COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 129

May 16, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Career Coach Initiative and Use of Carl D. Perkins Federal Funds

 

The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify an earlier communication that was sent to career and technical education local administrators from the Department of Education's Office of Career and Technical Education related to the Career Coach Initiative of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). The federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 lists as a permissive use of federal funds activities that provide career guidance for students participating in career and technical education that improves graduation rates and provides information on postsecondary and career options, including baccalaureate degree programs for secondary students and may include the use of graduation and career plans. The VCCS Career Coach Initiative is an allowable use of Perkins funds under this permissive category.

 

School divisions are currently developing their Local Perkins Plan and Budget application following the guidance provided in the document located at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/CTE/2007_2008_SECONDARY_
LOCAL_PLAN.doc

for school divisions or

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/CTE/2007_2008_SECONDARY_
REGIONAL_CENTERS_LOCAL_PLAN.doc
for regional technical centers. Any school division that has already submitted its plan and did not include a career coach, but wishes to do so, may submit an amendment to the plan. Eligibility requirements for career coaches and participation requirements for school divisions are established by VCCS in cooperation with the Department of Education. We encourage school divisions to contact the VCCS office at 804-819-4691 if you have questions about the initiative.

 

In preparing the local Perkins plan budget, school divisions should refer to the application guidelines on the percentage of funds allowed for permissive activities. Additionally, career coaches that have participated in, or are scheduled to participate in, the VCCS Career Coach Academy are eligible to be paid with Perkins funds.

 

The Department of Education encourages interested school divisions to participate in the VCCS Career Coach Initiative and foster collaborative partnerships among the career coaches and school counselors.

 

If you have questions or need additional information related to career coaches, please contact Elizabeth Creamer, Virginia Community College System, at 804-819-4691, or by e-mail at ecreamer@vccs.edu. If you have questions related to the Perkins plan, please contact Elizabeth Russell, director of career and technical education, at 804-225-2051 or by e-mail at Elizabeth.Russell@doe.virginia.gov.

 

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