This page provides information and resources about the Commonwealth's Postsecondary Career Technical Education programs. In addition to overseeing career technical education at the secondary level, the Office for College, Career, and Technical Education administers federal Perkins and state career technical education programming to all fifteen Massachusetts community colleges, two city colleges, and secondary schools that offer postsecondary CTE programs. Currently, there are postsecondary Chapter 74-approved programs in some secondary schools, and Non-Chapter 74 CTE programs in community colleges and city colleges. These CTE programs aim to meet the Commonwealth's labor market needs by providing an opportunity for adults to train for and earn credentials towards skilled occupations.
Postsecondary institutions and the state are required to assess the effectiveness of CTE programs through the collection of student enrollment and performance data. The data is disaggregated by populations of students and program and can be used to reflect on and improve the CTE student experience. This collection and analysis has the potential to foster improvement at the program, institution, and state-wide levels.
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Introduction to Perkins
Use this Perkins Checklist to check that programs meet Perkins V requirements and are of sufficient Size, Scope & Quality
Perkins Core Indicators
Postsecondary Indicators at a Glance
Core Indicator Overview webinar
Several groups partnered to form statewide articulation agreements, where students can receive college credits for work completed while in high school. For more information on the Technical High Schools Transfer Agreements, visit the Statewide Agreements website.
A minimum of 20% of the Perkins Postsecondary allocations funds must be used for secondary-postsecondary linkage activities and services. For a definition and samples of Secondary-Postsecondary Linkages, please visit our frequently asked questions .
CVTE Enrollment (Postsecondary)
CVTE Perkins V Core Indicator Visuals (Postsecondary)
Template for Perkins V Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Data Collection — Report 2023
Report 2023 File Specification
The report is collected with a Security Portal application called Postsecondary CTE Reporting. For districts, access to this application is managed locally using the Postsecondary CTE Reporting User role. Contacts at colleges needing access may contact PSPerkins@mass.gov .
Postsecondary Data Webinar: Report 2022 — March 2022
Secondary schools with Chapter 74 Postsecondary programs
Secondary schools with Postgraduate students in Chapter 74 Secondary programs
Chapter 74 Vocational Technical Education Postsecondary and Postgraduate Report Data Collection Memo
Chapter 74 Vocational Technical Education Postsecondary and Postgraduate Report
Instructions for Chapter 74 Postsecondary and Postgraduate Report
Postsecondary reporting for Perkins due in May, 2021:
Template for Perkins V Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Data Collection — "Report 2021"
Report 2021 FAQ
Postsecondary reporting for Perkins due in June, 2020:
Instructions for Perkins V Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Data Collection — "Report 2020"
Template for Perkins V Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Data Collection — "Report 2020"
Last Updated: March 10, 2023
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