Career and Technical Education

Welcome to the career and technical education unit at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. We partner closely with the Center for Postsecondary 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

Mark Your Calendars!  Perkins Coordinators' and CTE Works! 2014 Meetings in November

The Perkins Consortia Coordinators' 2014 meeting will take place at a venue TBD on Wednesday, November 12th.  On Thursday, November 13th, the 2014 CTE Works! Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Plymouth, MN.

Details to come! 

FY15 Perkins IV Applications are ready on WebGrants!

The online application is now live. Log in at to access the application. We will offer two online webinars to walk you through the online application process. Look in our FORMS section for everything you need to complete your application, inlcuding instructions and deadlines to submit. If you have questions about your application, contact Debra Hsu at (651) 201-1686.

Denise Felder appointed CTE Professional Development Director

Denise Felder is appointed as the Career Technical Education Professional Development Director in the Academic and Student Affairs division at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, effective April 9, 2014.  Denise is most recently the Outreach Manager and MnCareers Editor for ISEEK Solutions and prior to that the Career Services Representative for Brown College. Read more.

Improving Student Success through Accountability Measures 

Diversity and Student Affairs Conference February 27-28, 2014.
Presention by Eva Scates-Winston, MNSCU System Office and margie Tomsic, Saint Paul College
View the presentation here

Minnesota Fall 2013 Career Technical Education Perkins Consortium Contacts/Coordinators Meeting

View the agenda

Minnesota CTE in FY14: National Perspective and Impact on Minnesota PowerPoint Presentation
presentation by JoAnn Simser (MnSCU) and Dan Smith (MDE)
Math in CTE
Presentation by Mike Lindstrom
Cooperative Programs of Study Career Academies
Presentation by Glenn Morris and Kathi Rusch, South Central Service Cooperative
Pathways to Success: Helping Students with College and Career Decisions by STEM Equity Pipeline webinar series
A Retrospective Look at Minnesota's Perkins IV Monitoring Process and Recommendations for Future Monitoring Efforts
Prepared by Denise Roseland

Need more info? Contact JoAnn Simser or Dan Smith

New Website Connects Career and Course Planning for Adults

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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.

Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Resources

Regional planning tools to access information on graduate supply, occupational demand, academic programs and labor market information from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, ISeek Solutions and the Department of Employment and Economic Development.  Get the PowerPoint, Webex recording and other resources..

MN Programs of Study: an Academic and Career Planning Tool

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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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