For Students

  • Along with your new freedom come some important decisions:

    Consider your Options
    Along with your new freedom come some important decisions:

    Consider your Options
    Everyone tells you what to do, but things are going to change.

    Pretty soon you’ll be free to make decisions on your own. You will decide how to spend your time and how to earn and spend your money. Going to college is also your choice. It’s something you do for yourself to get a job you enjoy and to help you achieve your dreams.

    What’s important to you?
    What do you like to do?
    What do you dream about when you think about the future?
    What kind of person do you want to be?
    How will you get there?

    Before you make those choices, make sure you have all the information.
    Sometimes what looks like a short cut can turn out to be a dead end.

    You don’t have to have all the answers yet, but now is a good time to begin thinking about them. The single most important thing you can do today is to focus on school. You don’t have to have a career plan or get perfect grades. You just need to stay with it and do your best so you have options after high school.

    (From the MN Department of Higher Edcuation)

Why CTE?



    High-Quality CTE Programs

    The elements of high-quality CTE programs include:

    • Standards-aligned and Integrated Curriculum: development of CTE program curriculum and standards.
    • Integrated Network of Partnerships: business and community partnerships to support CTE program alignment and success.
    • Course Sequencing and Credentials: coordination of coursework progression in CTE programs and career pathways that lead to recognized postsecondary credentials.
    • Career-Connected Learning and Experiential Learning: career planning and career-based experiential learning opportunities.
    • Industry-specific Facilities, Equipment, Technology and Materials: facilities and equipment specific to work in given career fields.
    • Work-Based Learning (WBL): firsthand, onsite student engagement opportunities in a given career field.
    • Data for Program Improvement and Advocacy: use of data for continuous program improvement and advocacy.
    • Student Leadership Development: leadership development through embedded classroom activities and CTSO opportunities.
    • Access, Equity and Inclusion: CTE program promotion and support for all student populations.
    • Student-Centered Instruction: instructional strategies that support attainment of career-relevant knowledge and skills.
    • Professional Development for Knowledgeable Experts: qualifications and professional development of secondary CTE teachers.

    Did you know

    • The high school graduation rate for Minnesota students who are CTE concentrators (enrolled in two or more CTE courses) is 92%.
    • Nearly two-thirds (65%) of Minnesota high school CTE concentrators enroll in postsecondary for further education and career development.
    • In Minnesota, 86% of postsecondary students completing a CTE program were placed in employment by the end of the second quarter following program completion.
    • Nearly two-thirds (65%) of jobs will require some postsecondary training and/or education beyond high school.