Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006

Background

PerkinsThe President signed the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 into law on Aug. 12, 2006. Learn more about the Carl D. Perkins Act.

Purpose

To develop the academic, career and technical skills of secondary and post-secondary students enrolled in career and technical education programs, by:

  • Developing challenging academic and technical standards and assisting students in meeting these standards, including preparation for high skill, high wage or high demand occupations;
  • Promoting the development of services and activities that integrate rigorous and challenging instruction, and link secondary education with postsecondary education;
  • Increasing state and local flexibility to provide services and activities designed to develop, implement and improve career and technical education;
  • Conducting national research and sharing best practices that improve career and technical education programs, services and activities;
  • Providing technical assistance that—(A) promotes leadership, initial preparation and professional development at the state and local levels; and (B) improves the quality of career and technical education teachers, faculty, administrators and counselors;
  • Supporting partnerships among secondary schools, post-secondary institutions, baccalaureate degree granting institutions, area career and technical education schools, local workforce investment boards, business and industry and intermediaries; and
  • Providing individuals with opportunities throughout their lifetimes to develop the knowledge and skills needed to keep the United States competitive.

In Ohio, the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Career Technical Education (ODE) and Ohio Board of Regents, Department of Economic Advancement (OBR) monitor the Perkins grant. These two agencies work collaboratively to ensure that local grant recipients receive the technical assistance needed for program implementation and improvement.