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Perkins V

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.

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.

Comment Submissions

The written comment submission period CLOSED on February 21, 2020 at 4:30pm.

Notice of Public Hearings

The Vermont Agency of Education solicited public comment on the VT Perkins V State Plan under the federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Public Law 115-224). This Act provides federal funds to Vermont to assist in improving career technical education programs for students enrolled in career technical education programs.

A public hearing on the draft Vermont Perkins V State Plan was conducted in four regions of the state:

North Country Career Center, Community Room
209 Veterans Ave
Newport, VT 05855
Jan. 23, 2020 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Snow date: Feb. 3, 2020

Howard Dean Education Center, Atrium
307 South St
Springfield, VT 05156
Jan. 27, 2020 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Snow date: Feb. 5, 2020

Bellows Free Academy, Auditorium
71 South Main St
St Albans, VT 05478
Jan. 28, 2020 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Snow date: Feb. 4, 2020

Central Vermont Career Center, Conference Room 136
155 Ayers St
Barre, VT 05641
Jan. 30, 2020 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Snow date: Feb. 6, 2020

Parents, students, community members and business partners were encouraged to participate. A limited supply of sandwiches and beverages was available. An informative 30-minute presentation was delivered at the beginning of each hearing. Interested parties were encouraged to drop off written comments or to sign up to speak and be heard. Each commenter had a time limit of two minutes.



This page was last updated on Feb. 21, 2020.

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