Help Us Put Learning to Work in North Carolina

The NC Community College System provides high-quality career and technical education (CTE) programs that bridge the gap between education, workforce development, and economic growth.

Perkins V: Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century

This federal education program empowers us to invest in programs prioritizing real-world skills and practical knowledge. By doing so, we're building a more skilled and capable workforce, all while expanding opportunities for students from special populations. Together, we're creating a brighter future for everyone in North Carolina.

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Perkins Grant Guidance

Access the latest NC Perkins Handbook for the current academic year.

Presentations and Webinars

Catch up on the latest Perkins resources from the Career and Technical Education team.

Funding Assistance

Community colleges must conduct a comprehensive local needs assessment and focus on preparing students for in-demand industry sectors or occupations to benefit from Perkins funding. We recommend designating a Perkins team at your institution to assist in grant fund oversight, planning and implementation.

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Special Populations

Perkins levels the playing field for nine special populations within our state and nation. Those special populations include: individuals with disabilities; individuals from economically disadvantaged families; individuals preparing for nontraditional fields; single parents; out-of-workforce individuals; English language learners; individuals experiencing homelessness; youth within the foster care system; and youth with a parent who is a member of the armed forces or is on active duty within the military.

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Collaborative External Resources

NC Career Exploration Guide

This resource helps faculty and staff guide students through career clusters, pathways and possible future occupations.

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NC Careers Website

This website offers real-time information about salaries, average job growth and future opportunities for careers of all kinds to help you help students define a clear path forward.

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Center of Occupational Development

Are you a new adjunct faculty member? Learn how to manage a classroom and find more professional development resources to support your work at the System.

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