San Jac, THECB co-facilitate Perkins V stakeholder meeting

San Jacinto College co-facilitated the Gulf Coast Regional Perkins V State Plan Stakeholder Meeting with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Oct. 14.

This all-day event at the LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology focused on best ways to use Perkins V (Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act) federal funding to improve CTE programs, meeting the changing needs of both students and employers.

Under Perkins V, state and local communities have flexibility in using these federal funds.

THECB representatives gathered feedback from educators and industries to identify Perkins V funding priorities, aiming to align with labor market needs and reduce or remove students’ barriers to quality education and internships.

Stakeholder meeting attendees included business, industry, and economic development partners; workforce boards; community associations; chambers of commerce; San Jacinto College administrators and instructors; other area colleges and universities; and students and their families.

Industry partners for all four San Jacinto College campuses participated, representing maritime, health science, liberal arts, and business and technology fields.

According to perkins.ed.gov, students who concentrate on CTE courses have a 10 percent higher graduation rate (93 percent) than the national average.