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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Nominee for PRESIDENT-ELECT: Robert Van Dyke

Three Year term – president-elect, president, past president:  2018-2021

I found CTE by pure chance through picking a class to fill my schedule because it sounded interesting. Little did I realize that choice would change me into the professional I am today. I have been a CTE student, CTE Educator, and now CTE administrator and now want to give back to CTE. I would like to use passion and experience to do the following as CACTE President:

Develop business partnerships. Business partnerships are about relationships. It is a reciprocal and a return on investment for both parties. I would like to target businesses and industries that relate to our divisions and ask how we can help them. We know they can help us but they are rarely asked how they need help. Many of the needs of business are to promote career opportunities or ensure that their future employees have the skill necessary for basic job functions.

Increase recruitment and member involvement. I would like to create resources and trainings for state associations around how to maximize their recruitment efforts. These trainings would also focus on how to get more out of your membership.

Increase CTE educator recruitment. CTE is facing a major teacher shortage. I would like to work with teacher educators and university to create a recruitment campaign targeted toward all students to entice them to become CTE educators. We are responsible for replacing ourselves and we need to start promoting our profession.

Advocate for CTE. We do amazing things for students and the world needs to know it. I would like create resources and trainings for teachers giving them the advocacy skills they need to advocate for their programs in their schools and communities. No one is going to talk about the CTE unless we become our own advocates.

Nominee for TREASURER: Janny Jarvis

Two Year term: 2018-2020

I started my adventure with CTE three years ago through the credentialing program and since then I have wanted to give back.  When the opportunity to run for treasurer was available two years ago, I jumped at it.  I have enjoyed my time as treasurer and want to serve another two year term to help continue our forward progress.  It would be an honor to continue to give back to such a great group of educators, who always keep students number one.


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2018 CACTE CareerTech Summit Attendees – Things to Know!

The CACTE Board is very excited to welcome you to the 2018 CACTE CareerTech Summit and Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge next week!  Whether it is your 1st time or your 30th time to attend summer conference, the CACTE Summit is a great time of learning, networking and generally having a good time with the Colorado CTE family!

Some things to know about the CACTE CareerTech Summit:

  • Registration is in the Floor 3 Foyer. Allow time for lines – especially on Monday morning, Monday evening and Tuesday morning.
  • The full program is available on the CACTE website – you will receive a paper copy at registration, as well as a CACTE tote bag.
  • Dress is business casual during the day– this is a professional association conference.
  • If you want your lodging to be tax exempt, you MUST PRESENT A PAPER COPY OF YOUR TAX EXEMPT CERTIFICATE AT CHECK IN; you must still pay the 5.5% resort fee.
  • Each hotel room comes with one parking space in the garage; others must pay to park in the large lot next door to Beaver Run or any other paid parking lot around town.
  • We will be at 9,600’ in Breckenridge – bring a refillable water bottle and drink lots of water.
  • Your certificate of attendance will be sent electronically AFTER the Summit, by the end of the week – there will be NO paper certificates of attendance this year!
  • You will receive the Summit evaluation on Thursday afternoon – complete it by Friday, July 27 to be in a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card!
  • CSU credit is available through the CCCS Professional Development opportunity – look for the CTE Common checklist, which will include the 2018 CACTE CareerTech Summit.
  • Plan to arrive by 4:45 to register Monday evening, if not already in attendance – the Welcome DINNER begins at 5:30 pm.
  • For the Monday pm After Party, bring your swim suit (pool/multiple hot tubs), tennis racquet, and favorite board/card games. There will be a cash bar.
  • Tuesday and Thursday there are morning walks at 6:30 am.
  • Wednesday at 6:15 am, there is Yin Yoga in the Pool Area – bring a yoga mat/blanket and 2 pillows!
  • NEW! Tuesday – CTSO Advisers Lounge!  You asked for a chance to interact informally with the CTSO State Officers– this is it!  Head outside to the Event Tent between 11:30 am and 5:00 pm to absorb as much good info from these knowledgeable students as you can!  Bring your list of questions or brainstorm on the spot.
  • Show your CACTE name badge for a 10% discount at Spencer’s Restaurant in the hotel.



Safe travels to Breckenridge – come ready to learn, share, meet new people and reconnect with long-time friends!  See you soon!


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2018 CACTE CareerTech Summit Program now available!

The 2018 CACTE CareerTech Summit Program is ready for your viewing pleasure!  Take a few minutes to see what breakouts look good to you.  Arrive by 5:00 pm on Monday to register before the WELCOME DINNER begins at 5:30 pm.  Bring your favorite board game and/or swimsuit for the CACTE After Party on Monday evening.   Come prepared for morning walks on Tuesday and Thursday and yoga on Wednesday morning – staying active is important to keep our brains functioning later in the day. 🙂 Bring your refillable water bottles – we are at 9,600′ – gotta drink plenty of water!  Check out the plans your Division officers have for you on Wednesday.  Help celebrate the CACTE Excellence Award Winners on Thursday.  It’s gonna be a great time as “CTE: Reaches New Heights!”


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The CACTE Board voted unanimously to recommend acceptance of the proposed CACTE Bylaws Revision by the membership.  The proposed CACTE bylaws revision will be voted on at the Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, July 19 during the 2018 CACTE CareerTech Summit.  The document will be considered in its entirety.

If you will not be present at the meeting and would like to cast a vote, please send an email to with your name, member number and vote (yes or no) by Friday, July 13.

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2018 CACTE CareerTech Summit – Walk In Registration Only!!!

 2018 CACTE CareerTech Summit

July 15-19, 2018 at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, CO

“CTE:  Reaching New Heights!”

Plan now to attend the CACTE CareerTech Summit and join hundreds of your fellow CTE professionals at the most exciting Colorado CTE event of the year! Remember, CACTE members receive priority registration and discounted rates.

Continuing education credit from CSU is available (at additional cost) through the CCCS Professional Development CTE Common Checklist.  You can do the 2017-18 checklist for the 2017 Summit if you need credit by summer’s end.  If you can wait for credit, you can use the 2018-19 checklist for the 2018 Summit when it becomes available.  Please go to for more information.  Different this year – there will NOT be specific CSU credit for the CACTE Summit.


  • Credentialing Session is full at 100 people.
  • Raising the Bar for Learning with Technology, 8:00 am – noon, $50
  • How do we help students learn today and prepare them for a changing world? A driving force behind this change is technology. It can empower every individual to create and make a difference in the world. But we need to raise the bar for what’s expected for learning with technology. Presented by Apple for users of all brands of computers
  • Innovation in Schools, 1:30-4:30 pm, $50
  • Technology is one of the driving forces behind innovation today. It’s more accessible and available than ever before, creating remarkable opportunities in the way people work, learn, and live. At Apple, we set the bar high for our technology because we’ve seen the difference it can make in people’s lives. When it comes to education, we’ve found that the most innovative schools in the world evaluate and improve their practices while paying close attention to the world their students will graduate into. And they innovate, not for the ​
sake of innovation, but with vision to build relevant and​
inspiring teaching and learning communities. Presented by Apple for users of all brands of computers
  • Concurrent Enrollment Summer Summit, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, $60 (includes lunch)
  • Have questions about how to develop a positive and productive partnership for concurrent enrollment? Want to learn about best practices? Do you know what credential(s) are needed? Sign up for this session to learn all about it.

2018 CACTE CareerTechSummit ATTENDEE Registration


There are several steps in the process – be patient.  Once you click “registering as an individual” and enter your email, you will see a page that looks exactly the same as where you just were.  Keep scrolling!  Complete the About You section (each email can only be used once) and the Survey.  Then you’ll see 3 choices for Monday Professional Development – 2 exciting workshops presented by Apple, Inc. and new this year, the Concurrent Enrollment Summer Summit.  If you want to attend, click the appropriate boxes.  Next is the ever-popular CTE Credentialing Session.  If you need this session, click the box.

Now you are ready to register for the actual conference! Pick the correct place to register, depending on your ACTE/CACTE member status.  Then you’ll see a place to order additional meals.  The Concurrent Enrollment and CTE Credentialing session fees include Monday lunch.  If you want to have lunch between the two Apple sessions, you’ll want to purchase a ticket in this section.  Conference registration includes Monday evening welcome buffet dinner, Tuesday breakfast/lunch, Wednesday breakfast/lunch and Thursday breakfast/lunch.  Only purchase additional meal tickets if you have guest(s) who want to eat with us.

Press the “calculate order” button and follow the directions – you can do this! 🙂  Schools/Districts with numerous registrants that want to pay for everyone at one time should mark “pay by check” for each registrant, then email with a list of names, amount owed per person and total amount.  Debbie will create an invoice for your district.

To use Perkins FY18 funds that begin July 1, you cannot register until July 1.  That’s why online registration is open until July 10.

Mail checks to:  CACTE, c/o Debbie Nelson, 2042 S Balsam St, Lakewood, CO, 80227-2475

EXHIBITORS, your support of Colorado CTE is greatly appreciated!  Exhibitor registration is LIVE as of 3/28/18 and will continue through June 10.  If you didn’t get registered before June 10 and would like to register, please email

LODGING: The conference hotel is the Beaver Run Resort! The CACTE hotel block has multiple types of rooms – get together with your friends and save money by booking a studio or suite!  Make your reservations by May 18 to assure the best rates.  Click here for Beaver Run Resort reservations!



Hotel room $149


4 people
Studio $169


4 people
Breckenridge Studio $179


4 people
Colorado Suite $189


4 people
Summit Suite $199


4 people
One Bedroom Suite $209 4 people
One Bedroom Suite – Building 4 $229


4 people
Two Bedroom Suite $261 8 people
Two Bedroom Suite – Building 4 $261 8 people


Sunday, July 15, 2018 – BOARD DAY

  • Executive Committee meeting, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
  • Board  packet stuffing, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Board Dinner, 4:15-6:15 pm
  • Board Meeting 6:30-8:30 pm

Monday, July 16, 2018 – PRECONFERENCE DAY

  • Registration open 7:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • CTE credentialing session w CCCS, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • PD-Raising the Bar for Learning with Technology with a team from Apple Education, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • PD-Innovation in Schools with a team from Apple Education, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
  • NEW-Concurrent Enrollment Summer Summit, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • CTSO state officer training, 8:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Exhibitors open 4:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Welcome Buffet Dinner – plan to arrive in time to register! 5:30 – 7:00 pm – notice that this is DINNER, not just a reception this year
  • After Party at The Hub, 7:00-9:00 pm

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 – GENERAL CTE INTEREST DAY

  • Morning Walk, 6:30 – 7:15 am
  • Registration open 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Division Meet & Greet/Continental Breakfast, 7:45 – 9:00 am
  • Exhibitors open all day
  • Opening General Session with keynote speaker, Mark Perna on “Using a Powerful Narrative to Revolutionize the CTE Paradigm”, 9:00 – 11:30 am
  • General interest CTE breakouts, 11:40-12:30, 2:10-3:00, 3:30-4:20
  • Legislative Luncheon, 12:40 – 2:00 pm
  • CACTE Legislative Committee meeting, 2:10 – 4:00 pm
  • Dinner on-your-own

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 – DIVISION DAY

  • Yoga, 6:15-7:15 am
  • Registration open 7:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • Exhibitors open until 1:45 pm
  • CCCS Update/Plated Breakfast, 7:30-9:15 am
  • Division-planned activities, 9:45-5:30 pm
  • Luncheon – sit by division, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
  • Optional Division dinners or dinner-on-your-own

Thursday, July 19, 2018 – AWARDS DAY

  • Morning walk, 6:30 – 7:15 am
  • Registration open 7:15 – 8:00 am
  • CACTE Business meeting/Plated Breakfast, 8:00 – 9:30 am
  • General interest CTE breakout, 9:40 – 10:20 am
  • Closing General Session with ACTE past president Lorri Carlile and CACTE Excellence Awards Presentation, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Box lunches – grab & go OR sit, eat and continue networking, 12:10 – 1:30 pm
  • New Board Orientation & box lunch, 12:20-1:45 pm

Save July 15-19 – celebrate CTE Reaching New Heights at the 2018 CACTE CareerTech Summit!



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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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Thank you to these leaders who have stepped up for their career and technical education professional association!  We especially appreciate Mimi Leonard serving as “honorary” past president, since Dr. Katy Blatnick-Gagne now lives and works in Lubbock, TX.  Katy, thank you so much for continuing to serve as president through the 2017 CACTE CareerTech Summit, despite moving south in March – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Serving on the 2017-2018 CACTE Executive Committee are:



President:  Jay Moore




President-Elect:  Kimberly Baldwin



Secretary:  Jen Girvin




Treasurer:  Janny Jarvis




Honorary Past President:  Mimi Leonard

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