Welcome to OCHE's information page for the Montana's 2024 Perkins State Plan. Here you will find information on the state plan committee, the drafting and approval timeline, opportunities for public hearing and comment, and links to the last Perkins State Plan.

In partnership with the Office of Public Instruction and with direction for the Montana Perkins State Plan Committee, the drafting of Montana's four-year Perkins State Plan for is underway!

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Committee Members

Lily Apedaile

Director, Office of Health Research and Partnership,

University of Montana

Dan Durglo

Director of Operations, S&K Technologies,

Chair, School District #30 Title VI Indian Education Committee

Paddy Flemming

Director, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center

James Easton

Montana Chamber Foundation Workforce Specialist

Mary Heller

Montana Ready Coordinator, Office of Public Instruction

Bill Ryan

Education Coordinator, Dick Anderson Construction


October 2023 - February 2024

State Plan Survey is Open

November 2023 - February 2024

Five Committee Meetings

January 2024

State Agency Leadership Consultation

February 2024

Two Public Hearings

Governor's Office Consultation

March 2024

Request for Governor's Signature

Post for 60-Day Written Public Comment

Board of Regents Approval

May 10, 2024

State Plan Submission


Public Hearings

Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V)

Public Hearing Notice



The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE) and the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) will jointly conduct public hearings for updates made to the 2024 Perkins State Plan. The purpose of a hearing is to afford all segments of the public and interested organizations an opportunity to present their views and make recommendations to the plan to be submitted to the federal Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) for approval.

Because of the long distances for travel to public meetings in Montana, and to allow widespread participation in the hearing process, the formal public hearings will be conducted via video conference. Video conferencing will originate in Helena, facilitated by OCHE and OPI administrators for Career and Technical Education. OCHE and OPI will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in the public hearings. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact Jacque Treaster, Director of Dual Enrollment and Career & Technical Education, at (406) 449-9135 or email jtreaster@montana.edu.

Public hearings will begin with a briefing on significant changes to the State Plan and a timeline for the public hearings process, including follow-up after the hearing has been completed. Participants may present oral or written statements at the public hearing. Written data, views, or arguments may also be submitted in writing to Jacque Treaster, Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, PO Box 203201, Helena, MT 59620-3201, or via email to jtreaster@montana.edu, and must be received by 5:00 p.m. on February 23, 2024.

After the public hearings, there will be additional opportunity for concerned persons and agencies to submit comment once the draft plan is issued. A 60-day public comment period on the draft plan begins in March 2024.

At any time until April 30, 2024, a state agency may file objections to the Montana State Plan or revisions with OCHE. OCHE will have ten working days to respond to the objection. The objection and the response will be published on the OCHE website. The objecting party will have ten working days to appeal the response. In this event, the objection will go before the Commissioner of Higher Education. A response must be provided within 30 days. This is the last step in the process for resolving objections.

Minutes will be taken during the hearings, will include written comments from the meetings, and will be submitted after the hearings. Final minutes will include the response from the state and will be posted on the OCHE website. After the Perkins administrative teams review all state agency objections, public comments, recommendations, and responses, the revised Perkins State Plan must be published to the OCHE Website for public viewing and public comment.


Public Hearing #1

Montana Perkins State Plan Public Hearing #1 Agenda

February 8th, 2024

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm


Public Hearing #2

Montana Perkins State Plan Public Hearing #2 Agenda

February 22nd, 2024

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm


2024-2027 Montana Perkins State Plan Draft

2024 Montana Perkins V State Plan Executive Summary

Past State Plan

2020-2023 Montana Perkins V State Plan

2020 Montana Perkins V State Plan Executive Summary


For questions regarding the state plan revision process, please contact:


Jacque Treaster
Director of Dual Enrollment and Career & Technical Education
Montana University System
Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
560 N Park Ave
Helena, MT 59601
(406) 449-9135

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