Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act
The Workforce Board is designated by the Governor and Legislature to oversee funds received through the federal Carl D. Perkins Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act of 2018 (Perkins V)–a multi-million dollar federal grant that helps educators better prepare students for the workplace through hands-on, career focused teaching and other strategies. Get more information about the Perkins Act and how it helps fund career and technical education in Washington’s public schools and community and technical colleges. Read the the most recent consolidated Annual Perkins Report for 2018-2019.
Career and technical education (CTE) connects students in an experiential way to what they are learning, whether it’s witnessing the complex chemistry behind the internal combustion engine or writing a detailed quarterly business plan. Academics and job skills, when taught together, can focus a student’s attention on career goals and provide the tools to reach those goals.
Employer demand for students with this blend of academics and job skill training continues to grow especially in high-demand fields such as healthcare and construction.