The Strengthening Career & Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V)

Florida’s Perkins 4-year State Plan was approved by the U.S. Department of Education in June of 2020. Perkins V will make available nearly $1.3 billion annually for career and technical education (CTE) programs throughout the nation. Of this, Florida’s school districts and state colleges will receive approximately $73 million annually to expand opportunities for every student to explore, choose, and follow CTE programs of study and career pathways to earn credentials of value.

The state plan is the culmination of many months of collaboration between the Department and various state holders, including state colleges, district technical colleges and secondary CTE programs, businesses, representatives of special populations, teachers, students, parents, members of the public, and others. The plan will serve as a guide for proper use of funds and state-level expectations for at least the next four years, and the timing is impeccable. Statewide interest in workforce education is at an all-time high, thanks to Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order 19-31, and this plan presents another chance to break down silos that have inhibited our ability to help students reach their full potential. Florida currently ranks 20th among all states in the U.S. for residents with a high-quality degree or credential, an improvement from where we once were, but far from our potential and our goal of being #1 in workforce by 2030.

State Plan and Performance Indicators


To review of Florida’s State Plan, see the following documents:

Implementation Guide

The 2020-2021 Implementation Guide provides eligible agencies detailed instructions on completing the required RFAs and other information on Perkins implementation.

State Plan Resources

If you are a school district or Florida College System Institution, see the following for more detailed information:

Resources for Local Entities