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Career and Technical Education Department

1250 West Broadway

Phone: 612-668-0656  Fax: 612-668-5299

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The Career and Technical Education program is one of the four core rigorous programs (AP, IB, CIS, and CTE) offerd by Minneapolis Public Schools to support student achievement, reduce dropout rates, and prepare more students to become college and career ready.

Students participating in Career and Technical Education courses experience both rigorous academic and career preparation in state approved courses staffed by appropriately licensed staff. All students will graduate well prepared for postsecondary education, work, and citizenship. In addition, they will be connected with a variety of career opportunities through career exploration activities, job shadows, and internships.

All seven Minneapolis high schools have a Career and Technical Education focus. Several programs have received national certification such as Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a pre-engineering program. PLTW is being offered at Patrick Henry High School, South High School, and Washburn High School. The NATEF certification has been awarded to the Roosevelt High School automotive programs. In addition, the Voyager program, which is part of the Edison Business and Finance program, has a Certiport testing center for Microsoft and IC3 Certifications.

Program Descriptions
Look for these programs when you visit open houses, MPS high school websites, and the New Families Center:

Engineering & Manufacturing - National Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program is offered at Henry, South and Washburn, plus architectural design courses are offered at Roosevelt and Southwest. College credit and certifications available.

Construction Occupations (Wood Working, Building Construction and Welding) - are offered at Roosevelt. For civil engineering, see PLTW schools listed above.

Health - Roosevelt and Wellstone offer concurrent college and certification classes in health careers.

Digital Media - Edison, Henry, North, Roosevelt, South, Southwest, and Washburn offer media classes with opportunity to earn articulated college credit. Ask about the digital media classes in each school.

Personal Care & Therapeutic Services - Edison offers a Cosmetology program that includes a barbering course

Information Technology - Classes preparing students for IT careers are offered within other programs, including IT certifications (Microsoft Occupation Specialist and IC3), Digital Electronics, Robotics, Web Programming and more.

Business & Finance - Edison high school offers business classes and club activities, bringing students into contact with leading corporations.

Transportation - Roosevelt offers ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification classes, plus college credit for students passing the challenging, industry standard tests.

For more Career & Technical Education Program information, contact Sara Etzel at sara.etzel@mpls.k12.mn.us or 612.668.5377