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Leverage Career and Technical Education

The Perkins Act re-authorization gives states a new opportunity to strengthen alignment of P-16, higher education, career and technical education, and postsecondary transitions through competency-based pathways.

Summary

The re-authorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins V) presents states with a new opportunity to align and strengthen P-16 education, postsecondary transitions, higher education, career and technical education (CTE) pathways toward a future-focused workforce. State and local leaders are examining how to develop the future workforce with the planning and development of competency-based systems with multiple pathways to allow students to earn meaningful credentials at each stage. Multiple pathways are an essential component of student-centered learning systems as they can increase student engagement and ownership of learning while improving outcomes for postsecondary and career readiness. The goal is to have a system designed for future success that will focus on goals, increase student engagement and ownership of learning, while improving outcomes for postsecondary and career readiness.

States can advance student-centered learning through the Perkins Act. They can support student success by providing access to dual enrollment and early college, rigorous career and technical education pathways, work-based learning, and career exploration to help foster attainment of meaningful degrees and industry-recognized credentials.

Recommendations

  • Education leaders can leverage federal opportunities under ESSA, Perkins V, and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to align K-12 education systems to CTE pathways and workforce training.
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