Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act 

On July 31, 2018, President Trump signed legislation to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) as Public Law 115-224. That law, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) will take effect on July 1, 2019. This date marks the beginning of the one-year transition period the state has to develop and receive input to the 4-year plan that will be submitted prior to July 1, 2020. 

Perkins V reauthorizes the federal investment in career and technical education from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2025 and retains the state governance structure of the current law. The general responsibilities such as the state plan development and local grantee oversight remain largely the same. Minnesota will continue to fund local consortia (high school districts plus their postsecondary college partners) to spur innovation and support programs of study aligned with high-skill, high-wage, or in-demand occupations or industries. 

Perkins is dedicated to increasing learner access to high-quality Career and Technical programs of study. It affords states, the resources to implement programs and support the range of education needs of students from exploration through career preparation. The addition of the comprehensive local needs assessment strives to provide balance between student needs with the current and emerging economic needs.  

As Minnesota State and the Minnesota Department of Education develop the Perkins V Four-year Plan for Minnesota for submission spring of 2020, we will provide the full plan for review and input. The general timeline is provided below. 

Read the full Perkins V Act.


At this time, we welcome general comments from stakeholders on the Perkins V Act.

For us to be successful, inclusive, and transparent, we continue to seek your input to advance Career and Technical Education throughout Minnesota and empower every learner to realize a rewarding career.

We are committed to ensuring:

  • An equity lens for all decision-making
  • Inclusion of all stakeholders
  • Being bold, innovative, and focused on continuous improvement
  • Responsiveness to the evolving labor market

We hope you will share your thoughts with us on the Perkins V reauthorization.

Jeralyn Jargo, Minnesota State
Michelle Kamenov, Minnesota Department of Education

Minnesota's Vision for Career and Technical Education

Advancing career and technical education empowers every learner to realize a rewarding career.


Quality career and technical education ensures every learner has equitable acess to career-connected learning through a network of knowledgeable partners.