Career & Technical Education

CTE InfographicsToday’s Career and Technical Education is innovative. It’s cutting-edge, technologically exciting and prepares students of all ages for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers that graduates can start quickly.

CTE programs educate students for a range of career options through 16 career clusters and more than 79 specific articulated pathways. Integrating academics and application prepares students to be college- and career-ready by providing core academic skills, employability skills and technical, job-specific skills.

The best CTE programs provide the opportunity to earn stackable industry-recognized credentials along well-defined career pathways, allowing participants to enter the labor market relatively quickly while maintaining the option for further education and training to enhance career prospects and earnings.

CTE Student Success is a collaboration between Minnesota State and the Minnesota Department of Education.

“Our world has changed. In today’s highly-technical knowledge-based economy, having hands-on skills and perfecting what one is good at can be more valuable than getting a degree in ‘something’ simply to get one.”

Help students to understand and evaluate available jobs, their income ranges and required skills. 
Dream job venn diagram

Help student to identify not only their interests, but to analyze their talents and strengths.


Career Pathways Regional TeamCareer academies describe high school to postsecondary experience that infuses career and college readiness with focused curriculum—preparing students for jobs that will strengthen our region, economically and equitably.


The mission of the High-STEP Health Science Academy—a dynamic, regional partnership between secondary and postsecondary education, business, and community—is to provide secondary students with health science coursework and work-based learning experiences, to excite and prepare them for health science and technology careers.


Data provided by South Central WorkForce Council.

"Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for doing it."
Katharine Whitehorn
All Minnesota students need to be prepared to move successfully from middle school to high school and into an increasingly wide array of postsecondary options. 


A program of study is a set of aligned programs and curricula that begin at the high school level and continue through college and university certificate, diploma and degree programs. Essentially, a program of study is an academic and career plan. 

Programs of study:

  • Incorporate and align secondary and postsecondary education elements
  • Include academic and CTE content in a coordinated, nonduplicative progression of courses
  • Offer the opportunity, where appropriate, for secondary students to acquire postsecondary credits
  • Lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level, or an associate or baccalaureate degree


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On July 31, 2018, the President signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act into law.  This bill reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins) and will be referred to as Perkins V. Access the full Text of Perkins V (Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act).



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