Office of Postsecondary Access, Support and Success (OPASS) 

The Office of Postsecondary Access, Support and Success (OPASS) administers approximately $175 million dollars in grants, contracts and scholarships to colleges and universities; schools, school districts and BOCES; community based and non-profit organizations; and students. The administration of Postsecondary CTE is among this office’s responsibilities.

Postsecondary CTE is coordinated through two operational units within OPASS.

1. Collegiate Development Programs

Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Act Programs (VTEA)

The Federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins IV / CTEA) provides funds to postsecondary institutions, preparing students to be more competitive in the world economy. These funds improve the academic performance of students, especially special population students, who are enrolled in career and technical education programs. Funds are used to provide the supplementary services that students may need to succeed in career and technical programs through Title I formula funding applications. Title I funding includes the initiative to improve gender participation and completion in nontraditional programs that prepare individuals for underrepresented occupations.

The community colleges use these funds to supplement their technical programs. Examples are funding for instructors, laboratory assistants, student tutoring, and necessary equipment and supplies. Each year the colleges must submit a proposal about how they will use the funds. Further, all colleges who receive these funds must comply with information requirements including the submission of interim and final reports. They must also present numerical data on how well their students are performing.

Links of Interest

REVISED - Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) Fiscal Year 2017 

Standard SED Fiscal Forms 

Perkins CTEA Data Collection Presentation - 2016 

Perkins CTEA Office of Civil Rights powerpoint presentation 

For further information contact:

Perkins CTEA
Office of Postsecondary Access, Support and Success
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Room 505W, Education Building
Albany, NY 12234

(518) 474-3719
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2. Pre-Collegiate Preparation & Scholarships 

The Unit's mission is to foster the development and implementation of collaborative partnerships among and between colleges, schools, community-based organizations, parents, students, business, industry and government to ensure that all students in New York State, especially those in programs administered by the Unit, have every opportunity to be successful learners in an environment that honors the uniqueness of each individual.

Links of Interest

New York State Pathways in Technology (NYS P-TECH) program 

Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

PreCollegiate Preparation Programs and Scholarships Unit
New York State Education Department
Room 505W, Education Building
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 486-5202
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