Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act
The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act is the federal law that funds Career and Technical Education (CTE). The purpose is to develop the academic, career, and technical skills of secondary education students and post-secondary education students.
This is done by:
- Developing challenging academic and technical standards and assessments that prepare students for high-skills, high-wage, or high-demand occupations
- Increasing state and local flexibility to develop, implement, and improve career and technical education
- Promoting leadership, preparation and professional development at the state and local levels and improving the quality of career and technical education teachers, faculty, and administrators and counselors
- Providing individuals with opportunities throughout their lifetime to develop the knowledge and skills needed to keep the United States competitive
Current programs supported by this grant are the ACCESS Program (for students with disabilities), Women in Transition, Automotive Technology, Captioning & Court Reporting, Optical Technology, and Health Careers Assessment.