Pitt Receives 3rd-Highest Perkins Allotment Among North Carolina Community Colleges
By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director
WINTERVILLE—By meeting and/or exceeding academic benchmarks established by the N.C. Community College System, Pitt Community College received $557,390 in Perkins funding for the 2014-15 academic year.
Pitt’s Perkins allocation represented the third-largest total in the 58-member community college system.
The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 2006 was signed into law to increase focus on the academic achievement of career and technical education students, strengthen connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improve state and local accountability. Funding provided through the Perkins Act helps ensure career and technical programs are academically rigorous and meet current business and industry needs.
Current Perkins law allows for more state and local flexibility. States and localities work within an updated accountability system in order to develop effective methods to improve programs and measure student progress and success.
At PCC, the Perkins funds will be used for a variety of activities, including ensuring access to career and technical education for special populations (including students with disabilities), developing and improving curricula, purchasing equipment for classrooms, and professional development for faculty and staff.