Public Comment and Hearing Notification: Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

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 are seeking input on the following:

Proposed State Determined Performance Levels

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

·  View the proposed performance levels document

Perkins V and Career and Technical Education

·  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.

Participate in a Public Hearing Session

· October 17 at Central Lakes College, Brainerd, MN (Registration and meeting details)

· October 22 at Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie, MN (Registration and meeting details)


You are encouraged to submit your questions and comments to or use our online submission form on the hearing webpage at


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 post-secondary 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. 

For complete details, stay updated by visiting the hearing web page at and follow us on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtags #MinnesotaCTEHearing and #myCTEidea. Follow our tweets at @MinnStateCTE.

We look forward to your participation!

Please see the below contact if you have questions about these public comment and hearing meetings.

Jeralyn Jargo
State Director for Career and Technical Education
Minnesota State

·  Download the Comment and Hearing Flyer
·  Download the meeting agenda

Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Request for Accommodations Request

Contact Jared Reise at (651) 201-1711 or email 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.

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