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Perkins IV: Developing and Improving CTE Programs

Learn how to use Perkins grants to enhance existing Career and Technical Education programs with this informative presentation covering Perkins requirements, fiscal considerations, and Alaska's application procedures.

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Perkins IV: Developing and Improving CTE Programs

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  1. Perkins 101Carl D. PerkinsCareer and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006“Perkins IV” Using Perkins grants to develop and improve CTE programs

  2. This presentation will cover • What is CTE? • What is Perkins? • Perkins requirements • Alaska’s application & reporting procedures • Fiscal considerations

  3. The Perkins definition ofCareer and Technical Education • Organized education program - coherent sequences of courses • Provides academic , technical, and employability skills and knowledge needed to prepare for future education and careers • Based on industry standards • Provides opportunities for exploration, investigation, and choices leading to a career pathway • Focus on secondary - postsecondary transitions and partnerships • Leads to industry certification, credential, associate degree, baccalaureate degree; i.e. the jobs of the future will require postsecondary level training and re-training…

  4. Vocational Education vs. Career and Technical Education

  5. How does Perkins fit in CTE programs? • It’s a Federal formula program meant to improve and enhanceexisting CTE programs • The Perkins act was originally authorized in 1984; the most recent authorization is Perkins IV in 2006 • District funding allocations are based on Federal census and poverty data • Perkins is federal money – The state (EED-CTE) and local grantees (districts) must follow the federal guidelines • Program of sufficient “size, scope and quality” to be effective • Fiscal uses

  6. State Perkins funding over time

  7. Alaska’s Perkins’ Tech Prep Funding

  8. State Perkins $$: 85% of Alaska’s annual Federal Perkins allocation goes to grants • Public secondary & postsecondary grants • EED-CTE uses 10% for a fund to • 1. subsidize 32 small district’s formula allocation to $15,000 minimum • 2. secondary/postsecondary partnership grants • With the remaining grant funding each year • 85% to secondary districts grants by Federal formula (based on census and poverty data) • 15% postsecondary grants by competitive RFP

  9. State Perkins $$: 15% goes to State EED-CTE • 10% for leadership budget, including • $60,000 for non-traditional fields (NTF/NTO) • $10,000 for corrections (DOC) • Support for curriculum and professional development, career guidance • 5% for administration budget • $250,000 (matched with dedicated state General Funds) • For grant administration, plan & report development, accountability, monitoring

  10. Federal requirements to qualify for Perkins funding • CTE advisory group – active, with specified representation • 5-year CTE program plan – approved by EED-CTE • Sequences of CTE courses within “career clusters” • At least 1 CTE sequence where students can earn 2 credits- those students become “CTE Concentrators” • A secondary/postsecondary Program of Study (at least one) • “Special populations” support • CTE professional development • Accountability for CTE student performance- 4 “core indicators” with 9 measures • Third-party technical skills assessments (TSAs)– valid and reliable • Annual narrative and data report and application

  11. Local 5-year plan updates – 2013 -2018* • Focus areas • Needs assessment • Program design/implementation • Professional capacity building • Advisory strategy • Special populations strategies • Career guidance • Accountability and evaluation • Facility and funding *or until Perkins legislation is re-authorized by Congress

  12. Annual Report/ApplicationWhat happened last year, what’s planned for the coming year • CTE Advisory Strategy review • Program of Study, technical skill assessments, articulated programs • Instruction & professional development • Special populations • Career guidance • Reporting of CTE student performance • District Plan for Improvement, if Federal accountability benchmarks are not met

  13. Approvable uses of Perkins funds to develop and improve district CTE programs • CTE program development & upgrades • CTE Curriculum and career planning activities • Associated professional development • CTEPS facilitation • Essential equipment upgrades • “Supplies” are suspect • Perkins funding must be used to add to a CTE program, not replace lost district funding

  14. Perkins Fiscal Constraints • Ineligible Perkins expenses • Supplanting prior year budget items that had been paid with state or local funds • CTE instructor salaries during regular school day • Consumables vs. Disposables (e.g. student take-aways) • Fun promotional materials • Equipment not used solely for CTE classes (i.e., computers – must be proportional to CTE use) • 5% Administration expenses limit including indirect • No carryover from year to year; reallocated funds instead • CTSO funding policies • Out-of-state travel requests must be approved in advance

  15. What is needed for annual grant renewal? • All-in-One submitted accurately and timely in EED-CTE district portal http://education.alaska.gov/tls/CTE • Report and application – report on all activities and proposed activities • Proposed budget with allowable expenses • Revised 5-year plan if necessary • Course changes aligned with 5-year plan • CTE data reported to public • Revised District Plan for Improvement (DPI) if necessary (district CTE students failed to meet accountability benchmarks)

  16. What is “Tech Prep”? • Tech Prep links secondary and postsecondary vocational and technical programs • Students take college-level CTE classes taught by secondary instructors who are approved by postsecondary institutions. • The linkage is a formal written articulation agreement between the school district and postsecondary institution or apprenticeship agency. • Students may receive postsecondary credit or apprenticeship hours that can be used in postsecondary programs or apprenticeships • Because classes are taught by secondary staff instead of university staff, student tuition is reduced, normally to $25/credit, instead of $165/credit

  17. Sample Program of StudyHigh School 4-year course schedule, combined with:

  18. Postsecondary Program High school students completing this program qualify for the Alaska Performance Scholarship, complete 15% of their chosen postsecondary program, and save $1260 in tuition cost

  19. Questions? Just ask! • Don Levine • 465-8681 • don.levine@alaska.gov • Helen Mehrkens • 465-8730 • helen.mehrkens@alaska.gov

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