Delabar CTE System 
Education for Employment System #280

Perkins V Funding


Program Type

Federal Grant



The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education funding reflects the 100-year federal commitment to state CTE programming. Perkins funding allows states to implement a vision for CTE that uniquely supports the range of educational needs of students and to balance those needs with the current and emerging needs of the economy and workforce. The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act was reauthorized on July 31, 2018 as the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, or Perkins V.



The purpose of Perkins V is to more fully develop students' academic knowledge and employability skills through career-connected CTE learning experiences in high school and college. These experiences would align with labor market needs, prepare students for in-demand careers, and provide all students with opportunities to explore careers, develop marketable skills, and engage in lifelong learning. Career and Technical Education Grants, such as Perkins V, aim to more fully develop the academic and career and technical skills of secondary education students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs by:


  1. Strengthening academic and technical skills of students in these programs to meet the Illinois Learning Standards through preparation for high skill, high wage, or high demand occupations in current and emerging professions;  
  2. Promoting the development of services and activities that integrate challenging academic and career and technical education instruction and that link secondary education to postsecondary education for participating career and technical education students;
  3. Providing services and activities designed to develop, implement, and improve career and technical education, including programs of study;
  4. Providing technical assistance to promote leadership, initial preparation, and comprehensive professional development at the local level that improves the quality of career and technical education teachers, administrators, and counselors;
  5. Supporting partnerships among secondary schools, postsecondary institutions, baccalaureate degree granting institutions, area career and technical education schools, local workforce investment boards, business, and industry.


    Required Use of Funds
    Funds made available to eligible recipients shall be used to support career and technical education programs that:

    1.  Strengthen the academic and career and technical skills of students participating in career and technical education programs through community involvement;
    2.  Link career and technical education at the secondary level and career and technical education at the postsecondary or post-graduation levels;
    3.  Provide students with strong experience in and understanding of all aspects of an industry, which may include work-based learning experiences, in order to foster career-based development;
    4.  Support students participating in career and technical education programs in order to foster continuing interest and application in career and technical education or professions;
    5.  Provide professional development programs to secondary and postsecondary teachers, administrators, and career guidance/academic counselors who are involved in integrated career and technical education programs;
    6.  Develop and implement evaluations of the career and technical education programs carried out with these funds, including an assessment of level performance;
    7.  Initiate, improve, expand, and modernize quality career and technical education programs--including relevant technology--in order to integrate the ever-changing industry needs;
    8.  Provide services, activities, and programs of study that are of sufficient size, scope and quality to be effective.


    Performance Indicators
    When completing the grant application, performance indicators that are being addressed by funded activities must be indicated. Performance indicators are as follows:
    • Academic Proficiency - Reading/Language Arts
    • Academic Proficiency - Mathematics           
    • Academic Proficiency - Science
    • Non-Traditional Program Enrollment
    • Four-Year Graduation Rate
    • Extended Graduation Rate
    • Postsecondary Placement
    • Program Quality - Participated in Work-Based Learning
    • Program Quality - Attained Postsecondary Credit(s)
    • Program Quality - Attained Recognized Postsecondary Credential(s)