Reviewed and/or Updated on: April 25, 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 IV, access the federal Perkins IV Law and the Wisconsin Five-Year Perkins Plan below.

Perkins Grant Funds

The System Board is responsible for administration and oversight of Perkins IV funding for the postsecondary portion of the Title I Basic Grant.  As permitted by Perkins IV, the System Board has identified four priorities for the use of postsecondary Perkins IV funding in the State Plan.  To maintain flexibility for colleges to target Perkins IV funds to areas of greatest need, the System Board permits each college to allocate its funds to the priorities established by the System Board.  The System Board's intention is that college will target their funding to support activities the colleges have determined through their Perkins IV planning process as most likely to result in improved performance on the core performance indicators. 

Funds under this category are available for the following purposes:

  • Strengthening CTE Programs

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

  • Student Success

Provide direct student and support services designed to meet the needs of designated career and technical education students. Preference is given to providing student and support services to students the college determines are "at risk" of not completing a postsecondary career and technical education course/program or obtaining employment upon graduation from a postsecondary career and technical education program.  The services funded under this priority should be designed to assist these "at-risk" students to participate and complete career and technical education program courses, graduate fro applied associate degree, one- or two-year technical diploma, or apprenticeship programs, and obtain employment in a field related to their career and technical education program.

  • Nontraditional Occupational (NTO) Training and Employment

Provide retention services to prepare individuals to successfully complete career and technical educational programs in NTO fields and to provide transition and career development services to assist students in enrolling in NTO career and technical educational programs

  • High School to College Transitions

Enhance a high school student's technical and academic skills, providing opportunities for transition to postsecondary education, or the joint development of additional programs of study (POS) by the college with one or more secondary partners.

  • Reserve Funds (Invitation Only)

Provide leadership to projects related to postsecondary career and technical education programs of statewide significance offered in multiple colleges. The projects focus on developing approaches to increase the retention of students of color in technical education programs that have high earning potential for their graduates and developing a "program of study" process to support the transition of high school students into technical colleges.

  • Flexible Funds

Maintain flexibility for colleges to target Perkins IV funds to areas of greatest need, colleges will target their flexible funding (Flexible Funds) to support activities the colleges have determined though their Perkins IV planning process as most likely to result in improved performance on the core performance indicators.

Perkins

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Date Modified

File Type

Wisconsin Five-Year Perkins Plan 08/19/13 PDF File
Federal Perkins IV Law 08/19/13 PDF File