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Carl D. Perkins Resources

Programs & Professional Development

CTE Updates

Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy in Montana

The Office of Public Instruction has developed this webpage to support local school districts concerning financial literacy instruction for K-12 schools.




Data Collections

Career Pathways

Standards & Guidelines


2024 MT Perkins State Plan 

In partnership with the OCHIE and with direction from the Montana Perkins State Plan Committee, the drafting of Montana's four-year Perkins State Plan for is underway! 

Visit OCHE's information page for the Montana's 2024 Perkins State Plan. Here you will find information on the state plan committee, the drafting and approval timeline, opportunities for public hearing and comment, and links to the last Perkins State Plan.

Perkins 2024 State Plan Timeline


2024 Work Based Learning Manual

Work-Based Learning is an important part of education:

It can provide the relevancy of information learned as well as assist with the knowledge and skills necessary in selecting a career.

Many businesses, agencies, and institutions offer work-based learning experiences, be they from the hosting site, being part of planning teams within state agencies, preparing the workforce through post-secondary institutions or offering foundational education and training through high school career and technical education programs.

The outcome is the same—provide work related experiences which will promote the selection of a career that fits their aptitudes and interests, along with meeting the workforce needs of Montana.

This manual was developed to indicate how to combine efforts, focusing on the student experience at the secondary level. Note, after the forward section, there are two sections:

  • Section I--Focuses on a general understanding of work-based learning.
  • Section II-- Focuses on additional information when work-based learning is part of an approved CTE program.

A Work-Based Learning Google Folder accompanies this manual for sample forms and documents. The file is fluid and ever changing as  best practices and resources are shared for inclusion. With that in mind, continually revisit to assist with your work-based learning efforts.



Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares Montana K-12 students for a wide range of careers and post secondary education programs.  CTE courses are found in Montana's middle schools, high schools and career centers. 

CTE courses provide students with life and employment skills to make them highly desirable employees in today's modern workforce.  Skills learned in K-12 Career and Technical Education courses prepare students to go directly into the workforce or to continue their education with a much higher degree of focus and direction for their career goals.

Montana has approved CTE programs and certified teachers in Agriculture, Business, Marketing, Family and Consumer Sciences, Industrial Technology, and Health Science.  Many Montana high schools participate in the federal Carl D.  Perkins and state Career and Technical Education grant programs to support and improve their Career and Technical Education programs.


Career and Technical Student Organization State Directors

Lisa Parker, BPA State Director (406) 579-3697

John Stiles, DECA State Director (406) 209-4490

Tracey Eatherton, FCCLA State Director (406) 229-2017

Jim Rose, FFA State Director (406) 994-7050

Katie Meier, HOSA State Director (406) 868-9445

Roberta Tilleman, SkillsUSA State Director (406) 868-3489

Jesse Gray, TSA State Directors (406) 676-3390 ext. 7553