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Perkins Postsecondary Career & Technical Education Program

Congressional Representative Carl D. Perkins (D-Kentucky), wanted to see students better prepared for the world of work. The Perkins Act provided Federal funds for vocational-technical programs for both youth and adults.

Carl D. Perkins

Carl Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act


The Federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins IV / CTEA) provides funds to postsecondary institutions, preparing students to be more competitive in the world economy. These funds improve the academic performance of students, especially special population students, who are enrolled in career and technical education programs. Funds are used to provide the supplementary services that students may need to succeed in career and technical programs through Title I formula funding applications. Title I funding includes the initiative to improve gender participation and completion in nontraditional programs that prepare individuals for underrepresented occupations.


The Office of Postsecondary Access, Support, and Success of the State Education Department receives Perkins IV federal funding for technical programs.  These funds are allocated to the State’s community colleges based on the number of students receiving Pell in their colleges.    

The community colleges use these funds to supplement their technical programs.  Examples are funding for instructors, laboratory assistants, student tutoring, and necessary equipment and supplies.  Each year the colleges must submit a proposal about how they will use the funds.  Further, all colleges who receive these funds must comply with information requirements including the submission of interim and final reports.  They must also present numerical data on how well their students are performing.

The Perkins IV Act also requires that all colleges receiving funding must agree to undergo a Civil Rights audit. 

Postsecondary Title I Funding


To develop more fully the academic, career and technical skills of postsecondary students who elect to enroll in career and technical programs, by challenging institutions to improve programs designed to prepare individuals to work in a technologically advanced society and by offering funding to achieve this goal.


Postsecondary institutions that offer at least five career education programs and have a sufficient proportion of the statewide economically disadvantaged postsecondary career and technical education students enrolled to generate a minimum of $50,000 in formula funding.


There are nine mandated activities. Under Section 135 (b) of Perkins IV,  postsecondary institutions shall use Title I funds to support one or more of the following activities:

  • Strengthen the Academic, Career, and Technical Skills of Students
  • Link Career and Technical Education at the Secondary Level and Career and Technical Education at the Postsecondary Level
  • Provide Students with Strong Experience In and Understanding Of All Aspects of an Industry
  • Develop, Improve, or Expand the Use of Technology in Career and Technical Education
  • Provide Professional Development Programs to Teachers, Counselors, and Administrators
  • Develop and Implement Evaluations of Career Education Programs
  • Initiate, Improve, Expand, and Modernize Quality Career and Technical Education Programs
  • Provide Services and Activities that are of Sufficient Size, Scope, and Quality to be Effective
  • Provide Activities to Prepare Special Populations for High Skill, High Wage, or High Demand Occupations that will lead to Self Sufficiency

Leadership and Technical Assistance

As part of the assurance that postsecondary students receive high quality career and technical education programs, and to ensure that postsecondary educators are appropriately prepared to deliver these high quality programs, the New York State Education department focuses its efforts on continuing the Project for Nontraditional Employment and Training, which is supported with State Leadership funds. 

Workforce Partnership

As required by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and the Workforce Investment Act, all Perkins postsecondary eligible agencies are partners in the designated Local Workforce Investment Areas across New York State. Perkins partners must enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), discussing their support of the One-Stop delivery system within the Local Workforce Investment Area.

The New York State Education Department has awarded a grant to the SUNY 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.

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Draper Hall 302, 135 Western Avenue
Albany, New York 12222

Program Manager, Abigya Eshete

Contact Information

New York State Education Department
Office of Postsecondary Access, Support, and Success
Perkins CTEA
89 Washington Ave, EBA 960
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 474-3719