The Official Web Site of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center

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The mission of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center is that persons will achieve sustainable competitive integrated employment, maximize independence, and yet gain self-respect through the provision of comprehensive services.


Please be advised that Governor Steve Beshear has signed an executive order that expands current smoke-free indoor policies to discontinue the use of all tobacco products and e-cigarettes in state owned and leased buildings, vehicles, and most state property.  The executive order became effective November 20, 2014 and includes the Perkins Center.  Consumers, staff members, and visitors will not be allowed to use tobacco products in the main/auxiliary buildings, on campus grounds (including parking lots), or while riding in Center vehicles.

Smoking cessation is highly encouraged and supported.  A new website, has been created to support the initiative.  The website offers answers to frequently asked questions and provides resources for quitting.

About Us

Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training CenterThe Perkins Center is a division of the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and the vast majority of our consumers are referred by OVR Counselors located in serveral cities and towns across the Commonwealth.  The Perkins Center has been in operation since 1973.  One of the main reasons for the creation of the Perkins Center was to enable Kentuckians with disabilities to obtain all the services they would need to become employed in one location.

The Perkins Center serves individuals with many types of disabilities that include, but are not limited to, learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, traumatic brain injury, intellectual  disability, deaf/hard of hearing, and physical disabilities.  The Center currently operates several programs and services that enable consumers to achieve their vocational goals.  Our website will give an excellent overview of our many programs and services.

Consumers may live on our campus in dormitory housing or can commute to the Perkins Center each day they are scheduled for classes and/or therapy.  An Assisted Living Unit staffed by our nurses is available for persons with physical disabilities who need help with activities of daily living in order to participate in their programs.  Transportation services are available for consumers who do not have an available means to come to the Perkins Center to begin their program or to return home at the end of their program.

The Perkins Center is located at 5659 Main Street, Thelma, Kentucky in Johnson County.  Johnson County is in eastern Kentucky approximately 2 hours drive to the east from Lexington, Kentucky.  The City of Paintsville is the county seat and located within a few miles to the west of the Perkins Center.

The Perkins Center's Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).  CARF is a private, non-profit organization that promotes quality rehabilitation services through a consultative accreditation process.

We hope you enjoy learning about our facility and come back often!

Contact Us

Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center
5659 Main Street
Thelma KY, 41260

606-788-7080 - Phone
606-788-7076 - Fax

1-800-443-2187 - Toll Free (Only in KY)
1-866-761-0818 - Deaf Services (Video Phone)




Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center Brochure
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External Links

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Last Updated 2/11/2016