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Carl Perkins State Plan

In response to the Carl Perkins Act IV (CPA IV) of 2006, DPI submitted the following plan to the Department of Education. Perkins IV Five Year Plan.

Wisconsin Local Education Agencies (LEAs) may apply for CPA IV funds to improve career and technical education programs through an application submitted to DPI.


85% of the State's basic grant is awarded based on a federally determined formula awarded to secondary school districts to develop, implement, and/or refine Programs of Study that:

  • Integrate academics with CTE programs via a coherent sequence of courses
  • Link CTE at secondary and post secondary level by offering relevant elements of not less than 1 CTE Program of Study
  • Provide students with all aspects of an industry which may include work-based learning
  • Develop, improve, expand the use of technology in CTE
  • Provide professional development programs to teachers/faculty/counselors/administrators involved in integrated CTE programs
  • Develop and implement evaluations of CTE programs including assessment of how the needs of special populations are being met
  • Initiate/improve/expand/modernize quality CTE programs including relevant technology
  • Provide services and activities that are of sufficient size, scope, and quality
  • Provide activities to prepare special populations enrolled in CTE program for high skill/high wage or high demand occupations.

School districts are required to form a consortium if the formula award of $15,000 threshold is not met for their district.

The remaining 15% of funds is directed to leadership and administration.

Federally Required Grant Activities for Secondary Recipients 

  • CTE program assessment including preparation of special populations for high skill, high wage, or high demand occupations
  • Technology in CTE
  • Professional development programs
  • Improvement in academic and career and technical skills
  • Preparation for non-traditional fields including high skill, high wage occupations ($60,000)
  • Partnerships in academic standards and career/technical skills
  • State institutions (up to 1%)
  • Programs for special populations that lead to high skill, high wage or high demand occupations
  • Technical assistance for eligible recipients

Federally Permissible Grant Activities for Recipients

  • Improvement of career guidance and counseling programs to make informed academic and CTE decisions
  • Secondary/post-secondary agreements, including articulation
  • Facilitate transition from sub baccalaureate CTE students to baccalaureate degree programs
  • Public charter schools with CTE programs
  • CTE programs with all aspects of an industry
  • Family and consumer sciences
  • Education and business partnerships at secondary/post-secondary
  • Improve/develop new CTE programs that prepare for high skill, high wage, or high demand occupations
  • Incentive grants for exemplary performance in carrying out CTE programs or innovative initiatives
  • Entrepreneurship education/training
  • Provide adult/school dropouts with CTE programs
  • Assistance to participating students in finding job/continuing ed
  • Data system enhancements for academic and employment outcomes
  • Recruitment/retention of CTE teachers/faculty/administrators/counselors
  • Occupational and employment information resources
For questions about this information, contact Christine Lenske (608) 266-3922