Professional Development

Career and Technical Education professional development is a comprehensive, sustained, and intensive approach to improving the effectiveness of Perkins Coordiantors and CTE professionals.

To request or suggest a professional development topic, contact Yingfah Thao, Director of Professional Development.

This collection of professional learning opportunities was developed for career-and-college readiness and career pathway practitioners working in secondary and postsecondary education, and workforce development. 

The resources and events in this inventory were curated by and for faculty, instructors, counselors, advisors, administrators and other educators to support your work in career pathway or career and technical education programming for youths and adults. Use the inventory to find descriptions and contact information for professional development events, resources, and job-embedded offerings for career pathway practitioners. 

Link to the Collection of Professional Learning. Open with Google Sheets to access filters and search capabilities.

We've developed several leadership initiatives for Career and Technical Education teachers, faculty, administrators, and consortium leaders.

CTE Consortium Leaders & Teacher Development Initiatives

Modeled after the ACTE Leadership Training Program, this mentor/mentee program focuses on critical information and strategies to help new leaders succeed. The Perkins Coordinator Mentor/Mentee Program assists new Perkins Coordinators with the leadership skills needed to successfully administer the Carl D. Perkins federal grant, lead or influence Rigorous Program of Study curricula, and participate in regional career pathway and other initiatives related to Career and Technical Education.

Get Involved

The System Office asks for volunteers annually to be mentors and assigns mentors to new consortium leaders.  Responsibilities of the program include the following:

  • Mentors provide a minimum of 30 hours of one-on-one mentoring with their assigned mentee; mentors are encouraged to visit mentees at their workplace at least once during the year
  • Both mentors and mentees are expected to attend face-to-face professional development meetings throughout the year conducted by System Office personnel
  • Attendance at the annual Consortia Leaders’ Meeting in October/November
  • Mentees are encouraged to attend one of three professional development conferences in the spring (MACTA Spring Conference/Meeting, ACTE Region III Conference, or the ACTE National Policy Seminar).
  • Mentors and mentees are awarded stipends to defray the cost of travel expenses from mentorship events. 

More Information

For information about this program or to sign up to be a mentor/mentee, contact Sue Selland-Miller, Associate Director for CTE at sue.selland-miller@minnstate.edu.

The annual CTE Works! Summit is held every year in November. We are the largest conference in Minnesota bringing together CTE teachers, faculty, administrators, business and industry sectors, and the workforce development community.

Go to the 2022 CTE Works Summit website