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Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant is a federal grant administered through the Nebraska Department of Education.  The Perkins Grant provides funds to MCC for staff, supplies, equipment and faculty professional development to help students enrolled in MCC's Career and Technical Education programs succeed. 


The MCC Perkins Grant does not provide funds directly to students, but instead funds a variety of programs designed to help Career and Technical Education students succeed.

As per Federal Guidelines, no funds may be used to provide career and technical education to students prior to the seventh grade.

What is Career and Technical Education?

Career and Technical Education programs are those offering individuals a sequence of courses that have challenging academic standards, provide relevant technical knowledge and the skills necessary to prepare for careers in current or emerging professions by leading to a certificate or an associate degree.  For a listing of MCC's Career and Technical Education programs click here: MCC Career and Technical Education Programs

Grant Goals

Metropolitan Community College’s Perkins grant goals support career education across the College through program and equipment funding, including secondary-postsecondary alignment projects, specialized services for persons pursuing non-traditional employment and support services for those experiencing barriers to educational success. 

Specific grant goals include:


  • Goal 1—Develop components of an optimal career pathway model in alignment with Nebraska Career Education
  • Goal 2—Develop and implement a college-wide MCC Career Guidance model
  • Goal 3—Provide state-of-the-art technology and equipment for student career education
  • Goal 4—Review and revise MCC career education curriculum
  • Goal 5—Provide strong professional development systems to enhance student       achievement in career education
  • Goal 6—Provide specialized support services for students in special populations and nontraditional career areas

Areas and Programs Served by the Grant

The Perkins Grant provides partial funding for the following service areas:


The Perkins Grant also provides partial funding for the following program areas:

  • Secondary Programs (supports the career development and successful academic transition of students from high school to college while providing professional development for academic and career education teachers)
  • Service Learning

MCC Perkins Mini-Grants

The Metropolitan Community College Grants Office is pleased to announce the availability of funding for Mini-Grants for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs /departments interested in supporting MCC’s Carl D. Perkins goals and initiatives for the 2014-15 academic year.

Mini-Grants may be used to implement or expand projects that advance one or more of the six MCC's Perkins grant goals identified above.

Who may apply for a Mini-Grant?

College Personnel, including deans, curriculum staff, faculty, counselors, are eligible to apply.  All Mini-Grant applications must have the written approval of the area Vice President before they will be considered for funding.

How many Mini-Grant applications can one department complete?

CTE department/college personnel may turn in as many Mini-Grant applications as desired, but the total monetary request cannot exceed $5,000 per request.

For more information on the eligibilty requirements and the application process, please click on the following:

MCC Perkins Mini-Grant Instructions

MCC Perkins Mini-Grant Application


MCC Perkins Plan 2014-2015

To view the college's perkins plan please click on the following link:

MCC Perkins 2014-15 Plan

Nebraska Career Education Model

View the Nebraska Career Education Model (map) served by the Perkins grant.  The diagram is a visual map of the organizing structure used by Nebraska Career Education (NCE) to arrange courses that prepare individuals for a career in a specific Cluster or Pathway. These courses are offered in middle school, high school, and at two- and four-year colleges and universities. 



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