Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) contains the vision and strategies for career and technical education development, innovation, support and improvement that the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the Minnesota Department of Education, and local consortia—including their partners—have developed. We are soliciting public review and feedback on the proposed Minnesota 4-Year State Plan in fulfillment of the requirements of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act Public Law 115-224.

The public comment period for both the performance levels and the proposed Minnesota 4-Year State Plan will close on January 31, 2020. All feedback and responses received by 5:00 p.m. CST on January 31, 2020, will become part of the federal application. Perkins V provides important supplemental funding that our education systems use to help prepare learners for the jobs of today and tomorrow, to support the growth and development of our workforce needs and strong local and regional communities.

We're seeking your input on:

  • proposed state determined performance levels,
  • the alignment of programs of study to industry needs,
  • increasing student access to high-quality education, and
  • supporting the full continuum of offerings from career exploration through preparations to meet the changing needs of learners and employers.

Accepting Public Comments on Performance Levels and the Minnesota 4-Year State Plan

The deadline to provide comment and feedback on performance levels and the Minnesota 4-Year State Plan is January 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. CST.

Submit comments on performance levels

Submit comments on the Minnesota 4-Year State Plan


The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (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.

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

The public comment period on the Minnesota 4-Year State Plan closes January 31, 2020.


There are two ways to provide comments on the Minnesota 4-Year State Plan:

  1. You can ask a question or leave comments at
  2. Submit your comments online

Transition Plan

Minnesota's Transition Plan was submitted to the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE)/Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in April 2019. Approval of the plan released federal funding on July 1, 2019 for implementation of the Transition Plan.

  • July 2019-June 2020

4-Year Perkins V State Plan

The full 4-Year Minnesota State and Minnesota Department of Education joint state plan will be submitted with the WIOA State Plan in March 2020.

  • Year 1: July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021
  • Year 2: July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022
  • Year 3: July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023
  • Year 4: July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024
For additional information, please contact Jeralyn Jargo, Minnesota State, at (651) 201-1650 or

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.