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.

The Minnesota State Board of Trustees is the sole state agency authorized to receive and disburse the Carl D. Perkins federal funds and to supervise the administration of the state career and technical education (CTE) program through Minnesota State under a state plan developed jointly with the Minnesota Department of Education pursuant to Minnesota Statute § 136F.79 and the Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Act of 2006 (P.L. 109-270).


Perkins V Public Comment on Proposed Performance Levels

Minnesota is now taking public comment on the proposed state determined performance levels. After reviewing various methodologies for establishing state and local performance levels, the recommended state performance levels were set using a factor of the standard deviation of historical data for each performance indicator to determine what would be “meaningful progress” on that indicator by the fourth year of the grant. Then, a conservative rate of growth (i.e., slower growth during first two years, followed by more aggressive growth the final two years) was applied to determine the annual performance levels.

Visit the Comment and Hearings page for complete details on how you can participate. Everyone from the general public is encouraged to provide feedback to Minnesota State and Minnesota Department of Education.

Perkins Leaders Annual Meeting to be Held on November 4, 2019

Mark your calendar for the November 4th annual fall meeting. We will be at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest hotel in Brooklyn Park, MN. The same place where the CTE Works! Summit is being held. Be sure to register your consortium team. If you have specific questions about this event, contact jared.reise@minnstate.edu

Competitive Grant RFP: Concurrent Enrollment Grant Program

The Office of Higher Education administers the Concurrent Enrollment Grant Program for development of new concurrent enrollment courses and expansion of existing concurrent programs. Concurrent enrollment courses are college courses taught in high school by qualified high school teachers during the regular school day and offered through a partnership between a high school and a college or university. Head over to the Office of Higher Education's information grant page to get the full RFP details. 

Making Good on the Promise: Understanding the Equity Challenge in CTE

This is the first brief in the Making Good on the Promise  series, which examines equity in CTE. The brief attempts to confront the negative aspects of CTE’s legacy and define the key challenges learners face today. It draws on research and historical data to paint a picture of CTE’s conflicted history and the opportunity it can provide.

  • Understanding the Equity Challenge in CTE . PDF
  • Examining Access and Achievement Gaps . PDF
  • Building Trust to Promote Equity in CTE . PDF