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Biennial Evalualtion Report - FY 93-94

Chapter 403

Vocational Education--Community-Base Organizations Programs

(CFDA No. 84.174)

I. Program Profile

Legislation: Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act Amendments of 1990 (P.L. 101-392), Title III, Part A (20 U.S.C. 2351-2352, 2471) (expires September 30, 1995).

Purpose: To provide States with financial assistance to operate programs that provide special vocational education services to disadvantaged youth who are not adequately served by the regular vocational education system. Projects must involve the collaboration of public agencies, community-based organizations (CBOs), and business.

Funding History

Fiscal Year Appropriation
1987 $ 6,000,000
1988 8,845,000
1989 8,892,000
1990 10,850,000
1991 11,710,848
1992 12,000,000
1993 11,784,960
1994 11,784,960

II. Program Information and Analysis

Population Targeting

Community-based organizations program activities are intended to reach and provide services to youths ages 16 through 21 that will help them enter and succeed in vocational programs, employment, and other education and training. Title III, Part A, of the Perkins Act is restricted to certain activities specified in the next section. Funds are allocated based on a statutory formula to States upon submission and approval of a State plan that addresses State needs. In FY 1993, 53 grants were made to the States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

A descriptive study of the CBO programs published in March 1990 (III.2), provided information about State administration and funding of local projects and about local project implemementation. The study found that:


Joint projects of eligible recipients and community-based organizations provide special vocational education services and activities, such as outreach programs, transitional services, pre-vocational educational preparation and basic skills development, and career intern programs.

Program Administration

States generally renew projects that appear to be working successfully, but renewal of the grant is not automatic. States monitor the implementation of CBO projects through on-site visits and performance reports, but most States do not conduct formal evaluations.

III. Sources of Information

  1. Program files.

  2. Descriptive Review of Data on the Vocational Education Community-Based Organizations Program (Washington, DC: Pelavin Associates, March 1990).

IV. Planned Studies


V. Contacts for Further Information

Program Operations:
Ron Castaldi, (202) 205-8981

Program Studies:
Audrey Pendleton, (202) 401-3630

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