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Career Technical Education

Career technical education



The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) was reauthorized by the United States Congress in 2018 and is now named the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). Like Perkins IV, Perkins V supports the expansion of Career and Technical Education (CTE). It challenges students with rigorous academic and CTE instruction, a method that prepares students for high-skill, living-wage or in-demand and emerging professions.




Program Information

Career Technical Education (CTE) provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. In total, about 12.5 million high school and college students are enrolled in CTE across the nation. Funded by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins), CTE prepares these learners for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies, and makes academic content accessible to students by providing hands-on experiences in various industry sectors. Build New Mexico highlights the eight priority sectors identified by Governor Lujan Grisham. Career Pathways NM provides labor market information by school district and custom reporting for every district in New Mexico.



Always Improving

Perkins incorporates national research and information to continuously improve CTE programs and activities, while providing services such as professional development for educators at the State and local levels. This full circle framework also advocates for strong partnerships between secondary schools, postsecondary institutions and the local workforce.

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