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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. 

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.

Center for Women in Government State University of New York
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