Students enrolled in CTE programs. Postsecondary programs also support outreach programs such as career coaching and dual-enrollment to high school CTE students enrolled in the secondary component of a secondary to postsecondary career pathway.
In VA, Perkins programs at local colleges align with the definition and goals of career pathways established by the state strategic plan for Virginia’s Career Pathway System, Bridging Business and Education for the 21st Century Workforce. Each Perkins program administered by the VCCS provides a connected series of education and support services designed to enable participants to secure employment within a specific industry or occupational sector and to advance over time to successively higher levels of education or employment in that sector. Operating within community college CTE programs, each local Perkins career pathway program is charged to deliver the following:
- Align education with state and regional workforce needs as defined by employers
- Inform and advise learners about career and training opportunities in key industries
- Issue degrees, certificates, diplomas, and certifications that are meaningful to employers and portable for individuals preparing for changing careers
- Ensure access to postsecondary education by providing learners with career and educational advising, including assistance with college admissions and financial aid
- Utilize and promote articulation agreements that foster smooth transitions for individuals to progress in education and training
- Provide experience-based learning, including cooperative education, internships, service learning, and business-based projects designed to foster employability skills.
In 2009-10, 104,333 students were enrolled in Perkins supported community college degree or certificate programs, and 11,232 students earned degrees or certificates in Perkins programs of study. College Perkins programs are annually assessed for performance against five federal performance measures. These are Technical Skills Attainment, Program Completion, Retention and Graduation, Employment and Retention in Employment, and Non-Traditional Gender Participation and Completion.
Through Perkins (Title I) funding, in the 2010-2011 academic year, over $3.2 million was distributed to local community colleges. Annual grant awards to local colleges range from over half a million dollars to $50,000 based upon the number of Pell award recipients who are also formally enrolled in community college CTE programs. More information about the grants can be found on the Workforce Grants Page - Perkins Section.
Important dates for Perkins 2012-2013 grant applications are as follows:
TBA Release of Postsecondary Perkins application for 2012-13 (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013)
TBA : Postsecondary Perkins Webinar to Review Application and Requirements for Local Grant Recipients
June 4, 2012: Perkins Applications from Community Colleges Due to VCCS
July 1, 2012: Funding Awards Distributed
More information about the grants can be found on the >Workforce Grants Page - Perkins Section. Perkins Grants
Definition of Workforce Credential for Achieve 2015 and Perkins
For the purpose of state and federal reporting on participant attainment of workforce credentials, the VCCS recognizes the following types of credentials:
• College degrees, diplomas, and career studies certificates
• Nationally recognized certifications awarded by external organizations or associations
• Non-credit certificates endorsed by Workforce Investment Boards, Chambers of Commerce, employers or professional
• State licensures
• Journeyman licenses for which community college delivered apprenticeship-related instruction
Perkins Measures: Numerators and Denominators
Perkins Annual Report
Perkins Performance Measure Results by College
VCCS Career Pathways Definition
16 Career Clusters and Pathways
Perkins Programs of Study
VCCS Non-Traditional Programs
Peer Collaborative Resource Network
National Career Pathways Network
VDOE/VCCS "Working Collaboratively to Create Effective Plans of Study" Feb. 2, 2012 Webinar Memo
The webinar is recorded and archived on the Virginia Department of Education Website under 2012, "Working Collaboratively to Create Effective Plans of Study"
Postsecondary Perkins Contact List
Postsecondary Perkins Coordinator
Workforce Development Services