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Request for Applications for Tennessee SySTEM Grant

October 15, 2021

JFF, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education, is pleased to announce an exciting new funding opportunity for Tennessee high schools, higher education institutions, and employer partners to design and implement work-based courses in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), with a focus on computer science.

Work-based courses transform STEM and computer science education by incorporating work-based learning strategies into dual enrollment courses. Work-based courses is a strategy to both improve and increase work-based learning opportunities and enhance dual enrollment to contextualize learning. Work-based courses modify existing dual enrollment courses so that employers and academic faculty co-design the learning objectives and instructional practices and co-teach course content.

If awarded, grant partners will:

  • Receive $45,000 to support in planning, salary/stipends, and dual enrollment expenses
  • Receive direct support from JFF and the Tennessee Department of Education during the planning and implementation phases, including virtual meetings and one-to-one consultations
  • Receive a Work-Based Course Blueprint and related tools during the planning phase
  • Become a part of a community of practice with other Tennessee school districts, higher education institutions, and employers designing and delivering work-based courses
  • Be featured, collectively, in publications with a national audience
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Learn more about this opportunity in the Request for Applications, including more information on the application and eligibility requirements, the full grant timeline, and the work-based course model.

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To Apply

The application deadline is October 21, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (Central Time). Submit your application here.

Click below to find answers to frequently asked questions about the Tennessee SySTEM Grant.
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Please email Anna O’Connor, director at JFF, at with questions related to the RFA and application.

This opportunity is funded under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Education Innovative and Research (EIR) Program.