CTEA - Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act

The Federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins IV/CTEA) provides funds to postsecondary institutions, preparing students to be more competitive in the world economy. Funds are used to provide the supplementary services that students may need to succeed in career and technical programs through Title I formula funding applications.

These funds improve the academic performance of students, especially special population students, who are enrolled in career and technical education programs. Title I funding includes the initiative to improve gender participation and completion in nontraditional programs that prepare individuals for underrepresented occupations.

The Office of Postsecondary Access, Support and Success of the State Education Department receives Perkins IV federal funding for technical programs.  These funds are allocated to the State’s community colleges based on the number of students receiving Pell in their colleges.   The community colleges use these funds to supplement their technical programs.  Examples are funding for instructors, laboratory assistants, student tutoring, and necessary equipment and supplies.

At SUNY Orange there are several different departments involved in ensuring that these funds are being utilized effectively. The grant is overseen by college administration as well as a local advisory committee made up of community members not employed by the college.


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Upcoming Events

The 2018 High School Spaghetti Bridge building Competition

The 2018 High School Spaghetti Bridge Building Competition Logo


November 8, 2018

9 a.m. -2 p.m.

Shepard Student Center(SSC)

Middletown Campus




  • Objectives: SUNY Orange will host a spaghetti bridge building competition during which high school teams compete in a timed head to head competition to build a bridge that will have the best load to weight ratio.
  • Eligibility: High schools may sponsor more than one team. Each team is to be composed of no less than three (3), nor more than four (4), students, all of whom must be in good standing of the sponsoring school. A student may be listed and participate on only one team. An alternate team member, meeting the qualifications, may be listed on the entry form in case of the need for an emergency substitution prior to the beginning of the competition. Once the competition begins, no substitutions will be allowed.
  • Registration Fee: $20 per team; pay to "Orange County Community College Association” at the time of registration.
  • The Poster: Each team should produce a poster prior to competition, and bring it to the competition. The poster (typical poster board size) will be used to identify each team’s building area and must include the team’s name, school name, individual members’ names, and coach’s name.
  • Materials Permitted: The completed bridge may contain no other materials than the "spaghetti" and "glue" which will be applied with a hot glue gun. Each team will be provided with two (2) unopened, sealed box of new, major brand regular spaghetti and twelve (12) mini-glue sticks, as well as two electric mini glue guns. No spaghetti or glue other than that provided will be allowed.
  • Tools Permitted: Each team will be permitted to bring and use a limited number of tools, which they may use to assist them in the construction of the bridge. Tools permitted include scissors, needle nose pliers, tweezers, and clamps as well as other similar devices. Plans from West Point Bridge Designer 2016 and/or building templates may be pre-drawn and then used as tools to assist with building during the competition. No power tools or devices (other than the supplied glue guns) that generate heat will be allowed.

Event Forms and Registration

Team Registration Form

Competition Rule and Guidelines

Hints and Tips to Building a Spaghetti Bridge

Helpful Websites



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlvVpOSX1Gs – Johns Hopkins Summer Program