New Skills For Youth

New Skills for Youth Kentucky - Regional Career Academies

Published: 7/13/2018 12:24 PM


Planning grant monies are being awarded to local education agencies for the development of regional career academies that align to state and regional industry sector needs based on the four WIOA regions. This includes options for local districts to transition state-operated area technology centers and locally-operated technical centers to regional academies through the collaboration of two or more school districts, postsecondary education partner, a community partner and employer engagement.

The Kentucky New Skills for Youth (NSFY) Initiative incentivizes the opportunity for local districts to transition state-operated area technical centers and locally-operated technical centers into regional academies. Accomplished through the collaboration of two or more school districts, a technical center, a postsecondary partner, a community partner, and employer engagement, this initiative seeks to transform the delivery of career and technical education in Kentucky by:

  • Increasing student access to dual credit opportunities and seamless postsecondary pathways
  • Allowing students to earn industry recognized credentials
  • Providing students Work-Based Learning (WBL) experiences
  • Including pathways leading to the top 5 industry sectors, as identified by the Kentucky Center for Education & Workforce Statistics (KCEWS).

In January 2017, Kentucky was awarded a $2 million New Skills for Youth Grant. These New Skills for Youth grant funds are being distributed in Kentucky through a competitive grant process consisting of three rounds that will take place from 2017 to 2019. Round 1 grants were distributed in the spring of 2017, with that first cohort of NSFY award recipients planning for their regional career academies to open in the 2018-19 school year.


Grant Applications now Available to Schools

Round 2 grants begin with the release of the Request for Applications (RFA) on January 8, 2018.
Applicants for the Round 2 RFA must submit their completed application to by the deadline of 4:00 p.m. (ET) March 26, 2018.



In order to apply for the NSFY grant, applicants must achieve the following in their application submission:

  • Include two or more school districts
  • Include at least one postsecondary partner
  • Include at least one state operated area technical center or one locally operated technical center
  • Involve at least two business and industry partners aligned to at least one of the top five state industry sectors
  • Involve at least one community partner
  • Include Board Resolution from each participating district
  • Include signed Assurances Form
  • Acknowledge inclusion of dual credit opportunities as part of the planning grant
  • Complete Cover Page and Eligibility Form
  • Application must meet formatting and content requirements outlined in RFA


Find the Request for Applications here.
Questions Deadline: Noon (ET), March 12, 2018
      All questions must be sent to 
Submission Deadline: 4:00 PM (ET), March 26, 2018

KDE Grants website

New Skills For Youth FAQ

New Skills For Youth Glossary of Terms

Kiley Whitaker 
Office of Career and Technical Education
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4286 Ext. 4217
Fax (502) 564-4800

Kentucky's Progress
   Kentucky NSFY - Regional Career Academies
Kentucky NSFY Grant Partners
   Cabinet for Economic Development
       Phase 1 MOU       Phase 2 MOU
   Chamber of Commerce
       Phase 1 MOU       Phase 2 MOU​
   Council on Postsecondary Education
       Phase 1 MOU       Phase 2 MOU
   Education and Workforce Development 
       Phase 1 MOU       Phase 2 MOU
   Kentucky Center for Education and 
     Workforce Statistics (KCEWS)
       Phase 1 MOU       Phase 2 MOU​
   Kentucky Community and Technical College
     System (KCTCS)
       Phase 1 MOU       Phase 2 MOU
   Kentucky Labor Cabinet
       Phase 1 MOU       ​

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