Minnesota State and Minnesota Department of Education invites you and the members of the community to attend and participate in public hearings to discuss the changes to the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). The focus of Perkins V is the alignment of systems and program improvement (Section 122:(a)(3) State Plan requirement of The Act).

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.

Public Comment and Hearing Notice

October 17, 2019
Central Lakes College
501 West College Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401

Room C205
7:30 a.m. | 1:30 p.m. | 4:30 p.m.

October 22, 2019
Hennepin Technical College
13100 College View Drive, Eden Prairie, MN

Gourmet Dining Lounge
7:30 a.m. | 1:30 p.m. | 4:30 p.m.

Download the hearing notification with all dates and locations.


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 Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) 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. 


Read the full Perkins V Act

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 April 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

There are two ways to provide general comments:

  1. Email your questions and comments to myCTEidea@minnstate.edu
  2. Submit your questions and comments to us online.


The public comment period on the proposed performance levels runs from October 2, 2019 to November 30, 2019.

Minnesota is now taking public comment on the proposed state determined performance levels. 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.

There are two ways to provide comments for Core Indicators:

  1. You can ask a question or leave comments at myCTEidea@minnstate.edu. In your email, specify which performance level you are commenting on by noting the Core Indicator number in your comment (e.g., 1S1, 2P1, etc.)
  2. Submit your comments online

Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Request for Accommodations Request

Contact Jared Reise at (651) 201-1711 or email jared.reise@minnstate.edu to request a reasonable accommodation to participate in these public comment and hearing meetings.

Note: We require a two-week advance notice in order to provide the requested accommodation and ask for a 48-hour notice to cancel the request.

For additional information, please contact Jeralyn Jargo, Minnesota State, at (651) 201-1650 or Jeralyn.Jargo@minnstate.edu.

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.