FAQs about 2019 CACTE CareerTech Summit!

  • DATE/LOCATION – July 14-18, 2019; Embassy Suites, Loveland, CO
  • SCHEDULE CHANGES!Professional development moves to Thursday – main conference activities begin Monday morning!  Sunday-Governance Day; Monday-CTE Update Day; Tuesday-Legislative Day; Wednesday-Division Day; Thursday-Professional Development Day, including Credentialing Session
  • CREDENTIALING SESSION – 100 spots will be available when registration opens; MUST register for full CACTE Summit as well as Credentialing Session; required breakout sessions on Monday and Tuesday, with Credentialing Orientation during the 1st breakout session; required Division Day participating and full day Credentialing Session on Thursday
  • REGISTRATION – opens mid March – if you are on the CACTE email list, you will get a blast email when registration opens
  • COST – registration prices will be set at the February 2019 Board meeting – for planning purposes, anticipate a small increase over 2018 prices; last year’s cost was $425 for Early Bird MEMBER (March-May 15); $475 for regular MEMBER; $590 for non member. Options for joining/renewing membership add $150 to registration cost
  • HOTEL INFORMATION – link to hotel registration will be included when registration opens mid March; room rates are $149 for single/double; $164 for triple and $179 for quad
  • PRESENTATIONS – Call for Presentation Proposals will open March 1 – be thinking about what you can share with fellow Summit attendees – due by April 16

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CACTE Members Making News!

Tuesday, January 15 was a big day for CTE in the news and at the Capitol! CACTE member Eric Ward testified in support of HB 19-1008 before the House Education Committee. The bill addresses including CTE new facilities/equipment in the use of BEST funds.

And CACTE members Scott Burke, instructor, and Shelley Goerdt, Jeffco CTE Coordinator, made a News 4 Denver story happen with about 3 hours notice! News 4 Political reporter, Shaun Boyd wanted to visit a Skilled Trades class as she was covering HB 19-1008. CACTE connected her to the Geometry in Construction class at Green Mountain High School. Scott’s students did a fabulous job of illustrating why #CTE works wonders, talking about the specific and transferable skills they are learning by building a house for Habitat for Humanity! Here is the link to the story: https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/01/16/shop-class-state-legislature-green-mountain/

Way to go, Colorado ACTE!

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ACTE Now Accepting Applications for Postsecondary Leadership Success Program!

The Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – Sponsored by ECMC Foundation is a year-long professional development experience designed for current and emerging leaders.

Participants in the Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE-Sponsored by ECMC Foundation will:

  • Build their leadership skills by working as a team with a nationally recognized Facilitator and a dedicated mentor
  • Be introduced to national and state postsecondary CTE officials
  • Author blog posts and an article to be published in Techniques magazine
  • Present at national conferences
  • Participate in monthly online seminars
  • Have all travel and lodging expenses paid to 4 in-person workshops
  • Be eligible to earn 2 semester hours graduate education credit from a Tier 1 University
  • Earn a $4,000 Stipend
  • Complete an online application and submit letters of recommendation


The Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE-Sponsored by ECMC Foundation is made possible through the generous support of the ECMC Foundation.

ECMC Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, nationally-focused foundation whose mission is to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes – especially among underserved populations – through evidence-based innovation. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis. ECMC Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. Working with grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation’s vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential. Learn more about ECMC Foundation by visiting ecmcfoundation.org and ECMC Group by visiting ecmcgroup.org.

For more information, please contact PLSP@acteonline.org.

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Happy New Year! Co Springs Area CTE Programs Featured in January Techniques!

Happy New Year, CACTE members and friends!  How exciting to receive the January 2019 issue of ACTE’s Techniques Magazine on the last day of 2018 and see Colorado featured on the cover! 🙂  Be sure to read the feature article, pages 16-20 about the partnership between Peyton and Widefield School Districts plus local industries.  Thanks to Nikki Carter, Widefield CTE Director,  for writing the article.  Here is a link to the article, if you can’t find your printed copy:  Colorado Partners Educate a Strong, Prepared Workforce.       Way to go, Colorado CTE!!!


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Registration for both the CATFACS and CACTA

Division Conferences is now open!

Family and Consumer Sciences professionals are encouraged to soar among the stars as CATFACS explores the cosmos of the FCS Body of Knowledge!  The annual CATFACS Winter Conference is January 31-February 1, 2019 at the Colorado Springs Embassy Suites.  Register at http://www.registermychapter.com/catfacs by January 15 for early bird rates!  For more information, including hotel link, click here.

CTE Administrators and others are encouraged to join in the fun of “The Real Game of Life” as CACTA discovers that CTE offers students what they really need for real life!  The annual CACTA Mid-Winter Conference is February 6-8, 2019 (Board meeting Feb 5) at the Loveland Embassy Suites.  Register at  http://www.rsvpbook.com/CACTA2019 to save your spot on the game board!  For more information, including hotel link, click here.

Take advantage of these opportunities to network with your peers, one of the best benefits of professional association membership!  Learn a lot from speakers and each other, have some fun and bring the new knowledge back to your workplace to share with others!

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Congratulations to the CACTE Excellence Awards Recipients for 2018!  It was thrilling to be able to honor all nine individuals in person at the CACTE Awards Presentation.  Thank you to all who nominated and wrote recommendation letters for these deserving honorees.

From L to R:  S Mease, H DeBerard, J Caldwell, C Runyan, M Batch, D Rivkin, R Van Dyke, E Vaughan and L Jones Austin

OUSTANDING CTE STUDENT-SECONDARY – Daniel Rivkin (TSA)          Read more about Daniel:  Rivkin.Daniel.CACTE.2018

CTE EXEMPLARY ALUMNI AWARD – Hayley DeBerard (TSA)    Read more about Hayley: DeBerard.Hayley.CACTE.2018

CTE NEW TEACHER OF THE YEAR – Sahvanna Mease     Read more about Sahvanna:  Mease.Sahvanna.CACTE.2018

CTE TEACHER OF THE YEAR – Christina Runyan      Read more about Christina: Runyan.Christina.CACTE.2018

CTE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR – Jaimie Caldwell     Read more about Jaimie:  Caldwell.Jaimie.CACTE.2018

CAREER GUIDANCE AWARD – Lauren Jones Austin     Read more about Lauren: JonesAustin.Lauren.CACTE.2018

OUSTANDING SERVICE BY A MEMBER – Robert Van Dyke     Read more about Robert:  VanDyke.Robert.CACTE.2018

CACTE HALL OF FAME – Martha Batch and Everett Vaughan  Read more about Martha and Ev:  Batch.Martha.CACTE.HoF.2018     Vaughan.Ev.CACTE.HoF.2018

The ACTE/CACTE award recipients’ nominations will be sent on to the Region V Awards, to be presented at the Region V conference in Bozeman, MT in April.  Those include CTE New Teacher of the Year, CTE Teacher of the Year, CTE Administrator of the Year and the Career Guidance Award. 🙂

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CACTE STRATEGIC THEMES FOR 2018-19 (program of work)

Recently, the ACTE Board of Directors approved a new strategic plan to move us forward into 2020.  Colorado ACTE decided to support the work of the national Board and has chosen to focus on 2 of the strategic themes included in the ACTE plan:  Member Value/Engagement and Professional/Leadership Development.  These themes will be a focus during Kimberly Baldwin’s presidency.

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2018 CACTE CareerTech Summit Presentations

Here are the presentations that have been shared with CACTE to date.  If you would like a specific presentation not listed here, please email Debbie (cacte@cacte.org) and she will contact the presenter.


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Thank you to these leaders who have stepped to serve our career and technical education professional association!  We especially appreciate Mimi Leonard serving as “honorary” past president for the last year – your experience was extremely valuable to the Board, Mimi!

Serving on the 2018-2019 CACTE Executive Committee are:




President:  Kimberly Baldwin



President-Elect:  Robert Van Dyke



Secretary:  Jen Girvin



Treasurer:  Janny Jarvis



Past President:  Jay Moore




                                                                                          Executive Director:  Debbie Nelson

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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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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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As a CACTE member or friend, you should be receiving a monthly e-newsletter, usually towards the late middle of the month.  The December issue went out on Monday, December 17 at 2:15 pm.  We are having some trouble with district firewalls and suspended email addresses.  If you didn’t get this e-newsletter for December, please email cacte@cacte.org to let us know.  The beginning looks like this….  and here is a link to the full document….. 2018-12.Connecting.with.CACTE

Please keep your contact information correct at acteonline.org – that is CACTE’s source for email addresses. Lots of changes happened at the beginning of the school year and we are just now catching up.  🙂

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