Jul 10


Be sure to attend the CACTE Business Meeting during the 2017 CACTE CareerTech Summit on Thursday, July 20 from 8:30 – 9:30 am to cast your vote!



Kimberly Baldwin is a Career & Technical Education teacher with three decades of experience.  She has taught Family & Consumer Sciences in grades 6-12 in a variety of educational settings from rural to suburban school district in Iowa, Kansas and Colorado.  Currently, she teaches at Ponderosa High School in Douglas County and was recognized this summer as one of the top 3 Family & Consumer Sciences teachers nationally by the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences!

Active involvement in professional associations is important to Kimberly.  She served as  an ACTE Fellow in 2016, learning the in’s and out’s of the association from a national perspective.  She has presented at CATFACS and VISION conferences and served on the CATFACS and CACTE Boards.  Kimberly has also served as the Colorado Association for Family & Consumer Sciences President.


Colorado CTE is beginning its second century with challenges that will cause us to be not just Educators but Advocates and Leaders.  I am seeking to be your President-Elect for CACTE to further the voice of CTE in Colorado and our nation.

CACTE has three main goals: Educate, Advocate, Lead.  Each of these is a factor in why I would like to assist CACTE to work towards the goals.

The goal to educate is foundational to what we do in the classroom. Daily we guide our learners and help them, to achieve their goals. We also need to collaborate to educate our colleagues with best practices for learning. I have presented at CATFACS, CACTE, Region V and Vision.

Advocating for CTE programs begins in our communities and then the state house.  Congress is also a vital link in advocating for CTE.  I have met with leaders at each of these levels to advocate for CTE.

Lead:  As members we must develop leaders in all areas of CTE to address the challenges that education is facing and to develop a new generation of educators and leaders.  I have completed the ACTE Fellow Program and am the Merit Winner for AAFCS National Teacher of the Year.

I look forward to working with Colorado ACTE.




Jen Girvin is no stranger to Career and Technical Education. Because of serving as a local, district and state officer in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America in high school, she went to school to become a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher.  After teaching a few years in southern Indiana, she moved to Indianapolis to become the Indiana FCCLA and HOSA (Future Health Professionals) State Adviser. Jen moved to Colorado in 2009 to work as the Colorado HOSA State Advisor and Assistant Program Director. She’s spent the last three years living in Texas and Georgia, working for both National HOSA and Georgia FCCLA. Jen is very excited to be back in Colorado to continue working in the CTSO world as the Colorado FBLA-PBL State Adviser.  In her spare time, Jen and her husband, Alex, dream of all the places they would love to travel! Alex continues to play the lottery in hopes of funding the “around the world” travel!


I have long enjoyed being a part of leadership teams. I am organized and detailed and my favorite leadership position is that of secretary. Providing an account of meeting minutes to the leadership team in a timely manner can assist in the organization’s forward movement. I look forward to potentially serving CACTE as the Secretary and giving back to this organization that means so much to Career and Technical Education!


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Mar 17

Celebrating a Century of CTE in the Centennial State – 2017 CACTE CareerTech Summit!

 2017 CACTE CareerTech Summit


SUGGESTED DRESS for 2017 CACTE SUMMIT:  “nice school clothes” during the day; “dress up clothes” for Wednesday evening’s 100th Celebration Dinner.

EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION CLOSED JUNE 30 – please check back for the 2018 CACTE CareerTech Summit, July 16-19, 2018 in Breckenridge, CO


July 17-20, 2017 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO

“A Century of Career & Technical Education”

Come and celebrate 100 years of CTE – remember the past, experience the present and help create the future!  The CACTE CareerTech Summit is designed to be an integral component of your overall professional learning plan with a format created to meet individual professional development needs and align with institutional strategic-improvement plans. You will drill deeper and 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:

  • See, touch and interact with the latest innovations in the world of education
  • Hear from nationally renowned speakers
  • Connect with your colleagues and leaders in Colorado CTE from the past, present and future
  • Mingle with CTSO state officers
  • Experience firsthand the exciting future of CTE across Colorado
  • Form beneficial new partnerships with the business and industry sector
  • Earn critical CEUs in a challenging and stimulating new context * Graduate Credit is available*
  • Energize your program by using what you learn to positively impact your students’ success

Plan now to attend the CACTE CareerTech Summit and join hundreds of your fellow CTE professionals at the most exciting CTE event of the year! Remember, CACTE members receive priority registration and discounted rates.  There are special rates for retirees and the opportunity to register for Wednesday only – the Celebration Day!


CareerTechSummit Registration

Online Registration closed July 7.  Walk-in registrations will be considered on a “as we have room” basis, with no meals included, beginning Monday, July 17 at the Loveland Embassy Suites. A limited number of spots will be available.


LODGING: The conference hotel is the Loveland Embassy Suites! The CACTE hotel block is sold out, but call and see if there are any rooms left at the regular rate.  970-612-2385

Other hotel possibilities are the Candlewood Suites, 6046 E Crossroads Blvd. Call 970-667-5444 to make reservations at the regular rate.

You could also try the Holiday Inn Express, 6092 E Crossroads Blvd.  Call 970-663-0057 to make reservations.

EXHIBITORS, your support of Colorado CTE is greatly appreciated!  


Monday, July 17, 2017

  • Registration opens at 7:30 am!
  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm:  CTE credentialing sessions w CCCS – bring a laptop w wifi capability (pre-registered only)  IMPORTANT NOTE:  Registration for this session is closed. We are unable to accommodate any further enrollments.Please refer to www.coloradostateplan.com in August for further opportunities for the credentialing content.
  • Professional development opportunities
    • 8:30 am – 12:30 pm: Top Ten Things Every Teacher Needs to Know with Kim Bevill, Gray Matters (pre-registered only)
    • 1:00 – 4:00 pm: Seven Secrets to Become the Leader You Never Thought You Could Be with Josh Davies, Center for Work Ethic Development (pre-registered only)
  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm:  CTSO state officer training
  • 3:00 – 6:00 pm:  Exhibitor set-up
  • 5:30-9:30 pm:  Welcome Party – food, Music Video Bingo and more!  Food will be available from 6:00-7:00 pm; cash bar from 7-9:30  pm! (the CTSO officers will be with us until 7 pm!) This event is part of the conference registration price – all are welcome!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

  • NEW! 6:30-7:15 am:  Morning Walk – meet in conference lobby
  • 7:00 – 8:00 am:  Exhibitor set-up
  • Registration opens at 7:30 am!
  • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm:  Exhibits open
  • 8:45-9:15 am:  Division Meet & Greet
  • 9:15-11:00 am:  Opening General Session with keynote speaker, Dr. Tim Elmore – “Generation iY:  Secrets to Connecting with Today’s Teens & Young Adults in the Digital Age”
  • 11:15 am -12:15 pm: General interest CTE workshops
  • 12:30-2:00 pm: Legislative Luncheon
  • 2:10-4:10 pm:  CACTE Legislative Committee meeting
  • 2:10 – 3:10 pm: General interest CTE workshops
  • 3:10-3:40 pm:  Hospitality Break with Exhibitors
  • 3:45 – 4:45 pm:  General interest CTE workshops
  • Optional Division dinner or dinner on-your-own
    • CACTA – meet at 5:45 pm in lobby
    • CATFACS – meet at Door 222 for dinner and panel – 5:15-8:00 pm

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 – 100 YEARS CELEBRATION!!

  • NEW!  6:15-7:15 am:  Yin Yoga – bring a yoga mat or blanket and 2 pillows!
  • Registration opens at 8:00 am!
  • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm:  Exhibits open
  • 8:45-10:15 am:  General Session with ACTE’s Steve DeWitt and CCCS’s Sarah Heath, celebrating 100 years of CTE!
  • 10:30 am – 12:00 noon:  Division workshops/activities
  • 12:00 – 1:15 pm:  luncheon
  • 1:15 – 5:30pm:  Division workshops/activities
  • 5:30 – 6:00 pm:  Manager’s reception – tickets available if not staying at Embassy
  • 6:00 – 10:00 pm:  100 Years Celebration Dinner and Social, with band “Stumble Monkey” – celebration program, dinner, band/dancing/socializing
  • all Colorado CTE folks, past and present, are invited to be part of this special day!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

  • NEW! 6:30-7:15 am:  Morning Walk – meet in conference lobby
  • 7:30-8:30 am:  Registration open
  • 8:30-9:30 am:  CACTE Business Meeting & Officer Installation
  • 9:40 – 10:40 am:  General interest CTE workshops
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm:  General interest CTE workshops
  • 12:10-1:30 pm:  CACTE Awards Luncheon

Mark your calendar for July 17-20 – celebrate a century of CTE at the

2017 CACTE CareerTech Summit!


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Dec 09

New CACTE Executive Director

Welcome to the new CACTE Executive Director- Debbie Nelson
 djn-pic-4-2015   Debbie Nelson is a “not-really-retired” career & technical education teacher (family & consumer sciences) with a passion for involvement.  She has been an active member of multiple professional associations since her college days at Colorado State, including ACTE/CACTE.  Debbie served on many committees and held officer positions in a variety of those groups at the local, state, national and international levels, including three terms on the National Board of Directors for the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences.  It was truly an honor for her to be named to the CACTE Hall of Fame this past summer.
    In addition to twenty-eight years in the middle and high school classroom, Debbie spent two years working in the Jeffco Career & Technical Education office, supporting CTE teachers in all content areas and guiding their work on curriculum.  She enjoyed the opportunity to judge at many of the CTSO state conferences during that time.  Even after retiring from teaching, Debbie supported FCCLA members by serving as District Consultant for three years.
    When she’s not off gallivanting around the globe to attend conferences, Debbie plays clarinet in the Denver Concert Band, enjoys scrapbooking her adventures, spending time with family and friends, and learning new things.
We look forward to working with Debbie to advance CTE in Colorado.

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Dec 09

Colorado ACTE Receives the 2016 ACTE Quality Association Award

Colorado ACTE receives the 2016 ACTE Quality Association Award for yet another year.

qas-award-certificate-2016Colorado ACTE receives the 2016 ACTE Quality Association Award for yet another year. This is the ninth year Colorado ACTE has received this award from ACTE. Thank you to all of the CACTE Officers and members.


The mission of the Association for Career and Technical Education is to provide educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce.

The purpose of the Quality Association Standards (QAS) is to provide benchmarks for state associations to determine levels of performance and satisfactory service to their members and prospective members. QAS should be useful to states in evaluating their basic organization and whether their leadership is providing minimum, average or superior programs for the membership. It’s not intended to be a competition between states and/or to establish a “class system” of state associations, nor is it a system for rating the performance of a state’s executive director or volunteer leaders.

The hope of the QAS is to prompt states to challenge themselves to improve and maintain the very best possible organization and leadership for their members within the association’s means. ACTE is committed to assisting state leadership in reaching Association goals.  

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Dec 09

Executive Director Farewell



     CACTE and CTE have had a good year. Both the national and state legislators have been very positive in helping CTE grow. Career and Technical Education continues to be in the forefront of most discussions and changes we have seen. We still have challenges ahead, like finding funding, but we are on the right path. We have work to do educating the new administrations and legislators both in Colorado and Washington to help them understand the importance of CTE in every student’s education pathway.

     Our CACTE membership continues to grow as a whole and in all of our division. ACTE has seen a growth this year and joined several other organizations in promoting CTE.

As most of you may know I am stepping down as the executive director. This is my 43rd year in education and it is now time to step back and let the next generation of CTE begin. I plan to travel, get back into photography, woodworking, remodeling and spending more time with family and friends. Just coming from ACTE Vision in Vegas, I saw several new technologies that might need a little of my attention. Things have changed since I taught photography and CADD.

I would like to thank everyone for a great 8 years as the executive director of Colorado ACTE. I have an amazing wife that has been there to help, my son Justin and daughter Margaret were there helping with the new technologies and support. They have all been there packing bags, helping organize conferences, training with social media and the website, moral support during the long hours, and making sure that Colorado ACTE was the best it could be.

I leave you in great hands with your current board, Katy Blatnick-Gagné, Jay Moore, Janny Jarvis, Renee Kuharski PhD. Those that have been there and continue to lead and bring Colorado ACTE to be the best CTE association, Mark Bell, Mary Stecklein, Mimi Leonard, Jonathan Howard, Dr. Dan Lucero, and our two ACTE Fellows this year Shelley Geordt, and Kim Baldwin. They are your team leading you through the 100th Anniversary as your professional organization, Colorado ACTE. It is an exciting time to be involved, so please join your leadership in promoting CTE.

I welcome Deb Nelson with all of her expertise, energy and knowledge of CTE. You are in good hands. Deb has been very active in the Family and Consumer Sciences Division and has been to several National Policy Seminars in Washington DC. She will continue the CACTE tradition of being your CTE professional organization, providing the best professional development for all.

I will miss you all, now lets party!

Darrell Green PhD

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