The Carl D. Perkins Grant is a federally funded program designed to assist Career and Technical Education (CTE) students. The grant provides community colleges with resources to develop and maintain programs that serve faculty, staff and students in CTE departments.



The purpose of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) 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, by—

  1. Building on the efforts of States and localities to develop challenging academic and technical standards and to assist students in meeting such standards, including preparation for high skill, high wage, or high demand occupations in current or emerging professions;
  2. Promoting the development of services and activities that integrate rigorous and challenging academic and career and technical instruction, and that link secondary education and postsecondary education for participating career and tech­nical education students;
  3. Increasing State and local flexibility in providing serv­ices and activities designed to develop, implement, and improve career and technical education, including tech prep education;
  4. Conducting and disseminating national research and disseminating information on best practices that improve career and technical education programs, services, and activities;
  5. Providing technical assistance that—
    1. Promotes leadership, initial preparation, and professional development at the State and local levels; and
    2. Improves the quality of career and technical edu­cation teachers, faculty, administrators, and counselors;
  6. Supporting partnerships among secondary schools, post­ secondary institutions, baccalaureate degree granting institu­tions, area career and technical education schools, local workforce investment boards, business and industry, and inter­mediaries; and
  7. Providing individuals with opportunities throughout their lifetimes to develop, in conjunction with other education and training programs, the knowledge and skills needed to keep the United States competitive. (S. 250—3)



  • Increase the number of high school students dually enrolled in career and technical courses
  • Increase career and technical education enrollment at the postsecondary level
  • Better informed students, counselors, teachers, faculty and staff regarding career and technical education opportunities and articulation
  • More involvement of business and industry in the development of high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand programs of study.



The federal Perkins legislation identifies five core indicators to measure the effectiveness of CTE at the collegiate level:

  1. Technical Skill Attainment in CTE courses.
  2. Student Completion of a CTE credential, certificate, or degree
  3. Student Retention/Transfer in higher education
  4. Placement or employment including military service or apprenticeship programs.
  5. Nontraditional Participation in a CTE training area in which fewer than 25% of the employees in the field are of the student’s gender.
  6. Nontraditional Completion of a CTE training area in which fewer than 25% of the employees in the field are of the student’s gender.

 Promoting Student Success and Skill Development through Career and Technical Education