Carl D. Perkins Grant and Administration
The Carl D. Perkins grant is the federal funding that supports career and technical education (CTE). Along with Maine’s acceptance of these funds come a number of federal requirements (such as having programs of study, adhering to rules on time and effort). CTE schools must complete grant applications each year to access this funding, which can only be used to support CTE programs and students. Perkins supports CTE students who are members of special populations; articulated pathways between secondary and postsecondary education (many allow secondary students to receive postsecondary credit); and business and industry certifications.
Online Grant System
CTE schools must apply each year for Perkins funds. The Online Grant System software facilitates this process. Directions for using the online grant system (PDF, 3MB) provide screen shots and explanations of how to move through the system. Once the grant is approved and local funds have been spent, monies are reimbursed to local school units via the Federal Grant Reimbursement System.
- Contacts. Maine DOE CTE staff members are responsible for approving different parts of the Perkins online grant and acting as liaisons to different CTE schools.
- Encumbering or Obligating Perkins Funds (RTF, 46KB). Explains how and when Perkins funds may be encumbered or obligated if they will not be disbursed in the current funding year.
- Frequently Asked Questions. Learn more about the inner workings of the Perkins Act in Maine.
- Online Grant Requirements (RTF, 985KB). Wondering what you need for the online grant?
- Timeline. Lists Maine's 2014-15 item due dates.
Guidance & Information
When using federal grant money to pay for goods, services or property in a school system, there are many rules that must be followed. Guidance is available in the following areas:
- Allowable Use of Funds (PDF, 23KB)
- Career and Technical Student Organization (RTF, 985KB)
- Equipment (RTF, 660KB)
- FY14 Planning Instructions (RTF, 193KB)
- Professional Development (RTF, 56KB)
- Time and Effort (RTF, 8MB)
- Workforce Investment Boards (PDF, 262KB)
The following documents and links are provided to assist school systems in maintaining compliance with State and federal laws and requirements.
- Accountability Law (RTF, 93KB). Section 113 of the Perkins Act.
- Articulation Agreements. CTE schools and the community college system work together so that students have a variety of ways to earn college credit while still in high school.
- Center Advisory Committee Requirements (RTF, 579KB). Center and program advisory committees are an integral way of involving community members in the running of CTE schools. This document sets out the requirements for each of these valuable committees.
- Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Titles (PDF, 56KB). Each program in a CTE school has an identifying number that comes from the U.S. Department of Education's CIP list.
- CTE Program Self-Evaluation. Programs offered in CTE schools change over time as the needs of the students and industry change. Keep track of those changes using the following tools:
- Distribution of Title I (c) CTE Funds (XLS, 50KB). This grid shows the dollar amounts available to each CTE center and region as of May 1, 2013. These amounts are subject to change when the federal government releases final figures.
- Framework for State of Maine Career Clusters and Pathways (PDF, 366KB). A visual representation of the interrelated CTE programs offered at Maine secondary schools and community colleges.
- Live or Outside Work. See Maine DOE Chapter 237 for language regarding live or outside work. Chapter 237 states, "In order to provide practical experiences to vocational students, it is sometimes necessary to obtain work from outside the school community."
- Local Plan Requirements (PDF, 18KB). Section 134 of the Perkins Act.
- Maine Certified Industry Standards. Information regarding CTE standards and assessments as well as the attainment, terminology and timeline of technical skills.
- Maine State Standards of Service for Students Who Are Members of Special Populations (RTF, 43KB). A comprehensive set of measures of access and standards of service for students who are members of populations with special needs.
- Perkins III to Perkins IV Changes (RTF, 153KB). Review major changes to federal grant requirements and state grant submissions changes.
- Perkins IV Workplan (RTF, 190KB). Federal performance measures.
- Poverty Definition. View the definition of poverty, according to Small Area Income & Poverty Estimates (SAIPE).
- Programs of Study. A planned sequence of courses that integrates high-quality core academic knowledge with technical and occupational skills and knowledge to provide secondary CTE students with a pathway to postsecondary CTE education.
- Request to Federal Government for Deviation in Local Formula Distribution (RTF, 623KB). Due to Maine's substantial school reorganization, the way the Perkins distribution formula was calculated has been changed.