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

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

FY19 Perkins IV Operational Handbook (Version 2018) (1.28 MB .pdf)

This handbook is a resource for secondary and postsecondary eligible recipients submitting applications for funding under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV). Revised in October 2018.

Perkins IV Required and Permissive Uses of Funds Chart (446 KB .pdf)

Perkins IV Law Sec. 124 State Leadership Activities (Required and Permissible Uses of Funds) (2.7 MB .pdf)  (Watch the Webinar)

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

2016 Career Program Advisory Committee Handbook (1.8 MB .pdf)
(2016 Edition)
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.

CAREER WHEEL Clusters & Pathways Framework (Revised November 2016)

Download the 8.5x11 letter size poster (239 KB .pdf)
Download the 18x24 poster (210 KB .pdf)

CTE Infographic (January 2019 version) (1.66 MB .pdf)

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 makrket. 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.

Minnesota Department of Education Guidelines on Licensure 
Career and Technical Education Licensure Information (101 KB .pdf)
Special Permissions Information for Minnesota Teachers (160 KB .pdf) 

Local Perkins Consortia Map (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).