The full SUMMIT schedule is now available both here and on the Whova mobile app.

Download Whova NOW if you don’t already have it on your phone or tablet.

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June Connecting with CACTE

The June e-newsletter was sent on Wednesday morning, June 8, 2022. 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 June Connecting with CACTE by clicking here!

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Congrats to Colorado’s 2 ACTE IAED Mentors!

Congratulations to TWO Colorado ACTE members for being chosen as ACTE IAED mentors for 2022 – Elina Medina (DPS) and Cristina Sanchez Serrano (Brighton 27J)! The IAED Mentorship Program was created with the goal to provide mentors to ACTE members interested inΒ IAED, and to encourage ACTE members interested in IAED to pursue leadership roles in ACTE.

We look forward to hearing about their involvement! Read more about this ACTE program HERE!

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Congrats on 2nd Annual CYCF, CCD Division!

The CO Youth Career Fair was a big success!

CCD Division President, Tanya Vigil and CTE Supporter, Larry Beer were the co-chairs for the 2nd Annual CO Youth Career Fair. This year’s Fair included live events as well as virtual panels in a variety of career clusters/pathways. The live kickoff event at Ft Collins HS included Skilled Trades/CTE Advocate, Kayleen McCabe and all of her energy around helping students to understand the huge number of options available to them for their futures. Kayleen enjoyed a tour of the FCHS Skilled Trades area before the live kickoff of the CYCF.

To wrap up the Fair, Cherry Creek Innovation Center hosted the Transportation and Health Sciences panels live. There were lots of students and parents in attendance and a wide variety of great information was shared by professionals in both pathways. Very few of the professionals had a career pathway that was a straight line! πŸ™‚

Thanks to Tanya, Larry and all the panelists for helping CO youth to have opportunities to learn about the myriad of careers out there to be explored!

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Congratulations to Colorado’s Julie Simms!

ACTE is excited to announce its fourth class of Fellows for the 2022 NextLevel Postsecondary CTE Leadership Program, sponsored by ECMC Foundation and powered by ACTE. Seventeen fellows were selected for the 2022-2023 cohort,
including Colorado’s own Julie Simms! The NextLevel Fellowship provides professional and career growth opportunities to the next generation of leaders in postsecondary CTE programs through a nationally-recognized program that is engaging, individualized, and memorable. Read more about the program on the ACTE website. Congratulations, Julie!

Julie Simms, NextLevel Fellow

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Janet Brophy is a High School of Business teacher from Haxtun High School in Haxtun, CO. Janet earned her BA from the University of Wyoming and her MBA from University of Phoenix. Prior to teaching high school, Janet worked in human resources and then support staff for an education consortium before completing the alternative licensure program. Janet has taught in a high school classroom for eight years as well as ten years as an adjunct professor for a community college. Janet is also the Haxtun FBLA Adviser, chair of the HSB Teacher Advisory Committee, member of the MBA Research Teacher Advisory Network, a trainer for High School of Business, CBE treasurer, and the membership director for Colorado for M-PBEA.

Welcome to the CACTE Team, Janet! The CACTE Executive Director is thrilled to have you working alongside as we plan and implement the 2022 CACTE CareerTech Summit in Breckenridge, July 17-21. Janet Brophy can be reached at

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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.

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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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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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