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Career & Technical Education Programs

Our career and technical education (CTE) programs prepare students with relevant skills to meet current workforce demands. Choose from more than 100 programs and turn your passion into a career.

  • MCTC is a leader in diversity and is located near downtown Minneapolis
  • MCTC has more than 20 programs with average placements above 90%
  • High-skilled jobs in manufacturing, IT and healthcare have starting salaries of $50K+
  • Manufacturing accounts for nearly 33% or 850,000 of all Minnesota jobs
  • A two-year degree reduces your chance of unemployment by 50%
  • CTE awards can help you earn more and work as you plan your long-term educational goals
  • Our two-year degrees transfer to a number of colleges and universities

Short-term education = long-term results

Program Length Tuition Placement Wages
Addiction Counseling 2 years $10,684 100% $18.20
Architectural Technology 2 years $11,395 100% $16.66
Machine Tool Technology 2 years $11,395 100% $19.46
Polysomnographic Technology 2 years $10,684 100% $25.63
Nursing 2 years $12,998 90% $27.99
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) 2 years $12,820 88% $20.96
Welding and Metal Fabrication 1 year $5,342 83% $17.34

Placements are for related employment as reported in the Graduate Follow Up Survey conducted in the spring of 2012. Wages are median starting wages for program graduates where available. Biotechnology and Welding data are based on wages at the 25th percentile for all workers in those occupations in the Twin Cities, as reported by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Tuition is estimated based on the number of credits in the program and 2012 tuition costs. Actual costs will vary depending upon the program and courses taken.

Reach higher and earn more

  • Completing a post-secondary degree or other credential increases both opportunities and wages
  • In the past decade, wages have fallen by 12% for people with a high school education alone
  • By 2020, two out of three jobs will require some post-secondary education
  • Career and technical education provides access to middle class earnings for 29 million Americans
  • On average, people with post-secondary certificates earn 40% more than individuals with a high school education
  • Up-to-date labs, simulated technology and hands-on learning prepare CTE students with relevant, real-world skills
  • 17% of Bachelor's degree holders earned an Associate's degree first

High-demand skills for high-demand jobs

MCTC works with industry partners to develop curriculum and prepare you with the skills employers are seeking. Register today and join our successful graduates who hold these titles:

Career services at MCTC

Our faculty and career services staff network with potential employers to help connect you with internship, volunteer and employment opportunities.

Career services provides the following for current students and graduates of MCTC:

  • Career path assessments
  • Resume and cover letter assistance
  • Interview preparation
  • Networking opportunities
  • Work study opportunities
  • Job expos and career fairs
  • Free job and resource board

Find the right fit

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