The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, provides support services to students in career and technical education programs. Intended to increase the competitiveness of the U.S. in the global economy by improving workers’ technical skills nationwide, the Perkins Grant helps students succeed in school, complete their education and update skills to advance in their current profession or begin a new career.
CLC students in career and technical programs can benefit from the Perkins Grant and will find a world of career opportunities awaiting them when they finish school. This grant provides funds to enhance the college’s technical programs, recruit individuals from special populations into career programs and assists these students with course completion. Additionally, grant funds are used to improve equipment and laboratory facilities.
What Support Services are Available?
The support services funded by the Perkins Grant are handled by the Perkins Student Support Services Coordinator at College of Lake County, and may include the following:
Tutoring, Learning Resource Center, Testing Center and ESL Support.
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Perkins has an emergency assistance fund for career / technical (see Associates and Certificates) students.
(There is no money provided for tuition through this program. Make an appointment with the Financial Aid Office and they will be glad to assist you in completing your paperwork.)
Financial Aid — FAFSA on the web.
Counseling Center — Information on advisement and referral, career development, transfer planning and selecting a major.
Career & Placement Center — Job search document preparation and job search skills, retention strategies and career guidance.
Services for Students with Special Needs — Sign Language interpreters, test-taking assistance, adaptive equipment and note taking.
Who is eligible to receive Perkins Services?
All Perkins Grant recipients must be enrolled in one of the career programs at College of Lake County.
Within the career programs, eligible students include those who are:
How do Students Receive Perkins Services?
In order to receive any of the available free services provided by Perkins, students need to contact the following coordinators:
Laura Ballinger can help students obtain or refer them to services for the following:
Fresia Rojas Woznick can help students with job related and certain entitlement programs:
Tina Anagnos can assist students with retention support. Contact Tina at (847) 543-2263.
What are the eligible career programs?
CLC offers more than 40 career preparation programs, meeting the needs of students starting a first career as well as those seeking a career change. Two-year programs lead to an associate in applied science degree; shorter term certificates also are offered in many areas.
View the list of Career Programs offered at CLC.
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