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Improving Online CTE Pathways Grant

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 $500K Grant from the Online Education Initiative with the Chancellor's Office 
Awarded to Merced College Distance Education Program

"We are thrilled to hear about the opportunities
[the grant] will provide for our students and faculty.
It helps fund the good work we were hoping to do.
Now, we can make those things happen." 
-Karissa Morehouse, Dean of the Learning Resources Center
and  Distance Education


Merced College has been awarded a $500,000 grant to improve online Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways, with the goal of brining more CTE classes and programs fully online, making it easier for students to get directly out into the workforce. The California Virtual Campus - Online Education Initiative grant has provided one-time money to 70 community colleges throughout California to improve their programs and make career technical education more accessible to students.

Merced College has identified five Associate's Degree programs and six certifications, including one new certification program, to bring fully online over the next year: 

  • Business Administration AS-T
  • General Business AA
    • General Business CT
  • Management Information Systems AS
  • Child Development AS-T/AA
    • Early Intervention Assistant Specialization CT
    • Families in Crisis Specialization CT
    • School-Age Care Specialization CT
    • Infant Toddler Care Specialization CT
  • Real Estate Salesperson License CE
  • Water/Wastewater Technology CT

These fully online programs will allow more students to attend Merced College with a flexible schedule that works for them, and get the high-quality training they need to move up in their careers. 

The i.Hope project will focus on updating online curriculum at Merced College over the next 1-year period. There will be a strong push by the College to train more instructors in online teaching via the local Certified Master Online Instructor Training (CMOIT) course; faculty who complete this course are eligible to receive a $1000 stipend, funded through the grant. Faculty can also receive stipends for submitting their course for local Peer Online Course Review, and getting these courses approved to be listed and badged as OEI-approved. 

For more information regarding the grant, or for questions regarding CMOIT trainings, Peer Online Course Review, OER and ZTC resources, please contact the Learning Resources Center at (209) 386-6709, or email the LRC Area Secretary at carmen.moreno37@mccd.edu


This webpage is supported by the Improving Online CTE Pathways project, funded by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office’s California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI) as part of a one-year grant award totaling $500,000. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, CVC-OEI or the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. For more information, please visit http://cvc.edu/pathwaysgrant.