Career and Technical Education

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Karl Ohrn

Interim State Director for Career and Technical Education


Welcome to Career and Technical Education

The staff in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) unit provides statewide leadership and support to Minnesota State community and technical colleges and secondary school districts through a consortium partnership model. We support the mission of Minnesota State through the implementation of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) to advance CTE for all learners.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Minnesota State) Board of Trustees is the eligible agency authorized to receive and disburse federal funds and to supervise the administration of the state Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.

This is accomplished through the Minnesota State System Office under a state plan developed jointly with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) pursuant to Minnesota Statute § 136F.79 and the Strengthening CTE for the 21st Century Act (Public Law 115-224 known as Perkins V). The System Office negotiates the level of responsibility for the administration, operation, and supervision of this Act at the secondary level with MDE’s Office of Career and College Success, except for those responsibilities specifically reserved to Minnesota State by section 121(a) of the Act.

As the eligible agency, Minnesota State administers the Perkins V Federal Grant through a formula/non- competitive grant process and the full allocations in accordance with the federally approved state plan. 

Quality career and technical education ensures every learner has equitable access to career-connected learning through a network of knowledgeable partners.

We are committed to ensuring:

  • An equity lens for all decision-making
  • Inclusion of all stakeholders
  • Being bold, innovative, and focused on continuous improvement
  • Responsiveness to the evolving labor market
Our vision, mission, and principles were developed jointly with partners from Minnesota Department of Education and Perkins consortia leaders from Minnesota State colleges and secondary schools from across the state.

Minnesota Career and Technical Education
Connecting learning to earning.
Developing real-world skills through experience. Building future career success.

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