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


Perkins is dedicated to increasing learner access to high-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs of study. With a focus on systems alignment and program improvement, Perkins is critical to ensuring that programs are prepared to meet the ever-changing needs of learners and employers.

Perkins reflects the 100-year federal commitment to CTE by providing federal support to CTE programs and focuses on improving the academic and technical achievement of CTE students, strengthening the connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improving accountability.

Perkins V Plan

Perkins V Methods of Administration Plan

Career and Technical Education, Secondary

CTE provides courses and Pathways consistent with industry standards. Exploratory courses begin in the seventh grade, and subsequent courses teach students specific job readiness and job skills, which can lead to employment and postsecondary education. Utah Career Pathways align with and are categorized by the National Career Clusters®. Each Career Pathway culminates in an industry-recognized credential of value.

Utah Career Clusters and Pathways

Thalea Longhurst
State Career and Technical Education Director
Phone: (801) 538-7889 | E-mail

Career and Technical Education, Postsecondary

Steve Radford
Assistant Commissioner of Workforce Initiatives
Utah System of Higher Education
Phone: Not Available | E-mail



Equipment Approval Form

Equipment and Supplies Requirements (Inventory Template)

Regional Career Pathway/Program of Study Agreement


Credentials of Value

Perkins V Data

Perkins V Major Tenets

Secondary Pathway Completion Infographic

Contact Us

Wendi Morton
CTE Programs and Financial Accountability
Phone: (801) 538-7738 | E-mail

Libby Giles
Compliance Specialist
Federal and State Programs
Phone: (801) 538-7875 | E-mail

Jeff McDonald
Data Steward
Career and Technical Education
Phone: (801) 538-7657 | E-mail

Data Quality

An important facet of our Utah Perkins plans is to provide technical assistance and monitoring to school districts. Data reviews are an essential component to assist with data interpretation, data-driven decision making, development and implementation of improvement strategies, and action steps. In order show continuous improvement, please analyze your data, complete this form, and upload it into the Utah Grants System with the local application. Due each year by February 28.

Contact Us

Jeff McDonald
Data Steward
Career and Technical Education
Phone: (801) 538-7657 | Fax: (801) 538-7868 | E-mail