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Perkins Grant


Carl D. Perkins Grant

The “Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006” was put in place to enhance the skills of secondary and postsecondary education students who have chosen to enroll in career and technical education programs of study.  The Perkins Grant provides CCBC with funds to support staff, purchase supplies and provide professional development to allow students to benefit from CCBC’s academic, career and supportive services. Students are provided opportunities to develop their technical and academic skills so that they can be better prepared for high skill, high wage and high demand professions, and to help them become competitive and competent in America’s job market. 

The CCBC Carl D. Perkins Grant provides funds for student success programs, not CCBC students directly.   

Perkins SOAR Program--Program previously referred to as Programs of Study

The Perkins program SOAR (Students Occupationally and Academically Ready) is an initiative that links secondary and postsecondary career and technical education through statewide articulation agreements.  Students can earn articulated credit from their high school career and technical education program that can used towards one of the following CCBC programs:

  • Accounting
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Visual Communication: Digital Media Design
  • Computer Forensics
  • Office Technology Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Office technology Administrative Assistant
  • Culinary Arts
  • CISCO Networking

To see how the credits you earned from your high school career and technical education program may be accepted by CCBC, visit, click on search and go to “PA Bureau of CTE SOAR Programs.”  Click on the link “Guide to Searching SOAR Agreements” for a step by step guide to finding your program and to view how credits will transfer to CCBC. 

Questions about the Carl D. Perkins grant can be answered by contacting Erica Fox, 724-480-3413,


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