Rock Valley College

About the Carl D Perkins Grant


The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, named for Carl D. Perkins, a member of the U. S. House of Representatives, was created to increase the quality of technical education in 1984 and reauthorized in 1998.  The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 was signed into law by President George W. Bush and passed almost unanimously by Congress.  The law was extended through 2012 and is currently waiting reauthorization by Congress.

The current law includes:

  • 1) use of the term "career and technical education" instead of "vocational education"
  • 2) maintaining the Tech Prep program as a separate federal funding stream
  • 3) state administrative funding at 5 percent of a state’s allocation
  • 4) new requirements for “programs of study” linking academic and technical content across secondary and postsecondary education
  • 5) strengthening local accountability provisions to ensure continuous program improvement
  • 6) support for integrated career pathways programs