In 2015, Congress is expected to consider legislation to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (Perkins Act). This presents NRCA with the opportunity to work with lawmakers to improve federally funded career and technical education (CTE) programs to address the roofing industry's growing workforce development needs.
The Perkins Act authorizes an array of programs that involve the development of career and technical skills among secondary and postsecondary students who elect to enroll in CTE programs, sometimes referred to as vocational education. The largest program authorized by the Perkins Act is Basic State Grants, which provides formula grants to states for the purpose of developing and implementing CTE programs, services and activities.
Programs of study that receive federal funding must incorporate secondary and postsecondary education elements into a coordinated, nonduplicative progression of courses leading to an industry-recognized credential, certificate or degree. The Perkins Act also authorizes additional programs designed to meet specific CTE needs identified by state and local governments. Perkins Act programs received $1.1 billion in funding for fiscal year 2013.