Each year under the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) Statute, Section 117, Congress appropriates roughly $10 million under the Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Career and Technical Institutions Program (TCPCTIP), to tribally controlled postsecondary career and technical institutions that do not receive assistance under the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act or the Navajo Community College Act to provide basic support for the education and training of Indian students.
Complaint Resolution Procedure for the Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Career and Technical Institutions Program (TCPCTIP)
(1) Under the complaint resolution procedure established by the U.S. Department of Education (“ED, the Department”)pursuant to Section 117(g) of the Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (“the Act”), as amended by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Public Law 115-224) (Perkins V or the Act), a Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Career and Technical Institutions Program (TCPCTIP) may file a complaint with the Assistant Secretary for Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) (“Assistant Secretary”) seeking an administrative review of a grant determination or calculation made under Section 117 of the Act regarding any prospective grant award to that institution, including for:
(a) A determination regarding the institution’s eligibility to apply for a grant under Section 117 of the Act.
(b) A determination arising from the “Indian student count” information and data that the institution has provided to OCTAE.
(c) A determination of the allowability of proposed project spending that the institution has identified in its application, including its proposed budget.
(d) The calculation of the institution’s grant amount.
(2) A Section 117(g) complaint requesting administrative review must—
(a) Be submitted in writing and either: (i) mailed to the Assistant Secretary for Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-7100; or (ii) emailed to the Assistant Secretary for OCTAE at cte.ed.gov, with the subject line: “TCPCTIP complaint,” within ten days of the applicant being notified by OCTAE of the decision in question;
(b) Include a clear and concise statement of the factual and legal basis upon which the complaint is based as well as any calculations supporting the complaint, any supporting documentation or evidence, and a statement of the relief sought, arising from the complaint; and
(c) Be signed by the TCPCTIP’s authorized official.
(3) During the administrative review of any Section 117(g) complaint, OCTAE may request additional information from the institution that has submitted the complaint or conduct other proceedings, as appropriate, for a fair and complete review of the complaint.
(4) The Assistant Secretary will send the complainant a letter of final determination that will include the legal and factual grounds for the Assistant Secretary’s determination.
In September 2020, the Department awarded two grants ranging from $2,300,000 to $7,100,000. These awards are for the second year of a five-year funding cycle. Funds for years three through five are subject to the availability of funds and whether a grantee meets the requirements of 34 CFR 75.253 (Continuation of multi-year project after the first budget period).
The grantees are:
TCPCTIP Project Abstracts, October 2019 (DOCX, 25 KB)