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NEWS RELEASES 2013-14 :: JANUARY 16, 2014


The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Career and Technical Education Division has scheduled public hearings to receive comments on possible changes to the state's Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.

The Perkins Act provides increased focus on the academic achievement of career and technical education students and strengthens the connections between secondary and postsecondary education. The plan, which is available online at, is updated as needed every five years.

Hearing dates and locations are as follows:

Wednesday, Jan. 29. 4-6 p.m.
Guilford Technical Community College
Medlin Campus Center, Room 360 (The Guilford Room)
601 High Point Road

Thursday, Jan. 30, 1-3 p.m.
Register online at:

Monday, Feb. 3, 4-6 p.m.
Pitt Community College
Goess Building, Multipurpose Room CFG 138
1986 Pitt Tech Drive

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 4-6 p.m.
AB Technical Community College
Sycamore Building, Room 201
Main Campus, Victoria Road

Those who wish to make statements at the hearings must notify JoAnne Honeycutt by e-mail ( 48 hours before the hearing date. Each presenter will receive five minutes; however, the hearing officer may grant more time if the situation and attendance warrants such. A written or typed copy of each person's remarks must be submitted to the hearing officer. Presentations and remarks may be electronically recorded. If signing is needed, please notify JoAnne Honeycutt 48 hours before the hearing date so that A Signer may be scheduled.

Comments also may be submitted via e-mail to or by U.S. mail to JoAnne Honeycutt, Director, Career and Technical Education, 6361 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6361. The deadline for submission of comments is Feb. 28. All comments will be reviewed and shared as appropriate with the N.C. State Board of Education. The Board is expected to take action on any Department recommendations at its March meeting. Following Board action, the revised state plan will be sent to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Vocational & Adult Education for approval.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.