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Subpart A-General

§ 400.1 What are the purposes of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act? The purposes of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act are to


(a) Assist the States to expand, improve, modernize, and develop quality vocational education programs order to meet the needs of the Nation's existing and future work force for marketable skills and to improve productivity and promote economic growth;

(b) Assure that individuals who are inadequately served under vocational education programs are assured access to quality vocational education programs, especially

(1) Individuals who are disadvantaged;

(2) Individuals who are handicapped; (3) Men and women who are entering nontraditional occupations;

(4) Adults who are in need of training and retraining;

(5) Individuals who are single parents, homemakers, or single pregnant women;

(6) Individuals with limited English proficiency; and

(7) Individuals who are incarcerated in correctional institutions;

(c) Promote greater cooperation between public agencies and the private sector in preparing individuals for employment, in promoting the quality of vocational education in the States, and in making the vocational system more responsive to the labor market in the States;

(d) Improve the academic foundations of vocational students and to aid in the application of newer technologies (including the use of computers) in terms of employment or occupational goals;

(e) Provide vocational education services to train, retrain, and upgrade employed and unemployed workers in new skills for which there is a demand in that State or employment market;

(f) Assist the most economically depressed areas of a State to raise employment and occupational competencies of its citizens;

(g) Assist the States to utilize a full range of supportive services, special programs, and guidance counseling and placement to achieve the basic purposes of the Act;

(h) Improve the effectiveness of consumer and homemaking education and to reduce the limiting effects of sexrole stereotyping on occupations, job skills, levels of competency, and careers; and

(i) Authorize national programs designed to

(1) Meet designated vocational education needs; and

(2) Strengthen the vocational education research process.

(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 2301, 2331)

[50 FR 33231, Aug. 16, 1985, as amended at 53 FR 35258, Sept. 12, 1988]

§ 400.2 What programs are authorized by the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act?

The Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act authorizes

(a) The State vocational education program which includes

(1) The Vocational Education Opportunities Program under the basic State grant, as described in 34 CFR 401.51 through 34 CFR 401.58;

(2) The Vocational Education Improvement, Innovation, and Expansion Program under the basic State grant, as described in 34 CFR 401.59 through 34 CFR 401.61; and

(3) Special Programs which include the

(i) State Assistance for Vocational Education Support Programs by Community-Based Organizations as de

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