Funding for Career and Technical Education (CTE) is based on the regular Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU), including incentives to provide CTE in all forty districts. Funding is used for salaries, equipment, teacher training, Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance, Work-Based Learning, CTE high school courses, and accountability reporting. Local funding in the school districts is also used to support CTE programs.

CTE funding is also supplemented with Carl D. Perkins funding, a federal appropriation for vocational and technical education. The federal government is highly interested in CTE as a means to prepare the workforce with the academic and technical skills to succeed in a global economy. The additional funding, which amounts to about 6 percent of the total, is used to develop new CTE programs and improve existing programs.


Only approved Career and Technical Education programs can receive state or federal CTE funding. State Board rules, along with federal Perkins and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) regulations, require a high level of accountability for secondary CTE programs.


1. Annual Membership Reporting:

  • Teacher qualifications
  • Teacher/course/membership reporting
  • State specialist review and approval
  • Onsite auditing

2. Annual Self-Evaluation:

  • Entered by teacher online, focus on standards
  • Summary report to Utah State Board of Education (USBE) specialists/CTE directors
  • Used to develop inservice, technical assistance, goal setting, and program improvement

3. Onsite Evaluation:

  • Six-year cycle
  • Instructor self-evaluation
  • State specialist onsite evaluation
  • Feedback/improvement:
    • Summary report
    • Improvement plan to address needs
    • Continuous improvement and follow-up

Federal (Perkins)

1. Student Performance on Four Core Indicators (CTE Concentrators):

  • Academic and skill achievement (academic standardized tests and CTE skills tests)
  • Completion (graduation)
  • Placement
  • Training for nontraditional careers
  • Evaluation and performance improvements that are data-driven, using targets, performance results, performance gaps, and continuous improvement plans

The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998 authorizes funding for secondary and postsecondary vocational education programs. Its purpose is to more fully develop the academic, vocational, and technical skills of secondary and post-secondary students who elect to enroll in vocational and technical education programs. This Act identifies development of rigorous academic standards and accountability as additional priorities.

Money is distributed based on a formula that considers the number of residents aged 5-17 from poverty-stricken families, and the total number of residents aged 5-17 living in the school district.

Federal Funding

The purpose of the Perkins Act is to prepare a workforce with the academic and vocational skills needed to compete successfully in a world market.” -Source: The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, Public Law 105-332

Perkins IV Five-Year Plan State Plan

State Plan

State Plan Attachments

State Plan Performance Measures

Continuous Improvement Resources, Best Practices Secondary

Continuous Improvement Resources, Research on Improving Perkins Core Indicators

Announcement of Federal Funded Programs Fiscal Year 2018

This information is intended for use by eligible school districts, charter schools, colleges and universities within the state of Utah.

Size, Scope, and Quality Requirements
To be eligible for Perkins, an eligible recipient must provide a career and technical education program that is of such size, scope, and quality to bring about improvement in the quality of career and technical education programs (Sec. 134. (b) (6)).

Instructions for Funding Applications

Perkins Local Formula Funds

Eligible recipients must submit a five-year plan to receive Perkins IV federal formula funds.

5-Year Extension, Secondary

5-Year Extension, Postsecondary

Local Plan, Secondary

Local Plan, Postsecondary

Local Plan Budget

Perkins Regional Pathway Funds

Eligible recipients must submit a Regional Pathway Implementation Plan (RPIP) to receive Perkins IV federal regional pathway funds.

Regional Pathway Implementation Plan (RPIP)

Regional Pathway Implementation Plan (RPIP) Budget

Perkins State Leadership Funds

State leadership funds are used by the state to provide statewide leadership activities required by Perkins IV. In some cases state leadership funds may be awarded to local recipients for specific programs that meet a statewide initiative or offer some other benefit to the system. The federal application form should be used to apply for state leadership funds, usually in response to specific requests for proposals issued by the state.

Fiscal Year 2018

Federal Application

Federal Application Budget

Leadership and Development Specialist Application

Leadership and Development Specialist Application Guidelines

Reporting Forms

Accountability Reports

Both the Utah State Legislature and the United States Government have placed increasing emphasis on accountability; therefore, several reports have been developed to obtain information.

Request for Reimbursement and Accountability Report Part A are forms established to flow federal funds to recipients. Approved federal funds do not flow automatically to recipients as do state funds. The federal flow of funding is based strictly on a reimbursement of actual costs. Reimbursement requests may be made as often as necessary and requests will only be considered once each month. The approved grant award budget should be reflected in the "Budget Approved by USOE" column and the actual expenses should be in the "Expense 1st Period" column. If there is a 10% or greater change, the "Budget Change" column should be filled in. An Accountability Report (Part A) must accompany the final request for funds. Final funds will not be allocated without an accurate Accountability Report (Part A) and request. Requests and reports will be returned to the applicant showing areas of deficiencies. Part A reports are required of all federally-funded (Perkins) projects. Only one Part A is required for each grant award regardless of the number of different activities within the approved project.

Note: Perkins funds must be requested during the period of availability for those funds.

Request for Reimbursement

Accountability Report Part A

Personal Activity Report

Any employee whose salary is split using any portion of federal Perkins funds must sign a Personal Activity Report annually.

Personal Activity Report

Allocation Tables


Interagency Common Client Referral Form

The Interagency Common Client Referral Form, serves to refer customers to/from Department of Workforce Services (DWS), educational institutions, community agencies or advocacy groups for services. Some examples include housing, food pantry, clothing, training and domestic violence advocacy. A release of information must accompany each referral that divulges personal information about the customer. The original copy must be sent to the referred to agency either electronically, via mail or hand carried by the customer. The copy will remain in the customer file as a record of referrals made.

Interagency Common Client Referral Form

Contact Us

Wendi Morton
CTE Programs and Financial Accountability
Phone: (801) 538-7738 | Fax: (801) 538-7868 | E-mail

Camille Clarke
Compliance Specialist
Federal and State Programs
Phone: (801) 538-7875 | Fax: (801) 538-7868 | E-mail