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Perkins V

Opportunity for Public Comment: The Vermont Agency of Education seeks public comments on proposed changes to how the Agency awards Perkins Reserve Grants. The period for public comment is Tuesday, April 19, 2022 through Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

Read about the proposed changes and access the public comment form.

In July of 2018, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, a re-authorization of the Carl D. Perkins Act of 2006. The law is informally referred to as “Perkins V.”

Perkins is dedicated to increasing learner access to high-quality CTE programs of study. With a focus on systems alignment and program improvement, the law has been critical to ensuring programs meet the ever changing needs of learners and employers. CTE is at the intersection of education and workforce/economic development. The law has strong ties to the Every Student Succeeds Act, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and the Higher Education Act.

Read a one-page summary of Perkins V.

On Friday, May 29, 2020, the U. S. Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education approved Vermont's 4 year Perkins state plan.  Read the letter of approval.


Perkins V Plan Development

Each state will develop a 4-year state plan, to be submitted in April 2020 and will cover the period of July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2024. The law provides states the opportunity to update the plan in two years if needed. Our state plan is currently being developed, in alignment with the CTE vision and goals, with multiple stakeholders. We have four working groups – data & accountability, comprehensive needs assessment, post-secondary implementation, and secondary implementation. We are also keeping front and center how we will ensure the concerns of priority populations (the most vulnerable) are addressed to increase access and attainment. The working groups are exploring ways to do CTE differently – including ways to use existing resources to offer low- and no-cost education and training close to home for adults and recent graduates, and to connect resources and ideas to serve more students more effectively. 

The plan will also prioritize the investment of funds through the CTE centers in partner high schools to increase the capacity of those (mostly small) high school to implement career guidance and exploration as a strategy to raise aspirations of students and to increase their awareness of the high skill, high wage or in demand job opportunities available in their region. We are also exploring how to use funds to modernize CTE programs so that they align to debt free post-secondary options like registered apprenticeships.

Public Comment

Perkins V required a public comment period of not less than 30 days. The public comment period for Vermont’s draft Perkins V state plan was: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, to Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.


This page was last updated on June 4, 2020.

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