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Developing Skills for High-Demand, High-Wage Careers

Career and Technical Education (CTE) has a broad reach in Wisconsin.

Perkins V, a federal grant that invests in secondary and postsecondary CTE, has two goals:

  1. create and sustain CTE that prepares students for high-skill, high-demand, high-wage careers; and
  2. provide the support that affords every student the opportunity to be successful.

In 2018, Perkins funding supported more than 500 CTE programs serving more than 120,000 students attending Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges and 2 tribal colleges, and more than 85,000 students in 421 K-12 school districts.

Why Perkins V Matters in Wisconsin

Making high-quality CTE available is more critical than ever.

Across the U. S. and Wisconsin, employers are struggling to find the talent they need.

By 2020, an estimated 60% of all jobs will require a high-quality postsecondary credential, yet only 48.4% of Wisconsinites have attained a postsecondary certificate or diploma (Lumina Foundation).

Given this, Wisconsin’s postsecondary partners set a shared goal of increasing Wisconsin’s postsecondary attainment rate to 60% by 2027 – 60 Forward. To meet this goal, 300,000 more working-age adults (25-64) in Wisconsin need to complete postsecondary training.

This skills shortage not only reflects workforce needs, but also presents an opportunity to advance diversity, equity and inclusion efforts that support students and workers from underrepresented populations. In Wisconsin, significant disparities in poverty rates exist between races and ethnicities.

The United Way’s ‘Asset-Limited, Income Constrained, Employed’ (ALICE) threshold identifies individuals who are employed, yet still cannot afford the basic needs of their family. In Wisconsin, 70% of Wisconsin’s African American households are below the ALICE threshold, while only 34% of white households fall below it (2018 Report).

Similarly, educational attainment varies across race and ethnicity groups. Hispanic, Latino, Native American, and African American adults are all 50% less likely to have a postsecondary degree than white and Asian Wisconsin residents (American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates 2012-16).

Education is the key to closing skills and equity gaps affecting Wisconsin communities.

Public Hearings for the Wisconsin Perkins V Draft State Plan

To advance Career and Technical Education in Wisconsin, we need your input. The Wisconsin Technical College System and Department of Public Instruction have drafted a State Plan for Perkins V that incorporates stakeholder input. You can download and view a pdf of this draft, here.

At this time, our State Board is seeking public comment on this draft State Plan and the state-determined levels of performance for Perkins indicators.

You can provide public comment both online and in-person. For online comments, please submit written responses of your comments by completing this short survey. This survey will be open from September 15 through October 15, 2019. For in-person public comments, please see the five opportunities below with dates, times, and hearing locations.

September 17, 2019 – 5PM-6PM

Milwaukee Area Technical College
Main Building
1015 N. 6th Street, Milwaukee WI
Room M614/616

September 19, 2019 – 5PM-6PM

Wisconsin Technical College System Office
4622 University Ave., Madison WI
McCarthy Boardroom

September 24, 2019 – 5PM-6PM

Western Technical College – Lunda Center
319 7th Street N., Lacrosse WI
Conference Hall West

October 9, 2019 – 12PM-1PM

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Rice Lake Conference Center
1900 College Dr., Rice Lake WI
Room 241

October 9, 2019 – 5PM-6PM

Northcentral Technical College
Center for Health Sciences
1000 W. Campus Dr., Wausau WI
Room 1004

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