The dynamic Georgia economy depends on a high-tech, highly skilled workforce. Georgia's career and technical education (CTE) system consists of programs offered by the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education and high school level career, technical, and agricultural education programs offered by the Georgia Department of Education. The Georgia CTE system is designed, in concert with the Governor's Office of Workforce Development, State Workforce Investment Board, the state's colleges and universities and the Governor's Centers of Innovation, to help develop a well-educated, technically trained, and highly competitive workforce in Georgia that will be widely recognized as the best in the nation.
The Georgia CTE system is being continually upgraded to provide high quality educational experiences that provide both youth and adult participants with opportunities to make intuitive and seamless transitions among the states education and training systems and into the high-skilled, high-wage, high-demand workplace.
Georgia CTE programs are closely aligned to the technical and academic knowledge and skills, workplace aptitudes, and continuous learning skills that are valued by employers and are needed for successful entrepreneurship.
Georgia CTE programs are part of STEM initiatives, in collaboration with GADOE, GDTAE and the Board of Regents. These initiatives seek to create the conditions necessary for students to make a seamless transition from a formal educational setting to become productive citizens. Under the umbrella of Georgia's STEM, individual groups and organizations are working together to address the needs of students, teachers, professors, and industry.
The primary use of Perkins funds received by the eligible recipient is to improve or expand career education and improve student academic and technical performance.
Occasionally additional Carl D. Perkins funding is available if the state has additional funds available after allocations are sent to districts. In these instances the department hosts supplemental Perkins/CTE Program funding opportunities.
The Georgia Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) PERKINSplus Reserve Fund Grant's purpose is to To supplement the resources of local school systems in rural areas; areas with high percentages of career and technical education students; areas with high numbers of career and technical education students; and areas with disparities or gaps in performance.
The Creating Opportunities Needed Now to Expand Credentialed Training (CONNECT) Grant's purpose is to provide for renovation, modernization, replacement or purchase of Capital-Related Equipment for the enhancement of programs that are currently certified or in the process of achieving industry certification in FY20 or FY21. The program must occur in educational facilities that align to third party industry-recognized credentials linked to an occupation that is identified as part of the skilled trade industry.