Governor Bruce Rauner
Chair Dr. Lazaro Lopez
Executive Director Dr. Karen Hunter Anderson

Illinois Community College Board

Perkins Guidelines and Forms

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) is the most important piece of legislation affecting career and technical education (CTE) in Illinois- ensuring CTE programs are of high quality, align with academic and labor market demands, and provide opportunities for all students, especially those who are undeserved. Perkins IV focuses state and local efforts on continuously improving programs to facilitate the academic achievement of CTE students by:

  • Strengthening the connections between secondary and postsecondary education;
  • Restructuring the way stakeholders – high schools, community colleges, universities, business and parents – work together;
  • Increasing state and local accountability standards.

In Fiscal Year 2015, the Perkins Guidelines were reorganized around the six Guiding Principles for the development of a Program of Study through Perkins IV.  These guiding principles reflect the broader goals of Perkins IV and the commitment of the Illinois Community College Board to position postsecondary Perkins as the leader in the implementation of programs of study and career pathway programs across the state.

As importantly, these planning guidelines provide an opportunity for Illinois community colleges to address the goals of Perkins, meet the nine required uses of funds, and to address any of the permissible uses of funds listed in Perkins legislation.

FY2019 Perkins Plan Guidelines and Forms:

FY 2018 Resources:

Additional Resources: