As CTE programs moved quickly to address the need to deliver instruction by alternative methods, ACTE & CACTE were excited to see the creativity brought forward by teachers. We also recognized that while the herculean effort to move all instruction online was the immediate goal that was met this Spring, we wanted to make sure that we could provide access to tools and resources that would help teachers do more to offer their programs as high-quality experiences. Hence our commitment to have negotiated with our partner to have provided free access to six of their courses about how to teach online, which only lasts through May 31!
Colorado CTE Learn offers over 150 self-paced online courses for CTE professionals, including a large selection of courses on online teaching best practices. Each CTE Learn course provides 4 hours of continuing education credits. Additionally, participants have the opportunity to earn college credits for their completed CTE Learn courses.
To support schools during these challenging times, Colorado CTE Learn is currently offering schools 50% off on CTE Learn enrollment/subscription key purchases! Simply use VIP Code CTE50 to make your purchase on https://co.ctelearn.org. This special COVID19 offer is available until July 31st. Purchased keys can be used anytime within one year of purchase.
The good news is that there are several sources of funding that you could use to offset the expense of subscribing to and taking full advantage of the professional development at Colorado CTE Learn. One of the newest sources that you may be able to utilize funding from is the Emergency Relief Funding (ESSR) from the CARES Act to provide online professional development opportunities through Colorado CTE Learn. Or maybe your CTE director still has Perkins funds to use, since the CACTE CareerTech Virtual Summit is less expensive than the in-person Summit – never hurts to ask! 😉
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Exhibitor Registration is NOW OPEN for the VIRTUAL SUMMIT!
Thanks for your patience as we figure out this new way of providing the CACTE Summit – virtually! Even if you registered to exhibit previously, I need to ask you to register again on this new registration site – sorry about that…..it’s the cleanest way for us to do it.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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!
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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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 FFA/Agriculture Education Division
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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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!
“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.
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!”
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.
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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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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 (email@example.com) 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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