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Career Technical Education

Postsecondary Career Technical Education

This page provides information and resources about the Commonwealth's Postsecondary Career Technical Education programs. In addition to overseeing career technical education at the secondary level, the Office for College, Career, and Technical Education administers federal Perkins and state career technical education programming to all fifteen Massachusetts community colleges, two city colleges, and secondary schools that offer postsecondary CTE programs. Currently, there are postsecondary Chapter 74-approved programs in some secondary schools, and Non-Chapter 74 CTE programs in community colleges and city colleges. These CTE programs aim to meet the Commonwealth's labor market needs by providing an opportunity for adults to train for and earn credentials towards skilled occupations.

Postsecondary institutions and the state are required to assess the effectiveness of CTE programs through the collection of student enrollment and performance data. The data is disaggregated by populations of students and program and can be used to reflect on and improve the CTE student experience. This collection and analysis has the potential to foster improvement at the program, institution, and state-wide levels.

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General CTE Resources

Several groups partnered to form statewide articulation agreements, where students can receive college credits for work completed while in high school. For more information on the Technical High Schools Transfer Agreements, visit the Statewide Agreements website.

A minimum of 20% of the Perkins Postsecondary allocations funds must be used for secondary-postsecondary linkage activities and services. For a definition and samples of Secondary-Postsecondary Linkages, please visit our frequently asked questions .

Resources for Postsecondary Program Improvement

Postsecondary Student-level Collections & Reporting

ReportWho should submit the report?When is it due?Report template & Relevant Resources
Perkins V Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Data Collection Perkins 401 recipients Last Friday of June
Pell Report Perkins 401 recipients with postsecondary Perkins students receiving Pell grants May be submitted on or after October 15; must be submitted by the last Friday of December. The report is collected with a Security Portal application called Postsecondary CTE Reporting. For districts, access to this application is managed locally using the Postsecondary CTE Reporting User role. Contacts at colleges needing access may contact .
Chapter 74 Vocational Technical Education Postsecondary and Postgraduate Report

Secondary schools with Chapter 74 Postsecondary programs


Secondary schools with Postgraduate students in Chapter 74 Secondary programs

End of October (Reporting Schedule and Documentation)
SY 2022 Perkins V Postsecondary Improvement Plan The Perkins Act (Section 123) requires that Perkins 401 recipients submit Improvement Plans for each indicator below 90% of the performance levels March 1st SY 2022 Perkins V Postsecondary Improvement Plan


Postsecondary reporting for Perkins due in May, 2021:

Postsecondary reporting for Perkins due in June, 2020:

Last Updated: June 21, 2023

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