The Rural Tech Project

The SkillsUSA Framework defines career readiness in three components: personal skills, workplace skills and technical skills grounded in academics. No matter where students want to work or what they want to do, we recognize that today’s learners will need advanced technology skills. However, traditional teaching models may not effectively deliver transferable technology skills, especially in rural communities.


The Rural Tech Project is a $600,000 challenge to advance rural technology education and prepare students for the careers of today and tomorrow. The U.S. Department of Education invites high schools and local educational agencies to propose technology education programs that use competency-based distance learning. This project is open to any publicly funded school or local education agency that delivers education to a rural community and to students in grades 9-12.


After both phases of the project are complete, the Rural Tech Project will compile the insights from all finalists and share lessons learned as a resource for other rural communities who might adapt similar models.


For more information on this innovative challenge, visit the Rural Tech Project.

Written by

Executive Director, SkillsUSA Texas