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Minnesota Four-Year Perkins V State Plan

Guiding Principles

Minnesota State, Minnesota Department of Education, and Local Perkins Consortia are committed to ensuring:

  • An equity lens for all decision-making
  • Inclusion of all stakeholders
  • Being bold, innovative, and focused on continuous improvement
  • Responsiveness to the evolving labor market

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Minnesota State and the Minnesota Department of Education invites you to participate in reviewing the updated Minnesota Four-Year Perkins V State Plan through a public comment process. This is a pivotal step in shaping the future of career and technical education and workforce development across our state.


The Minnesota Four-Year Perkins V State Plan is comprehensive—encompassing secondary, postsecondary, local Perkins consortia, and a wide range of stakeholders—designed to enhance and elevate Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming across the state and close institutional performance gaps. The Perkins V Act strengthens our commitment to student success for our most vulnerable students—special populations. The plan aims to align educational pathways with industry needs, ensuring our students are equipped with the skills necessary to pursue their college and career passions and thrive in a dynamic job market.

Submission Timeline

The public comment period is open from December 8, 2023 to January 7, 2024.

Submitting Comments are Now Closed

We encourage all Minnesotans—secondary and postsecondary educators, students, parents, community members, and industry partners—to submit their comments within this timeframe to ensure their voices are heard.

Your participation is critical. Public comments help us to understand the community's needs and aspirations, enabling us to refine and optimize our strategies for career and technical education. By participating in this process, you become a vital part of a collective effort to foster innovation and excellence in Minnesota's educational landscape.

We invite you to review the proposed plan and share your insights. Together, we can build a robust and responsive career and technical education system that prepares every learner for success.

Documents for Review

Supplemental Documents

After the January 7, 2024 deadline, all comments will be reviewed and considered towards the finalization of the State Plan.

Your participation in this process is invaluable, and we look forward to receiving your comments. Thank you for contributing to shaping our state's future in career and technical education.

The Carl D. Perkins Act was reauthorized by Congress as the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the Twenty First Century Act (Perkins V) and went into effect on July 1, 2019. The Perkins V Act provides supplemental funding for career and technical education (CTE) in Minnesota's secondary and postsecondary public educational institutions. Minnesota State, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), guides the use of these federal funds and establishes statewide priorities to enhance and improve CTE throughout the State.

Minnesota implemented the first four-year plan under Perkins V in 2020. The 2024 four-year plan is a revised and updated version of the 2020 plan. Minnesota's strategic approach under Perkins V for enhancing Career and Technical Education (CTE) continues to focus on activities and priorities imperative to improving student success and skill up Minnesota's workforce. Additionally, the plan reinforces our ongoing commitment to addressing issues of access and equity, especially for Minnesota's special population students.


If you have general questions about the process or need assistance, email This inbox is checked daily.

The Minnesota Legislature established Minnesota State Colleges and Universities as the eligible Sole State Agency authorized to receive and disburse federal Perkins V funds and to supervise the administration of the state career and technical education programs in the state of Minnesota as recorded in Minnesota State Statute 136F.79. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has authority under State law to perform the functions of the State under the program as specified in the Carl D. Perkins State Plan.