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Perkins Postsecondary Career & Technical Education Program

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V)


The purpose of this Act is to develop more fully the academic knowledge and technical and employability skills of secondary education students and postsecondary education students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs and programs of study, by –

  1. building on the efforts of States and localities to develop challenging academic and technical standards and to assist students in meeting such standards, including preparation for high skill, high wage, or in-demand occupations in current or emerging professions;
  2. promoting the development of services and activities that integrate rigorous and challenging academic career and technical instruction, and that link secondary education and postsecondary education for participating career and technical education students;
  3. increasing state and local flexibility in providing services and activities designed to develop, implement, and improve career and technical education;
  4. conducting and disseminating national research and disseminating information on best practices that improve career and technical education programs and programs of study, services, and activities;
  5. providing technical assistance that –
    1. promotes leadership, initial preparation, and professional development at the State and local levels; and
    2. improves the quality of career and technical education teachers, faculty, administrators and counselors;
  6. supporting partnerships among secondary schools, postsecondary institutions, baccalaureate degree granting institutions, area career and technical education schools, local workforce investment boards, business and industry, and intermediaries; and
  7. 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 United States competitive. 
  8. increasing the employment opportunities for populations who are chronically unemployed or underemployed, including individuals with disabilities; individuals from economically disadvantaged families; out-of-workforce individuals; youth who are in, or have aged out of, the foster care system, and homeless individuals.

The Office of Postsecondary Access, Support, and Success of the State Education Department receives Perkins V federal funding for career and technical programs.  These funds are allocated to the State’s community colleges and Educational Opportunity Centers based on the number of economically disadvantaged career and technical education students enrolled in each institution. 

Perkins V funds are used by eligible institutions to supplement their career and technical education programs.  This may include funding professional staff, support staff, equipment, supplies and materials, etc.

Each year the institutions must submit a proposal of how they would like to utilize Perkins funding. Institutions are required to comply with all Federal and State Guidelines and must submit Interim and Final Reports. Numerical data is collected to identify success on Core Indicators of Performance, as well as demographic and special population information.

The Perkins V Act requires that all colleges receiving funding must agree to undergo an Office of Civil Rights review. 

Project Materials

The New York State Education Department has awarded a grant to the State University of New York at Albany's NET (Nontraditional Employment & Training) Project to provide timely and useful resources to support the mission of building a nontraditional workforce through expanded educational and career opportunities for students.

Executive Director, Dina Refki 


State-determined Performance Levels for the Perkins Indicators
Pursuant to Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) legislation, stakeholders are invited to provide written comments about the state proposed levels of performance [Sec. 113 Accountability]. Comments should be submitted regarding how the levels of performance:
  • Meet the requirements of the law; 
  • Support the improvement of performance of all CTE concentrators, including subgroups of students as described in section 1111(h)(1)(c)(ii) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, and special populations as described in section 3(48); and 
  • Support the needs of the local education and business communities. 
Comments should be submitted to:
All submitted comments will receive a written response in the State Plan.

New York State’s Perkins V Proposed Performance Levels

Postsecondary Indicators


FY 2021


FY 2022


FY 2023


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Contact Information

New York State Education Department
Office of Postsecondary Access, Support, and Success
Perkins V
89 Washington Avenue, Room EBA 971
Albany, NY 12234