CTEA - Carl D. Perkins Career 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. 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.

These funds improve the academic performance of students, especially special population students, who are enrolled in career and technical education programs. 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.

At SUNY Orange there are several different departments involved in ensuring that these funds are being utilized effectively. The grant is overseen by college administration as well as a local advisory committee made up of community members not employed by the college.

One initiative has been securing Financial Aid TV (FATV), a student friendly resource, to provide answers to financial aid questions and concerns. Financial literacy efforts include a workshop series to convey comprehensive financial management information on budgeting and credit.

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Future Changes for CTEA

Legislation to overhaul the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act was introduced on Thursday, May 4, in the House of Representatives. The bill is largely identical to legislation the House passed last year that grants states more flexibility over spending and priorities. On May 23rd, the House Committe on Education and the Workforce favorably reported H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act to the whole House of Representatives. The bill garnered full, bipartisan committee support.

For additional information about CTEA you can contact:

Perkins CTEA
Office of Postsecondary Access, Support and Success
New York State Education Department
Room 505W, Education Building
Albany, NY 12234

(518) 474-3719 or perkins@nysed.gov