State 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 to pay for the added costs of instruction for CTE programs. This legislative funding is often referred to as “CTE Add-on” In addition, 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. The federal government is highly interested in CTE to prepare the workforce with the academic and technical skills to succeed in a global economy. The additional funding is used to develop new CTE programs and update existing programs for in demand and emerging careers.
Only approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs can receive state or federal CTE funding. State Board rules, along with federal Perkins and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) regulations, require a high level of accountability for CTE programs.
“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
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)).
Apply through the Utah Grants Management System.
Perkins Local Formula Funds
Eligible recipients must submit a five-year plan to receive Perkins IV federal formula funds.
Perkins Regional Pathway Funds
Eligible recipients must submit a Regional Pathway Implementation Plan (RPIP) to receive Perkins IV federal regional pathway funds.
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.
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. Perkins funds must be requested during the period of availability for those funds, typically within 12 months. The Request for Reimbursement needs to be submitted through the Utah Grants Management System.
This information is intended for use by Local Education Agencies (LEA) within the state of Utah. To be eligible for CTE funds LEAs must have approved CTE programs. To request a new CTE program, the school representative submits a formal application.
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