Career and Technical Education

Welcome to Career and Technical Education (CTE) at Minnesota State. We partner closely with the Office of College and Career Success at the Minnesota Department of Education to prepare students to enter high skill, high wage or high demand employment in Minnesota.


Seeking Market Research Consultant for Workforce Development Project (Telecommute, Short-Term Project)

Skill Up Minnesota ( helps job seekers to think about how short-term training may lead to immediate employment and career advancement. This web presence was developed and launched in March 2021 by the Career & Technical Education and Workforce Development units of Academic and Student Affairs at the Minnesota State system office. The audience for Skill Up is Minnesotans who want to change or advance their careers, and unemployed and underemployed adults, particularly those whose employment was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic recession.

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Public Comment Open for Secondary Performance Levels

Minnesota is currently seeking public comment on updated state determined Career and Technical performance levels for accountability, as defined by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V).

In March 2020, Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 20-01, declaring a peacetime emergency for Minnesota in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The peacetime emergency resulted in many unanticipated consequences within the CTE Concentrator population and Minnesota’s ability to meet current state-determined performance levels. Therefore, it was determined that updating secondary accountability State-Determined Levels of Performance was essential.

Deadline to Comment: The public comment period on the proposed performance levels will be open from March 22, 2021 through April 21, 2021 to provide input to the secondary core indicator changes.

Download the Public Comment Announcement (pdf)


Skill Up Campaign Helps Job Seekers Impacted by the Pandemic

Skill Up helps Minnesotans whose employment is reduced or eliminated because of the COVID-19 pandemic recession by providing relevant information about how short-term training at our Minnesota State campuses which may lead to immediate employment and career advancement. Skill Up aims to support those who have been hit hardest by the pandemic.

Follow our hashtag on Twitter #MinnStateSkillUp and tag us @MinnStateCTE and @MinnStateEdu. Skill Up is sponsored by Minnesota State and Minnesota Office of Higher Education.