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Perkins IV provides quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs that facilitate the academic achievement of CTE students by:

  • Strengthening the connections between secondary and postsecondary education;
  • Restructuring the way stakeholders - high schools, community colleges, universities, business and parents - work together;
  • Increasing state and local accountability standards.

IECC has Perkins representatives at each college to assist and support the needs of CTE students as well as focus on special populations students enrolled in career and technical programs.

Who is a Perkins Special Populations Student?
A student is eligible for the Perkins IV Special Populations program if he/she elects to enroll in a career and technical education program, and plans to prepare for high skill, high wage, or high demand occupation in current and emerging professions; with the intent of completing a degree or certificate and/or industry recognized credential within a career and technical education (CTE) program, and meets one or more of the following criteria.

Economically Disadvantaged
The term “economically disadvantaged” means individuals from economically disadvantaged families, including foster children. The term is also applied to students enrolled in public two-year colleges and who are the recipients of a PELL grant or comparable State program of need-based financial assistance; has an annual income at or below the national poverty level or the Self-Sufficiency Standard for Illinois; is a recipient of public assistance, or is eligible for participation in programs assisted under the Workforce Investmant Act.

The term “individual with a disability” means an individual with any disability (as defined in section 3 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12102)).

OCC Transition Guide

The term “individual preparing for nontraditional fields” refers to a student who is preparing for an occupation or field of work in a nontraditional field. The term “nontraditional field” means occupations or fields of work, including careers in computer science, technology, and other current and emerging high skill occupations, of which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in each such occupation or field of work.

Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
The term “individual with limited English proficiency” means a secondary school student, an adult, or an out-of-school youth,
A) who has limited ability in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language, and
B) whose native language is a language other than English; or
C) who lives in a family or community environment in which a language other than English is the dominant language.
Single Parent
The term “single parent” means an unmarried parent. The term “single parent” includes single pregnant women.
Displaced Homemaker
The term “displaced homemaker” means an individual who
  • has worked primarily without remuneration to care for a home and family, and for that reason has diminished marketable skills;
  • has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income; or
  • 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 on which the parent applies for assistance under such title; and
  • is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.
Student Services

To learn about the services available to special populations students, contact a Perkins representative at your college. 


FCC     Kara Blanton                                     

             Advisor                                                                      618/842-3711 Ext. 4107

LTC      Rena Gower                                       

              Director, Learning Skills Center                                 618/544-8657 Ext. 1134

              Erin Volk                                              

              Career Advisor                                                           618/544-8657 Ext. 1168

OCC     Lindsey Buck                                     

              Development Support Specialist                                618/395-7777 Ext. 2265

              Linda Shidler                                       

              Director, Learning Skills Center                                    618/395-7777 Ext. 2264

              Lora Smith                                          

              Career Advisor                                                                 618/395-7777 Ext. 2015

              Kathy Swinson                                  

              Director, Transition Center & Perkins                           618/395-7777 Ext. 2238

WVC     Marsha Humphrey                          

              Director, Learning Skills Center                                   618/262-8641 Ext. 3412

              Kalie Naas                                        

              Coordinator of Career Advisement                               618/262-8641 Ext. 3152 


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