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Perkins Grants are federal funds provided through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, also known as Perkins IV, which became law on August 12, 2006. The coordinating board is responsible for the administration of Perkins basic grants, categorical grants, and discretionary grants as well as the cooperative administration of Tech-Prep, School-to-Work, Hawai'i Career Pathway System, and other inter-agency initiatives.

As stated in the law, "The purpose of this Act is to develop more fully the academic and career and technical skills of secondary education students and postsecondary education students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs, by--
  • (1) building on the efforts of States and localities to develop challenging academic and technical standards and to assist students in meeting such standards, including preparation for high skill, high wage, or high demand occupations in current or emerging professions;
  • (2) promoting the development of services and activities that integrate rigorous and challenging academic and career and technical instruction, and that link secondary education and postsecondary education for participating career and technical education students;
  • (3) increasing State and local flexibility in providing services and activities designed to develop, implement, and improve career and technical education, including tech prep education;
  • (4) conducting and disseminating national research and disseminating information on best practices that improve career and technical education programs, services, and activities;
  • (5) providing technical assistance that--
    • (a) promotes leadership, initial preparation, and professional development at the State and local levels; and
    • (b) improves the quality of career and technical education teachers, faculty, administrators, and counselors;
  • (6) supporting partnerships among secondary schools, postsecondary institutions, baccalaureate degree granting institutions, area career and technical education schools, local workforce investment boards, business and industry, and intermediaries; and
  • (7) providing individuals with opportunities throughout their lifetimes to develop, in conjunction with other education and training programs, the knowledge and skills needed to keep the United States competitive."

Contact Information:
Suzette Robinson, Director of Academic Programs
Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges
2327 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 956-3867

Dominic (Nic) Estrella, Educational Specialist - Perkins IV
Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges
2327 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 956-3865