January 31, 2008
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to hold public hearings on proposed state career and technical education plan
Contact: Melinda Voss, (651) 296-9443, email@example.com
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system will host a series of public hearings in February on a proposed five-year plan for Minnesota's career and technical education programs, which serve about 180,000 high school students and 280,000 students in college credit and non credit programs.
The proposed state plan addresses how the funds provided to Minnesota under the federal Carl D. Perkins Act of 2006 will advance career and technical education in Minnesota high schools and state colleges. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is the state agency designated by the U. S. Department of Education to develop and administer the plan.
The proposed plan will be available on the Web site www.perkinsplan.project.mnscu.edu by Feb. 1. Members of the public also may send comments through that Web site.
The hearings will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:
(updated campus locations Feb. 1, 2008)
Feb. 7, Northwest Technical College, Bemidji - Community Commons
Feb. 13, South Central College, North Mankato - Conf Center C
Feb. 19, Anoka Technical College - Auditorium B
Feb. 21, Lake Superior College, Duluth - F1981
A satellite broadcast hearing will be Feb. 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 651-296-3906. Check www.perkinsplan.project.mnscu.edu for the location and time.
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees is expected to act on the new plan at its March meeting. Each state must submit its plan to the U.S. Department of Education by April 1.
Minnesota's 31 state community and technical colleges, and universities serve more than 420,000 students across the state.