• Carl D. Perkins

    Central Lakes Perkins Consortium is a collaborative of 23 Independent School Districts and Central Lakes College.  The 23 districts are:  Long Prairie Grey Eagle, Browerville, Eagle Valley, Bertha-Hewitt, Henning, Wadena Deer Creek, Sebeka, Menahga, Verndale, Staples Motley, Freshwater Education District, Pillager, Brainerd, Crosby Ironton, Aitkin, Pequot Lakes, Pine River-Backus, Little Falls, Swanville, Upsala, Pierz, Onamia and Isle.

    This consortium has been working together to promote Career and Technical Education since the early 1990’s.  Our first joint venture was to apply for and receive one of the first Tech Prep grants in Minnesota, this was followed by the School to work Grants in the mid – 1990’s.  In 2008 three Perkins Consortia (Freshwater, Paul Bunyan and Mid-State) joined together to become the Central Lakes Perkins Consortia.  Together we can do more than we can separately.  Each District has a liaison to represent Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in there district.  This group meets monthly for updates and decision making for the consortium.  They help decide on grant goals, evaluate district requests, assist with data, plan for professional development and are the conduit with other CTE teachers in their district.

    The secondary grant totals $257,000.00 in basic allocation and reallocated funds. Last year reallocated dollars funded teachers in the creation of BRIDGES Academies in their high Schools.  These academies are a sequence of courses in a career pathway.  Many academies include college-in-the school, and/or articulated courses.

    This grant provides the MN Career Information System (MCIS) system in each high school, the MN Careers yearly publication for each high school, program approval direction, articulation meetings with Central Lakes College Staff, support for and transportation to the annual Career Day at Central Lakes College.  It is an opportunity for students to see what is available in many career fields at one location. 

    In addition to above benefits that every school has, there is funding available for CTE instructors, with an MDE approved program, to support programs for students, grades 9 – 12.  Approximately half of the funds are distributed through this process.

    We have a great consortium with great people.  Thank you to our hardworking, dedicated Freshwater Education District representatives. I am proud of the work we do in Central MN for CTE and the students we serve.

    For more information please contact Mary Ward at:
    mward@fed.k12.mn.us or
    218.631.3505 Ext 1004