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					        CONNECT ASPIRATIONS
            TO A PLAN

                     PLANNING GRANT
                       APPLICATION
                                      AND

              IMPLEMENTATION GRANT
                   APPLICATION
FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL CENTERS
               REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
                      2007

                 Released Monday, August 20, 2007

207.622.3066 866.622.3066 (toll free) www.MELMACFoundation.org
Table of Contents

Why should you read further and consider applying for MELMAC Education Foundation grant funds? __________ 2
Background of the Connect Aspirations to a Plan Initiative _____________________________________________ 3
Overview of the 2007 Connect Aspirations to a Plan Initiative __________________________________________ 5
  Applicant Eligibility _________________________________________________________________________ 5
  Students to be served ________________________________________________________________________ 5
  Restrictions ________________________________________________________________________________ 5
  Timeline __________________________________________________________________________________ 6
Foundation Background ________________________________________________________________________ 6
  Focus on College Access _____________________________________________________________________ 6
  Required Best Practices for Successful Implementation Grantees ______________________________________ 7
Questions ___________________________________________________________________________________ 7
2007 College Access – Planning Grant Application ___________________________________________________ 8
  Summary Form _____________________________________________________________________________ 8
  1.   Career and Technical Center Description _____________________________________________________ 9
  2.   Planning Committee _____________________________________________________________________ 9
  3.   Commitment to Planning Process ___________________________________________________________ 9
  4.   Coaches from the Foundation _____________________________________________________________ 10
  5.   Planning Grant Budget __________________________________________________________________ 10
  6.   Required Signatures – Planning Grant Application ____________________________________________ 11
2008 College Access – Implementation Plan Application ______________________________________________ 12
Need for a College Access Program ______________________________________________________________ 12
  1.   Overview of the Planning Process _________________________________________________________ 12
  2.   Summary of New College Access Services __________________________________________________ 12
  3.   Detailed Activity Plan for College Access Program ____________________________________________ 12
  4.   Staffing ______________________________________________________________________________ 13
  5.   Sustainability _________________________________________________________________________ 13
  6.   College Access Budget __________________________________________________________________ 14
  7.   Required Signatures – Implementation Grant Application _______________________________________ 15




                                   CONNECT ASPIRATIONS TO A PLAN                                    1 of 15
                          2007 Request for Proposal – Career and Technical Center
This RFP contains both the planning grant application as well as the
implementation grant application.

Why should you read further and consider applying for MELMAC
Education Foundation grant funds?
        Your life is busy. If you are involved in education, you are undoubtedly participating in a
variety of school reform initiatives. If you work in the non-profit world, you most likely struggle
with finding funding opportunities that match your mission. Why should you consider applying to
the MELMAC Education Foundation?

           1. You care about Maine students and adults and recognize that a college
              education is vital to economic and personal success in the 21st century.

           2. You are seeking funding sources to support a variety of activities and services that
              will help Maine students and adults realize that college is an option and to assist them
              with completing the necessary steps leading to successful enrollment in college.

           3. You are ready to work with a dynamic organization – the MELMAC Education
              Foundation – that provides its grantees with:

                      flexible funding;

                      technical assistance and support through coaches;

                      quarterly professional development;

                      proven best practices that improve program success;

                      comprehensive outcome tracking with prompt analysis; and

                      a network of other professionals similarly dedicated to helping students and
                       adults aspire to, and successfully enroll in and complete, college.

      If you want to help more Maine students and adults go to college, the MELMAC Education
Foundation wants to work with you through the Connect Aspirations to a Plan initiative.

         In fall 2006, the Board convened a Connect Aspiration to a Plan Advisory Committee
comprised of current MELMAC high school and career and technical center grantees, grant coaches,
college personnel and other interested parties. The Advisory Committee was instrumental in
shaping this round of Connect Aspirations to a Plan grants. The Foundation is very appreciative
of their time and assistance.




                                 CONNECT ASPIRATIONS TO A PLAN                                 2 of 15
                        2007 Request for Proposal – Career and Technical Center
Background of the Connect Aspirations to a Plan Initiative
       The primary purpose of the Connect Aspirations to a Plan initiative is to
increase the number of Maine high school students who enroll in higher education
in the fall immediately following their high school graduation. The Foundation defines
higher education very liberally and includes four-year colleges, two-year colleges, certificate
programs and the military.

        During the first two rounds of grantmaking in
2003 and 2005, the Foundation provided over $3.4
million in awards which reached:

   52 high schools
   2 career and technical centers
                                                                          High School
   35% of all Maine high schools, public & private                        Districts
                                                                             with
   39% of all Maine high school students reached                          ELMAC
                                                                           Grantees
   The most needy Maine high schools and students
    targeted – MELMAC grantee high schools have an
    initial lower high school graduation rate and lower
    college going rate than those Maine high schools
    not receiving MELMAC grants.

       The results of the work of these college access
programs are impressive.

 Higher Education enrollment rates increased
  almost 7% - from 63% to nearly 70% - for
  graduates from grantee high schools. This is                                          High Schools
  counter to a recent report showing that average                                  with MELMAC Grants
  Maine college enrollment rates have dropped
  during this same period.

 Since 2003, 674 more students have participated in higher education (570 in college) after
  college access activities were implemented at MELMAC High Schools

        The key to success is to increase the number of students who are accepted to and
plan to enroll in college while also increasing the number of those accepted who actually do
enroll. Together, these two factors accomplish the Connect Aspirations to a Plan initiative
goal: to increase the number of high school graduates who enroll in college immediately
after high school graduation.




                                  CONNECT ASPIRATIONS TO A PLAN                                    3 of 15
                         2007 Request for Proposal – Career and Technical Center
      Following past practice, proven best practices will be incorporated into this round of
grantmaking.

        The Foundation will award a five-month $5,000 planning grant to be followed by an
application for a four-year implementation grant to successful applicants. Coaches – funded outside
the grant – will be assigned to each planning grant.

       Implementation grants will be awarded on a competitive basis based on the successful
completion of the planning process. The college access implementation plan must be submitted to
the Foundation on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 by 5 PM.

         Implementation grants are four years in length and are renewable each year based on
successful performance. Please note that these are multi-year grants and that there is no guarantee
of subsequent annual awards in the future years if grant requirements have not been met. Required
matching funds in years three and four help encourage college access activities to become
institutionalized within the high schools and sustained after the grant period ends.

       The Foundation will dedicate over $2 million to fund this round of grantmaking.


     Connect Aspirations to a Plan – Progress to Date

  Higher Education Enrollment Rates - Classes of 2003-2006
                                                                              MELMAC High Schools
                                                Since 2003, 674 more students participated in higher education
                                              (586 in college) after three years of college access activities at the
                                           100%               51 current MELMAC High Schools
        Percent of High School Graduates
                                       .




                                           75%              68.3% 69.7% 69.4%                                        70.2%
                                                 63.5%                       3.8%            2.9%
                                                                                                      63.3%             2.7%           Military
                                                               2.5%                                                     2.8%
                                                               2.5%          3.9%            3.1%
                                                  3.6%                                                   2.2%
                                                  2.0%                                                   2.1%
                                                             17.2%                          17.0%                     17.1%
                                                                           17.7%                       13.6%                           Certificate
                                           50%   16.1%


                                                                                                                                       2-year college
                                           25%                                                                        47.6%
                                                 41.8%       46.1%         44.3%            46.4%      45.3%
                                                                                                                                       4-year college


                                            0%
                                                  2003         2004          2005           2006**       2005*         2006
                                                               2003 MELMAC                                 2005 MELMAC
                                                                 High Schools                               High Schools
                                                                 (29 awards)                                 (22 awards)

                                                         **1 grant did not report in 2006            *1 grant did not report in 2005                       14




                                                                      CONNECT ASPIRATIONS TO A PLAN                                                     4 of 15
                                                             2007 Request for Proposal – Career and Technical Center
Overview of the 2007 Connect Aspirations to a Plan Initiative
                                                                                        Grant Amount -
                                     Grant Amount – High School                            Career &
                                                                                        Technical Center
           Five-Month      <200     200-700        >700
                                                               Any size
           Planning      students   students     students
           Phase          $5,000     $5,000       $5,000        $5,000
           Implementation Grant (competitive review process)
           Year 1        $10,000    $14,000      $18,000       $14,000
           Year 2        $10,000    $14,000      $18,000       $14,000
                          $8,500    $11,000      $13,500       $11,000
           Year 3        Match:     Match:       Match:
                                                             Match: $3,000
                          $1,500     $3,000       $4,500
                          $6,500     $9,000      $11,500        $9,000
           Year 4        Match:     Match:       Match:
                                                             Match: $5,000
                          $3,500     $5,000       $6,500
           TOTAL         $40,000    $53,000      $66,000       $53,000
           TOTAL with
                         $45,000    $61,000      $77,000       $61,000
           match
             *Size of the high school is based on the number of students enrolled in the 2006-2007 academic year.

Applicant Eligibility
         Any Maine high school, public or private
          o Including any current or former 2003 MELMAC high school grantee
         A higher education institution with at least one high school partner
         Any Maine non-profit with at least one high school partner
         Any Maine civic or community organization with at least one high school partner
         Any Maine career and technical center
         Please note, an individual high school, career and technical center or adult education program can only be
          part of one grant application.

Students to be served
       All high school students. No carve-outs.
Restrictions
         The Foundation is open to any proposal meeting the organizational criteria listed and
          that follows the proposal outline format.
         The Foundation generally does not fund capital equipment purchases.
         Grant funds cannot be used to finance scholarships or pay existing debts.
         A high school can only be part of one proposal submission.



                                    CONNECT ASPIRATIONS TO A PLAN                                                   5 of 15
                           2007 Request for Proposal – Career and Technical Center
Timeline
               Event/Activity                                                                                                    Date
      Release of RFP                       Monday, August 20, 2007
                                           Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at the Augusta Civic Center
                                                10 AM to Noon for new applicants
      Bidders’ Conference*                      1 PM to 3 PM for current 2003 MELMAC grantees
                                           Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at the Foundation Office
                                                10 AM to 1 PM for career and technical center applicants
                                           To register, please visit our website at www.MELMACFoundation.org
      Planning Grant Application Due       Must arrive at the Foundation by 5 PM Friday, September 28, 2007.
      Planning Grant Awards Announced      Monday, October 22, 2007 – calls made to applicants with follow-up letters
      MELMAC U – In-depth
                                           Two days - Tuesday, November 13, 2007 through Wednesday, November 14,
      Professional Development regarding
                                           2007 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine
      College Access Best Practices*
      Peer Learning Session                March 10, 2008
      Implementation Plan Due              Must arrive at the Foundation by 5 PM Tuesday, April 1, 2008
      Four-Year Implementation Grant
                                           Monday, May 19, 2008 - calls made with follow-up letters
      Awards Announced
        * Mandatory attendance


Foundation Background
        The MELMAC Education Foundation was established January 1, 2001 as Maine's newest
and largest foundation dedicated to improving education opportunities for all Maine citizens. The
Foundation was created as a result of the conversion of the Maine Educational Loan Marketing
Corporation from a private non-profit secondary market for student loans to a for-profit entity on
December 31, 2000. MELMAC's conversion was the sixth such conversion nationwide. National
Education Loan Network (NELNET) subsequently acquired the resulting for-profit company,
MELMAC, Inc. The proceeds from the sale were used to form the non-profit MELMAC
Education Foundation in accord with the Federal Tax Code.

        The MELMAC Education Foundation's portfolio is currently valued at approximately $35
million, making it the largest non-college affiliated education foundation in Maine.
                                                      Connect Aspirations to a Plan – Key Facts

Focus on College Access                                                                                 The College Degree Premium:
                                                             $21,000 more per year (75% pay increase) & almost half the unemployment rate
                                                             The earnings gap based on education status has grown dramatically since 1975
         A college degree is almost a necessity
to ensure success in today’s world. For the                                                       $80,000
                                                                                                                    7.3%           Unemployment
                                                                                                                                                                                         8%

                                                                                                  $70,000                                                                                7%
state of Maine to be economically successful,
                                                                                                                                                                               $72,867




                                                                                                                                      rate by
                                                                          Median Annual Earning




                                                                                                                                                                                              Unemployment Rate




                                                                                                  $60,000                         educational level                                      6%
Maine citizens must attain a postsecondary
                                                                                                                                                                        $55,926




                                                                                                  $50,000                                                                                5%

degree so that they have the skills and
                                                                                                                                                              $50,623




                                                                                                  $40,000                          4.2%                                                  4%
                                                                                                                                                          $41,237




knowledge necessary to compete successfully                                                       $30,000                                   2.8%                                         3%
                                                                                                                                            $30,783




in the global marketplace. The MELMAC
                                                                                                                                           $28,048




                                                                                                                                                            2.5%
                                                                                                                             $26,795
                                                                                                                             $26,226




                                                                                                  $20,000                                                                                2%
                                                                                                                                                                            1.1%
                                                                                                              $20,725
                                                                                                              $18,793




Education Foundation is committed to the                                                          $10,000                                                                                1%


goal of the Connect Aspirations to a Plan
                                                                                                      $0                                                                                 0%
                                                                                                            Less than high High school Some college or    Bachelor's    Advanced

initiative.                                                                                                 school diploma diploma only  Associate
                                                                                                                                          degree
                                                                                                                                                            degree       degree


                                                                                                                             Highest Education Level
                                                                                                  Median Earnings - 1975 (in current $)               Median Earnings - 2002 (in current $)
                                                                                                  Unemployment Rate by educational level
                                                  Source: PostSecondary.org                                                                                                                                       9




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                         2007 Request for Proposal – Career and Technical Center
Required Best Practices for Successful Implementation Grantees
        The Foundation will require planning grant recipients to incorporate a set of proven best
practices into their implementation grant application. The required activities are summarized below:

  Student Year                                      Required Activities
Underclass              Program to expose career and technical students on what is needed to prepare for
Students                 college
                        College going atmosphere (includes all types of post-secondary education)
                        College visits – all students to at least on related college/post-secondary program
                        Promotion of Early College opportunities (including pre-apprenticeships,
                         apprenticeships and internships), if applicable
                        Parent program focused on higher education planning
                        Financial Aid program for parents

Senior                  Promotion of Early College opportunities
                        Financial Aid program
                        Target all students to get FAFSA PIN by Dec 1
                        Target all students to complete FAFSA by March 1
                        High School to College transition program
Graduate                Summer Interview –to verify college plans on track, typically in July or August
                        Fall Survey – calls to verify higher education enrollment (October following
                         graduation)
Ongoing                 Community match fundraising (required in years three and four)
                        Student level college-going data tracking system (no-cost ConnectEdu.net or
                         other comparable system encouraged)
                        Annual presentation to governance board of college access activities and
                         outcomes


Questions
        The Foundation prefers that all questions regarding the RFP and the Connect Aspirations
to a Plan initiative be submitted by email. Please direct your questions regarding the RFP to:

         Wendy L. Ault, Executive Director
         Telephone: 207.622.3066 or 866.622.3066 or Email: info@MELMACFoundation.org

       Applicants registering for the Bidders' Conference must RSVP through the Foundation's
website at www.MELMACEducation.org. Directions and other information can also be printed
from the website. Please do not call to RSVP. Space is limited to 350 people. Please no more
than three attendees per school or organization. Attendance is required at the September
2007 Bidders’ Conference in order to be eligible to apply for a grant. If you have logistical
questions,   please    email    or     contact  Ann     Kaplan    at   866.622.3066   or   at
info@MELMACFoundation.org.




                                  CONNECT ASPIRATIONS TO A PLAN                                      7 of 15
                         2007 Request for Proposal – Career and Technical Center
2007 College Access – Planning Grant Application
Must be submitted to the Foundation by 5 PM Friday, September 28, 2007
Summary Form

      Career and Technical Center:
      Sending High Schools:


      Number of Students in Program (2006-2007 school year):


      Planning Grant Application Contact Person
      Name:                                                   Title:
      Organization:
      Address:
      Town:                                                   ZIP:
      Telephone:
      Fax:
      Email:


      College Access Program Coordinator (if different from Grant Contact)
      Name:                                                   Title:
      Organization:
      Address:
      Town:                                                   ZIP:
      Telephone:
      Fax:
      Email:




                               CONNECT ASPIRATIONS TO A PLAN                    8 of 15
                      2007 Request for Proposal – Career and Technical Center
1. Career and Technical Center Description
     Provide the following demographic information
                                                                                       2004/2005        2005/2006        2006/2007
    Career and Technical Center                                                          School           School           School
                                                                                          Year             Year             Year
    Enrollment
              Underclass students
              Juniors
           Seniors
         TOTAL Students
              Number of seniors graduating in June
    Number of individuals responsible for post-secondary planning (list
    titles as well)
    Seniors indicating an Intent to Enroll in higher education                           #     %        #       %        #       %
              Intent to enroll in 4-year college
              Intent to enroll in 2-year college
           Intent to enroll in certificate/other program
         TOTAL Intent to enroll

    * Note: Beginning with the Class of 2007, military enlistment will be tracked as part of the Foundation’s “College Enrollment” rate
     Describe the programs and history of the center. List all programs.
   Detail existing relationships with colleges including articulation agreements and dual enrollment
programs.

2. Planning Committee
The purpose of the planning committee is to help design a robust college access program for the
career and technical center and its students. The planning grant committee should be comprised of
the grant coordinator, student services, school to work coordinator, staff member, a teacher, the
director, a representative from a local college or higher education institution, parents, and someone
from the community (a business professional or member of a civic organization such as Kiwanis or
the Rotary, could be a member of the center advisory committee). Some planning committees have
also included students and/or former students. Please list the members below
                 Name                                    Title/Affiliation                                      Email


All Committee members will be put on the Foundation email list to receive notification of related
Foundation events.

3. Commitment to Planning Process
     Please acknowledge that you agree to the following expectations of the planning process, as
     funded by the planning grant:

         Monthly planning committee meetings, beginning in October 2007 through March 2008.



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       Working with the coach assigned by the Foundation. The coach will attend planning
        meetings, provide technical support and assist with the planning process. (The Foundation
        pays all coaching expenses outside this grant.)

       Sending at least four members of the planning committee to MELMAC U on Tuesday,
        November 13, 2007 and Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at the Samoset Resort. (The
        Foundation will pay for 2 rooms for up to 2 nights per planning grant recipient, as well as all
        meal costs.)

       Sending at least four members of the planning committee to the Connect Aspirations to a
        Plan Peer Learning Session on March 10, 2008 in Augusta.

       Drafting a College Access Implementation Plan, using the application included in this RFP
        and in consultation with the MELMAC coach. The Implementation Plan and a four-year
        grant request must be submitted to the Foundation by 5 PM Tuesday, April 1, 2008.

       Surveying the Class of 2007 in Fall 2007 to verify the number of graduates who actually
        enrolled in higher education (4-year and 2-year institutions, certificate programs or the
        military).

4. Coaches from the Foundation
    As noted, the Foundation will provide a coach to successful Planning Grant applicants. The
Coach is an independent contractor of the Foundation. Although it is the intent of the Foundation
to have the Coach work with his/her assigned grantee(s) through the life of the grant, the
Foundation or the Coach may cancel the relationship at any time. The Coach will provide support,
suggestions and monitoring of the grantee’s progress toward realizing their stated defined goals,
tasks and activities.

5. Planning Grant Budget
   Complete the budget table below. Include a detailed narrative justification with each line item.
                                          Planning
                Category                                               Narrative Justification
                                           Grant
        Revenue
           MELMAC Education                 $5,000
           Foundation planning grant
        Expenses
           Key personnel                                 (list by position, time allotted)
           Materials
           Meeting Expenses
           Other (list)
           TOTAL


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6. Required Signatures – Planning Grant Application
    The undersigned authorized individuals endorse this proposal for a planning grant and attest to the
    appropriateness and accuracy of the information submitted. In addition, funds obtained from the MELMAC
    Education Foundation will be used solely to support the purpose, goals and objectives as stated herein.
Career and Technical Education Regional Director
Signature:                                                                          Date:
Printed Name:
Career and Technical Education Director
Signature:                                                                          Date:
Printed Name:
Head of Governance
Signature:                                                                          Date:
Printed Name:
Grant Coordinator
Signature:                                                                          Date:
Printed Name:




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                          2007 Request for Proposal – Career and Technical Center
2008 College Access – Implementation Plan Application
Must be postmarked by Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Need for a College Access Program
    Review reported intent to enroll rates (from your planning grant application) and your actual
college going rate from your survey of the Class of 2007.
    Discuss other trends within your community (including unemployment, changing employment
base or other external dynamics) that affect the need for a college access program.
    Comprehensively state the need for a College Access program.
    Explain why this is a priority. Illustrate the commitment from the community, school faculty
and leadership, and others to such an endeavor.
    For previous MELMAC College Access grantees, discuss what you have learned, the outcomes
of your prior college access program and your rationale for wanting to continue funding from the
Foundation.

1. Overview of the Planning Process
    Summarize the conversations and outcomes of your planning process.

2. Summary of New College Access Services
    Please complete the following summary chart:

                   CURRENT            PROPOSED              Month and
                                                              Year
                                                                             Person(s)      Evaluation
    Grade            College         College Access         Beginning
                                                                            Coordinating     Method
                     Access             Services             and/or
                     Services          proposed             Occurring

    Underclass
    Students

    Junior year

    Senior year

    Recent
    graduates

3. Detailed Activity Plan for College Access Program
    Discuss the rationale supporting the college access program that is outlined above.
     Provide details regarding each new or expanded college access activity to be initiated as part of
this grant, as noted above. Minimally include all required activities, as outlined on page 7.


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4. Staffing
    Please include name, highlights of professional experience, roles and responsibilities of key
individuals involved in the College Access program (one to three sentences per individual is
sufficient). Please commit to notifying the Foundation of any changes in key personnel or
leadership.

5. Sustainability
   Discuss the plan for the required local/community match in years three and four of the grant.
Be specific.
   Discuss how the college access effort will be sustained beyond the life of the four-year grant.
Be specific.




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6. College Access Budget
    Complete the budget table below. Include a detailed narrative justification with each line item.
This section of your proposal will be closely scrutinized.


                                                                                           Narrative
              Category             2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12
                                                                                          Justification
      Revenue
          MELMAC Education                                                          List applicable grant
          Foundation grant                                                          amounts
          Other revenue (if                                                         Describe other revenue
          any or if match                                                           source, amount and
          provided)                                                                 duration of funding
          TOTAL
      Expenses
          Key personnel                                                             (list by position, % of time)
          Substitute Teachers
          Travel (college
          visits, business
          visits, etc.)
          Materials
          Postage
          PSAT/PLAN fees
          Printing
          Other staff
          Miscellaneous
          Other
          TOTAL
      Total Estimated
      Students Served
      Cost per student
      (TOTAL divided by Total
      students)




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7. Required Signatures – Implementation Grant Application
    The undersigned authorized individuals endorse this proposal for an implementation grant and attest to the
    appropriateness and accuracy of the information submitted. In addition, funds obtained from the MELMAC
    Education Foundation will be used solely to support the purpose, goals and objectives as stated herein.
Career and Technical Education Regional Director
Signature:                                                                           Date:
Printed Name:
Career and Technical Education Director
Signature:                                                                           Date:
Printed Name:
Head of Governance
Signature:                                                                           Date:
Printed Name:
Grant Coordinator
Signature:                                                                           Date:
Printed Name:




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