Career and Technical Education -- Basic Grants to States
CSFA Number: 684-00-0465
Agency Name
Illinois Community College Board (684)
Agency Contact
Whitney Thompson
Short Description
Provides grants to Community Colleges for career and technical education
Subject Area
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
110 ILCS 805/2-16.02
Objectives and Goals
1. Improve CTE program components through the integration of academics with technical programs through a coherent sequence of courses, such as CTE programs of study, to ensure learning in a. the core academic subjects (as defined in Section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) and b. CTE subjects; 2. Link CTE at the secondary and postsecondary levels, by offering the relevant elements of not less than one (1) career and technical program of study; 3. Provide students with strong experience in, and understanding of, all aspects of industry, which may include work-based learning experiences; 4. Develop, improve or expand the use of technology in CTE, including a. training of CTE teachers, faculty and administrators to use technology, which may include distance learning; b. providing CTE students with the academic and career and technical skills (including the mathematics and science knowledge that provides a strong basis for such skills) that lead to entry into the technology fields; and, c. encouraging schools to collaborate with technology industries to offer voluntary internships and mentoring programs, including programs that improve the mathematics and science knowledge of students. 5. Provide professional development programs that are consistent with Section 122 to secondary and postsecondary teachers, faculty, administrators and career guidance and academic counselors who are involved in integrated CTE programs including: a. in-service and pre-service training on the effective integration and use of challenging academic and CTE provided jointly with academic teachers to the extent practicable, effective teaching skills based on research that includes promising practices, effective practices to improve parental and community involvement, effective use of scientifically based research and data to improve instruction; b. support of education programs for teachers of career and technical education in public schools and other public school personnel who are involved in the direct delivery of educational services to CTE students to ensure that such teachers and personnel stay current with all aspects of an industry; c. internship programs that provide relevant business experience; and d. programs designed to train teachers specifically in the effective use, and application of technology to improve instruction. 6. Develop and implement evaluations of the CTE programs carried out with funds under the Perkins Act, including an assessment of how the needs of special populations are being met; 7. Initiate, improve, expand and modernize quality CTE programs, including relevant technology; 8. Provide services and activities that are of sufficient size, scope and quality to be effective; and 9. Provide activities to prepare Special Populations who are enrolled in career and technical education programs for high-skill, high-wage or high-demand occupations that will lead to self-sufficiency.
Types of Assistance
Formula Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Funds are used to support the nine required uses of Perkins funding for career and technical education programs. Grantees are limited to using five percent of award amount for indirect administrative costs. costs.
Eligibility Requirements
To receive federal Postsecondary Perkins Title I funds, an institution must meet the definition of an “eligible institution or recipient” as defined by Section 3 (13a-14b) of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006. All public Illinois community colleges are eligible to receive Perkins funding.
Eligible Applicants
Application and Award Processing
After the state receives the total allocation, the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) utilizes a formula based on CTE Pell count to divide and disseminate Perkins funds among the community colleges. Each year, allocations are released after the Governor has signed the state budget passed by the Illinois General Assembly. Although ICCB aims to release the notice of allocation amounts prior to the Perkins plan submission deadlines, it is not always feasible due to prolonged budget processes. Colleges are notified via email about the release of allocations. Funds are provided on a reimbursement basis. In order to receive funding, Illinois community colleges must submit an annual grant plan to the ICCB for approval. Specific formatting and requirements for these plans vary slightly each year; however, the general requirements are consistent with those prescribed in Section 134 of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006. Upon submission, ICCB staff reviews all grant plans and grantees are notified if their plan has been approved as is, or requires revisions. This process typically lasts until mid-July, whereby the grantees receive their Notice of State Award. Grant Agreements are then disseminated to the grantees.
Assistance Consideration
No match or MOE is required.
Post Assistance Requirements
Quarterly reporting is required. An annual expenditure audit must be submitted to ICCB by September 30, 2019.
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2015 : $16,216,510
FY 2016 : $13,923,415
FY 2017 : $13,829,653
FY 2018 : $13,640,948
FY 2019 : $15,553,025
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
Details68401-19002$0 - $1500005/15/2018 - 06/20/2018 : 5:00 pm
Details68401-19003$0 - $1500005/15/2018 - 06/20/2018 : 5:00
Details68401-19004$25000 - $5000008/28/2018 - 11/02/2018 : 5:00 pm
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
City Colleges of Chicago07/01/201906/30/20202,180,675
Community College District 50207/01/201906/30/20201,744,223
Southwestern Illinois College Community College District #52207/01/201906/30/2020946,215
Triton College07/01/201906/30/2020651,652
Parkland College07/01/201906/30/2020642,852