Career Technical Education in Montana works with teachers, students, parents and communities to carry out the mission of the state's Graduation Matters program. To do this, state officials help make connections between high school students' curriculum and their career possibilities as well as providing CTE resources to schools and sponsoring student organizations. They also help set high standards for the state's CTE programs and establish business and industry relationships to help shape these programs.

The state's Two-Year and Community College Division provides leadership and advocacy for the University of Montana system on topics such as dual enrollment, online learning, adult education and outreach. 

CTE Delivery: 

CTE is offered through the following institutions: 

  • Comprehensive high schools
  • Community colleges
  • Four-year universities
  • Tribal colleges
Secondary Indicators: 
Secondary Indicators2015-162016-17
Academic Skills - Reading/Language ArtsNoNo
Academic Skills - MathematicsNoNo
Technical Skill AttainmentYesYes
School CompletionYesYes
Student Graduation RatesYesYes
Nontraditional ParticipationYesYes
Nontraditional CompletionYesYes
Postsecondary Indicators: 
Postsecondary Indicators 2015-162016-17
Technical Skill AttainmentYesYes
Credential, Certificate or DegreeYesYes
Student Retention or TransferYesYes
Student PlacementYesYes
Nontraditional ParticipationYesYes
Nontraditional CompletionYesYes
Perkins Funding: 
YearFY 2018FY 2019
Total Perkins Funds Received$5,575,493$5,919,788
Percentage of local funds distributed to Secondary 68%
Percentage of local funds distributed to Postsecondary32%
Career Clusters: 

Montana has modified the National Career Clusters® Framework and is implementing 11 Career Clusters. Montana uses Career Clusters as an infrastructure for a seamless educational transition between all learner levels as well as a tool for career guidance, a platform for course sequence organization and a way to improve the quality of CTE.

For the past three years, the State has sponsored a summer Career Clusters Institute bringing together teachers and administrators at the secondary and postsecondary levels to explore and more fully develop Montana’s Career Clusters model.

Programs of Study: 

Montana’s Big Sky Pathway initiative is the state’s effort to build strong, fully-articulated rigorous programs of study and is the main approach used by the state to facilitate secondary and postsecondary linkages. Montana's is currently implementing programs of study - Big Sky Pathways - in six Clusters, which encompass 15 Career Cluster areas.  

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources 
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications 
  • Business, Management & Information Systems
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Services & Resources
  • Industrial, Manufacturing & Engineering Systems
Perkins Eligible Agency: 

Montana University System

State Director: 
Jacque Treaster
Director of Dual Enrollment and Career & Technical Education
Montana University System
P.O. Box 203201
2500 Broadway Street
Helena, MT 59620-3201
Excellence in Action Award Winners: 
Secondary to Postsecondary Transition & Alignment: 

Montana offers dual enrollment, concurrent/transcripted credit, state law, and statewide articulation to ease the transition from secondary to postsecondary. 

Montana’s CTE START program is beginning to define statewide articulation agreements. Managed by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, CTE START identifies and defines secondary courses that meet outcomes that correlate to postsecondary courses. At the postsecondary level, learning outcomes are identified for each course in the university system; secondary courses that are aligned with those learning outcomes then meet requirements for statewide articulation within Big Sky Pathways. 

Montana currently maintains over 10 CTE START statewide articulations, including courses such as accounting, construction technology, and welding.

Resources & Data: 

See here for an explanation of the data used for state profiles.