What is Career and Technical Education?

  • Minnesota's Career and Technical Education Initiative is dedicated to preparing all Minnesotans for tomorrow's careers, with a mission of creating a seamless system of education and workforce preparation for all learners, tied to the needs of a competitive marketplace.

    Overall Goals:

    • Assisting Minnesotans in becoming responsible citizens, involved in community service
    • Helping them become economic players able to earn a livable wage
    • Teaching them to be lifelong learners who take advantage of learning opportunities that match personal growth and career needs


Stem Employment Trends

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

    STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008-2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth fro non-STEM occupations
    STEM workers command higher wages, earning 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts
    More than two-thirds of STEM workers have at least a college degree, compared to less than one-third of non-STEM workers.
    STEM degree holders enjoy higher earnings regardless of whether they work in STEM or non-STEM occupations.
    STEM workers are also less likely to experience joblessness than their non-STEM counterparts.