Innovation and Modernization Program

The purpose of the Perkins Innovation and Modernization grant program is to identify, support, and rigorously evaluate evidence-based and innovative strategies and activities to improve and modernize career and technical education (CTE) and ensure workforce skills taught in CTE programs funded under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins V), align with labor market needs.

Message from Secretary Cardona

Secretary Cardona's message about Career-Connected High Schools Grant Program

For the 2023 Perkins Innovation and Modernization grant competition, the Department received over 160 eligible entries from 43 states and the District of Columbia, with requests totaling over $860M. Following a peer review of applications, 19 entries were selected, with 11 of those entries primarily serving rural communities. Solutions include innovative partnerships, postsecondary navigators and career coaches, new approaches to family engagement, professional development for educators, and new statewide governance structures. Learn more about the grantees below.

Career-Connected High Schools – Perkins Innovation and Modernization Grant Overview

The Department of Education conducted the first Perkins Innovation and Modernization grant competition in 2019, which resulted in nine 36-month awards totaling $4,406,964. Three grantees completed their project September 2022. The other six grantees are in no-cost time extensions, with anticipated closeout dates ranging from September 2023 to September 2024.

Federal Register Notice Inviting Applications – Perkins Innovation and Modernization Grant Program, published on 04/15/2019.

Click on grantee names to view project details, including grant applications and external evaluation reports.

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