About Colorado ACTE

The Colorado Association for Career and Technical Education (CACTE) is the state professional association for Career and Technical Education.

Since 1917, CACTE has been the largest state organization supporting Colorado Career and Technical Educators in their efforts to prepare students for career and life success. CACTE’s members include teachers, administrators, teacher educators, career counselors, teacher candidates, business partners and other career tech professionals.

CACTE is affiliated with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), the national organization for Career and Technical Education. CACTE is made up of ten divisions. When you join CACTE, you will also join one (or more) of the divisions, plus ACTE. Each division has its own leadership team, conference schedule, publications, etc. The divisions are listed and linked to the right.



The CACTE mission is: to provide educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce.

CACTE’s purposes are:

  • Leadership and Program Improvement.  To foster excellence in Colorado career and technical education.
  • Policy Development.  To advocate for public policy in Colorado to benefit career and technical education.
  • Knowledge Connectivity.  To act as  a clearing house for education and information relating to all aspects of Colorado career and technical education, while providing access to professional development.
  • Awareness.  To create public awareness of Colorado career and technical education.


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.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.cacte.org/home/about/

QAS & State of the State Report

Annual State of the State Report for Colorado ACTE Each year, Colorado ACTE is required to submit an annual report to ACTE to remain an affiliated state association. Part of the requirements is the State of the State report. Read it here! ACTE Quality Association Standards Award (QAS) A related opportunity is applying for the …

CACTE Staff – all part time

As a non-profit professional association, the Colorado Association for Career and Technical Education (CACTE) relies on a few paid staff members and a whole lot of volunteers to make things happen. Meet our hard-working staff! EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – Debbie Nelson, MA Debbie Nelson has been a member of CACTE since 1982. She believes passionately in …

Contact Us

Telephone Call CACTE at 303-969-9473 (Mountain Time Zone) Email cacte@cacte.org Mailing Address CACTE, c/o Debbie Nelson, 2042 S Balsam St, Lakewood, CO, 80227-2475 Sign up for our email list by sending your contact info to the cacte@cacte.org address.


Want to join CACTE? Please complete the ACTE/CACTE membership application, which should take a couple of minutes. Members should log in to the ACTE portal to renew membership, even if expired.  Your total dues should be $150, except for CBAM which totals $175.  Colorado ACTE is unified, so you get ACTE, CACTE and your Colorado Division …