Educational Service Unit #3

6949 South 110th Street 

 La Vista, NE 68128

Phone 402-597-4800 

Fax 402-597-4812 

ESU #3
Perkins Grant Consortium

ESU #3  manages the Perkins Consortium for 10 area school districts. The Perkins Grant provides federal funds to support innovative practices, equipment, instructional materials, and professional development for career and technical education programs focusing on the Nebraska Career Clusters: Agriculture, Business, Communication,  Health Sciences, Human Sciences,  and Skilled/Technical Sciences. The grant also supports statewide efforts, including Partnerships for Innovation. 

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) was signed into law by President Trump on July 31, 2018. This bipartisan measure reauthorized the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) and continued Congress’ commitment in providing nearly $1.3 billion annually for career and technical education (CTE) programs for our nation’s youth and adults.  Perkins V represents an important opportunity to expand opportunities for every student to explore, choose, and follow career and technical education programs of study and career pathways to earn credentials of value. 


Perkins V stipulates that to remain eligible for Perkins funding, the comprehensive local needs assessment (reVISION) completed in 2020 must be updated (or “reFRESHed”, in Nebraska) at least every two years. This process is called reVISION reFRESH. reVISION reFRESH provides an opportunity to review the original reVISION outcomes, reflect on any available new data and information relative to the original needs assessment, evaluate progress towards achieving identified goals and ‘desired states’ by 2024, and determine if any modifications are needed to the district, consortium, or college’s approved four-year Perkins application. This will also serve as a time to request technical assistance from the NDE to help in achieving stated goals or closing gaps in access to high-quality CTE programs for all learners0.

Website Information 

Laurie Kerr

Perkins Grant

lkerr@esu3.org402-597-4800 ext. 3042

Russ Freitag

Perkins Financial Coordinator 402-597-4800 ext. 4805

Kearney High: Career Education for All

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