The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) was signed into law by President Trump on July 31, 2018. This bipartisan measure reauthorized the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) and continued Congress' commitment in providing nearly $1.3 billion annually for career and technical education (CTE) programs for our nation's youth and adults.
Perkins V represents a critical opportunity to expand access and support for students looking to explore, affirm and select career and technical education programs of study and career pathways to earn credentials of value. Perkins V affirms the power of career exploration and guidance. Section 134 (b) states that each local application shall contain a description of how the eligible recipient will provide an organized system of career guidance and academic counseling to students before enrolling and while participating in a career and technical education program. In addition, Section 122 (d) states that the State plan shall include the State's strategic vision and set of goals for preparing an educated and skilled workforce. In the California Community College system the Strong Workforce Program integrates these ideals and seeks to magnify the work of Perkins V at each institution.