Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V)

Maryland CTE Four-Year State Plan

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) requires each state to develop a four-year plan for CTE. The Division of Career and College Readiness collaborated with stakeholder groups to revise the vision for CTE and develop the Maryland CTE Four-Year State Plan. The vision for CTE in Maryland is for each student to have access and opportunity to engage in career programs of study that:

  • align to high-skill, high-wage and/or in-demand careers;
  • lead to earning industry-recognized and/or postsecondary credentials that will allow entrance and/or advancement in a specific career cluster; and
  • provide career-based learning experiences that require the application of academic and technical knowledge and skills in a work setting.

The Maryland CTE Four-Year State Plan will guide the strategic direction for CTE in Maryland for the next four years. Maryland's four-year plan was approved by the US Department of Education in April 2020.

Funding to support CTE programs of study will be provided to local school systems, community colleges, Juvenile Services Education System, Adult Correctional Education System, and other affiliates in alignment with state plan priorities and federal law requirements.

Perkins Waiver Request

The Maryland State Department of Education has submitted a waiver request to the Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education with the U.S. Department of Education to extend the period of availability of Maryland's Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Perkins funds (program year 2018-2019) to September 30, 2021. This grant period would have originally ended on September 30, 2020. We are requesting this extension because of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The waiver request is pursuant to section 3511 of Division A of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (Mar. 27, 2020). Please review the submitted waiver request. Questions and/or comments about the waiver request may be directed to Nina Roa, Director of Finance and Legislation for Career Programs, at through June 30, 2020.

Perkins V Grant Recipient Resources


    Nina Roa
    Director of Finance and Legislation for Career Programs
    Phone 410-767-1904

    Tiara Booker-Dwyer
    Assistant State Superintendent
    Division of Career and College Readiness 
    Phone: 410-767-3676
    Fax: 410-333-2099