Carl D. Perkins

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act of 2018, also known as Perkins V, was designed to improve and expand high-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that meet both student and employer needs. It maintains a strong focus on academic rigor in CTE programs, while also emphasizing development of technical skills and employability skills that prepare students to be career and college ready after graduation.

In achieving the Perkins’ purpose, the Lake Superior Consortium was formed. It is a shared collaboration between Lake Superior College (LSC) and the following six Independent School Districts:

In achieving the Perkins’ purpose, the Lake Superior Consortium was formed. It is a shared collaboration between Lake Superior College (LSC) and the following six Independent School Districts:

The mission of the consortium is to support Career and Technical Education (CTE) by utilizing consortium funds to provide for staff development, program development, student support services, program awareness and promotion, innovative programming and new initiatives.

The goals of the consortium are:

  • Designing & Implementing Programs of Study: Goals, Objectives and Strategies
  • Effectively Utilize Employer, Community and Education Partnerships
  • Improve Service to Special Populations
  • Provide a Continuum of Service Provision for Enabling Student Transitions
  • Sustain the Consortium of Secondary and Postsecondary Institutions

Guidelines:

The Lake Superior Consortium follows the Carl Perkin’s mandates, rules, directions and guidelines as established in Perkin’s Act of 2018—Section 135. We use input from high school and college faculty, counselors, administrators, and the program approval process to select programs to receive support each fiscal year. We focus on funding efforts on classroom programs that are taught by a certified CTE instructor and in course areas that are program approved. The ten elements of rigorous programs of study serve as the guiding pathway for the consortiums’ efforts in the evaluation of our Programs of Study.

The consortium meets four times a year for updates and decision making including recommendations to fund special project grants. In addition the Carl D. Perkin’s grant provides the MN Career Information System (MCIS) system to all eight high schools within the consortium.

Leah Bott is the secondary coordinator and represents all districts within the consortium. The Postsecondary Carl D. Perkin’s Coordinator at LSC who coordinates and facilitates all consortium meetings is Jill Murray. She can be reached at Jill.Murray@lsc.edu.