Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education (CTE) programs offer academic and technical skills, knowledge and training to succeed in future careers. CTE programs prepare learners for the future by providing learning experiences spanning career fields such as agriculture, architecture, culinary arts, engineering, fashion design, electrical and plumbing, health care, robotics, construction, veterinary medicine, education, or accounting. 
 
CTE is a learning pathway toward educational engagement and achievement. Practical learning experiences introduce students to workplace competencies and 21st century skills such as critical thinking, communication, career development and employability skills that make academic content accessible in a hands-on context. CTE also provides students with the opportunity to gain work experience through job shadowing, internships, work-based learning, and industry-certification opportunities. 
 
Much of our work is driven by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, to improve career technical education and create opportunities to enter high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand employment in Minnesota for all learners.
 
The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 2006 provides an increased focus on the academic achievement of career and technical education students, strengthening the connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improving state and local accountability. Read the full length Perkins law.
 
Minnesota's direction is the product of discussion from within the Minnesota Department of Education, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and from discussions with groups of local Perkins recipients.
 
Approximately 12.5 million high school and college students are enrolled in CTE nationwide. In fact, the high school graduation rate for CTE concentrators is about 90 percent, or 15 points higher than the national average.

Planning for Students' Successful Transition to Postsecondary and Employment
Legislation requires all students starting in 9th grade to have a Personal Learning Plan. This plan should include academic scheduling, career exploration, 21st Century Skills, community partnerships, college access, all forms of postsecondary training, and experiential learning opportunities. Visit the Personal Learning Plans page for more information.