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The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act was signed into law on July 31, 2018. Commonly referred to as Perkins V, the federal law reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, which provides almost $1.2 billion in federal support for career and technical education (CTE) programs in all 50 states and U.S. territories, including support for integrated career pathway programs for students. Iowa receives nearly $12 million annually in federal funds, divided between secondary and postsecondary CTE programs delivered through public school districts and community colleges.
Iowa’s state plan for meeting requirements of Perkins V, and the related secondary and postsecondary accountability performance targets, may be viewed below.
"Congress made accountability for results a central focus of Perkins V, setting out new performance requirements for States and local programs. These requirements were established to assess the effectiveness of the State in achieving statewide progress in career and technical education and to optimize the return on investment of Federal funds in career and technical education." Perkins Collaborative Resource Network
"The data explored in this story highlight CTE access, participation, and educational and labor market outcomes. They tell an interesting story of the potential benefits of a concentrated sequence of CTE courses in high school. Concentrating in CTE can provide students with a strong foundation of technical knowledge and employability skills to complement their academic studies and prepare them for both college and career options."
Under Perkins V, states are required to report annually on core indicators of performance for both secondary and postsecondary. States are also required to report disaggregated data on the performance of students by race, ethnicity, gender, and special population categories. Grant recipients should analyze their performance results, which can be utilized in budget and program evaluation.
Work-Based Learning Perkins V Performance Indicator Component in Iowa
Perkins V Work-Based Learning Defined from Sec. 3 [20 U.S.C. 2302] 55: Sustained interactions with industry or community professionals in real workplace settings, to the extent practicable, or simulated environments at an educational institution that foster in-depth, firsthand engagement with the tasks required in a given career field, that are aligned to curriculum and instruction.
- Internships, pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, and qualified service area options. Information is available on the Department’s Work-Based Learning Website including details on an overview of the components, reporting, and resources for districts.
- School-based enterprise registered with the Iowa Department of Education through an annual application and include the required standards in the curriculum for the students.
Iowa Perkins V Reserve Funding Projects
College and Career Transition Counselors: The College and Career Transition Counselor (CCTC) project creates counselor positions to work directly through community colleges and partner high schools across Iowa. The Iowa Perkins State Plan provides the opportunity to use reserve funds for areas of need that directly connect to students in secondary and postsecondary arenas. Use of the reserve funds will help establish the CCTC positions across Iowa. Through the competitive application process, the CCTC Partnership steering committee will award small grants across the state to community colleges that partner with school districts in their service area. Each partnership will hire a CCTC whose main focus will be to work with students in grades 11 and 12 and as the first-year advisor at the community college for students from the partner school districts. View the College and Career Transition Counselor Toolkit for more information on this initiative.
Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA)
Perkins Local Application
The FY21 Perkins V Secondary and Postsecondary applications are posted in funding opportunities in the IowaGrants.gov system. The pre-application deadline is June 30, 2020 and the full application deadline is September 30, 2020. The following guidance, memos and videos provide more information and assistance with completing the application.
Accounting for Perkins Funds
Iowa Grants Guidance
Perkins Claim Resources
Perkins-Funded Equipment Guidelines
Perkins V Secondary and Post Secondary Monitoring