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Career Launch Enrollment FTES Redistribution Funding

Resources made available through this allocation program will support the implementation of new and expanded Career Launch endorsed programs by providing Full-Time Equivalent Student (FTES) funding to successful applicants. This allocation program will provide for building capacity for career connected workforce training that integrates the principles of work-based learning in high demand occupations where unmet employer demand exists for programs. Capacity building will be accomplished, in part, by ensuring that students have access to training, simulations, and equipment that advance high quality workforce programs, integrate supervised paid work-based learning experiences, align classroom learning with both academic and employer standards, and lead to a valuable credential(s) beyond the high school diploma or confer at least forty-five college credits towards a two-year or four-year postsecondary credential.

Programs awarded funding are expected to demonstrate a commitment to equity and diversity in congruence with SBCTC's strategic priorities.

Funding for the capital equipment needs of Career Launch-endorsed programs is also available under a separate Capital Equipment application that will be released in October 2023. Colleges are strongly encouraged to apply for capital equipment funds from that source while focusing applications for FTES on non-equipment enrollment expansion needs. View the Career Launch Capital Equipment funding information online.


Genevieve Howard
Policy Associate, Workforce Education

Karin Gitchel
Program Administrator, Workforce Education

Important Dates

Milestones Key Dates
Application Open August 17, 2023
Application webinar  August 31, 2023 at 2:30 p.m.
Q&A closes September 7, 2023
Applications due in OGMS September 28, 2023
Notification of Status December 2023

Program Resources and Guidelines

The following documents provide detailed information about how grant funds can be used, who can apply, the application process and deadlines.

Career Launch Enrollment FTES Webinar

The Career Launch Enrollment FTES Redistribution Information Session occurs August 31, 2023 at 2:30 PM

2023 Session includes application details, question, and answer session

Proposals must be submitted through the Online Grant Management System (OGMS) to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) in accordance with the deadlines outlined on page two. Access the 2023-24 Career Launch Enrollment FTES application through OGMS. If you do not have an account, contact your organization's Security Contact for access; you will also need your Security Contact to give you permission for FY24.

SBCTC staff is available for assistance until 4:00 p.m. on September 28, 2023. Submit completed applications through OGMS no later than September 28, 2023, at 11:55 p.m.

This grant requests additional attachments (a, b, c, d) must be uploaded as part of the application in OGMS:

A community or technical college may apply for funding for credit bearing programs that have received a Career Launch endorsement from the Career Connected Learning Cross-Agency Work Group’s Career Launch Endorsement Review Team as established and required by Section RCW 28C.30.040. More information on the Career Launch Endorsement Review process can be found on the SBCTC website. Colleges are encouraged to collaborate with business, industry, labor, and workforce development partners in the development of Career Launch programs.

  • A community or technical college may propose more than one program for Career Launch funding. In those cases, please submit a separate funding proposal for each program.
  • Colleges who received funding for program through Career Launch, and were subject to take back, are eligible to apply for re-distribution funds.
  • Colleges funded through the initial Career Launch Enrollment FTES allocations and that would like to expand programs that successfully meet enrollment targets are eligible to apply for additional growth in future program years should funding be available. Please note that additional growth in future years must be supported in a future application.

Note: If funding is available in future years through additional funding or redistribution, priority consideration will not be given to any college based on any previous performance for Career Launch Enrollment FTES, but rather the consideration will be based on the funding priorities established by future allocation guidelines.

Per ESSHB 2158 Sec. 57 (d), programs to be considered for Career Launch Enrollment FTES must have received a Career Launch endorsement from the Career Connected Learning Cross-Agency Work Group’s Career Launch Endorsement Review Team.

To receive the Career Launch endorsement, colleges must complete the Career Launch Endorsement Review (CLER) applicationCareer Launch Endorsement Review (CLER) application.

SBCTC will accept Career Launch Enrollment proposals that can demonstrate they have CLER applications pending review. Any funding awards made to programs with pending CLER endorsements are conditioned on documentation of final CLER endorsement.

Career Launch programs can take three general paths towards endorsement:

  • Registered apprenticeships — automatically receive Career Launch endorsement. An endorsement application is not necessary.
  • Existing college programs — will need to demonstrate that they meet Career Launch criteria in the endorsement application. 
  • New educational programs — must go through their standard program-approval process before applying for Career Launch endorsement. Questions regarding program approval can be emailed to, or refer to the Professional-Technical Program Approval Process Guidelines.

The program for which funding is requested must meet the following requirements before receiving an allocation:

  1. Have existing program approval on file with SBCTC[1].
  2. Have an existing current Career Launch endorsement.
  3. Programs with a pending Career Launch Endorsement application may apply. However, funding awards are conditional until documentation of final CLER endorsement.

[1] BAS degrees are included in eligible programs.

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