U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. has called on Congress to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides more than $1.1 billion for the nation’s career and technical education programs in grades 7-12 and also in post-secondary institutions.
King also announced the launch of an Education Department-sponsored Career Technical Education (CTE) Makeover Challenge. This competitive grant program designates a total of $200,000 divided equally among many as 10 award recipients, with the intent of transforming classrooms or available space in high schools into sites where students can access tools to design, build and innovate.
The Obama Administration’s priorities for Perkins reauthorization include:
Effective alignment with today’s labor market, including clear expectations for high-quality programs;
- Stronger collaboration among secondary and post-secondary institutions, employers and industry partners;
- Meaningful accountability to improve academic and employment outcomes for students; and finally,
- Local and state innovation in CTE, particularly the development and replication of innovative CTE models.
CEC along with its Division on Career Development and Transition also is considering implications for included students with disabilities in CTE courses, particularly the need for building pre-service and in-service CTE staff knowledge and skill sets to effectively serve those students in their classes, strengthening CTE career counseling services for youth with disabilities, and maintaining strong partnerships via alignment with WIOA Title I and Title IV State Plans.