Nebraska: ReVISION

Nebraska’s reVISION grant process allows schools to evaluate their career preparation and career guidance systems and receive state support to improve those systems in a way that is tailored to each school's greatest areas of need. Additionally, schools can benefit from the grant process even if they do not ultimately receive grant funding. Before applying for the grant, participants spend a year assessing their career preparation system, working with postsecondary partners, regional industry leaders, guidance counselors and career educators, with support and guidance provided by the Educational Service Unit and the Nebraska Department of Education.

The process for Nebraska reVISION. Retrieved from Nebraska Career Education

 

The grant process starts with participating schools carrying out an assessment of their career preparation and career guidance systems. This includes an audit of the courses, programs of study, postsecondary alignment and extended learning opportunities (or work-based learning) currently available in the state’s six career fields (agriculture, health sciences, communication and information systems, business, education, and skilled and technical sciences). Once the school completes the assessment, the state facilitates a meeting with the school to discuss the audit of the system and current student outcomes and to identify the local industry leaders and other community partners who need to be engaged. From there, the school holds a series of community engagement meetings with local businesses and postsecondary leaders to identify gaps in the career preparation system and strategies for addressing those gaps. The application for the reVISION Innovation grant includes the action plan developed from these meetings, and if the school is awarded the grant, the funds will be spent on implementing the plan.

 

Policy in Action

ReVISION began in 2012 with 13 schools based on a relatively small investment from the state using Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education state reserve funds. Since then, the program has been scaled, with funding support from the state legislature, and has now served 87 districts across the state. An additional 17 districts are beginning the initiative in the 2017-18 school year. The number of participating schools who have gone on to win the reVISION grant has also gone up over the years, as the state has refined how it supports and advises schools.  Since 2013, the state has awarded nearly $3 million in action grants to more than 40 schools.

Participating districts report lasting impacts from the reVISION work. In a 2017 survey, 87 percent reported at least one new CTE course or program that was adopted as a result of the reVISION initiative, and many reported adjusting or discontinuing outdated programs. Several districts have also gone on to apply for and win additional grant funding to continue the work started under reVISION. Several reVISION districts won funding through the Innovation Grant Program, which was authorized in the 2015 legislative session through LB519 and provides funds for local education agencies to improve student outcomes and support transitions between education and the workforce.

 

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June 2012