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Mississippi Succeeds: Career and Technical Education

Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V)

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins) and is referred to as Perkins V. 

Perkins V aims to increase access to high-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that meet the changing needs of students and employers.

Perkins V gives states and local communities the opportunity to build and implement a vision for CTE that uniquely supports the range of educational needs of students — exploration through career preparation — and balances those student needs with the current and emerging needs of the economy.

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), in partnership with the Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB), is convening an advisory group of stakeholders throughout the state to assist in writing the state plan that will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in April 2020. 

To help inform the plan, the MDE and MCCB will host the Mississippi Succeeds: Career and Technical Education Listening Tour in December 2018 through January 2019 to gather input from diverse range of stakeholders, including educators, parents, students, and business and industry representatives.

Public Comment & Regional Feedback Meetings

Public comments about Mississippi's Perkins V plan may be submitted through 5 p.m. December 18, 2019, to

Mississippi's Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) - Mississippi State Four-Year Plan July 2020 - June 2024

Three regional feedback meetings have been scheduled for stakeholders to ask questions and provide feedback about Mississippi's Perkins V plan.  

  • December 9, 2019, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  – C.M. Brewer FFA Center, Raymond, MS - 
  • December 10, 2019, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Petal Middle School Research and Development Lab, Petal, MS 
  • December 16, 2019, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  – Tupelo High School Media Center, Tupelo, MS

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What is Career and Technical Education (CTE)?

CTE is an educational option that provides learners with the knowledge and skills they need to be prepared for college and careers. CTE gives purpose to learning by emphasizing real-world skills and practical knowledge within a selected career focus.

Learners in CTE programs take specialized courses, in addition to required courses, and often have the opportunity to participate in internships, engage with mentors and practice what they are learning through hands-on projects. Learners can participate in CTE at the middle and high school level and at postsecondary institutions in every community in Mississippi.