OLRC is a collaboration between the Minnesota State Career and Technical Education office, the eight Minnesota State Centers of Excellence, and the Minnesota Department of Education.

Welcome to the Minnesota State Career and Technical Education Online Learning Resource Center (OLRC), a consolidated source of instructional materials to help secondary and post-secondary educators adapt to the need for ongoing remote or blended instruction. The resources in OLRC have been curated by educators and are free for educators to browse and use.  Curation was performed using a selection criteria rubric, and content in OLRC is monitored and updated regularly to ensure its relevance and usefulness.​

Neither Minnesota State nor the Minnesota Department of Education endorses or promotes any of the resources in OLRC. 

Online Learning Instructional Content for Transportation Secondary Educators

Virtual Industry Tours
We know field trips are difficult, so we’ve decided to bring them to your classroom! Have your students watch a tour and complete our exploration based worksheet for an easy and thought provoking assignment.
Explore Tours
Student Worksheet
Educators Guide

Transportation Career Exploration Assignment
This ready-to-go assignment is based off our career exploration webpage which takes students through a variety of careers in transportation and leads them to exploring college’s and scholarship information.
Student Worksheet
Educators Guide

Video Libraries
Our YouTube channel hosts a variety of playlists for your students to discover their passion and explore careers in transportation. These playlists are a combination of videos that we have produced and videos that industry has produced. But don’t worry, we have hand-picked and vetted industry made videos so you don’t have to. Download our reflection questions for an assignment for your classes!
Explore Videos
Student Worksheet
Educators Guide

Virtual Class Presentation
We would love to schedule interactive and engaging presentations for your classes to discuss college and career options in transportation and other trades. To learn more, email: steven.hoemberg@dctc.edu

Career Exploration Trailer
Our FREE Career Exploration Trailer (CET) brings students interactive and hands-on activities that let students explore the high tech side of transportation careers in Automotive Service, Auto Body & Collision, Heavy Equipment, Heavy Truck and Diesel, Marine & Powersports, Professional Truck Driver, Aviation, UAV (drone), Automotive Engineering, Rail, etc. The CET is available to travel to high schools like a mobile classroom or is available for career events where it will be parked for the duration of the event

Transportation Program Pathway Cheat Sheet
This cheat sheet provides an overview of the transportation program offerings within the Minnesota State system.

Transportation Pathways Infographic
This 11×17 infographic/poster breaks down each transportation sectors career offerings, median salaries, and growth outlook.

Transportation Career Pathway Flowcharts
These flowcharts are a great guide for prospective students to see the paths that can lead them to their ideal career in the following sectors:
Automotive Technology
Aviation
Collision Repair Technology
Diesel, Equipment & Truck
Marine & Powersports
Professional Truck Driving

Career Exploration Websites
Bureau of Labor Statistics
CAREERWise Cluster Survey
CAREERWise
Career and Education Explorer – LMI
Career One Stop
Careers.org
Minnesota Career Information
Minnesota Career Pathways
National Career Development Association
Research Career Fields USA.gov

ASE Program Accreditation
The 5-step accreditation process is engineered to evaluate a school’s automotive service program—its structure, processes, resources, materials, and mission. We perform a thorough, strategic review and offer accreditation to programs that meet the requirements of the industry’s instructional standards. For each program—Automobile, Collision Repair and Refinish, or Medium/Heavy Duty Truck—the accreditation process is the same; an effective methodology that dives deep into program structure.

Autoshop 101
This FREE site has been developed to help you prepare for the
Electrical / Electronics ASE certification exam.

AVI Training
AVI produces automotive technician training through instructor led courses, technical training manuals and other media, with a commitment to continually update this training to stay in-step with ever changing automotive technology.

Carquest Technical Institute Virtual Classroom
Welcome to the New CTI+WTI Virtual Classroom. Over the last several months we have delivered nearly 100 virtual sessions allowing us to test our technologies and fine tune our team and system as we prepare to bring the CTI+WTI Live classroom to you no matter where you are. Beginning Monday August 10, 2020, CTI+WTI Virtual Classroom live events became available for our paying members through the CTI+WTI Learning Center. For help accessing Virtual Classroom, click on the video links below for step by step instructions to find, enroll, attend and subscribe to our Live Virtual Classroom events.

Center for Advanced Automotive Technology Resource Library
Resources include class activities, complete courses, curriculum, homework, labs, lesson plans, modules, presentations, studies, and reports. 

CDX Learning Systems
Online learning solutions for students available for automotive, mobile heavy equipment, and Medium/Heavy truck.

Electricity and Circuits Simulations
PHET’s free simulations creates interactive math and science simulations through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.

Electude E-Learning Solutions
Our e-learning platform is designed to address the reality that most technical students prefer hands-on learning. Electude’s modules utilize gamification principles and highly interactive resources, like animations and simulations, to create a discovery-based environment that keeps students engaged. Formative assessments on every screen ensure understanding before the learner is permitted to advance to the next level. Electude: How to Videos

NanoSonic Lesson Plans
These free STEM lesson plans may be used as stand-alone projects or several of them may be taught in sequence during a semester-long after-school STEM program. Several of the lessons combine activities in these areas to demonstrate “Intelligent Transportation Systems,” (ITS), “Connected Vehicles,” (CV), and “Automated Vehicles” (AV).

Schrader Academy TPMS e-Training
This FREE training course walks service professionals through 5 modules of basic TPMS knowledge and training.

SkillsCommons Automotive Resources
Free and open online library containing free and open learning materials and program support materials for job-driven workforce development.

Standard Motor Parts Automotive Education Program
In an effort to support you and your students, Standard Motor Products has developed the Automotive Education Program (AEP). This special program invites you to utilize AEP training and earn gifts for your students and your classroom. Informational Letter  Flyer

Timken Tech Series Training
Developed by certified technicians and Timken engineers, this training provides you with expert knowledge, while helping you fine-tune your skills.

Ford Automotive Career Exploration (ACE) program
There are no fees to educational institutions to participate in the Ford ACE program. Students attending a Ford ACE partnership school can obtain valuable knowledge of Ford/Lincoln vehicle systems by completing Web-Based Training (WBT) via our Learning Management System (LMS). These courses are a subset of the same courses taken by our current dealership technicians.

Grote Know-How
Grote Know-How is an online resource with six sections covering electrical basics, vehicle lighting, installation, and troubleshooting. Each section also includes a short quiz, with a final test at the end that is designed to measure your overall comprehension of the material.

Education World Aviation Activities
Ready, set, take off! For thousands of years, people have been fascinated with flying. This week, Education World offers a cargo of lessons about aviation that are just “plane” fun! Included: Lessons in which students complete experiments about air flight, design model airplanes, and do much more!

Electricity and Circuits Simulations
PHET’s free simulations creates interactive math and science simulations through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.

NCTCOG Aviation Curriculum
Recommended regional aviation curriculum, online courses, and other resources for aviation curriculum!

AOPA High School STEM Curriculum
This free curriculum is intended for teachers to use in a formalized education setting as a credit-bearing course. The curriculum is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Schools must apply to use the curriculum and, if accepted, must agree to provide essential data that will be used to track the program’s effectiveness and impact.

FAA High School Aviation Curriculum Guide
This guide will indicate how basic principles in various content areas can be taught in the context of the reality of aviation and flight.

SkillsCommons Aviation Resources
Free and open online library containing free and open learning materials and program support materials for job-driven workforce development.

ABYC Foundation Curriculum
“Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology” is the first industry-driven program for high schools and beyond. ABYC’s package meets Perkins funding requirements and easily integrates into apprenticeship programs.

Briggs & Stratton PowerPortal.com
The PowerPortal gives our customers access to brand information for many of the Briggs and Stratton family product lines including access to on-line training videos, learning modules, and testing. To obtain an account, click “request help here”.

EETC Education Sessions
Here you will find a collection of pre-recorded videos on topics like lubrication systems, four stroke engine principles, air induction systems, and more by the Equipment & Engine Training Council.

Electricity and Circuits Simulations
PHET’s free simulations creates interactive math and science simulations through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.

NAAE Ag Mechanics Shop Book
The instructional material is designed to provide a guide for the teacher to follow in teaching the minimum exercise in each of the twelve areas of Mechanical Technology in Agriculture.

4-H Small Engines Curriculum
With Small Engines youth learn basic small engine knowledge:  engine parts, tools of the trade, safety issues and what makes small engines work.

Partzilla Videos
Partzilla creates a plethora of repair and how to videos that you can share with your classes!

Polaris Off-road Vehicles Maintenance and Installation Videos
Polaris has a collection of over 200 maintenance and installation videos that can help aid in your teaching.

Polaris Powersports Partnership Program
This two tier program allows partner schools to access Polaris’ online technical training content via the University of Polaris and provides students the option of obtaining Polaris OEM factory training & MSD Certification in conjunction with the student’s normal school course work.

SkillsCommons Small Gas Engines Resources
Free and open online library containing free and open learning materials and program support materials for job-driven workforce development.

Educator Connect
The TCOE created Educator Connect to provide Minnesota educators with a platform to ask each other questions, share resources, and find professional development opportunities!

MTEEA Facebook Group for Educators (MTEEA Members & Affiliates)
The Minnesota Technology and Engineering Educators Association focuses on what is of value to students and supportive of teachers in the field; is dedicated to local and national technology organizations; and makes a difference in the quality of education in our state.

CTE Credit MN
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities work collaboratively with area high schools to offer students an opportunity to explore careers, earn college credit, and complete a career and technical program before graduating from high school. This collaboration saves students time and money. Explore this website to see which classes are offered at a high school near you. Once you have earned articulated college credit (ACC), log back in and print your ACC record directly from the site. 

Mentee Needs Assessment Resources
Resources for instructors covering classroom management, student discipline, assisting students with special needs and more!

Mentoring Checklist Resources
Resources for instructors covering lesson planning, delivery, labs, networking, student placement, and advisory committees.

Professional Development
View the TCOE’s professional development page, it includes a list of conferences, webinars, and resources to help keep you up to date!

Habits of a Systems Thinker Graphic
Created by the Waters Center For Systems Thinking this graphic illustrates the many habits of a Systems Thinker.

Transportation Program Pathway Cheat Sheet
This cheat sheet provides an overview of the transportation program offerings within the Minnesota State system.

Transportation Pathways Infographic
This 11×17 infographic/poster breaks down each transportation sectors career offerings, median salaries, and growth outlook.

Transportation Career Pathway Flowcharts
These flowcharts are a great guide for prospective students to see the paths that can lead them to their ideal career in the following sectors:
Automotive Technology
Aviation
Collision Repair Technology
Diesel, Equipment & Truck
Marine & Powersports
Professional Truck Driving

MNCARS Counselor Kit for Automotive Careers
This package of resources is ideal for counselors or advisors to help advocate for students wanting to pursue a career in automotive.
Automotive Infographic
Counselors PowerPoint)
Why Automotive
Preparing Students
PowerPoint For Students
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Parent Letter Spanish
Parent Letter Somali
Parent Letter Russian
Parent Letter Hmong

Work-Based Learning in Transportation
Need more clear picture on what Work-Based Learning is? We have developed a page just for that! Also included are examples by sector and by state.

Faculty Resource Guide on Community-Based Learning
Learn about the benefits of community-based learning along with examples, preparation and evaluation!

Online Learning Pedagogy and technologies for Post-Secondary Educators

To provide feedback on OLRC or suggest other resources to be added, please send an email to OLRCfeedback@minnstate.edu.