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

    New Pathways to STEM-Focused Careers:

    Click HERE to join an expert discussion on what high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE) programs look like in schools, how they can be better utilized, and how rigorous science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) content is being integrated into these CTE opportunities to guide students into STEM-focused careers. Produced with REL Midwest.

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.