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Perkins V

The purpose of 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 Instructional Support Services 618/544-8657 ext: 1134
  Erin Volk
  Director of Instructional Services 618/544-8657 ext: 1137
OCC Chad Groves
  Director of Instructional Support Services 618/395-7777 Ext: 2265
  Vicki Thompson
  Career Advisor 618/395-7777 Ext: 2014
WVC Tabatha Niduaza
  Director of Instructional Services 618/262-8641 Ext: 3510

Who is a Perkins Special Populations Student?
A student is eligible for the Perkins 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 PELL grants.
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)).  

The term “individual preparing for nontraditional field” means a student preparing for an occupation or field of work in a nontraditional field.  The term “nontraditional field” means occupations or field of work, including careers in computer science, technology, and other current and emerging high skill occupations, for 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, who have limited ability in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language, and
A) whose native language is a language other than English; or

B) 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 if 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;


Is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.