If you’re a Career and Technical Education (CTE) student and are serious about completing your CTE program and getting a job, then you may qualify for the PERKINS Grant at JALC. This grant is funded by U.S. taxpayers… hard-working men and women who invest their time, sweat, and expertise in building a stronger workforce, which generates a better economy - and that’s what the PERKINS Grant is designed to do.

Perkins is a Federal grant and is officially known as The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006. It has been awarded to John A. Logan College every year since 1993 and serves around 150 qualified CTE students each semester. This grant was named after Kentucky Representative Carl Dewey Perkins in honor of his many years of dedicated service helping disadvantaged college students successfully enter the workforce.

Our workforce needs men and women who are dedicated to becoming efficient and innovative problem-solvers who can be counted-on to help our economy grow; Perkins can help with that. If you’re willing to dedicate the necessary resources to completing the process each semester, please consider applying for PERKINS.

In return for Perkins’ financial support, qualified students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that demonstrates leadership, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to become responsible, contributing members of the American workforce.

These students must be willing to:

  • Check their Volmail (email) daily,
  • Carefully read and follow directions,
  • Complete their Perkins assignments before the deadlines.

While almost everyone will benefit from the leadership and financial help available through Perkins, it is not for everyone - you must qualify (see below), you must be willing to do the extra work, and you must be able to dedicate the necessary resources to complete the process on time. Through Perkins, qualified students may be awarded up to $450 of reimbursement each semester for textbook, mileage and/or childcare expenses.


Always start by asking yourself how successful you’d like to be, then make a plan. PERKINS is for students who set valid goals for entering the workforce and develop plans for reaching those goals – Remember: SUCCESS IS A PROCESS!

Do You Qualify for Perkins?

Perkins and CTE Programs - Perkins is about strengthening the workforce quickly, so it is specifically intended for students in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. There are three types of education programs at JALC:

  1. Continuing Education - Typically intended for adult learners to become certified or develop proficiencies in some specific interest area that will help them advance in their current workforce position
  2. Career and Technical Education - Typically intended for high school graduates or adult learners who are retraining for a different occupation; workforce credentials can be obtained in two years or less
  3. Transfer Education - Typically intended for high school graduates or adult learners who choose occupations that require four or more years of education before entering the workforce

You can tell if you are in a CTE program by looking at your class schedule in WEBlink. Using Internet Explorer for your web browser, go to the JALC homepage and scroll over the "Current Students" tab, then click on WEBlink. Once you're logged-in, click on "View My Schedule" and look at your listed Major (directly below Year/Term). You are in a CTE program only if your major ends in (AAS), (CERT), or (ST CERT); no other majors will qualify for Perkins reimbursement funding.

In order to qualify for Perkins at JALC, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or homeschool equivalent
  • Be enrolled full-time in a CTE degree or certificate program(12 or more credit hours in Fall and Spring, 6 or more in Summer, unless in an official part-time program)
  • Maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA (grade point average; check your GPA by going to your Weblink account - you must be using Internet Explorer as your web browser)
  • Be in at least one of the six Special Populations below (go to SPECIAL POPULATIONS for details):
    • Displaced Homemaker – if managing your household has been your primary occupation, and your primary source of income has changed (possibly due to illness, injury, death, divorce), you may be considered a “Displaced Homemaker”
    • Individual with Limited English Proficiency – if English is your second language, you may be considered an “Individual with Limited English Proficiency”
    • Individual with a Disability – if you have a documented disability that interferes with a major life function, you may be considered an “Individual with a Disability”
    • Individual with an Economic Disadvantage – if you are receiving financial aid, public aid, or living at or below the national poverty level or the self-sufficiency level for the State of Illinois, you may be considered “Economically Disadvantaged”
    • Individuals Preparing for Nontraditional Occupations for their Gender – if you are preparing for an occupation where your gender comprises 25% or less of the employees in that occupation, you may be considered an “Individual Preparing for a Nontraditional Occupation”
    • Single Parents, including Single Pregnant Women – if you are unmarried or legally separated and 1) have minor children for whom you have custody or 2) are pregnant, you may be considered a “Single Parent”

NOTE! Before You Enroll in Perkins

The Perkins registration process is structured as an online course in Desire 2 Learn (D2L) – it is a no-cost, no-credit course that will help you build stronger personal skills for navigating the environments you’ll see in the workforce. In order to properly complete you enrollment application, you will need to login to D2L using the Firefox web browser (it does not work properly in Internet Explorer, and while other browsers may let you login, your enrollment application may not be recorded properly). If you don’t have Firefox, you can download it for free from

If you do not remember your username or password for D2L, please go to the JALC homepage ( ) and click on the Online Learning icon, then select Help from the right-hand navigation and read through the instructions.

You will also need access to your Volmail and Weblink accounts (student email, and student information system, respectively) for enrollment information. If you do not remember your username or password for Volmail or Weblink, please go to the JALC homepage and click on the “Current Students” and “Resources” headings, then click on Volmail or Weblink. Remember, you must be using Internet Explorer to access Weblink. If you continue to have difficulty, please contact the IT Help Desk at extension 8388 or send an email to


Perkins is awarded to qualified CTE students on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to provide fair access to Perkins funding, all qualified students must submit a new application each semester. Perkins is designed to remove specific obstacles to completion and is limited each semester to the reimbursement of a specific amount of textbook, mileage and/or childcare expense for each qualified CTE student. Perkins is awarded to students who are serious about dedicating the appropriate resources to completing their CTE programs on time. These students set valid goals for entering the workforce and develop objectives for reaching those goals.

If you have any questions, please contact the Perkins Coordinator, Gary Spoerre at or call extension 8226. Once your application has been accepted, you will be contacted by Volmail (JALC email) regarding your status for the semester.

Self Enrollment Instructions

Carefully read and follow the enrollment instructions below.

  • Go to the D2L login site ( where you‘ll login using the same username and password that you use for Volmail, but without the “” extension on your username.
  • Click on “Tools” (upper right), then on “Self Registration”
  • Step 1 - Click on the “Perkins - FALL 2014” course offering link and view the course information
    • Click on “Register” in the lower right-hand corner
  • Step 2 - Enter your registration information; all fields are required and must be filled-in (except “Alternate Email”).
    • Click on “Submit” in the lower right-hand corner
  • Step 3 - Review your information and make any necessary corrections
    • Click on “Finish” in the lower right-hand corner to complete your registration (this will trigger an email to your Volmail account, look for it)
  • Click on “Go to course offering Perkins – FALL 2014”; this will take you into the Perkins Course.
  • Click on “Content”, then on “Welcome to Perkins” before going on to the quiz in STEP 1.

ALL INFORMATION IS CONFIDENTIAL. John A. Logan College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, or gender orientation.