On July 31, 2018, the U.S. President signed the Texas State Plan for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V or Act) into law, reauthorizing and updating the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. The new law went into effect on July 1, 2019. Perkins V continues the long-time federal commitment to Career Technical Education (CTE) by providing funding for CTE programs and focusing on improving the academic and technical achievement of CTE students, strengthening the connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improving accountability.
The Perkins V Basic Grants help to advance the four broad goals of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 60x30TX Higher Education Plan:
- by 2030, at least 60% of Texans ages 25-34 will have a certificate or degree;
- by 2030, at least 550,000 students will complete a certificate, associate, bachelor’s, or master’s from an institution of higher education in Texas per year;
- by 2030, all graduates from Texas public institutions of higher education will have completed programs with identified marketable skills
- and by 2030, undergraduate student loan debt will not exceed 60% of first-year ways for graduates of Texas public institutions.
Source: Perkins Basic Grant Program
H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), enacted July 2018, reauthorized Perkins, which provides funding for various support services (i.e. childcare assistance, textbook lending, gas assistance, and tutoring).
We serve students that meet one or more of these qualifications:
- Individuals with disabilities
- Individuals from economically disadvantaged families (including low-income youth and adults)
- Individuals preparing for non-traditional occupational career paths
- Single parents (including single pregnant women)
- Out-of-workforce individuals
- English learners
- Homeless individuals described in section 725 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 USC 11434a)
- Youth who are in, or have aged out of, the foster care system
- Youth with a parent who (A) is a member of the armed forces (as such term is defined in section 101(a)(4) of Title 10, United States Code and (B) is on active duty (as such term is defined in section 101(d)(1) of such title).
Call us today to learn how we can serve you!
To learn more about the support services please contact one of the specialists listed below—located on both the Kilgore and Longview campuses.
- Longview: Hendrix Building, Office 230 - Suites C & D
- Kilgore: Student Support Building, Office 111 & 112