Collegiate Development

Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act Programs (CTEA)

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

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Perkins IV: Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement 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 and Title II competitive funding opportunities. Title I funding includes the initiative to improve gender participation and completion in nontraditional programs that prepare individuals for underrepresented occupations.

The Office of Collegiate Development Programs Unit in the Office of Higher Education / Office of K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs 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.

Fiscal Year 2013-14 Guidelines and Application materials for Postsecondary Non-Competitive Formula Funding under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV)

These guidelines for non-competitive proposals for the Perkins IV formula allocation program explain the application procedure for FY 2013-14. Institutions use these Federal funds to improve career and technical education programs designed to prepare persons to work in a technologically advanced society. Eligible institutions or consortia of institutions are those offering career and technical education programs that meet Federal requirements for program size, scope, and quality and generating a potential award of at least $50,000. The guidelines include the Regents goals and objectives, and the instructions and application materials.

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.

The NET Project
Center for Women in Government & Civil Society, University at Albany,
State University of New York
Draper Hall, 302
135 Western Avenue
Albany, New York 12222
Program Manager
 Abigya Eshete

For further information contact

Collegiate Development Programs Unit
New York State Education Department
Room 505W, Education Building
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 474-3719
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Last Updated: March 30, 2015