The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) provides a renewed vision of career and technical education programs for the 21st century. The Act envisions that all students will achieve challenging academic and technical standards and be prepared for high skill, high wage, or high demand occupations in current or emerging professions. Perkins IV provides an increased focus on academic achievement of career and technical education students, increases State and local accountability, and strengthens the connections between secondary and postsecondary education.
In Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Workforce Education has been designated as the agency eligible to receive federal Perkins funds from the Office of Vocational and Adult Education in the U.S. Department of Education. Through a Memorandum of Understanding, the Arkansas Department of Workforce Education makes funds available to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to administer the postsecondary portion of the Perkins Act. This Carl D. Perkins Web site is intended to provide guidance and resources for State staff and local program coordinators at the postsecondary level.