On July 31, 2018, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) was signed into law. It went into effect on July 1, 2019. This law reauthorized the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Educational Act of 2006 (Perkins IV).
Perkins V is a federal education program that invests in secondary and postsecondary career and technical education (CTE) programs in all 50 states and the territories. It is dedicated to increasing learner access to high-quality CTE programs of study with a focus on program improvement; alignment across K-12, postsecondary and workforce; and economic development. Perkins V is critical to ensuring programs meet the ever-changing needs of learners and employers.
A new requirement for local eligible recipients to receive financial assistance from the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, is to conduct a comprehensive local needs assessment (CLNA) and to update it at least every two years. The CLNA should be completed by collaborating and engaging with district and other valued stakeholders. It will guide the local Perkins application and direct future spending decisions.
Components of the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment: