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All4Ed Flash: Pathways Explored: Navigating CTE Programs and Careers with the Perkins

Today, we are continuing our focus on education pathways and exploring the ins and outs of dynamic programs from the classroom to Congress! We’re turning our focus to Career and Technical Education – or CTE – and explaining the Perkins Act.

The Perkins Act is a federal law that aims to increase the quality of technical education and funding for career and technical education (CTE) programs in secondary and postsecondary schools to ensure students meet the demands of the twenty-first century economy. It was first enacted in 1984 and was most recently reauthorized by President Trump on July 31st,  2018, and now called Perkins V. This bipartisan measure is a testament to Congress’ commitment in supporting CTE. This includes nearly $1.4 billion annually for career and technical education (CTE) programs for our nation’s youth and adults.

The Perkins Act represents an important opportunity to allow every student to explore, choose, and follow CTE programs of study and career pathways to earn credentials of value. The act aims to align educational programs with the needs of the labor market, ensuring that students are prepared for in-demand careers. Additionally, Perkins provides funding for a variety of CTE programs helping students gain the skills and knowledge needed for a wide range of careers. These programs include:

The Perkins Act has a number of benefits for students, including:

All in all, the Perkins Act is a vital piece of legislation that provides funding for CTE programs. By providing funding and support for CTE programs, the Perkins Act aims to improve educational outcomes for students, including graduation rates and post-secondary success. Additionally, CTE programs supported by the Perkins Act often offer hands-on learning experiences and opportunities for students to earn industry-recognized credentials, making them more competitive in the job market

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