In past decades, Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, formerly known as vocational education, were often thought of as programs for students who were not planning to attend college, and instead planned to enter the workforce immediately after high school. As the economic realities of today’s highly skilled workforce have evolved, and postsecondary education has become more of a necessity than a luxury, CTE has matured, as well. CTE programs are now leading the way to prepare high school and college students with skills needed for today’s workforce.

College of Marin offers skill-building courses and workforce certificates in many high-need areas including:

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Perkins for CTE Programs

Purpose: The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (Perkins IV; P.L. 109-270) supports the development of academic and career and technical skills among secondary education students and postsecondary education students who elect to enroll in career and technical education (CTE) programs, sometimes referred to as vocational education programs.

Perkins CTE Transitions for K12 Articulation

Purpose: In 2011-2012, Tech Prep was omitted from the federal budget as a part of Perkins IV. The Chancellor’s Office chose to invoke a 10% reserve from Title 1C funding to preserve Tech Prep’s primary mission to facilitate the transition of CTE students from secondary to post-secondary to high skill, high wage, and high demand occupations by funding statewide CTE Transitions consortia. This annual CTE Transitions funding is expected to continue until the current Carl D. Perkins Act of 2006 is reauthorized.

Northern California Career Pathways Alliance (NCCPA)

Purpose: To build partnerships between employers, secondary schools, and community colleges to better prepare students and improve student transition to postsecondary education, training, and employment.

CTE Enhancement

Purpose: Funds for purchase of instructional equipment for CTE programs: automotive repair, medical assisting, dental assisting, registered nursing, biomedical, environmental landscaping, multimedia studies. All programs reflect a labor gap in the North Bay.

Adult Education

Purpose: Provide adults with the basic knowledge and skills needed to participate in civic life and workforce by restructuring the way adult educated is run in Marin. Build new programs based on the strength of area adults schools and College of Marin.

Foster/Kin Care

Purpose: The mission of the Foster and Kinship Care Education Program is to provide quality education and support opportunities to caregivers of children and youth in out-of-home care so that these providers may meet the educational, emotional, behavioral and developmental needs of children and youth in the foster care system.