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Perkins Conference/Workshop Grant Funding


Conference funds and other types of professional development opportunities for CTE programs are available through the Carl D. Perkins Fund for Career and Technical Education. Faculty (FT and PT) and staff (classified, confidential, academic professional, and management) working in Perkins-eligible CTE programs may apply for funding up to two times per academic year (maximum of one conference requiring overnight travel, plus one local/virtual conference not requiring overnight travel). There is no application deadline, and Perkins conference requests are not limited to a dollar amount.


The following PCC employees may apply for Perkins professional development funds:

Employees from Perkins-eligible CTE programs (see list of programs below):

  • Full-time faculty and Academic Professionals
  • Part-time faculty
  • Full-time classified employees
  • Full-time managers/administrators
  • Full-time confidential employees


Priority is given to the applications for conferences/workshops that will:

  • (For faculty and APs) connect back to classroom/course learning outcomes and/or student success and align with strengthening the Program of Study with one or more regional high school programs
  • Benefit professional renewal and development
  • Align Perkins with other initiatives going on at the College
  • Allow the attendee to bring back and share crucial information with other employees
  • Involve a presentation at the conference or workshop


Perkins-eligible Career Technical (CTE) Programs for 2023-24:

AB: Auto Collision Repair Technology

AD: Addiction Counseling

AM: Automotive Service Technology

AMT: Aviation Maintenance Technology

ARCH: Architectural Design and Drafting

AVS: Aviation Science

BA: Business Administration

BCT: Building Construction Technology

BIT: Bioscience Technology

CADD: Computer Aided Design and Drafting

CCET: Civil and Construction Engineering Technology

CIS: Computer Information Systems

CJA: Criminal Justice

DA: Dental Assisting

DH: Dental Hygiene

DS: Diesel Service Technology

DST: Dealer Service Technology

ECE: Early Childhood Education

ED: Education

EET: Electronic Engineering Technology

EMS: Emergency Medical Services

FP: Fire Protection Technology

FT: Exercise Science

GD: Graphic Design

GRN: Gerontology

HIM: Health Information Management

HUS: Family and Human Services

ID: Interior Design

LAT: Landscape Technology

MA: Medical Assisting

MCH: Machine Manufacturing Technology

MLT: Medical Laboratory Technology

MM: Multimedia

MP: Medical Professions

MT: Microelectronic Technology

MUC: Music & Sonic Arts

NRS: Nursing

OMT: Ophthalmic Medical Technology

OS: Office Systems

RAD: Radiography

VT: Veterinary Technology

WLD: Welding Technology

*Please note that this list changes yearly because eligible programs can become ineligible or vice versa. In order to be Perkins-eligible, there must be an approved Program of Study in place with ODE between the CTE program at PCC and one or more regional high schools. Please email Perkins@pcc.edu with any questions.


How to apply for Perkins professional development funds:

Obtain your supervisor’s approval to attend the conference/workshop before applying for Perkins funds. Please read the following guidelines carefully, then fill out the application (linked below).

Please submit your application within a reasonable time frame so you can obtain the early bird rate for conference registration fees. The college expects all employees to do their best to obtain competitive, reasonable rates for lodging and airfare. If conference travel is at a distance, travelers may travel the day before and stay the night of the last day of the conference to avoid traveling outside of usual work hours. Any costs associated with a time period outside of the details above are considered personal expenses and are not covered by Perkins funds. 

Perkins only accepts individual requests for conference funding. Group applications are not accepted. Perkins will not fund any requests that are for continuing education courses only. Some certification trainings are also not permitted, but these are considered on a case-by-case basis. Perkins is unable to fund travel to international locations, Alaska, or Hawaii. All required signatures are due at the time of the application (your supervisor will receive an email with a link to provide their signature when your application is submitted) and your application must contain a clear and detailed explanation of how attendance at the particular conference or workshop is related to your position and will positively impact your job performance.

Applications are reviewed and approved on a rolling basis by Jan Wetzel Volinksi, Perkins Coordinator. Decisions will be sent to applicants within a timely manner so that plans can be secured. Once your application is approved, you will receive an Approval Notice email. Please read this Approval email carefully and follow the step-by-step instructions in order to use your Perkins award. Email Perkins@pcc.edu with any questions.

Apply here: Application for Perkins Professional Development Funds