March 23-24, 2000

ITEM 106-101-R0300 Montana State Plan for Vocational Education in Accordance with P.L. 105-332

THAT: Consistent with the Carl D. Perkins Act of 198 P.L. 105-332 the Board of Regents of Higher Education approves the Montana State Plan for vocational Education in Accordance with P.O. 105-332 and authorizes the commissioner or his designee to sign the contract and any other documents necessary to satisfy the requirements of the Car D. Perkins Act of 1998 P.L. 105-332.

EXPLANATION: During the 1999 Montana Legislative Session, the Montana Board of Regents was designated as the Eligible Agency for administering the Carl D. Perkins Act of 1998 Vocational Education programs in Montana. This act required the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Commissioner of Higher Education to work cooperatively on the vocational and technical education State Plan; required the board of Regents to meet with interested persons and entities regarding the implementation and evaluation of the State Plan; and provide an effective date and termination date.

The Office of Commissioner of Higher Education, as the entity responsible for the operational management of Perkins funds for the eligible Agency, requests approval of the Montana State Plan and the addendum to this plan by the Montana Board of Regents. The addendum to the State Plan is a summary of the public comments and recommendations as well as the responses to those comments and recommendations by the Office of Commissioner of Higher Education, the Office of Public Instruction and the Perkins Task Force.

ATTACHMENT: Montana State Plan for Vocational Education in Accordance with P.L. 105-332.