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About Us

Purpose

This website was created to help Minnesota students create academic and career plans that will prepare them for college-level work and develop the life skills needed to have a fulfilling career. This academic and career plan is called a Program of Study which begins in high school and continues through college and beyond.

Students are able to see the classes available at their school that offer early college credit and college preparation courses as well as extra-curricular activities like service learning, work-based learning opportunities, job shadowing, and local student organization chapters.

What We Do

We prepare high school students, college students, and working adults to enter the workforce by providing them with both the academic and technical skills needed to be successful. We accomplish this by partnering with business and industry leaders, providing professional development to teachers and faculty and connecting students to online career and college resources through our connections to local consortia.

Our emphasis is on the combination of career exploration and academic preparation for career and technical education programs.

Who We Are

We are Minnesota Career and Technical Education. We are represented by both the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and the Minnesota Department of Education. Our strong partnership enables us to pool our resources and efforts to provide Minnesotans with the best possible path to academic and career success.

Our work is driven by the Carl D. Perkins Career & 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 more about the Perkins law.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is comprised of 31 institutions, including 24 two-year colleges and seven state universities. It is the largest single provider of higher education in the state of Minnesota. Overall, the system produces about 33,500 graduates each year. For more information, visit www.mnscu.edu/careers/cte/.

The Minnesota Department of Education serves a wide range of customers: approximately 850,000 K-12 students and their families; 118,000 young children participating in a variety of early learning programs including Head Start and ECFE; 82,000 adult learners participating in adult education programs including GED and citizenship programs; Minnesota's 339 school districts and over 52,000 licensed teachers. For more information, visit www.education.state.mn.us/MDE/StuSuc/CareerEd/.

Production

The contents of this website were developed under the Carl D. Perkins Career Technical Education grant from the U. S. Department of Education. However, the contents of this website do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education.

www.mnprogramsofstudy.org was launched in July 2012.