Career Technical Education

Welcome to the Career Technical Education (CTE) unit at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. We partner closely with the Office of College and Career Success at the Minnesota Department of Education to prepare students to enter high skill, high wage or high demand employment in Minnesota.

News and Announcements

Grant Funds available for Improving Retention, Completion and Employment for Youth and/or Adults (Application deadline Oct. 5, 2015)

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities seeks to strengthen its commitment to providing access and opportunity to education and career pathways to all Minnesotans. Through the 2015-2016 Retention, Completion and Employment Grants Program, we seek innovative strategies and collaboration to addressing persistent equity issues in the recruitment, retention and completion of special population groups in career technical education and employment. ‘Special populations’ as defined by the Perkins Career & Technical Education Act of 2006 include: individuals with disabilities, nontraditional careers by gender, economically disadvantaged, English Language Learners, and single parents/pregnant mothers. The recruitment, retention and completion of youth and adults in careers with sustainable wages is critical to addressing economic needs within communities and the employment gaps in workforce development. ‘Employment gaps’ include worker shortages and underemployment.

If you need more information or have questions, please contact the manager for this grant: Eva Scates-Wisnton at or (651) 201-1680.

Jeralyn Jargo, New Minnesota State Director, Career Technical Education

Jeralyn Jargo has accepted the position of State Director of Career Technical Education and MnSCU System Director for career and technical education for Minnesota effective September 1, 2015.

JeralynJargoPrior to accepting this position, Jargo served as Vice President of Advancement and Innovation at  Century College, White Bear Lake, MN.  Her extensive prior experience with career and technical  education includes academic dean administration of a variety of career and technical fields of study  including nursing and healthcare/human services, information technology, visual communications,  business and accounting, and service careers.  She provided leadership for the Northeast Metro Perkins  consortium while at Century College. In addition Jargo has participated in developing and securing many  federal, state, and regional grant projects which have supported  specific career pathways and technical  industries.  Her post-secondary career began as a faculty member within the MnSCU system.

Jeralyn is excited to start her new position stating, “Regardless of the actual content being taught, career  and technical education builds the transferable skills that lead to success in college, career, and life. I am  excited to join the strong Minnesota state team serving our educational and workforce stakeholders to  build opportunities.”

2015 CTE Works! Summit

Registration for the November 5, 2015 conference at the Sheraton West Hotel in Minnetonka, MN is now open: The Exhibitor application deadline is August 21.

Employer Engagement Summit and Webinars

After the success of the Employer Engagement Summit at Anoka Technical College, three follow-up webinars were held to cover Recruiting Partners, Advisory Committees, and Partnership Design and Evaluation.

Webinar recordings, materials and other information can be found on our Employer Engagement page.

Minnesota Career Pathways: Career and Course Planning for Adults

Introducing MN Career Pathways: Your Success Starts Here, a self-service website that facilitates career and course planning for adult learners. The site is a user-friendly tool that curates information specific to adults in one place. The website does not duplicate information found on other career resources, instead it gathers career, education, and training information in one easy place for the adult learner.

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MN Programs of Study: an Academic and Career Planning Tool for High School Students

Use this website to learn what combination of classes and activities will help you prepare for your future. Do a search by high school, college or career pathway to get started. Check out the website at

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