The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act aims to increase the quality of technical education within the United States in order to improve U.S. competitiveness in the global economy. 


Community colleges throughout the country use these funds to enhance and improve upon their technical programs.  Some uses for this funding have included salaries for instructors and laboratory assistants, student tutoring, and needed equipment and supplies.


The College is committed to providing Passaic County with a highly skilled workforce and improving economic opportunities for local residents and businesses.  Through the Perkins Act, PCCC continues to improve career-technical education programs, integrate academic and career-technical instruction, serve special populations, and meet gender equity needs. 


Fast Facts About Perkins

1) Perkins is federal money that is passed through to the state.  The New Jersey Department of Education administers the Perkins program.

2) Perkins is a formula grant (non-competitive).  Perkins monies can only be used to benefit students enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.

3) PCCC has one of the largest Perkins allocations in New Jersey.

4) In 2006, when the Perkins legislation was re-authorized, several themes are stressed throughout the legislation, including the following:


• Local accountability for yearly results;
• Program improvement;
• Connections between secondary and postsecondary; and
• Stronger links to business and industry