Consortia Resources

These resources are intended for local Perkins consortia and their partners to help with the implementation of the Carl D. Perkins federal law.

We've created a Perkins V Resource page for anyone looking for materials specific to Minnesota's transition.

On this page, you'll find resources we've curated to help you talk about Perkins V with local partners and stakeholders. Go to the Perkins V Resource page.

Directory of Approved Perkins Local Applications
View all approved Perkins Local Applications. If you would like to view earlier Local Applications, Annual Performance Reports, or if you can't find a plan listed here, contact Jared Reise at (651) 201-1711 or to make a request.

Perkins Administrative Resources 

State-Recognized Programs of Study User Guide (1.0 MB .pdf)

View the 2020 Minnesota Career Program Advisory Committee Handbook (pdf) or the 2020 Minnesota Career Program Advisory Committee Handbook ADA Version (pdf)
The handbook clearly and thoroughly explains the purpose and structure of a committee and the roles of its members. It can serve as a tool for all committee members and may be especially helpful when introducing new members to your committee.

The 5 Step Process (553 KB .pdf)
Improving Performance: The Five-Step Process Guidebook. A product of the United States Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education.

Minnesota Career Fields, Clusters & Pathways Framework "Wheel" (Revised 2019)

CTE Infographic Brochure (January 2020 version)

Pathways to Success: A guide for Minnesota parents
This guide is a joint partnership between Minnesota State, iSEEK, and the Minnesota Department of Education. It is used to help parents talk to their teen about career pathways, the career development process and today's labor market. The last version was updated in 2011. There are no plans to continue updating this guide at this time. Contact Yingfah Thao at if you have any questions.

Local Perkins Consortia Map 2019 Version (1.4 MB .pdf)
The map depicts the 26 Perkins consortia in Minnesota.  Each consortium is composed of school districts and Minnesota State Colleges.  

Consortium Formation and Characteristics under Perkins IV (weblink)
Unit 1 provides an overview of national data on consortia formation under Perkins IV and a description of the forms that consortia take within states. Units 2-4 will feature six states using differing approaches to allocate their Perkins IV funds. Minnesota’s approach is featured in Unit 2, with our own MN West Local CTE Perkins Consortium provided as an example. The fifth unit features a panel discussion. The Report, recorded webinars and slides are provided through the National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education (NCiCTE). There is no fee for the webinars or slides. 

"Effective Strategies to Align Learner Levels: Minnesota Local Consortia" (880 KB .ppt)
by JoAnn Simser, State Director for Career & Technical Education, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and Daniel Smith, Center for Postsecondary Success, Minnesota Department of Education (presented March 30, 2010).

Technical Education and Career Paths in Minnesota (560 KB .pdf)
2011 Report to the Minnesota Legislature on Technical Education Program Certificate and Diploma Requirements (March 2011)

Post-secondary Success for All: Increasing Awareness, Aspiration, Opportunity and Attainment (90 KB .ppt)
A vision for redesigning grades 11, 12, 13 and 14 in Minnesota by Karen Hynick, MnSCU System Director for College Transitions and Fasttrac (June 8, 2012).