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Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century

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. 


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


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


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


Minnesota State and the Minnesota Department of Education have developed five strategic directions.

Advancing Career and Technical Education 

  • Comprehensive Needs Assessment
  • Accountability
  • Outreach
  • Awareness and Communication

Career-Connected Learning

  • Career Pathways
    • Programs of Study
  • Career Preparation
    • Work-based Learning

Integrated Network

  • Business and Industry
  • State and federal programs; state agencies
  • Educational Partners
  • Consortia/Minnesota State/Minnesota Department of Education

Equity and Inclusion

  • Service Partnerships 
  • Providing resources
  • Data management

Knowledgeable Experts

  • Professional development and technical assistance
  • Licensure Preparation Programs
  • Mentor/mentee relationships
  • Consortia leadership



The public comment period on the proposed performance levels ended on January 31, 2020.

The changes made include:

  • Removing 1S2 Extended (7yr) Graduation Rate
  • Removing 5S2 Program Quality:  Postsecondary-Credit
  • Addition of 5S3 Program Quality:  Work-based Learning

After reviewing various methodologies for establishing state and local performance levels, the recommended state performance levels were set using a factor of the standard deviation of historical data for each performance indicator to determine what would be “meaningful progress” on that indicator by the fourth year of the grant. Then, a conservative rate of growth (i.e., slower growth during first two years, followed by more aggressive growth the final two years) was applied to determine the annual performance levels.

Minnesota 4-Year State Plan for the Implementation of Perkins V

  • 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

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