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Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V)

On July 31, 2018, President Trump signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) into law. This Act, which became Public Law 115-224, reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV). It was approved unanimously by both chambers of Congress, reflecting broad bipartisan support for career and technical education (CTE) programs. 

Perkins V better aligns and integrates school districts, institutions of higher education, and employers to prepare more young people for high-skill, high-wage careers, ensuring career and technical education (CTE) programs meet the demands of the twenty-first-century economy.

The new also law includes several changes and additions relevant for educators, postsecondary institutions, employers, workforce development boards, community-based organizations, and others who serve historically underserved students in both secondary and postsecondary education.

System Alignment

Perkins V calls for collaboration among middle and high schools, higher education institutions, employers, and other partners to provide an integrated approach to delivering robust CTE programs through statewide sector or industry partnerships. In drafting its plan for implementing Perkins V, a state must describe how it will “support effective and meaningful collaboration between secondary schools, postsecondary institutions, and employers to provide students with expertise in, and understanding of, all aspects of an industry.”

Integrated Professional Development

Perkins V permits the delivery of joint professional development to core academic and CTE teachers. While Perkins IV allowed states to deliver this type of joint professional development “as appropriate” and “to the extent practicable,” it did not intentionally prioritize the practice in its language the way Perkins V does.

California’s CTE priorities specified in the State Plan:

  • CTE is woven into the fabric of education, NOT a separate system of education

  • All students have access to CTE courses, pathways and programs of interest. 

  • CTE is a demand-driven system that responds to real workforce needs, and state, regional, and local labor market realities 

  • CTE engages students and improves student outcomes focusing on rigor, relevance, relationships, and results


For more information go the Perkins webpage at www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ct/pk/ 

Perkins Fact Sheets Perkins Application Documents
Career Technical Education Programs and Courses Overview Perkins Site Investment Process - 2021-2022 
Courses Fact Sheet Perkins Site Allocations - 2021-2022     
CTE Arts Course Checklist CTE Course Industry Advisory Chart - 2021-2022    
CTE Course Checklist Perkins Funding Request Form - 2021-2022    
CTE Programs Fact Sheet

CTE Courses Taught - Individual Teacher

Defining CTE Fact Sheet  
Perkins - Allowable and Unallowable Investments  
Perkins V - Public Law 115-224   

Federal Perkins legislation identifies five core indicators to measure the effectiveness of Career Technical Education (CTE) at the secondary level:

Provided below, for your review, are LBUSD CTE Program Core Indicators for the 2012-13 through 2014-15 School Years for Secondary and Adult programs:

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