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. The work is driven by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) to improve career and technical education and create opportunities to enter high-skill, high-wage, or in-demand employment for all learners.

“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.”

Career Exploration & Resources
Future Ready CTE
Guided Pathways to Success
High-STEP Health Science Academy
SourceCode Information Technology Academy
Education Career Academy
Articulated College Credit
Professional Development
Programs of Study
South Central Perkins Consortium