Mar 17

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

 2017 CACTE CareerTech Summit

REGISTRATION IS OPEN – see link below!




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: Click here to register!

Register now to get the regular price for members.  Non-members are always welcome!  Registration closes July 7.


Follow the link below to make your Embassy Suites HOTEL RESERVATION so you are all set for the Summit! There are limited rooms left at the Embassy Suites rate of $139 for Sun-Wed nights.


CACTE has more rooms reserved at the Candlewood Suites, 6046 E Crossroads Blvd. The rate is $119 per night and does NOT include breakfast.  Call 970-667-5444 and mention CACTE to make reservations.

CACTE also has rooms reserved at the Holiday Inn Express, 6092 E Crossroads Blvd.  The rate is $149.99, which includes breakfast.  Call 970-663-0057 and mention CACTE to make reservations.

PRICES ON BOTH ADDITIONAL HOTELS ARE VALID ON RESERVATIONS MADE BY JUNE 24, 2017!  Don’t delay – be sure you have a place to stay for the CACTE CareerTech Summit!

EXHIBITORS, your support of Colorado CTE is greatly appreciated!  Click here to register as an exhibitor for the 2017 CACTE CareerTech Summit:  Exhibitors – register here!


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
  • Professional development opportunities
    • 8:30 am – 12:30 pm: Top Ten Things Every Teacher Needs to Know with Kim Bevill, Gray Matters
    • 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
  • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm:  CTSO state officer training
  • 5:30-9:30 pm:  Welcome Party – food, Music Video Bingo and more!  Food will be available from 6:00-7:00 pm!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

  • NEW! 6:30-7:15 am:  Morning Walk – meet in conference lobby
  • Registration opens at 7:30 am!
  • 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 – 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

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!
  • 8:45-10:15 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”
  • 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
  • 8:30-9:30 am:  CACTE Business meeting
  • 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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Jul 28

Presentations from the CACTE 2016 Summit at the Sheraton Steamboat Springs

Thank you to all that attended and helped with the 2016 CACTE Summit in Steamboat.

It was a great success! 

Here are the presentations we have. Updates will be be placed here as we receive them.


Recipe Modification Lab


Infusing Technology into Your CTE Classroom


Ranch Dressing


Stroganoff Recipes


CTE Legislative PPT FINAL_7.20.2016


CACTE July 16_State of the State


Dr. Matt Gianneschi Presentation_CACTE



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