Mission, Goals and Guiding Principles

Our Mission

Minnesota's Five-Year Career and Technical Education State Plan aligns goals with the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system strategic goals and provides direction for use of funds in secondary, postsecondary, and adult education programs.

Career and Technical Education in Minnesota: An Overview (PDF)

Our Five Goals

Goal 1: Designing Programs of Study
Goal 2: Effectively Utilize Employer, Community and Education Partnerships
Goal 3: Improve Services to Special populations
Goal 4: Provide a Continuum of Service Provisions for Enabling Student Transitions
Goal 5: Sustain the Consortium Structure of Secondary and Postsecondary Institutions

Our Guiding Principles

  • Career & Technical Education and academic education must be integrated in a more comprehensive way.
  • College and work readiness skills are one and the same.
  • Each student needs at least some education or advanced training past high school, whether community and technical college, university, industry certification, or advanced training through work.
  • Federal Perkins funding for Career & Technical Education is not an entitlement at either the state or local level.
  • All education spending must be connected with student success outcomes.
  • High schools and colleges should continue Career & Technical Education programs and activities that have worked well.
  • Career & Technical Education must be strategically placed within the broader vision, mission and goals for education within the State of Minnesota.