Programs and Support

Career Technical Education (CTE) programs are a sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge and skills to provide students a pathway to postsecondary education and careers. CTE provides opportunities to explore high-demand career options, and gives students the technology and skills needed for success in adult life.

High-Quality CTE programs include:

  • An unduplicated sequence of strong academic and career and technical courses that incorporate applied, contextual, cross-curricular and interdisciplinary instructional strategies.
  • Exploration of careers within a career cluster and/or pathway through the identification of potential career opportunities and the postsecondary training and educational requirements of those choices.
  • Opportunities to participate in structured learning experiences and career and technical student organizations (CTSO).
  • Alignment and incorporation of secondary and postsecondary education elements such as curricula, standards and assessments.
  • Preparation needed for students to enter employment in a specific occupation that aligns with business and industry standards and may lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the secondary level.
  • Preparation for postsecondary education. Career and technical education programs provide a purpose and rationale for academic preparation and aid students in meeting the entrance requirements for college programs.
  • Opportunities to earn college credit for college courses successfully completed during high school (e.g., dual/concurrent credit or articulated credit).

New CTE Teacher Program Opening Event

The New CTE teacher program is designed to help teachers with less than four years of experience gain the knowledge and resources they need to be successful in the CTE classroom. It is ideal for new CTE teachers or teachers who are teaching CTE courses for the first time.

CTE Teachers are invited to participate in this initiative which provides opportunities to support and improve teacher confidence and collaboration. This yearlong program’s purpose is to promote educational excellence in CTE curriculum and instruction, as well as to strengthen and retain CTE teachers in Minnesota.

The yearlong New CTE Teacher Program will focus on:

  • Surviving and Thriving in the first years of teaching
  • Classroom strategies and resources for CTE
  • Connecting and creating partnerships
  • Online and In-Person meetings throughout the year
  • CTE Mentoring and Observing opportunities

Learn more about the NEW CTE Teacher Program and how to register for this event.

Student Organizations

Career and Technical Student Organizations are key components to a strong CTE program and involve approximately 22,000 Minnesota students annually as members. These organizations engage community and local businesses to help students understand career pathways while bringing relevance to the classroom that prepares students to be career and college ready. Student organizations also provide industry-based competitive events and leadership experiences at school, state and national levels. In addition, a community service component offers opportunities for students to develop 21st Century Skills that are focused on creativity, problem solving, teamwork and goal setting. For more information, view a list of student organizations.