Perkins Act

Running head: Perkins Act

Carl D. Perkins Act
Diane G. Jordan
Lenoir Community College

The Perkins Act is referred to the Carl D. Perkins Act. The Perkins Act authorizes federal funds to support vocational education programs. The Perkins Act provides secondary and post secondary career and technical education programs.
The article stated, “The Perkins Act defines vocational-technical education as organized educational programs offering sequences of courses directly related to preparing individuals for paid or unpaid employment in current or emerging occupations requiring other than a baccalaureate or advanced degree. Programs include competency-based applied learning which contributes to an individual’s academic knowledge, higher order reasoning, problem solving skills, and the occupational-specific skills necessary for economic independence as a productive and contributing member of society.” (Johnson, 07)
Vocational Education prepares students for paid employment and requires an education other than a baccalaureate degree. Vocational Education is an important component to compete in the global economy. Some of the benefits of Vocational Education are: hands on learning experience, licensed teachers, career guidance, placement support and safety support.
The article stated, “Under the Perkins Act, federal funds are made available to help provide vocational-technical education programs and services to youth and adults. The vast majority of funds appropriated under the Perkins Act are awarded as grants to state education agencies. These State Basic Grants are allotted to states according to a formula based on states’ populations in certain age groups and their per capita income.” (Johnson, 07)
Perkins ensure student skills and knowledge, provides student with pathways, and aligns career and technical education to industry   and labor market needs.

Johnson, A. (07, July 2002). U.s. department of education. Retrieved from...