The Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act is an exceptional Ford-administration era federal grant devoted to providing critical resources to support career technical education for disadvantaged students, including those who are economically disadvantaged, of limited English proficiency, students with disabilities, single parents and displaced homemakers, and those of gender not traditionally represented in the discipline.
Administered by the California Department of Education for the improvement of secondary and post-secondary career and technical education programs (CTE), this grant defines career and technical education as organized educational activities offering a sequence of courses that provides individuals with the necessary academic and technical knowledge and skills to prepare for further education and for careers in current or emerging employment sectors. Career and technical education includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to students’ academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills.
At Berkeley City College, Perkins resources have funded exceptional, instructional and counseling faculty-driven development and innovation of CTE and CTE serving student programs of study.
For more information regarding Perkins-funded activities, please find the BCC Perkin’s reporting below within the Peralta Community College District’s Annual Perkins applications and reports.