As the U.S. Congress debates the fiscal budget, there are quite a few programs that are on the chopping block. One of those programs is the Carl D. Perkins grants. These grants, more commonly known as Perkins grants, were to be cut by over $1 million. According to the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association, this would completely eliminate the tech prep portion of the Perkins program.
Fortunately, Congress decided to keep funding the
Perkins grants for a temporary period of time. With that in mind, deep cuts to
the program, which helps educate people in a variety of trades, could still be
on the way.
PHCC is one of the major HVAC trade associations
that are lobbying Congress not to do away with any Perkins funding. The association
said that their lobbying efforts have been successful, but the battle isn’t
over. It’s important that individuals in the trade contact their
representatives to make sure that funding for technical education stays intact.
In an industry that is in need of skilled workers, defunding Perkins could be
If the Perkins Act helped you get in the
trades, let us know. Maybe you can shed some light on why Perkins funding is so
Technical education funding is safe for now
James J Siegel is the associate editor of SNIPS magazine. He has been with the magazine for eight years and is based in San Francisco.