The purpose of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 is to develop more fully the academic, career and technical skills of secondary and postsecondary students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs by:
- Building on the efforts of states and locals to develop challenging academic and technical standards, and to assist students in meeting the standards, including preparation for high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations in current or emerging professions.
- Promoting the development of services and activities that integrate rigorous and challenging academic and career and technical instruction, and that link secondary and postsecondary education for participating CTE students.
- Increasing state and local flexibility in providing services and activities designed to develop, implement, and improve career and technical education.
- Conducting and disseminating national research and disseminating information on best practices that improve CTE programs, services, and activities.
- Providing technical assistance that:
- Promotes leadership, initial preparation, and professional development at the state and local levels; and
- Improves the quality of CTE teachers, faculty, administrators, and counselors.
- Supporting partnerships among secondary schools, postsecondary institutions, baccalaureate degree granting institutions, area CTE schools, local workforce investment boards, business and industry, and intermediaries.
- 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 U.S. competitive.
The primary use of Perkins funds received by an eligible recipient is to improve or expand career and technical education and improve student academic and technical performance. Perkins funds may not be used to maintain career and technical education programs.
ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION
The WV Council for Community and Technical College Education (Council) awards Perkins grants to the community and technical colleges based on the number of Pell grant recipients enrolled in postsecondary approved career and technical education programs. No institution is eligible to receive an allocation of less than $50,000.
Community colleges must submit a Local Planning Guide to the Council for approval which serves as the application for the Perkins grant. The funds must be targeted for new or improved activities which support career and technical education. The planning guide is due to the Council office by May 1 of each year.
PLANNING GUIDE AMENDMENTS
Amendments to the approved planning guide are required when there is a 10% variance in any budget category or when there is a substantial change in the scope of the approved activity. Amendments must be submitted and approved by Council staff prior to obligating funds. Amendments will not be accepted after May 31.
Community colleges will be reimbursed on a quarterly basis for actual expenses incurred. Quarterly reports are audited to determine if activities and costs are consistent with the approved local planning guide. Perkins funds must be used to supplement, not supplant, non-federal funds expended to carry out career and technical education activities. All costs must be necessary, reasonable, allocable, and legal under the Perkins Act and OMB regulations. Reports must be received by the last day of the month in the months of October, January, and April. The fourth quarter report is due no later than July 17.
Core Indicators of Performance: Community colleges receiving a Perkins grant are required to submit an annual performance report on CTE performance measures. The Perkins performance accountability system measures performance for six core performance areas. Colleges self-report 1P1 – Technical Skill Attainment and 2P1 – Credential, Certificate, or Degree performance measures. The Council office provides the performance reports for the other four core indicators. Colleges are required to submit the Core Indicators Report by October 15.
Final Financial Reports: A final financial report is required from all community colleges awarded a Perkins grant. The report requires a final expenditures report, expenses by degree program report, expenses by required and permissive uses of funds report, maintenance of effort report, and a personnel report. The financial report is due by October 15.
Improvement Plans: The Perkins Act requires an evaluation of the core indicators performance measures for each community college awarded a Perkins grant. If a community college is not making substantial progress in meeting the targeted levels of performance (at least 90%), the college is required to enter into an improvement plan to assist in overcoming the deficiencies. The improvement plan must be implemented in the program year immediately following the performance report. Improvement plans are due by May 1.
Community colleges must submit leadership requests to the Council office for consideration of funding using Perkins State Leadership funds. The project must address one of the required uses of funds as described in Section 124 (b) of the Perkins Act. In addition, the applicant is required to include a statewide dissemination and implementation plan that details how the project will have a statewide impact on career and technical college education. Leadership funds will be reimbursed upon completion of the project.
The Perkins Handbook is being developed.