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 Comment and Public Hearings: Oct. 17 and 22

You are invited to participate in public hearings to discuss the changes to the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). The focus of Perkins V is the alignment of systems and program improvement (Section 122:(a)(3) State Plan requirement of The Act). Registration is not required but helpful.

Visit the Comment and Hearings page for complete details on how you can participate. Everyone from the general public is encouraged to attend and 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. Same place where the CTE Works! Summit is being held. Be sure to register your consortium team. If you have specific questrins about this event, contact jared.reise@minnstate.edu

Competitve 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 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