Feb 02

Celebrating the Centennial of CTE in the Centennial State!

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February is Career & Technical Education (CTE) Month and 2017 is the 100th anniversary of federal legislation supporting CTE programs.  “Celebrate Today, OWN Tomorrow” is the theme.  Check out www.ctemonth.org for ideas of how to celebrate at your school or workplace!


During CTE month:
-Inform students about the importance of choosing a CTE Pathway.
-Increase student awareness of careers, education and training.
-Strengthen student engagement through the Program of Study and CTSOs.
-Increase parent involvement and awareness of CTE programs.
-Promote discussion of postsecondary options – training, certificates and degrees.


Ways to celebrate:

  1.  Make a video profiling successful alumni and where they work for use everywhere.  Remember to send a copy to the Colorado CTE office.
  2. Dedicate a post and tweet every day to CTE Month and 100 Years of CTE.  Use the hashtags #ctemonth and #CTECentennial
  3. Create a CTE Day at your school where every class does a career related lesson plan or project.
  4. Advocate for CTE and your program by sharing stories of your students’ success with your school board, community and legislative representatives.
  5. Submit someone for the “Who’s Who in CTE” Colorado Recognition Program. See below for details.

Please complete the form (takes 10 mins tops) for Colorado CTE’s “Who’s Who in CTE”!!

Link for “Who’s Who in Colorado CTE” Recognition for Teachers and Admin:


Link for “Who’s Who in Colorado CTE” Recognition for Students:


Link to “Who’s Who in Colorado CTE” Recognition for Business, Community, and Agency Partners:


Colorado CTE will be showcasing CTE educators, programs, and support from our CTE Champions throughout the year; so please submit your stories!CTEmonth_SquareLogo

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Dec 28

CACTE Summit 2017 “Celebrating 100 Years of Career and Technical Education”


CACTE Summit 2017


“Celebrating 100 Years of Career

and Technical Education”


Join Us for our 100th Anniversary

July 17-20, 2017


Loveland Embassy Suites

Loveland, Colorado


Save the Date: 

Special Dinner and Celebration Party

Wednesday July 19th, 2017




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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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