Carl Perkins Grant
About the Office of Grants Development - Carl Perkins Grant
Carl Perkins Grant funding supports Delgado's efforts to provide a learning environment that promotes the personal, intellectual and professional development of all members of the College community. In particular, Carl Perkins helps strengthen the College's career and technical education programs. The Office of Grants Development provides oversight for the administration of the College's Carl Perkins Grant Funds.
Carl D. Perkins Act
The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) is a principal source of federal funding to states and discretionary grantees for the improvement of secondary and post-secondary career and technical education programs across the nation. The purpose of the Act is to develop more fully the academic, career, and technical skills of secondary and post-secondary students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs.
Historically, the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917 was the first authorization for the Federal funding of vocational education. Subsequent legislation for vocational education (now termed career and technical education) included the Vocational Act of 1973 and the Carl D. Perkins Act of 1984 (Perkins). Perkins was reauthorized as the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act (Perkins II) in 1990, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 1998 (Perkins III), and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV).
Goals and Objectives
The goal of Perkins is to improve the quality of CTE (Career and Technical Education) programs by providing roughly 1.3 billion dollars in federal aid to CTE programs across the United States. Perkins' focus includes the following:
- Create a strong nexus between business and industry
- Prepare CTE for high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations in current or emerging professions
- Promote the development of services and activities that integrate CTE instruction, secondary education and post-secondary education
- Increase state and local flexibility in providing services and activities designed to develop, implement, and improve CTE
- Provide technical assistance that promotes leadership, initial preparation, and professional development, as well as to improve the quality of CTE teachers, faculty, administrators, and counselors/advisors
- Support partnerships among secondary schools, post-secondary institutions, etc.
- Provide individuals with opportunities to develop skills needed to be productive members of society