. Charter schools as well can apply. Lastly, ROPs or regional occupational
centers and program or OCPs can apply. These are all eligible applicants. Going forward, this is the same group as we had last year. In looking at funding levels, the highest level of ADA, if you look at the one that’s over 10,000 ADA, the top amount that an LEA can apply for is 2,000,000. It’s been reduced somewhat from last year. Last year, we had a top amount of
6,000,000 on that top level band. Again, the top level band over 10,000 in ADA, you can apply for up to 2,000,000. That’s the only change in these bands. The rest of the bands stayed the same,
up to 140 ADA or students, you can apply up to 250,000, up to 550 ADA, you can apply up to 500,000,
and up to 10,000 ADA, up to a million. Funding levels are based on the average daily attendance or ADA. The ADA is calculated for the lead and K12 partners. That number is automatically populated from a CDE database and it will be automatically populated in the application. These funding bands are the maximum
allowable dollars per application. While applicants are allowed to request any
level of funding within their eligible band, this does not guarantee the amount that will be awarded. So, take into consideration the bands as you’re applying. Know that it’s district ADA that rolls up,
so that’s your top number that will come out. Again, these are prepopulated. Application guidelines. Last year, we had a letter of attempt
requirement, this year, we do not. For the 2019-’20 administration of K12 Strong
Workforce, there’s no LOI requirement. An LEA can submit up to three applications
but no more than three applications. Those applications, you can be either the lead
agency or you can be a K12 partner agency. You have the option, but you can be listed on no more than three. In each application, you can apply for up
to the maximum bands that are allowed. Again, each application can request up to the maximum amount within their eligible funding band for each application. In obtaining your K12 Strong Workforce
Program grant in round one, if you did, it does not prohibit your LEA
from applying again in round two and ensuring funding cycles. However, regardless of past awards, each LEA can submit no more than three application
as a lead or K12 partner agency. We told you that before. Again, you’re encouraged to apply, to continue to apply. We will okay dollars too to continue
to flow into projects and pathways that are going to really move students. Okay, so let’s talk about preparing and
submitting the K12 Strong Workforce application. Very deliberate, very clear in terms of the RFA. We’re hoping you’re going to find it that way. These are the sections listed. You can see on the right-hand corner on the maximum points. Again, the RFA offers detailed guidelines in
preparing and submitting the application, so today we’re only going to provide a high level overview. There are essentially 11 sections in the application. While a majority of the sections are not scored, completing a majority of these sections is required. Grant applications are scored on a 100-point scale and a minimum score of 75 must be
obtained to be considered for funding, 75 is the cut score over on the point scale. Take into account all 11 areas. Let’s cover the first two sections. The first two sections of the application is
gathering information about you as the applicant, the title of the project, contact information,
dates of proposed work and participating schools. Many of these items are prepopulated from
NOVA, and so you won’t have to enter it. These sections will not be scored but are mandatory. You want to make sure that you’re
filling out sections one and two. Section three, four, and five. The K12 Strong Workforce Program encourages
and supports intersegmental collaboration. In sections three, four, and five, you’re being asked to identify your partners and to discuss them. Partners are identified as follows. Number one, a K12 partner agency or LEAs
that are not the lead on the application but you intend to receive K12 Strong
Workforce funds from those work. It could be a part of a consortium, a mini consortium. It could be an agency, another LEA agency that
you’re working with that dollars will flow to. The second one, higher education partners are California
community colleges or community college districts. Collaborative partners include
business in industry organizations, workforce development agencies,
government offices and philanthropies, other types of community based organizations as well. It’s important to note that while
partnering with K12 partner agencies and collaborative partners is encouraged, it is not required. However, purposeful partnership with at least one partner in community college or community college district is required. Just make sure that as your applications are coming forward, that you’re including a community college or
a community college district as a partner. An LEA may partner with a community college in another region. Certainly, if your geography affords that or
if you have programs that are tied to it. If that community college agrees to partner with the LEA
and the K14 pathway strength by such a partnership. You know the colleges that you work best with in
terms of proximity and movement of your students. Again, ask yourselves where do your students move and
what’s the best way to move them into post-secondary. For section six, this is the problem statement. It’s for project objectives and also other special
considerations that you might want to include, might want the selection committee to understand. This section is worth 25 points, so quite a few. It’s one of the only few sections in
the application requiring a narrative. We recommend that you are writing
this ahead of time and putting it in, making sure that it’s in sync and covering
the problem statement and your objectives. This is an important section. The problem statement is where you describe the problem or need that your K12 Strong Workforce Program efforts will address. This statement should be concise, clear, and evidence based, and include local regional workforce needs that are informed by your region Strong
Workforce Program regional plan. That’s the regional plan that has labor market information, has scans of where jobs are over supplies and demands. Really take a look at that when you’re coming
up with programs that you want to fund. Also, programs that target underserved student populations that require increased access or engagement in CTE. Students that you’re really trying to target and students that you’re really trying to— Might be traditionally underserved in
programs and that you really want to pull in. A third area of challenges in current CTE
pathways that this plan will address. In other words, if there’s challenges that
you want to fix in your current CTE pathway and then tell us how the plan will address it. Lastly, give us evidence. Give us evidence that supports the need. Obviously, if you have data that shows the need, then use that, but quantify it as much as you can or qualify it. The maximum character count for the
statement is 1,500 characters. Make sure you’re providing the page limit or about half a page. It’s worth a maximum of nine points. Your region’s labor market information
data should inform this section. Make sure, again, that you’re using your data points such as labor market to justify your investments and especially within the problem statement
on the objectives that you’re identifying. The project objectives is an opportunity to again describe the clear and concrete objectives your project aims to achieve to address the issues in the problem statement. Keep in mind what the focus of this funding is about and that’s to increase the transition of
students from secondary to post-secondary. Your statement should include how your organization will use the K12 Strong Workforce
funds to help meet those objectives. Tell us the story is what we’re asking for. You don’t necessarily need to be a
professional grant writer in order to do that. The project objectives should therefore be informed by your region’s Strong Workforce regional plan for workforce needs in your local or regional economy. If you’ve done other scans, if you’ve had your
advisory committees give you information, all of those are examples of evidence that you can use to justify expenditure and investment in CTE. Lastly, you want to target improved access
and engagement of underserved students. Again, the maximum character count for the project
objectives is 1,500 with a maximum of 8 points. Again, the K12 Strong Workforce Program is designed to serve to support underserved students
and also our at-risk populations. Therefore, a special consideration will
be given to the following programs and pathways that are located in area of high unemployment rate. We will use the workforce innovation and opportunity acts or WIOA as guidelines to establish the unemployment rates. Specifically an unemployment rate
above 6.45% will be considered high. NOVA will use the unemployment rate for
the county in which the LEA is located. Basically, your unemployment rate will roll up to the county and it’s considered high if it’s above 6.45 for these purposes. Programs and pathways located in a rural area, again, NOVA will use the determination for
the county in which the LEA is located. I think we’re going to use REAP types of determination, so rural types of funding, the REAP program, those designations. The third one is programs or pathways serving student subgroups that have a dropout rate higher than the state rate of 2.4%. This is self-reported for the county in which the LEA is located. Again, look at your LEA and see where
the needs of your students are especially those students that are at-risk or unduplicated. Then also, programs and pathways that
do serve those unduplicated pupils, identified as EL students or English learners, students who qualify for free or reduced lunch price meals, or students who are designated foster youth. You can also include students who are
in your homeless categories, too. Then lastly, programs and pathways that serve K12 students defined as special population per Perkins V. All of these types of student
designations and that require more need are areas that we will give special consideration for. Again, for this area, a maximum of eight points can be awarded. Eight points for such an important area. We’ll continue to ask you to prioritize your students. Moving on to section seven. This is for your industry sectors and pathway. This section is not scored but is required. We ask you to just give us a discussion of your sector and how the sector is linked within your pathway. Then on the next slide, here you are asked to select the appropriate
industry sectors you plan to target. The California Department of Education 15 industry sectors had been crosslocked with the California
Community Colleges’ 10 priority sectors so that when you select the appropriate CDE sector, it automatically associates and crosslocks
with the community college sector. It automatically populates within the application itself. You don’t have to think about that, you just need to know what your target
is for your sector on the CDE side. Knowing full well that the sectors are areas
that we want to target for investments but we also want to talk about those
investments with you once spending is done. Next, you select the pathway to be
included in the pathway program plan. Again, at least one pathway must be selected. That’s once you’ve created your sector
or you’ve identified the sector, then you identify the pathway or the program plan. Next, you’ll identify the purpose of the proposed K12 pathway and the number of pathway programs that’s involved. We want to know as you’re telling us that you
want to create a pathway, is it a new pathway? So if you want to create a new pathway, that would be one intent. Another intent would be you want to
improve or modify an existing pathway. The third intent would be that you want
to expand or scale an existing pathway. You want to actually put some fertilizer on it and grow it. The last one is that you want to
implement a pathway across sectors such that it could be something like professional development or even a position that would serve
multiple sectors and multiple works. We’re going to ask you to quantify the purpose for two reasons. Saying the purpose of your proposed
work in the number of pathways involved gives us a sense of scope of your proposed work. It also allows us to tell a story of where you’re
putting your investments, what’s most important. We also will aggregate the responses,
we’ll roll it up to the state level here, and we’ll see what type of other supports that
we can mobilize to assist you in the fields. For instance, if you’re targeting— There’s a lot of folks that are
targeting creation of a new pathway, perhaps we can augment the support
for that particular sector to help. These are important informational
ideas or information that we collect about your industry sector and specifically
the pathway too that you want to target. You’ll hear me say this more than a few times, but
more is not necessarily more in terms of writing. It’s perfectly acceptable for project scope
of work to focus on only one design purpose. You don’t have to solve the world’s
problems but what you do need to do is make sure that your students are creating outcomes that are targeted towards your goals, your local goals, but also the college and career indicators that are at
the state level within the accountability structure. The application will only be scored on the actual work proposed. In other words, we’re not going to
suddenly fill in the blanks for you. Do not select a purpose that is not part of your proposed plan. In other words, as you go through and
you’re re-reading your application, make sure that these different areas sync up together, make sure that they’re related to each other, and then it really brings out the
focus for what you’re designing. Section eight is for your CTE pathway program work plan. There are multiple steps and it’s worthwhile,
it’s worth a maximum of 60 points. This is a pretty big piece where we ask you
to tell us how and what you’re going to do. In section eight also, it’s the heart of the
application and includes several steps. We want you to upload the 2019-’20 high
quality CTE program evaluation tool that you would’ve filled out for CTEIG. We’ll ask you to upload that. If you’re not applying for CTEIG, we’d like you to make sure that you’re
filling this out, this evaluation. A lot of you are probably already doing that. We want to identify the K14 pathway quality elements. We want you to complete and upload
your CTE pathway program work plan because this tells us what and how you’re going to do it. Then lastly, we want you to help identify
other funds to support your CTE work. In this section, make sure that you’re using the instruments that are called out for and identified in ways that are going to shine a light on your program, on your
program ideas, on your pathway ideas. Also in section eight, data indicate that a vast majority of
K12 Strong Workforce Program awardees are also CTEIG grant recipients, especially in the ’18, ’19 year. It’s an important component of the CTEIG
application is program evaluation. This tool is a self-evaluation of your CTE programs and includes the high quality elements of CTE. We believe this is a valuable processing tool and therefore ask you to upload the
copy of your CTE program evaluation prepared as part of your ’19, ’20 CTEIG application. Again, we talked about that. A completed CTE program evaluation must be uploaded for each LEA including the LEA lead and all partner agencies. LEAs who do not submit a CTEIG application
must submit the CTE program evaluation for the K12 Strong Workforce Program application. If you don’t apply for one, you should apply for the other. Make sure that you’re including this instrument. Note, this program evaluation will
not be scored but it’s required. We may ask about it in future expenditure reports that we ask you to report on your spending. Its value is as a tool to assess and identify
areas of strength and areas of need of support. We want to increase your rigor, your capacity, and also to incentivize the growth of your CTE programs, especially after we’ve come through the
many years where CTE funding was not there. Information in accessing the downloadable form is
available from the CDE and also in the RFA itself. You also should probably have access
to this high quality instrument. Next step is including the pathway quality
element to be addressed by the work. In other words, are you targeting curriculum and instruction, career and college exploration which a lot of us do very well, post-secondary transition, making sure that your
students do move forward into post-secondary, and then also work-based learning. Work-based learning is something that we
want to continually shine a light on. Again, we’re pulling out these quality
elements in order to paint them as strategies that really are very effective, and so we want to shine the light on them. Once selected, you’ll be asked to elaborate on the strategies, evidence, partnerships, and indicators of accomplishment in the CTE pathway program work plan. Again, it is acceptable for the proposed
work to focus on only one element. Clarity and focus are valued over volume, And it also produces better outcomes when
you focus on something specifically. Your application will be scored on
only the applicable elements selected. We won’t look for things that you didn’t do. The next step in section eight is the completion
of your CTE pathway program work plan. This is the most important component of your
application and worth a maximum of 60 points. You will use the CTE pathway program work plan to describe the activities and strategies that will be implemented to address your problem statement
to achieve your program objectives. The work plan is organized by the four quality elements selected earlier in your application. On the work plan, therefore, you
will describe the following items. Work to the funded by the K12 Strong Workforce Program. This can align to the activities that
you specify in your LCAP as well. Artifacts of activities. If you’re convening people, if you’re providing supports to students in a
different way, if maybe it’s a new program, we want to make sure that you’re
saving artifacts of those activities. The third one is the role of partner community college and the community college districts
as well, what role will they play? We know full well that you may be at different development stages with your community college partners. If you’re at the beginning stages, then state that. If you’re further along, then talk about how
those relationships can be moved forward. Lastly, the work plan we’re asking you to
show us indicators of accomplishments. In other words, how will you actually move the needle forward? As we stated throughout today in the RFA, complete only the rows that reflect the elements
in which the K12 Strong Workforce will support. Applications that focus on one or two
elements are scored with equal consideration as applicants that focus on three or four elements. It’s not the quantity, it’s the quality
of the work and what you’re proposing. The final step of this section is to identify the additional funding sources that will support this work. You will check all that applies there, too. The final sections in the application, sections 9, 10, and 11, are the budget match, and worth a maximum of 15 points. The assurances and supporting
documentation are also included there. Budget match section is a series of
three templates to be completed. There’s a financial match by a participating institution. There’s a total in-kind match by a participating institution. And there’s a total budget by participating LEA by years. There’s three areas or three templates to it. The match is an area that we spend a lot of time with trying to reduce some of the potential confusion. Detailed information to support completing these templates can also be found in section one of the RFA,
subsections G and K as well as appendix B. Again, utilize the RFA at your first
point of contact to go back to for clarification on these pieces. Section 10, to drill down a bit, these are assurances that requires an authorized representative
to attest the standard assurances such as ones that are legal or liability. Section 11 is where you will upload documentation. If you have artifacts, things like that you want
to upload, this is the area where you could do it. A few important changes regarding supporting
documentation for this year’s application. First, applicants must upload the completed
1920 high quality CTE program evaluation for each applicable LEA participating in this work. Also the K12 SWP CTE pathway program work plan. Those are two areas you must upload. Applicants may upload agreements or MOUs. We know that in the CTEIG application,
some MOUs are being required. Feel free to upload those to ours as well. Letters of commitment and support. In other words, are folks supporting what you’re doing? How are you involving your advisories, et cetera, your business and industry partners, your
other community-based organizations? No other documents will be reviewed
or factored in the scoring process. We ask that you keep it to these areas. With that, I’ll turn this over to Alejandro to
talk a little bit about the scoring rubric. Go ahead Alejandro.>>Thanks, Dr. Roberts. If you haven’t gotten a chance to visit the RFA page, you will be able to download the SWP scoring
rubrics for the 2019-2020 application. On there, you can also see examples of a filled out application. The RFA includes examples of the problem statement, project objectives, and the completed work plan. The examples are actually not intended to be exemplars but rather to adjust the grain size of details, the breadth of the description, and
ways to offer concise responses. I’m going to go in and discuss the frequently asked questions. We got about five questions that were very common. These are questions, as Dr. Roberts mentioned,
that were asked out in the engagement meetings, the K12 SWP helpdesk, and the webinar we had in September 18th. Questions that are submitted here on the chat, we will take those into consideration and upload them on our FAQ. I’ll show you where our FAQ is going to be posted. It’s actually live now. You’ll be able to look through the FAQs
that we have that is more detailed. I’ll go ahead and jump into the first question. On how many applications can LEA be listed
as either a lead or a K12 partner agency? The answer to that is in total, an LEA
can be listed on three applications, and that’s including whether the LEA is
a lead agency or a K12 partner agency. The second question that we kept getting was, how do we capture metrics for the K12 Strong Workforce Program? The student data that you submit to CDE is the same data that’s going to be used for the K12 SWP metrics. There’s no additional data that is required. As a K12 SWP awardee, you do need to sign an MOU to allow the sharing of your LEAs data between CDE’s data system and the Chancellor’s Office Cal-PASS Plus. Once you’re awarded, you will need to sign
the MOU to allow the sharing of that data. The third question is how is ADA calculated? NOVA is a platform that we’ll be using
for this and we used last year. NOVA’s going to actually calculate
the ADA of each participating LEA at the district level for grade 7 through 12. The ADA is going to be auto-populated and will
be the sum of all participating LEA’s ADA. Then the fourth question that we got was, what is the extent to which LEAs are expected
to partner with the community college? The application asks for information of the lead
person from the participating community college. The work plan is going to provide an opportunity to
explain the extent of the collaborative partnership. Depending on the status of the pathway
development, the need and the project objectives, the extent of the community college involvement is going to vary. If you need help identifying a partner community college, we highly recommend that you reach out to the community
college regional consortium leads of your region and they’ll be able to help facilitate those partnerships. Our fifth commonly asked question was, do we have to complete the entire work plan in the application? No. You are not expected to complete the entire work plan. In fact, the work plan is designed for you to focus on only the applicable K14 pathway quality elements. Those are curriculum and instruction,
college and career exploration, post-secondary transition, and work-based learning. That’s going to reflect how you will spend your K12 SWP funds. Applications that focus on one element with clear and
thorough plans from previous CTE programs or pathways are going to be valued over applications
that identify several elements and that don’t have a clear or thorough implementation plan. Work plans focusing on one or two
elements are not going to be penalized. As I mentioned, we do have the K12
SWP frequently asked questions page up on our Chancellor’s Office website. I will be sharing a link to a link tree. Actually, I’ll have our member, Grace, who’s on the call to share that in the chat so you’ll
be able to check out the link tree. It’ll have all of the links and resources for this slide that I’m going to show you as well as the SWP FAQs. On this link tree and on this platform once it’s released, you have links to the RFA and support materials. You will have access to the K12 SWP page, the K12 SWP FAQ page. Returning users to the NOVA system, you
just need to go to the nova.cccco.edu and you’d be able to log in and use your prior year account. If you’re new to the K12 application for this year, you will be able to use the new NOVA K12
SWP user registration at this link. Then we’ve added the CTE high quality program
evaluation link here just as additional reference. Then technical questions that are not addressed in the FAQ such as navigating the NOVA system
should be sent to [email protected] More specific questions, because it is a
competitive process, will no longer be answered, but if you are having technical
questions, feel free to reach out to us. As I mentioned, these links are actually available to you now. You don’t have to wait for the
PowerPoint to be posted on our website if you go to https://linktr.ee/k12swp. This link was posted in the chat. With that said, I want to thank you all for joining us. I’ll pass it over to Dr. Roberts.>>Absolutely, thank you Alejandro. Thanks everyone for joining us today. I was just glancing at some of the questions in the chat. Thank you so much for the additional questions. I wanted to note one of them here. We had middle schools asking if they
can apply directly for dollars. The answer to that is yes, you can. If you serve students in grade 7 to 12,
then you can apply directly on your own. We encourage you to do that. We encourage you to build the capacity. For our middle schools, sometimes the data
doesn’t always pop out from our data systems, so we ask you to keep that in mind as you try to
show outcomes for the work that you’re proposing. Keep that in mind, but the answer
to the middle school would be yes.>>The additional questions that are asked
in the chat are going to be very appropriate and we can answer them as a general case. We will be posting those to the FAQs, but there will not be any further live Q and A at this webinar.>>Going forward, we want to again thank you for
your interest in K12 Strong Workforce Program especially as it is really moving the systems together
from the K12 to the community college systems. We wish you the best in your application process. Follow the timelines, make sure you’re meeting the deadlines. If you have issue with NOVA access and pieces like that, make sure you’re contacting either the helpdesk here. Your regional chairs are great resources for you to talk to especially as it relates to collaboration. Anyway, thanks again on behalf of the Chancellor’s Office today and our partners at the California Department of Education. We wish you well. Thank you again.>>Thank you.