Career and Technical Education (CTE)

  • Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, also known as Perkins V​


    The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) was signed into law by President Trump on July 31, 2018. This bipartisan measure reauthorized the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) and continued Congress’ commitment in providing nearly $1.3 billion annually for career and technical education (CTE) programs for our nation’s youth and adults.

    Perkins V represents an important opportunity to expand opportunities for every student to explore, choose, and follow career and technical education programs of study and career pathways to earn credentials of value. As States and local communities embark on the development of new plans for CTE, the Department hopes that the videos, resources, links, and media found below and throughout this Website can be useful tools for States and local recipients in "rethinking CTE" and arriving at bold goals under the newly-authorized Perkins V statute.


    History of the Act


    The Smith-Hughes Act of 1917 was the first authorization for the Federal funding of vocational education. Subsequent legislation for vocational education (now termed career and technical education) included the Vocational Act or 1973 and the Carl D. Perkins Act of 1984 (Perkins). Perkins was reauthorized as the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Act (Perkins II) in 1990, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 1998 (Perkins III), and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV). 


    Click on the image below to review information on the programs of study offered in the state of Texas. 



    link to programs of study 







    Articulation is a planned process linking El Paso Community College and high school Career and Technology Education (CTE) courses.  Within articulated Tech-Prep programs are articulated courses. High school courses that contain the same course content as an equivalent college course, and for which a post-secondary institution has agreed to award college credit if the student meets requirements.


    For more information please visit the EPCC link:


ESC Region 19 CTE Program provides the following services and support to districts:

    • Academic and Career & Technical Education integration and applied learning strategies.
    • Activities to promote student enrollment in nontraditional courses and increase awareness and understanding of nontraditional careers.
    • Coordination with local ISD Career & Technical Education Directors and/or representatives via monthly CTE update/needs assessment meetings.
    • Communications and networking among LEAs, Workforce Development Boards, Colleges, Universities, and TEA career education staff to promote the goals and objectives of Perkins and Career & Technical Education.
    • Relationship establishment with colleges & universities for potential articulation and dual enrollment and opportunities.
    • Implementation of career guidance programs, 7-12, and the development of career pathways, including sequence of courses, for all students.
    • PEIMS coding training for CTE course sequence based on student 4-year plan.
    • Prepare districts for an onsite PBM visit.
    • Preparation for districts scheduled for Civil Rights Compliance Monitoring and Performance-Based Monitoring for CTE.
    • Information regarding the Nondiscrimination statement for publication prior to the beginning of the school year.
    • Technical assistance in adapting Texas Achievement Plan (TAP) as part of the district's graduation plans.
    • Technical assistance to high school counselors in Career Pathways, advanced course work, and college preparation information.
    • Technical assistance in review/understanding the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook.
    • Program Access Review (PAR) utilization to identify barriers to access for students to CTE programs.


    Career and technical education programs offer a sequence of courses that provides students with coherent and rigorous content. CTE content is aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in current or emerging professions.





District CTE Programs of Study

Contact Information

  • Angelica Haro


    Information & Instructional Technology Services 



    Frank Nolasco

    Professional Development Consultant

    Information & Instructional Technology Services



    Oscar Carrera

    Professional Development Consultant

    Information & Instructional Technology Services






    Education Service Center - Region 19 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, or any other bases prohibited by law. Inquiries concerning the application of Title VI, IX, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Section 504 may be referred to the Human Resources Manager, 6611 Boeing Drive, El Paso, Texas 79925.