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The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act authorizes the federal career and technical education program. On July 31, 2018 President Trump signed into law the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act(Public Law 115-254), which reauthorizes the program through Fiscal Year 2024.

The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, which authorizes the federal adult education program, is Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.


Adult Education

On August 19, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education issued final regulations for programs and activities authorized by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

On August 19, 2016, the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor issued final regulations to implement jointly administered activities authorized by Title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, including provisions related to Unified and Combined State Plans, performance accountability, and the one-stop system.

Career and Technical Education

The U.S. Department of Education has not issued regulations for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

Non-Regulatory Guidance

Adult Education

Career and Technical Education


Military Credentialing

The U.S. Armed Forces invests billions of dollars to train military personnel in a range of occupational specialties to support its mission and to maintain a strong national defense. Some of the occupations are military-specific , such as infantry and fighter pilots, for example, but there are many occupations that are equivalent to civilian occupations, such as nurses, doctors, and medics. However, when service members leave the military, they often encounter lengthy processes to obtain civilian employment or academic credit for skills they obtained in military training. There have been ongoing efforts, however, to help rectify the difficulties of securing civilian credentials for military training. In an effort to increase awareness of how states and institutions of higher education are addressing this important issue, we have compiled links to resources, promising practices, and policies that promote awarding academic credit at institutions of higher education for prior military training and experience.

Last Modified: 03/15/2023