What are you doing in your school, program and/or workplace to celebrate and spread the word about CTE? This month is about celebrating the value of CTE programs and the achievements/accomplishments of our students and teachers. Share your celebrations on social media, using the hashtag #CTEMonth. Need ideas? See the ACTE website for ideas: https://www.acteonline.org/why-cte/cte-awareness/cte-month/ .

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The January edition of the “mostly monthly” CACTE e-newsletter went out on Thursday, January 23 at 2:30 pm. If you did not receive it, please contact the CACTE Membership Assistant, Christina Runyan, by emailing her at membership@cacte.org. Christina is working with several of the larger school district IT departments to be sure that the CACTE e-newsletter gets through the firewalls. :-). We want you to be informed, and the e-newsletter is one of our best communication methods! If you would prefer that CACTE communications be sent to a different email address, please notify Christina as well. Thanks!

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020; 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

CACTE is trying a different format this year and sponsoring a “CTE Showcase at the Capitol” on Wednesday, February 12 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.  During that time frame, the CACTE divisions and state CTSOs will have table displays set up and Ponderosa HS Catering classes will provide appetizers/beverages (primarily for the legislators!).  Legislators/staff members will all be invited to come down to the first floor west and north lobbies to see what Colorado CTE is about.

We are encouraging folks who want to spend the whole day at the Capitol to visit the gallery in the morning to see the House and/or Senate at work and make appointments with their area legislators for the afternoon.  This is NOT intended to be a “field trip” to get out of school; rather an active experience for students to interact/advocate with legislators. Please be sure that you and your students have done the Advocacy Lesson Plan before 2/12/2020 so that your students will be prepared to answer legislators’ questions. 🙂  

If you/your CTSO chapter would like to “showcase” your CTE programs, there are still tables available.  Tonette, our legislative specialist, has assured us that tables with “active” displays get more traffic, along with our offering food! ;-). I think most of us are planning a tri-fold type display, with take away information and some sort of activity to attract attention.  PLEASE CONTACT cacte@cacte.org to request a table.

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2020 CACTE CareerTech Summit Update

Your executive director was in Grand Junction for a site visit in mid-January. It is a beautiful spot and a lovely drive through the mountains. With so many great outdoors activities, you’re going to want to come early and stay late to enjoy what the Grand Valley has to offer!

Please go to the 2020 CACTE CareerTech Summit page for FAQs, the tentative schedule, and more photos of what the Grand Junction area has to offer. 🙂

Photo courtesy of Debbie Nelson
Photo courtesy of Debbie Nelson
Photo courtesy of Debbie Nelson
Photo courtesy of Debbie Nelson
Photo courtesy of Debbie Nelson

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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!

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cacte.org/home/blog/2019/11/26/new-member-benefit-from-cacte-acte/


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. 😉


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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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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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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@cacte.org) 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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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!


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

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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.

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