GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming has commenced work on a five-year plan for a federal grant to assist career and technical education.

The Gillette News Record reports the Wyoming Department of Education is hosting listening sessions around the state to gather feedback on how to administer the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education grant.

Career and Technical Education State Director Michelle Aldrich was in Gillette Tuesday for three listening sessions about the Perkins Act, which provides the majority of Wyoming's funding for the education category.

Aldrich says the fifth version of the act passed in July 2018 gives states "a lot more flexibility" in planning.

Wyoming is one of five states that will receive $5 million in Perkins funding for the 2019-2020 school year from the federal government's $1.2 billion annual investment.