Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Act

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act was last authorized on August 12, 2006, as Public Law 109-270, to increase the quality of technical education for individuals seeking to succeed in a knowledge-and skills-based economy. The purpose of this Act is to develop more fully the academic and career and technical skills of secondary education students and postsecondary education students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs.

Federal Guidelines

CTE Programs

Perkins Documents

Perkins Faculty Development application

Appropriate Uses of Perkins Funds

Program Support

  1. Develop and implement evaluations of the technical education programs being carried out under Perkins funds.
  2. Initiate, improve, expand, and modernize the quality and technology in CTE programs.
  3. Provide funds for the purchasing, leasing and upgrading or adapting of equipment, and providing instructional aides in equipment labs.
  4. Strengthen the academic and career and technical components in CTE programs through integration of content aligned with academic standards.
  5. Provide students with strong experience and understanding in all aspects of an industry.
  6. Support training and preparation for nontraditional high-skill, high-wage and high-demand occupations.
  7. Improvement or development of new technical classes and/or degrees.
  8. Develop valid and reliable assessments of technical skills.
  9. Develop, improve or expand the use of technology in vocational/technical education.
  10. Establish effective programs and procedures to enable informed and effective participation and increase completion of technical programs.
  11. Provide students with mentoring and support services in technical areas.
  12. Provide instructional aides in technical classrooms and equipment labs.
  13. Provide support for other approved technical activities that are consistent with the purpose of the Perkins Act.

Outreach/Career Pathways

  1. Provide activities to prepare and support special populations, including single parents and displaced homemakers who enroll in CTE programs.
  2. Provide CTE programs for adults to upgrade their technical skills.
  3. Provide assessment of how the needs of special populations are being met through technical programs and activities.
  4. Developing and supporting small, personalized career-themed learning communities.
  5. Support partnerships among school districts, post secondary institutions, and business to enable students to complete CTE pathway programs of study.
  6. Provide and improve career guidance and academic counseling to assist students in making informed decisions about their education and careers.
  7. Link secondary and post secondary technical educational programs, including implementing CTE career pathways.
  8. Assist technical student organizations.
  9. Provide assistance to students in finding appropriate jobs and continuing their education in vocational/technical areas.
  10. Provide support for other approved technical activities that are consistent with the purpose of the Perkins Act.

Professional Development

  1. Provide professional development programs, in-service and pre-service in state-of-the-art technical education programs and techniques to teachers, counselors, administrators, support staff, etc.;
  2. Provide training of vocational/technical personnel to use state-of-the-art technology.
  3. Provide training in effective teaching skills based on new research.
  4. Provide training and technical assistance to high school and post-secondary counselors, teachers and administrators.
  5. Provide programs and training to ensure teachers and personnel stay current with all aspects of industry.
  6. Provide internship and externship (FIB) programs that provide business experience to teachers teaching in technical areas
  7. Provide programs designed to specifically train teachers in the use and application of technology.
  8. Provide support for other approved technical activities that are consistent with the purpose of the Perkins Act.

Business, Industry and Economic Development

  1. Provide programs or activities that encourage industry to offer voluntary internships and mentoring programs.
  2. Provide programs or activities that encourage involvement in internship programs that provide business experience to teachers.
  3. Provide technical training for adults and school dropouts to complete their secondary education.
  4. Provide support for other approved technical activities that are consistent with the purpose of the 2006 Perkins Act.