Perkins V: The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act


Perkins is dedicated to increasing learner access to high-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs of study. With a focus on systems alignment and program improvement, Perkins is critical to ensuring that programs are prepared to meet the ever-changing needs of learners and employers.

Perkins reflects the 100-year federal commitment to CTE by providing federal support to CTE programs and focuses on improving the academic and technical achievement of CTE students, strengthening the connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improving accountability.

Perkins V Plan

Perkins V Methods of Administration Plan

Career and Technical Education, Secondary

CTE provides courses and Pathways consistent with industry standards. Exploratory courses begin in the seventh grade, and subsequent courses teach students specific job readiness and job skills, which can lead to employment and postsecondary education. Utah Career Pathways align with and are categorized by the National Career Clusters®. Each Career Pathway culminates in an industry-recognized credential of value.

Utah Career Clusters and Pathways

Thalea Longhurst
State Career and Technical Education Director
Phone: (801) 538-7889 | E-mail

Career and Technical Education, Postsecondary

Trish Baker
Senior Advisor of Technical Education
Utah System of Higher Education
Phone: (801) 915-5827 | E-mail


Eligible recipients must submit a Local Application and Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment for Fiscal Year 2021.

Fiscal Year 2021

Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment Guidebook

Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment Worksheets

Local Application Guide

Local Application: Consortium(PDF File)

Local Application: Single Entity



Regional Career Pathway/Program of Study Agreement


Credentials of Value

Perkins V Data

Perkins V Major Tenets

Contacts Us

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

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

Jeff McDonald
Data Steward
Career and Technical Education
Phone: (801) 538-7657 | Fax: (801) 538-7868 |  E-mail