Colorado ACTE is honored to have two ACTE Postsecondary Leadership Success Fellows and one ECMC Foundation Postsecondary CTE Research Fellow among its members! Congratulations to these 3 and best wishes on your journey throughout your fellowships! We look forward to learning more about your experiences.


ACTE announced its inaugural class of 20 fellows for its 2019 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – Sponsored by the ECMC Foundation (PLSP-ECMCF). The PLSP-ECMCF will support current and aspiring leaders in career and technical education (CTE). The goal is to provide professional and career growth opportunities to the next generation of leaders at nonprofits and postsecondary institutions offering CTE programs.

Georgia Reagan, Emily Griffith Technical College

Reagan is the Manager of Admissions, Recruitment, Concurrent Enrollment and Testing at Emily Griffith Technical College in Denver, Colorado. Georgia is passionate about educational equity and access, college persistence and success, and workforce education. She has eight years of experience in non-profit K12 and postsecondary institutions, and continues to fight for equitable education and job opportunities for all students. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Spanish from The University of Alabama and her Master’s of Arts in Hispanic Studies from Louisiana State University.

Claire van der Plas, Colorado Mountain College, Leadville

Van der Plas is an Assistant Dean of Instruction at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, CO. The CTE programs she oversees makes the most of the campus’ unique location and resources by offering programs like Ski Area Operations, Natural Resource Management, Avalanche Science and Geographic Information Systems, in addition to programs like Welding, Electricity and Culinary Arts. Claire has an MFA in Painting from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and a BA in Political Science from University of Canterbury, New Zealand.


Sixteen research fellows from institutions across the nation have been selected to participate in the CTE Research Program at North Carolina State University–Sponsored by ECMC Foundation. Known as ECMC Foundation Fellows, the researchers selected for this program will participate in two training institutes, webinars on research methods, and a convening focusing on postsecondary CTE. All fellows will complete a research project focusing on postsecondary CTE and address topics including student success, labor market outcomes, business and industry partnerships, work-based learning, apprenticeships, transfer success, completion, and equity. Fellows will also explore other larger societal problems such as how it is less likely for some groups to participate in CTE and have economic mobility. Each research fellow will be paired with a leading CTE researcher to serve as a mentor to support their research during this year-long experience. At the end of the program, fellows will submit the work from their projects for presentation and publication.

Linda Van Doren, Emily Griffith Technical College

 Linda Van Doren is the Director of Instruction and she has over 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher, curriculum developer, teacher trainer, and administrator, and has worked with English language learners, middle, secondary and postsecondary CTE students both in the US and abroad. She serves on multiple committees that support strong CTE and workforce education initiatives and alignment statewide and nationally. Linda is a doctoral student in the Leadership for Educational Equity program at the University of Colorado, Denver, and her research area is on postsecondary CTE instructor credentialing in Colorado. She earned her Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and her Bachelor’s Degree in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures and Social Studies Education at New York University. Click HERE to see full press release.

Project. Colorado has a tremendous need to hire qualified CTE teachers as the state struggles to fill its talent pipeline during this period of economic growth and historically low unemployment. Currently the state provides a pathway to teacher credentialing that has not been examined for its effectiveness in leading to desired outcomes. The study will examine Colorado’s postsecondary CTE faculty credentialing process in partnership with the Colorado Community College System Office of Career and Technical Education.

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There are some great opportunities for “deep dives” into topics helpful to all CTE educators. If you haven’t registered for the CACTE CareerTech Summit yet, be sure to click on the blue professional development link when you see it. If you’ve already registered, it’s easy to add a PD session – just go to the registration website, click on “edit registration”, click on the blue professional development link and add your choice. Check out the titles below and click on “Learn More” to learn more… 😉

  • CTSO Adviser Training – all day – $50 – includes lunch – get help with your CTSO questions, whether new or experienced! Learn from the experts – our CTSO State Advisers.
  • True Colors – all day – $95 – includes lunch – ever wonder why you and “that certain person” just can’t get along? Maybe you are gold and that person is orange – if you understand what that means, you can draw on each others’ strengths! Applicable in both the professional and personal realms.
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid, Part 2 – 8 am – noon – $50 – Our youth are obviously struggling to manage their mental health! Learn strategies for helping them in these sessions. Part 1 happens Wednesday during the HPS Division Day afternoon, 1-5 pm. Complete this 4 hours as well to earn a certificate in Youth Mental Health First Aid.
  • Boys in Crisis – 1 -4 pm – $50 – an interactive presentation with Tom Shannon with stats and challenges our boys face in today’s world and ideas for helping them cope. See more details HERE!
  • Google for Education Crash Course – 1-4 pm – $50 – Learn how to make technology your friend and make your life easier! Mary Mullikin and Sahvanna Mease are Google certified educators who will help you learn to use the Google Apps to your advantage. Your Executive Director needs to take this session! 😉

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EXHIBITORS, your support of Colorado CTE and CACTE is greatly appreciated!  Exhibitor registration is LIVE as of 3/29/19 and will continue through June 10 – CLICK HERE!. We love having you as exhibitors and we appreciate any sponsorships you can provide. See the sponsorship opportunities list HERE! The Embassy Suites reservation link can be found on the CACTE web posting below or in your exhibitor registration information.

Exhibitor Table$460, includes 1 6’ draped table, 2 chairs, wastebasket, Monday/Tuesday lunches, AM beverage service and PM snack breaks, logo/company contact info in mobile app if provided by 
Extra Exhibitor(s) – up to 3 people totalNo additional charge for 3 people total
1 Extra Table$70
2 Extra Tables$140
3 Extra Tables$200
Advertisement in Event Mobile App$100 – more details to follow, including due date
1 page Color Flyer in Summit bag$150 – provide PDF copy by June 1 and CACTE will make copies for you
1 page Black/White Flyer in Summit bag$60 – provide PDF copy by June 1 and CACTE will make copies for you

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2019 CACTE CareerTech Summit: Educate, Advocate, Lead!

July 14-18, 2019 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO

5/13/19 The CACTE room block at the Embassy Suites is sold out for Monday and Tuesday nights as of today. Please CLICK HERE for overflow hotels. CACTE does not have a special rate at any of these hotels, but they are nearby for your convenience.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!!!  Please read this info first, then CLICK HERE FOR REG SITE!

Thank you for your patience as we worked to get the kinks out of the “new to us” registration system. We are using a less expensive site this year – lots of you are familiar with it from CTSO conference registrations. And you can register more than one person at a time – yay! 🙂

Remember that the early bird MEMBER rate (showing now) and regular MEMBER rate (starting May 16) are for current MEMBERS ONLY.  Don’t know if you are an ACTE/CACTE member?  Do you receive Techniques magazine from ACTE?  Then you are a member and your member # is on the mailing label.  Still not sure?  Email to ask about your membership status.  HINT FROM DEBBIE:  I keep my prof assn membership numbers in my phone contacts for future reference. 😉

  • 3/18 – 5/15 Early Bird MEMBER Rate applies
  • 3/18 – 7/8 Nonmember rate applies
  • 5/16 – 7/8 Regular MEMBER rate applies
  • by 5/31 All hotel reservations made by using the CACTE Embassy Suites website HERE
  • 7/9 – 7/17 Walk in rate applies
  • 7/10 Payments should be received by CACTE

The CACTE CareerTech Summit is an integral component of your overall professional learning plan with a format created to meet individual professional development needs and align with strategic-improvement plans. You will accomplish more by taking full advantage of a wide range of general CTE sessions, division-planned professional development, and time for networking with business and industry, all focused on what you need to succeed in your program, your institution and your community.  You don’t want to miss this opportunity!

At the CACTE CareerTech Summit, you will:

  • Hear from nationally known speakers
  • Connect with your colleagues and leaders in Colorado CTE       
  • Mingle with CTSO state officers
  • Experience firsthand the exciting future of CTE across Colorado
  • Form beneficial new partnerships with the business and industry sector
  • Energize your program by using what you learn to positively impact your students’ success

Your Summit registration cost includes lunches on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, along w afternoon snack breaks and morning coffee/tea.

Early Bird MEMBER reg rate (thru 5/15)$425
Early Bird MEMBER reg rate + 1 yr renewal (thru 5/15)$575
MEMBER reg rate (5/16-7/8)$475
MEMBER reg rate + 1 yr renewal (5/16-7/8)$625
Nonmember reg rate$595
Nonmember reg rate + 1 yr ACTE/CACTE membership$745
RETIRED MEMBER reg rate$330
Postsecondary Student in CTE Education program$150
Daily rate$205
Walk-in Full Conference rate (7/14-7/17)$685

See the schedule for the 2019 CACTE CareerTech Summit on that page under “EDUCATE” on the website or by clicking here. 🙂

Please read about the Professional Development Opportunities available on Thursday 7/18, including the CTE Credentialing Session, HERE on the website BEFORE entering the registration site – there are few details on the reg site itself. The CTE Credentialing Session is for teachers and counselors needing to move from an initial to professional CTE Credential. If you are interested in a CTE Director Credential, stay tuned for the CACTA (Administrators) Conference in early February!

Graduate credit from CSU is available (at additional cost) through the CCCS Professional Development CTE Common Checklist. Please go to more information.  

5/13/19 The CACTE room block at the Embassy Suites is sold out for Monday and Tuesday nights as of today. Please CLICK HERE for overflow hotels. CACTE does not have a special rate at any of these hotels, but they are nearby for your convenience.

It’s an odd-numbered year, so we are at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO, a familiar and comfortable place for CACTE Summit attendees. CLICK HERE to make your reservations, preferably by May 31. Rates include breakfast, the manager’s reception and wifi in your sleeping room. PLEASE PLAN TO PROVIDE THE HOTEL WITH A COPY OF YOUR TAX EXEMPT FORM PRIOR TO CHECK IN, IF YOU PLAN TO USE IT. If you call the hotel to make reservations, be sure to mention CACTE to receive these rates! Conference rates are as follows:

  • Single, $149 per night
  • Double, $149 per night
  • Triple, $164 per night
  • Quad, $179 per night

Embassy Suites address: 4705 Clydesdale Parkway, Loveland

The 2019 CACTE CareerTech Summit: “Educate, Advocate, Lead” is where you want to be July 14-18!

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CACTE Members Making News!

Tuesday, January 15 was a big day for CTE in the news and at the Capitol! CACTE member Eric Ward testified in support of HB 19-1008 before the House Education Committee. The bill addresses including CTE new facilities/equipment in the use of BEST funds.

And CACTE members Scott Burke, instructor, and Shelley Goerdt, Jeffco CTE Coordinator, made a News 4 Denver story happen with about 3 hours notice! News 4 Political reporter, Shaun Boyd wanted to visit a Skilled Trades class as she was covering HB 19-1008. CACTE connected her to the Geometry in Construction class at Green Mountain High School. Scott’s students did a fabulous job of illustrating why #CTE works wonders, talking about the specific and transferable skills they are learning by building a house for Habitat for Humanity! Here is the link to the story:

Way to go, Colorado ACTE!

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Congratulations to the CACTE Excellence Awards Recipients for 2018!  It was thrilling to be able to honor all nine individuals in person at the CACTE Awards Presentation.  Thank you to all who nominated and wrote recommendation letters for these deserving honorees.

From L to R:  S Mease, H DeBerard, J Caldwell, C Runyan, M Batch, D Rivkin, R Van Dyke, E Vaughan and L Jones Austin

OUSTANDING CTE STUDENT-SECONDARY – Daniel Rivkin (TSA)          Read more about Daniel:  Rivkin.Daniel.CACTE.2018

CTE EXEMPLARY ALUMNI AWARD – Hayley DeBerard (TSA)    Read more about Hayley: DeBerard.Hayley.CACTE.2018

CTE NEW TEACHER OF THE YEAR – Sahvanna Mease     Read more about Sahvanna:  Mease.Sahvanna.CACTE.2018

CTE TEACHER OF THE YEAR – Christina Runyan      Read more about Christina: Runyan.Christina.CACTE.2018

CTE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR – Jaimie Caldwell     Read more about Jaimie:  Caldwell.Jaimie.CACTE.2018

CAREER GUIDANCE AWARD – Lauren Jones Austin     Read more about Lauren: JonesAustin.Lauren.CACTE.2018

OUSTANDING SERVICE BY A MEMBER – Robert Van Dyke     Read more about Robert:  VanDyke.Robert.CACTE.2018

CACTE HALL OF FAME – Martha Batch and Everett Vaughan  Read more about Martha and Ev:  Batch.Martha.CACTE.HoF.2018     Vaughan.Ev.CACTE.HoF.2018

The ACTE/CACTE award recipients’ nominations will be sent on to the Region V Awards, to be presented at the Region V conference in Bozeman, MT in April.  Those include 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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CACTE STRATEGIC THEMES FOR 2018-19 (program of work)

Recently, the ACTE Board of Directors approved a new strategic plan to move us forward into 2020.  Colorado ACTE decided to support the work of the national Board and has chosen to focus on 2 of the strategic themes included in the ACTE plan:  Member Value/Engagement and Professional/Leadership Development.  These themes will be a focus during Kimberly Baldwin’s presidency.

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2018 CACTE CareerTech Summit Presentations

Here are the presentations that have been shared with CACTE to date.  If you would like a specific presentation not listed here, please email Debbie ( and she will contact the presenter.


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Thank you to these leaders who have stepped to serve our career and technical education professional association!  We especially appreciate Mimi Leonard serving as “honorary” past president for the last year – your experience was extremely valuable to the Board, Mimi!

Serving on the 2018-2019 CACTE Executive Committee are:




President:  Kimberly Baldwin



President-Elect:  Robert Van Dyke



Secretary:  Jen Girvin



Treasurer:  Janny Jarvis



Past President:  Jay Moore




                                                                                          Executive Director:  Debbie Nelson

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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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