Reviewed and/or Updated on: November 7, 2017

Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Ed. Act (Perkins IV)

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) provides an increased focus on the academic achievement of career and technical education students, strengthening the connections between secondary and postsecondary education and improving state and local accountability.

The purpose of these funds is to develop more fully the academic, career, and technical skills of secondary and postsecondary students who elect to enroll in technical education programs.

For more information on Perkins access the federal Perkins IV Law and the Wisconsin Five-Year Perkins Plan under the Resources section.

Perkins Grant Funds

The System Board is responsible for the administration and oversight of Perkins IV funding for the postsecondary portion of the Title I Basic Grant. As permitted, the System Board has identified four priorities in the State Plan for the use of postsecondary funding. To maintain flexibility, the System Board allows each college to allocate awarded funds to priorities of greatest need. The intention is to target funding to support activities the colleges have determined and noted in their Perkins Local Plans. The goal is improved performance on Core Performance Indicators.

Funds under this category are available for the following purposes:

  • Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs

Improves the performance outcomes of WTCS programs of significant size and scope that directly link to maintaining or improving Perkins IV Core Performance Indicators.

  • Student Success

Provides direct support services to designated career and technical education (CTE) students. Colleges give preference to students determined as “at risk” for not completing a postsecondary course/program and/or obtaining employment upon graduation. The funded services assist these students participating in and/or completing the following: CTE program courses, graduation with an applied associate degree, one- or two-year technical diploma, an apprenticeship program and/or obtaining employment in a related field.

  • Nontraditional Occupational (NTO) Training and Employment

Provides retention services to prepare individuals to successfully complete career and technical education (CTE) programs in NTO fields. Funds provide transition and career development services to students enrolling in NTO Career and Technical Education programs.

  • High School to College Transitions via Flex Funds

Provides the option to enhance the activities of the college’s Career Prep Grant. Further opportunities are highlighted for transition to postsecondary education while supporting a high school student's technical and academic skills.

  • Reserve Funds

Provides leadership to projects related to career and technical education (CTE) for innovative programs of statewide significance. Colleges are awarded funds that focus on secondary-to-postsecondary programs as well as serving a variety of student populations.

  • Flex Funds

Provides flexibility for colleges to target Perkins IV funds to areas of greatest need. The intention is to target funding to support activities the colleges have determined and noted in their Perkins Local Plans. The goal is improved performance on Core Performance Indicators.