We are pleased to announce our December CACTE Member of the Month….drumroll 🥁…… Maral Howell, Agriculture Teacher at Branson Schools, on the Colorado/NM border!! Here are the great things CVATA, the Agriculture Division, shared about Maral:

  • Mrs Howell helps students gain grants to start businesses
  • Maral’s FFA students are National Champions in FFA Agriscience Fair and she has multiple State FFA Champions
  • Her students are part of National Career Development teams (Meats and Vet Science)
  • Maral is an active participant in CVATA Fairs & a Show Committee member
  • Mrs Howell is an active member of Las Animas County Fair Livestock & Fair Committee
  • And she’s an all around great person and Ag teacher!

Congratulations, Maral!! πŸ™‚

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November Connecting with CACTE

The November e-newsletter was sent on Wednesday morning, November 17, 2021. Hopefully you received it – and read it! πŸ˜‰ Some of your email addresses have been suspended by our vendor due to school district firewalls and such. If you are a CACTE member and are NOT receiving the “almost monthly” e-newsletters, please email with a non-workplace email to use instead. Thank you.

You don’t have to be a CACTE member to receive the newsletter – if you want to be on the distribution list, please email with your request.

You can access the November Connecting with CACTE by clicking here!

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Colorado Skilled Trades is honored to have 1 of 3 GRAND PRIZE WINNERS in the annual Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence – YAY!

Congratulations to SCOTT BURKE from Green Mountain HS in Jeffco!

Click to learn more about Scott Burke!!
Read more about the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize Program here!

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CACTA Mid-Winter Conference – Save the Date & Call for Proposals

Join us for the 2022 CACTA Mid-Winter Conference as we tackle β€œThe Challenge of Change” on February 9-11, 2022 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. Hear from state CTE leaders, participate in breakouts, interact with industry and vendor partners, and network with fellow CTE Administrators.

Do you have a great idea for a breakout session? The breakout sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, February 9 and Thursday, February 10. If you have an idea, please complete the below form by Friday, December 5.

2022 CACTA Mid-Winter Conference Call for Proposals Sign Up Form

Thank you for your interest in CACTA and Colorado CTE.

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The last New Flash for the 2021 CACTE Virtual Summit went out Monday morning, August 9 around 7:10 am. It has the directions and key for accessing the recordings from the Summit via Colorado CTE Learn. YOU MUST ENROLL IN THE “SUMMIT COURSE” BY TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2021 TO GET THE “INCLUDED WITH REGISTRATION” ACCESS!!! Once you enroll, you will have access to the recordings for one year.

This News Flash also contains a new link to the Certificate of Attendance – the previous form got messed up! Sorry about the inconvenience. If you already completed your form and saved it to your computer, you don’t need to do anything else. If you haven’t downloaded the Certificate of Attendance to your computer yet, please use the link in the 8/9/21 News Flash. Thanks!

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Congratulations to the CACTE Excellence Awards Recipients for 2021!  It was exciting to honor seven deserving individuals during the CACTE Virtual Summit!  While we wish we could have honored them in person, virtual was better than not at all! Thank you to all who nominated and wrote recommendation letters for these deserving honorees. Click on the award recipient’s name below the photo to read more about each person.

The ACTE/CACTE award recipients’ nominations will be sent on to the Region V Awards, to be presented at the Region V conference in Rapid City, SD in April 2022. These include the CTE New Teacher of the Year, CTE Teacher of the Year, CTE Teacher Educator of the Year and the CTE Administrator of the Year.

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2021-2022 CACTE Strategic Priorities

Based on the ACTE Strategic Themes, Colorado ACTE will focus on these five priorities during Janet Renden’s presidency. The CACTE Executive Committee, CACTE Board and CACTE Divisions will use these priorities to direct our work for the 2021-2022 year. The full document includes specific strategies to help ensure progress towards the priorities. πŸ™‚

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Thank you to these leaders who have volunteered to serve our career and technical education professional association!  Their contact information is on the “LEAD” page under “Board”.

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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. πŸ™‚

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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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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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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. πŸ™‚

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

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