We are pleased to announce our May CACTE Member of the Month….drumroll 🥁…… Tracey Waters, ACE Teacher, from D11 in Colorado Springs!! Here are all the great things the ACE Board (ACE-Special Pops Division) shared about Tracey:

  • Entered into ACE and jumpstarted a school- based enterprise of a mechanized, commercial-grade embroidery shop for her students to learn professional skills.
  • Innovative in her approach to expanding the ACE business in developing ACE swag with ACE logos and evolving how the logo is represented.
  • Had students showcase their embroidery skills at the 2019 ACE conference.
  • Represented ACE during the CTE Showcase at the Capitol for 2020 CTE month; holding a booth with her students who were prepared to discuss ACE with legislators at their booth decorated with signage representative of ACE.
  • Risen to a leadership role in the ACE community in her capacity as Treasurer on the Colorado ACE Board.
  • Tracey has been instrumental in decision making processes in professional development opportunities for our ACE professionals.
  • Congratulations, Tracey!! 🙂

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The 2021 CACTE CareerTech Summit is VIRTUAL!


The CACTE Board voted to hold the 2021 CACTE CareerTech Summit in a virtual format, with the safety and well-being of our members in mind. There are still too many unknowns and key people who wouldn’t be able to attend in-person. It will be bigger and better than last year, based on your evaluations and lessons learned! We are using the event platform, Whova, to offer a better and more interactive experience. The agenda will look more like our in-person event, as you requested.  

Please take 2 minutes to watch this informative video from CACTE President, Jessica Teal about the 2021 Virtual Summit. Then head to the 2021 CACTE Virtual Summit website for FAQs, 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,

EXHIBITORS – your registration is also open! CLICK HERE to head to your own page about the 2021 CACTE Virtual Summit!

Welcome video from President, Jessica Teal

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The first ever Colorado Virtual Career Fair was a smashing success! Congratulations to the Counseling & Career Development Division (CCD) for hatching the idea and helping it come to fruition with a variety of partners. The Youth Career Fair website will stay live year-round – the recordings from the 2021 Fair are now available for viewing if you missed the live event in April.

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Who will YOU nominate for a CACTE Excellence award? All the details are on the CACTE Excellence Awards page on this website. Did your Division present awards? Be sure to complete the application via the Awards Portal to move your Division winner on to the state level awards program. 🙂 Awards applications should be completed by Tuesday, June 8.

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The ACTE Engineering & Technology Education Division Announces Two Engineering CTE Educators as 2020 National Winners!

The ACTE Engineering & Technology Education Division (ETMA in Colorado) announced Nathaniel Sobin, DoDEA Project Director at Widefield School District 3 and Blake Hoover, Technology and Engineering Educator at Alpine School District as the 2020 Neven Frantz eTED Outstanding Instructors. This award recognizes the finest career and technical education (CTE) instructors at the middle/secondary/postsecondary school level who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom and lab environments, commitment to their students, and dedication to the improvement of CTE in their institutions and communities. Members employed as full-time classroom/laboratory CTE instructors at the middle/secondary/postsecondary level are eligible recipients of this award. Multiple award winners may be designated in this award category.

Nat Sobin has taught all CTE engineering courses for his district for seven years now, served on the eTED Policy Board for three years, currently serves on the Colorado ACTE (CACTE) Executive Committee and Board as secretary, developed and runs the Engineering Club that operates under the CTSO TSA and Skills USA organizations and is now developing a new regional CTSO with the Space Foundation (Pikes Peak BEST Robotics) in Colorado Springs to provide free and upward-differentiated robotics competitions in Colorado.

Way to represent ETMA and Colorado, Nat!!!! 🙂

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Congratulations to Colorado’s ACTE IAED Mentees!

Congratulations to THREE Colorado ACTE members for being chosen as ACTE IAED mentees for 2021 – Chris Juarez (CCCS), Elina Medina (DPS) and Cristina Sanchez Serrano (Brighton 27J)! This IAED program from ACTE is designed to help mentees develop their inclusive leadership skills. They are asked to devote ~4 hours a month to this development, reading articles/books, meeting with a mentor, helping to develop IAED statements/documents to serve as guidance for schools/institutions, and discussing how Perkins V fits with IAED and more. We look forward to hearing about their involvement! Read more about this ACTE program HERE!


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QAS = ACTE Quality Association Standards

Your CACTE Board has been working hard over the last few years to earn the QAS recognition from ACTE. The QAS award recognizes state associations for implementing policies, procedures and structure that demonstrate a high level of service and attention to member value. There are nine major criteria to be met, with numerous sub-criteria under each main item.

  • Mission, Goals and Objectives
  • Governing Body, Officers, and Directors
  • Organizational Structure and Documents
  • Programs, Services and Activities
  • Financial Planning and Reporting
  • Membership Development and Retention
  • Communications
  • Public Policy
  • Operations
  • Click here for more details about each criterion.

Colorado is one of 26 states that will be recognized with the QAS at the State Leadership Gathering on Friday, December 4 at 9 am MT. Please email if you are interested in attending the Gathering to support CACTE. You do not have to be registered for Virtual VISION to attend.

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CACTE Virtual Backgrounds

As we prepare for participation in the 2021 CACTE Virtual Summit and other virtual events, why not “show the love” for your professional association at the same time? Here are some CACTE virtual backgrounds to use. 🙂

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2020-2021 CACTE Strategic Priorities

Based on the ACTE Strategic Themes, Colorado ACTE will focus on these four priorities during Jessica Teal’s presidency. The CACTE Executive Committee, CACTE Board and CACTE Divisions will use these priorities to direct our work for the 2020-2021 year. The full document includes Strategic Plan Steps to help ensure progress towards the priorities. 🙂

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Congratulations to the CACTE Excellence Awards Recipients for 2020!  It was exciting to honor five deserving individuals during the CACTE Virtual Summit!  While we wish we could have honored them in person, virtual was better than nothing! Thank you to all who nominated and wrote recommendation letters for these deserving honorees. 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 2021. 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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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.

Jessica Teal, President
Janet Renden, President-Elect
Nat Sobin, Secretary
Josh VanAuken, Treasurer
Robert Van Dyke, CFCS
Past President
Debbie Nelson, CFCS, IPHE
Executive Director

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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 – It is quite comprehensive and is a must read for every CTE educator in Colorado!

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Super cool promotional videos from Colorado CTE – CCCS!

The Colorado CTE Team produced several super cool promotional videos designed for use with general audiences, students, parents and counselors.

Click HERE to access them on the Colorado CTE webpage – scroll down and you’ll see them. 🙂

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

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