Carl D. Perkins Basic Grant

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The Perkins Basic Grant, as outlined in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 and the Texas State Plan for Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), is a federal grant administered by the U.S. Department of Education that is committed to providing support for Workforce/Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, improving the academic and technical achievement of CTE students, strengthening the connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improving accountability. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) serves as the pass-through agency of these federal funds. Perkins funding helps to advance the following goals of the 60x30TX Higher Education Plan:

  • by 2030, at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 will have a certificate or degree;
  • by 2030, at least 550,000 students will complete a certificate, associate, bachelor's, or master's from an institution of higher education in Texas per year;
  • all graduates from Texas public institutions of higher education will have completed programs with identified marketable skills; and
  • by 2030, undergraduate student loan debt will not exceed 60 percent of first-year wages for graduates of Texas public institutions.

Perkins at McLennan Community College

All grant activity is guided by the annual Request for Application (RFA), provided each year by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Perkins funds at McLennan Community College support the goals of the THECB and Perkins Act by providing approved equipment items, supplies, professional development, travel, and special populations support to Workforce/CTE programs and students, following the guidance in the RFA. Funds are allocated in an effort to supplement, not supplant, non-federal funds for CTE activities. Annual funding for each CTE program is determined by the College's Deans based upon needs identified through various data points, including, in particular, the impact upon special populations.


Tom Proctor
Project Director, Perkins Basic Grant
Director, Program Review, Planning & Assessment

Matthew Porter
Senior Institutional Effectiveness Analyst