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Perkins V

The purpose of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, commonly known as Perkins V, is to develop more fully the academic and career and technical skills of secondary education students and postsecondary education students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs, by:

  • building on the efforts of States and localities to develop challenging academic and technical standards and to assist students in meeting such standards, including preparation for high skill, high wage, or high demand occupations in current or emerging professions;

  • promoting the development of services and activities that integrate rigorous and challenging academic and career and technical instructions, and that link secondary education and postsecondary education for participating career and technical education students;

  • increasing State and local flexibility in providing services and activities designed to develop, implement, and improve career and technical education, including tech prep education;

  • conducting and disseminating national research and disseminating information on best practices that improve career and technical education programs, services, and activities;

  • providing technical assistance that:
    -promotes leadership, initial preparation, and professional development at the State and local levels; and
    -improves the quality of career and technical education teachers, faculty, administrators, and counselors;

  • supporting partnerships among secondary schools, postsecondary 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, in conjunction with other education and training programs, the knowledge and skills needed to keep the United States competitive.

Contact Us

FCC Kara Blanton
  Recruiter/Advisor 618/842-3711 ext: 4107
LTC Rena Gower
  Director of Learning Commons 618/544-8657 ext: 1134
  Erin Volk
  Director of Instructional Services 618/544-8657 ext: 1137
OCC Chad Groves
  Director of Learning Commons 618/395-7777 Ext: 2265
WVC Tim Zimmer
  Director of Instructional Services 618/262-8641 Ext: 3151
  Rob Jackman
  Perkins Project Coordinator 618/262-8641 Ext. 3399

Who is a Perkins Special Populations Student?
This is a student who elects to enroll with the intent of completing a degree or certificate within a career and technical education (CTE) program, and meets one or more of the following criteria.


Students with Disabilities.


a. a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual;



b. a record of such an impairment; or



c. being regarded as having such an impairment.



Students from economically disadvantaged families, including low-income youth and adults.



a. receives, or in the past 6 months has received, or is a member of a family that is receiving or in the past 6 months has received, assistance through the supplemental nutrition assistance program, the temporary assistance for needy families program, or the supplemental security income program, or State or local income-based public assistance;



b. is in a family with total family income that does not exceed the higher of: the poverty line or 70 percent of the lower living standard income level;



c. is a homeless individual (as defined in section 41403(6) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 H. R. 803—12 (42 U.S.C. 14043e–2(6))), or a homeless child or youth (as defined under section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a(2)));



d. receives or is eligible to receive a free or reduced price lunch under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.);



e. is a foster child on behalf of whom State or local government payments are made;



f. is an individual with a disability whose own income meets the income requirement of (b.), but who is a member of a family whose income does not meet this requirement.



Students preparing for nontraditional fields.



an individual entering an occupation or field of work for which that individuals’ gender comprises less than 25% of those employed in said occupation or field of work.



Single parents, including single pregnant women.



an individual who is unmarried or legally separated from a spouse and has a minor child or children for which the parent has either custody or joint custody or is pregnant.



Out-of-workforce individuals.



a. an individual who is a displaced homemaker, as defined in section 3 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. 3102);



b. an individual who has worked primarily without remuneration to care for a home and family, and for that reason has diminished marketable skills; or



c. is a parent whose youngest dependent child will become ineligible to receive assistance under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) not later than 2 years after the date of which the parent applies for assistance under such title; and is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.

6. English Learners.  

a. a secondary school student who is an English learner, as defined in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965; or



b. an adult or an out-of-school youth who has limited ability in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language and 

  • whose native language is a language other than English; or
  • who lives in a family environment or community in which a language other than English is the dominant language.


Homeless students described in Section 725 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.


an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and includes:

  • children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement; 
  • children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  • children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
  • migratory children (such term is defined in section 1309 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) who qualify because they are living in circumstances defined within the Act. 


Youth who are in, or have aged out of, the foster care system.


a. a minor placed into an alternative living environment due to neglect or abuse by their legal guardian; or


b. an individual in foster care who has reached their 21st birthday and aged out of the system.



Youth with a parent who:


is a member of the armed forces (such term is defined in section 101(a)(4) of title 10, United States Code) and is on active duty (such term is defined in section 101(d)(1) of title 10, United States Code).