Career and Technical Education

Welcome to the career and technical education 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

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Workshops
October 22 - 24, 2014

These free workshops are open to college and high school education professionals in Minnesota. You'll get an overview of CLEP and learn about the benefits for both students and institutions, exam development, rigor and validity, and resources.  Check-in starts at 9:30 a.m., and lunch will be provided at noon.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, October 15th.

Lake Superior College
Room S1981
Wednesday, Oct. 22
10 a.m.-noon

South Central College
Faribault Campus, Event Center
Thursday, Oct. 23
10 a.m.-noon

Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room (SC270)
Friday, Oct. 24
10 a.m.-noon

If you have any questions, please contact or

CTE Student Success in Postsecondary Transitions - Request for Proposals
Deadline Oct. 31, 2014

The purpose of this RFP is for engaging the Pathway to Postsecondary teams to enhance or build innovative learning opportunities in CTE that increase their preparation for transitions to postsecondary enrollment and employment. These funds will support underrepresented/underserved student populations, which include students in nontraditional [gendered] careers and services to other special populations as defined by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. These incentive grant funds are also intended to support consortia efforts to improve nontraditional CTE performance and increase the success of all diverse learners that are underserved in higher education.

Grant proposals are due October 31, 2014 with grant award letters announced approximately November 14th. The grant term is December 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015.

Perkins Coordinators Annual Meeting
November 12, 2014 | Normandale Community College | Bloomington, MN

This annual leadership meeting is reserved for all Perkins Consortium Coordinators only. The meeting has been key to building collaborative relationships between secondary and postsecondary consortium leaders and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) state staff. . For more information on the conference, including registration, conference fee, location, and criteria for successful proposals, visit

CTE Works! Shaping the Future
November 13, 2014 | Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West Hotel | Plymouth, MN

The CTE Works! annual summit brings together educators from academic and technical fields to join forces with workforce center partners in providing Minnesota students the skills they need to succeed. Now accepting breakout session proposals. This annual summit is a collaboration between the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the Minnesota Department of Education. For more information on the conference, including registration, conference fee, location, and criteria for successful proposals, visit If you have questions, contact Denise Felder, Conference Chair and Director of Professional Development, at

Pathways to Postsecondary 2.0 Summits

October 9, 2014 | Bemidji State University | Bemidji, MN
October 10, 2014 | Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College | Cloquet, MN
October 28, 2014 | Southwest Minnesota State University | Marshall, MN
December 4, 2014 | Rochester Community & Technical College | Rochester, MN
December 5, 2014 | St. Cloud State University | St. Cloud, MN
January 23, 2015 | North Hennepin Community College | Brooklyn Park, MN
February 6, 2015 | Dakota County Technical College | Rosemount, MN

The Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities invite you to this opportunity to collaborate on student success! For more information, contact Jessica Espinosa, Coordinator of College Transitions, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, View the summit flyer or go to Pathways to Postsecondary 2.0

Adult Pathways to Postsecondary Forums

September 25, 2014 | South Central College | Mankato, MN
November 3, 2014 | Minnesota State Community and Technical College | Detroit Lakes, MN
December 12, 2014 | North Hennepin Community College | Brooklyn Park, MN

These Pathways  to Postsecondary 2.0 regional forums will build the capacity of practitioners and leaders in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and higher education in their understanding of best practice in adult career pathways. For more information, contact Julie Dincau, ABE Transition Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education, or Jessica Espinosa, Coordinator of College Transitions, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, View the event flyer for complete details

Shaping Your Future: Why Minnesota Families Choose College video series

The Minnesota Department of Education and TPT MN worked with college access and success programs, school districts, community leaders and postsecondary institutions throughout the state to find youth and their parents who reflected a variety of journeys to get their postsecondary education. Each had a compelling story to tell, and messages to share with both adults and youth, including messages of challenge, hope, persistence and inspiration. Watch the series on YouTube and visit

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.

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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