The 2020 CACTE CareerTech Summit is going VIRTUAL!

REGISTRATION for the VIRTUAL SUMMIT is now OPEN!!!

Because of the COVID-19 situation, the Executive Committee made the decision to change to a VIRTUAL Summit for 2020, happening July 21-22.  For a variety of reasons, we have to change to a whole new registration site for the VIRTUAL Summit.

Please go to the 2020 CACTE CareerTech VIRTUAL Summit page for FAQs, everything you wanted to know about REGISTRATION and more (hopefully) and the tentative schedule. 🙂 If you have questions that aren’t answered by the info on the Summit page, please email Debbie Nelson, executive director, cacte@.

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NEED HELP WITH ONLINE TEACHING?

ACTE and CTE Learn to the rescue – one course for FREE – offer extended through 5/31 – a benefit of belonging to a professional association! 🙂

Because your CACTE and CO CTE Team leaders asked, Colorado CTE Learn is offering a selection of free online courses to prepare CTE teachers to teach online. 

  1. Visit https://co.ctelearn.org
  2. Go to “Online Teachers” (under Credit Courses)
  3. Click on “Deliver Online Instruction”

 You’ll see the following online courses that you can access for free.

  • EL102 Online Teaching Techniques
  • EL103 Teaching Online: A Student-Centered Approach
  • EL104 Teaching and Organizing a Virtual Learning Environment
  • EL105 Online Language: Communicating with Students
  • EL108 Preparing Students to Become Good Online Learners
  • EL112 Workload Management Strategies for Teaching Online

Register/login on the site, click the “access course” blue button and enter the master key “MK-ACTE” to enroll in any of the above courses. This complimentary key is valid through May 31st. Contact support@ctelearn.org if you have any questions.  CTE Learn courses are self-paced and each course takes approximately 4 hours to complete. Designed and developed specifically for the CTE community, our courses focus on practical strategies and techniques that participants can apply right away. You will earn 4 hours of CEUs, which can be applied to renewing your teaching license! 🙂

Be sure to thank ACTE for this special member benefit! 🙂

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Colorado Career Conversations Update from Lauren Jones

In response to the changing environment due to COVID-19, CO Career Conversations is moving all trainings to virtual, live Career Conversation Trainings using the Zoom video conferencing app. We are confident that the virtual workshops will provide meaningful professional development and provide an opportunity for all of us to connect around the important topic of career planning and transition. Zoom provides capabilities such as breakout rooms and polling, which we will use to create an engaging experience for participants.

Click HERE for information on Colorado Career Conversation Trainings.

Click HERE for Colorado Career Conversation Toolkit.

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COLORADO CTE RESPONDS TO COVID-19 CRISIS – USING OUR SKILLS & EQUIPMENT!

A huge shout-out to all of the CTE programs across Colorado who have put their 3-D printers to work making face shields and other parts to help our healthcare workers stay safe from COVID-19! According to a recent tweet, Cherry Creek Schools have made 1100 head bands for face shields. 
Pictured is SAI Division President, Charles Pearl, in the lab at Grandview HS in Cherry Creek. Also helping in this effort are teachers at Cherokee Trail HS, CCIC, Smokey Hill HS, Eaglecrest HS, Warren Tech, Middle Park HS, East Grand MS and probably a whole lot more schools that didn’t come up in a quick Google search…thank you ALL for your efforts in the fight against COVID-19!

STEM/Arts/IT Division President, Charles Pearl

Also a shout out to all the FCS teachers, students and others using their sewing skills to make cloth masks for family, friends and community members in need. Here are just a few examples of their work. Unknown quantities are being produced – at least 150 masks just from 3 FCS peeps…..

Technical College of the Rockies is sharing Nursing program hospital beds with the local hospital for overflow and donating scrubs to local nursing homes.

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CTE SHOWCASE @ the CAPITOL

The “CTE Showcase at the Capitol” held on Wednesday, February 12 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm was a success in its new format!  During that time frame a variety of CTE groups had table displays set up and Ponderosa HS Catering classes provided tasty appetizers/beverages.  Legislators/staff members from fourteen offices visited the Showcase in the first floor west lobby to see what Colorado CTE is about. Several groups personally invited their legislators to visit and they had the most successful visits! The legislators were thoughtful about visiting all the tables after they visited with their own constituents. This experience reinforced CACTE’s plan to encourage more year-round advocacy!!!

CTE SHOWCASE PARTICIPANTS – THANK YOU!

  • Destinations Career Academy of CO – multiple pathways
  • Mitchell HS ACE/SC(2)
  • Mountain Range HS DECA
  • Ponderosa HS Family & Consumer Sciences Catering
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Division
  • Colorado DECA
  • Colorado FBLA-PBL
  • Colorado FCCLA
  • Colorado FFA/Agriculture Education Division
  • Colorado Skills-USA
  • Colorado TSA
  • CACTE

And a huge thank you to our legislative team from Strategies 360 – Tonette Salazar and Lauren Sisneros! They issued invitations to the legislators in every format possible, helped make arrangements at the Capitol and even schlepped tables for us – CACTE is very grateful for your roles in making the CTE Showcase a success!

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NEW MEMBER BENEFIT FROM CACTE/ACTE!

Our new online learning portal, Colorado ACTE CTE Learn (https://co.ctelearn.org) is dedicated to the professional development and skill advancement of our career and technical education professionals throughout Colorado. What a great new member benefit!

Colorado ACTE CTE Learn provides a large catalog of online courses, free learning tutorials, a professional learning community (CareerED) and an interactive Individual Development Planner (IDP) that is easy to use and a valuable tool towards expanding high-quality CTE.

CACTE CTE Learn features:

  • 150+ high quality online courses that cover a wide range of instructional, leadership and career guidance topics
  • Each course is affordably priced, requires approximately 4 hours to complete and comes with nationally recognized CEU credit
  • Eight free learning tutorials produced by our national association addressing specific CTE topics such as Global Competencies in CTE; STEM & CTE: Career Readiness; Core Academic Integration in CTE, Understanding Postsecondary Education in the U.S. and The Facts About Military Recruiting on Campus
  • Free learning modules for CTE professionals to enhance their workplace skills

Check out Colorado ACTE CTE Learn today for your PD needs!

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CACTE LEADERSHIP WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU!!!

CACTE is YOUR professional association! We want to provide member benefits that are meaningful to you. Please take 5-10 minutes to complete the CACTE Member Needs Survey to make your voice heard. You may receive the link or hear about the survey in multiple ways – you only need to complete the survey one time. 😉

CLICK HERE to MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

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CACTE member HILARY WIMMER is 2020 Colorado Teacher of the Year!!!!!!!

Wow! How very exciting to have CACTE/ACTE member HILARY WIMMER named today as the 2020 Colorado Teacher of the Year! Hilary teaches business/marketing at Mountain Range High School in the Adams 12 Five Star District. Congratulations, Hilary!

Hilary Wimmer, 2020 Colorado Teacher of the Year!

“I’m honored to present this award to Hilary Wimmer, who inspires a culture of learning in her students that lasts long after graduation,” said Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes. “Mrs. Wimmer is a bridge builder, a connector and a perfect representative of the kind of passionate and dedicated teachers who work tirelessly every day in Colorado. Mrs. Wimmer has helped students become financially literate, upstanding civic leaders and successful in their life’s decisions. We are all fortunate to have her as a teacher in our state.” Read more about Hilary Wimmer and the Colorado Teacher of the Year program here.

Mrs Wimmer and some of her students

Kristin Weaver, Adams 12 CTE Director, said of Mrs Wimmer, “Hilary exemplifies professionalism in everything she does and makes lasting impressions in the lives of her students and colleagues. There is no one more deserving of the honor and Adams 12 cannot be more proud!”

Watch the surprise announcement here, courtesy Adams 12 Five Star District

Wimmer began teaching business in 2004 and was part of the inaugural staff at Mountain Range High School in Westminster in 2006. She leads the largest DECA program in Colorado, and in 2016 she was recognized as the Colorado DECA Advisor of the Year. Wimmer serves as the Career and Technical Education (CTE) department chair and business program coordinator for Mountain Range High School and as the CTE content coordinator for the district.
 
She received her undergraduate degree in marketing from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in educational counseling from the University of Phoenix. She also received certification in CTE from Colorado State University and a specialist degree in educational leadership from Arkansas State University. 

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2019 CACTE EXCELLENCE AWARDS RECIPIENTS!

Congratulations to the CACTE Excellence Awards Recipients for 2019!  It was thrilling to be able to honor eleven deserving individuals during the CACTE CareerTech Summit!  Thank you to all who nominated and wrote recommendation letters for these deserving honorees and made the presentations. Click on the person’s name to read more about the award winner.

The ACTE/CACTE award recipients’ nominations will be sent on to the Region V Awards, to be presented at the Region V conference in Lake Tahoe, NV in April 2020. These include the CTE New Teacher of the Year, CTE Teacher of the Year, CTE Administrator of the Year and the Career Guidance Award.

Dr. Katy Blatnick-Gagnè (middle)
CACTE Hall of Fame
Presented by Michelle Dennis and Kimberly Baldwin

Traci Sanchez, Career Guidance Award
Scott Springer, CACTE Hall of Fame
Denver Public School buddies
Dr. Teresa Yohon (2nd from left)
CACTE Hall of Fame
Presented by Mary Stecklein, Carol Sessums and Kimberly Baldwin
Jay Moore, Cherry Creek Schools
CTE Administrator of the Year
Erin Grantham (middle)
CTE Teacher of the Year
Presented by Kim Reiser and Kimberly Baldwin
Ashley Acuff (2nd from right)
CTE New Teacher of the Year
Presented by Jessica Teal, Sahvanna Mease and Kimberly Baldwin
ReAnn Jacob with her teacher, Jennifer Moriarty
Outstanding Secondary CTE Student
Brooklyn Pustari
Outstanding Secondary CTE Student
Megan Waitman
Outstanding Secondary CTE Student
Peter Hunyh
Exemplary CTE Alumni

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2019-2020 CACTE Strategic Goals

Based on the ACTE Strategic Themes, Colorado ACTE will focus on these five goals during Robert Van Dyke’s presidency. The CACTE Executive Committee, CACTE Board and Divisions will use the goals to direct our work.

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2019-2024 COLORADO CTE STRATEGIC PLAN

At the recent 2019 CACTE CareerTech Summit, Dr Sarah Heath (CO CTE Director & Assistant Provost, CCCS) announced the new CTE Strategic Plan! This plan impacts everyone working in the CTE field at all levels and all settings. Be sure to familiarize yourself with this information as school ramps up for the 2019-2020 year – your local CTE directors will be talking about it!

“Colorado’s Strategic Plan for Career & Technical Education will ultimately serve secondary and postsecondary learners in their preparation for meaningful careers, prove the state’s employers with better prepared talent, and lend to the development of stronger communities.”

CLICK HERE for the Executive Summary – this would be a great document to share with principals, evaluators, your advisory committee and other business partners – those who need/want the big picture. It gives a two page overview of the Strategic Plan.

CLICK HERE for the entire Colorado CTE Strategic Plan on the Colorado CTE website – www.coloradostateplan.com. It is quite comprehensive and is a must read for every CTE educator in Colorado!

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2019 CACTE CareerTech Summit Presentations

CLICK HERE for the presentations that have been shared with CACTE to date.  All of the presenters have been contacted to share their presentation. If you would like a specific presentation not listed here, please email Debbie (cacte@) and she will contact the presenter. Keep in mind that some presenters are not allowed to share their presentations.

A big THANK YOU to all of our presenters for their time and efforts in sharing their knowledge with us! Be thinking about what YOU might present at the 2020 CACTE CareerTech Summit in Grand Junction – the Call for Proposals opens on March 1, 2020. 🙂

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MEET YOUR CACTE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2019-2020

Thank you to these leaders who have stepped up to serve our career and technical education professional association!  See under “LEAD” – “Board Info” for contact information.

Serving on the 2019-2020 CACTE Executive Committee are:

President:  Robert Van Dyke, CFCS

 

 

 

  

       President-Elect:    Jessica Teal

 

 

 

Secretary:  Nat Sobin

 

Treasurer:  Janny Jarvis

 

 

Past President:  Kimberly Baldwin, CFCS

 

 

 

 

                             Executive Director:  Debbie Nelson, CFCS, IPHE

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Super cool new promotional video from Colorado CTE – CCCS!

The Colorado CTE Team introduced us to the super cool new promotional video for general audiences this morning during the “State of the State” address at the 2018 CACTE CareerTech Summit.  Several people have already asked for the link, so here it is!

https://youtu.be/tt7Vu4xTpkQ

Please use this video far and wide to let students and educators from Colorado tell the CTE story!


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HERE’S TO ANOTHER CENTURY OF HELPING KIDS!

Here is the YouTube link to the video from the 2017 CACTE CareerTech Summit, celebrating 100 years of Colorado Career & Technical Education!  Enjoy and share it widely!

Many thanks to Shelley Goerdt and Mainstream Video Production for putting this production together.

Permanent link to this article: http://www./home/blog/2017/08/11/heres-to-another-century-of-helping-kids/

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