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.
- 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.