Perkins Career and Technical Education Act

CTE / Federal Policy /

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, a reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (referred to as Perkins V) encourages states and local entities to consider dual and concurrent enrollment as critical pathways for postsecondary attainment in high-value career fields. Schools around the country have demonstrated that dual and concurrent enrollment programs can close the skills gap by propelling students to successfully earn highly-valuable portable college credentials and degrees. Numerous Congressional offices drafting the Act successfully advocated for provisions supporting dual and concurrent enrollment courses as allowable uses of Perkins funds at the local, state, and national levels, as elements of state and local plans, and as an optional indicator in state accountability systems.

In addition, the reauthorization expands the federal Perkins support of dual and concurrent enrollment beyond the few areas that the 2006 law had already identified dual and concurrent enrollment as effective college transition tools for CTE students.