DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 129
May 16, 2008
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
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_
for school divisions or
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.