Public meeting will examine federal spending on state technical education programs

The public is invited to participate in planning how Washington State will spend federal dollars designed to improve the quality of and expand access to the state’s career and technical education programs at a series of meetings that will be held in January.
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (WTB) will conduct five hearings to solicit ideas and comments on how it should spend federal money provided through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. A draft five-year plan will be available at by Jan. 7.
Career and technical educational (CTE) programs are courses that provide individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for careers in current or emerging employment sectors. CTE programs are usually geared towards careers that do not require a baccalaureate or higher degree to be successful.
The WTB staff invites the public, and particularly employers, labor organizations, educators, parents, students, and community organizations to present their views and make recommendations regarding the state’s five-year Perkins plan at any of the five hearings held around the state.
Locally, a public meeting is scheduled at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, on Tues., Jan. 15.
All meetings will be open for comment between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Written comment can be sent by Jan. 16 to Terri Colbert, program manager, Workforce Training Board, PO Box 42495, Olympia, WA 98504; or by email to
As the eligible state agency receiving the funds, the WTB partners with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to design programs that enable the state to provide quality career and technical education to meet performance measures.
The Perkins Act was adopted in 1998 and reauthorized by Congress in 2006. Last year, the Act provided states with roughly $1.3 billion with just over $25 million going to Washington State.