Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Perkins Grant

The Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Grant is a federal grant administered through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Career & Technical Education. The Perkins Grant provides funds to CCAC for staff, supplies, equipment and professional development to help Career & Technical Education students succeed.

The grant currently employees over thirty staff members spread across all campuses, plus West Hills and Homewood-Brushton centers. These staff members provide Career & Technical Education (CTE) students with academic assistance, career and supportive services. 

The grant has also provided over $200,000 for educational supplies and equipment in each of the last three years. These items include equipment for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Criminal Justice, Automotive, Nursing and Welding programs.

Due to change in federal guidelines, the Perkins Grant can no longer assist students with developmental coursework.

The CCAC Perkins Grant does not provide funds directly to students, but instead funds a variety of programs designed to help CTE students succeed.

Career & Technical Education

Career & Technical Education programs are those offering individuals a sequence of courses that have challenging academic standards, provide relevant technical knowledge and the skills necessary to prepare for careers in current or emerging professions by leading to a certificate or an associate degree.

Grant Goals & Services

The Grant’s goals are to help Career & Technical Education students do well in class, graduate and secure jobs in their chosen field that provide family sustaining wages. Grant services are designed to:

  • Improve CTE student grade point averages
  • Improve CTE student retention and completion rates
  • Increase CTE student job placement rates
  • Increase non-traditional CTE student participation and completion rates

The term ‘non-traditional’ means occupations for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25% of the individuals employed in that occupation.

The Perkins Grant provides funding for the following service areas:


Programs Served by the Perkins Grant

View the list of CCAC's Career & Technical Education Programs served by the Perkins Grant (last updated April 4, 2014).


Perkins SOAR Articulations

SOAR stands for Students Occupationally and Academically Ready and is the name given to the program of Perkins Grant required articulation agreements linking secondary and postsecondary Career and Technical Education. This initiative is also sometimes referred to by its previous name, Programs of Study. Read more about SOAR at CCAC.


Requesting Supplies & Equipment

Roughly twice a year the Perkins Grant opens for supply and equipment requests. Announcements regarding the timing of these openings will be communicated through the Associate Deans of Academic Affairs. Faculty and Department Heads can request funds for supplies and equipment by completing the Perkins Equipment & Supplies Request Form.  

Questions about the Perkins Grant at CCAC?

Norm Downey

The Perkins Grant at CCAC is part of The Frieda G. Shapira Center for Learning Through Service.

Programs Served

CTE Program List


Grant Purchasing

Supplies and Equipment Request Form

Grant Services

Student Support Specialists

Supportive Services

Job Placement & Career Services


Norm Downey


The Perkins Grant at CCAC is part of The Frieda G. Shapira Center for Learning Through Learning