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2020 CACTE CareerTech Summit

NOTE:  CACTE is acutely aware of the impact COVID-19 is having on school district travel plans.  However, we are moving forward with registration, hoping that the CACTE CareerTech Summit will take place as scheduled in July.

Join us in Grand Junction for the premier Career & Technical Education event of the year! Mingle with fellow educators at all levels – middle school, high school and postsecondary – as well as counselors, administrators and guests to learn about the latest happenings in CTE. Mark your calendar for July 19-23, 2020!



  • Call for Presentation Proposals IS OPEN THROUGH APRIL 16 – see CACTE home page
  • Registration for attendees opens March 16; Early Bird registration ends May 15; online registration open through July 10
  • Registration for exhibitors opens late March – aiming for March 23
  • Hotel links will also open March 16 – room rate is $139 with a $7 per night/per car parking fee
  • All hotel reservations must be made by June 18 to get the CACTE rate
  • All payments should be received by CACTE by July 15; by June 30 if using this year’s Perkins money
  • Download the CACTE W-9 form, if needed
  • The program will be a mobile app , with all the latest updates and notifications; a spreadsheet with details may be printed from the CACTE website a couple of days before the Summit begins (for most accuracy)

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Please read before clicking reg link below…..

Under normal circumstances, CACTE does not issue refunds for the CareerTech Summit; instead you can substitute another person to use your registration, and you can still do this!

Based on the current situation with COVID-19, CACTE will consider the possibility of refunds as we approach July. If the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment issues recommendations that impact events like the Summit, CACTE leadership will discuss and make decisions at that time.

Payment can be made when you register with a credit card OR you can mark “pay by check” to defer payment. Payment is due to CACTE by July 15.  If you are paying from this year’s Perkins funds, you will need to pay by June 30.  In light of the evolution of this situation, please give careful consideration to your source of payment and the fiscal year in which your payment may be processed.  CACTE is not able to process POs.

The CACTE CareerTech Summit is an important piece of your overall professional learning plan with a format created to meet individual professional development needs and align with strategic-improvement plans. You will 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:

  • Hear from nationally known speakers
  • Connect with your colleagues and leaders in Colorado CTE       
  • Mingle with CTSO officers
  • Experience firsthand the exciting future of CTE across Colorado
  • Form beneficial new partnerships with business and industry
  • Energize your program by using what you learn to positively impact your students’ success

Graduate credit from CSU is available (at additional cost) through the CCCS Professional Development CTE Common Checklist. Please go to for more information. 

*** If you are registering multiple attendees, please check with each attendee for any dietary restrictions and include them in the “meals” part of registration. Please also include EACH attendee’s email address so they can receive all communications regarding registration information- otherwise critical updates will be missed.***


Summit registration cost includes lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday, along w morning coffee/tea and afternoon snack breaks.

Early Bird MEMBER registration$425through May 15
Early Bird MEMBER + 1 yr membership renewal$575through May 15
MEMBER registration$480May 16-July 10
MEMBER rate + 1 yr membership renewal$630May 16-July 10
Nonmember registration$595March 16-July 10
Nonmember + 1 yr membership in ACTE/CACTE$745March 16-July 10
RETIREE MEMBER registration$330March 16-July 10
Postsecondary CTE Education Student registration$150March 16-July 10
Daily registration rate$205March 16-July 10
Monday full day: CTE in CO Credentialing Session$50March 16-until full
Monday half day: Work-Based Learning Credentialing Session$25March 16-until full
Monday half day:  any DEEP DIVE PD$25March 16-July 10
Monday lunch, if NOT doing all day CTE in CO Credentialing session$50March 16-July 10


Please read about the Professional Development Opportunities available on Monday 7/20 BEFORE entering the registration site – there are very few details on the reg site itself. 

The CTE in Colorado Credentialing Session is for teachers and counselors needing to move from an initial to professional CTE Credential (EDU 250/251). For this credential, YOU MUST register for the full Summit! The Work-Based Learning Credentialing Session is for TEACHERS with a class list, not district level personnel. The teacher of record must supervise students who are placed at business/industry locations and this credential allows teachers to be claimed across CTE program areas. If you are interested in a CTE Director Credential, stay tuned for the CACTA (Administrators) Conference in February 2021!

Click HERE to read about either CREDENTIALING session!



In Grand Junction, we will be staying at four different hotels, each with a slightly different vibe. They are all within 3-8 minutes walking distance of the Grand Junction Convention Center, site of most Summit activities, although we will be using some of the hotel meeting rooms, so bring your walking shoes! 😉 Choose from the Fairfield Inn & Suites, the Hampton Inn, the SpringHill Suites by Marriott or the TRU by Hilton.

Regardless of which of the 4 hotels you choose, several things are the same:

  • $139 room rate, plus $7 per vehicle/per night parking fee
  • complimentary breakfast buffet
  • complimentary wifi access, exercise room, pool/spa and newspaper
  • whether online or on the phone, you must use the CACTE codes to get the special CACTE rate (FYI: this is different than how the Embassy Suites Loveland link works…..)
  • make reservations by June 18!



the schedule is still a work in progress, but this will give you some idea about the structure of the 2020 Summit

SUNDAY, 7/19 – Preparation Day

1:00 pm – 3:30 pmExecutive Committee lunch and meeting
3:30 pm – 4:00 pmStuff conference tote bags
5:00 pm – 7:00 pmRegistration open

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm?New Health Teachers Orientation – tentative

MONDAY, 7/20 – Deep Dive Day (professional development)

6:00 pm
Registration open 
9:00 am – 5:00 pmCTE in Colorado Credentialing Sessionincludes lunch ** There are 100 spots in this session – the number will NOT be increased – register EARLY!

The Colorado CTE Team is delivering the content required for CTE in Colorado Credentialing (EDU250/251) with a combination of face-to-face sessions and online work with no tuition cost.  If you have been assigned coursework by CDE to move from your initial to professional CTE credential or if you are new to CTE and exploring the credentialing process, please register for the entire CACTE Summit as well as the CTE Credentialing session on Monday, July 20, and plan to be involved in the entire CACTE conference, through Thursday, July 23.  Wednesday 7/22 and Thursday 7/23 Division Spotlight activities are required.  There will be homework to complete in order to receive your certificate of completion from CCCS (which is what you then send in to CDE).

Participants in the CTE in Colorado Credentialing Session ARE required to “check out” with CCCS Staff on the last day of the CACTE Summit.
$50 fee
9:00 am – 12:00 pmDEEP DIVE – “Becoming a Leader for the 21st Century” with Josh Davies, Center for Work Ethic Development – The modern workplace is constantly evolving and changing, with some jobs going away and others being created. While change is a constant, research shows that every 30 years a new wave of technology fundamentally changes the workplace: assembly lines, computers, and the internet each dramatically shifted the nature and role of work. The next technological wave, a combination of automation and artificial intelligence, will create the biggest workplace revolution by 2030. This wave will disrupt the workplace more significantly than any of the others before it – and new leadership skills are needed to be successful.
The skills of yesterday need to evolve to prepare for the coming reality. The future will have a greater need for leaders at all levels in an organization, and they will require a different set of skills and abilities. As the world becomes more and more High Tech, leaders must become more High Touch. Learn how to develop the seven skills that will make leaders more effective today and invaluable in the future. Don’t sit back and wait for change to come – choose instead to build the leaders of tomorrow today!
By the end of the workshop, attendees will learn:
-How 30-year technology waves decouple traditional workplace norms 
-The impact of automation and artificial intelligence on the workplace of 2030
-Strategies for developing the seven critical leadership skills of the future

$25 fee
9:00 am – 12:00 pmDEEP DIVE – “Get Students Career Ready with iPad” with Apple EducationMobile technology is driving transformation across all industries. This transformation is redefining what career readiness means and generating a shift in the skills students need to be successful. Learn how the built-in features of iPad and support for advanced technologies like augmented reality can support students in learning the skills necessary for in-demand careers. Get hands-on with iPad and powerful apps that help students build creative skills in any career pathway! $25 fee
prepaidBuffet Luncheon
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Work -Based Learning Credentialing Session **There are 30 spots in this session – the number will NOT be increased – register EARLY!

This session will review best practices in placing and supervising students who are working in the field with business and industry professionals. The Work Based Learning Credential Session is a professional development session that is required for applicants prior to submitting applications for the “Work Based Learning Credential” to the Colorado Department of Education. The purpose of the Work Based Learning Credential is for potential access to Colorado Technical Act (CTA) funding when the teacher of record holds the WBL Credential. The teacher of record must supervise students who are placed at business/industry locations and this credential allows teachers to be claimed across CTE program areas. The CTE Credential for Work Based Learning (through CDE) is not intended for district level WBL directors, but please feel free to participate in the professional development.  Here are the requirements for the credential:

Participants in the WBL Session are not required to “check out” on the last day of the CACTE Summit. 
$25 fee
1:00 pm – 4:00 pmDEEP DIVE – “Everyone Can Create – Ignite Creativity with iPad” with Apple EducationTo succeed in today’s world and to shape tomorrow’s, students need to tap into their creative potential and learn to express themselves in new and innovative ways. Join us to learn about Everyone Can Create, a program from Apple designed to help unleash the creative potential in every student through photography, video, music, and drawing with iPad. In this session, you’ll experience engaging lessons that introduce fundamental skills and techniques in music and drawing using free apps available on iPad.
$25 fee
1:00 pm – 4:00 pmDEEP DIVE – “What’s in YOUR Toolbox? Integrated Content Language Development (ICLD) Training for CTE Teachers with English Language Learner Students” with Elina Medina, DPS – Do you have more and more English Language Learner students in your CTE classroom?  ICLD training for teachers increases awareness and provides strategies to support students in developing the ability to generate thoughtful written and spoken concepts within the content area. Clear content and language outcomes are planned for lessons. Learners are provided with goal directed opportunities to interact within the classroom and beyond. Teachers are then able to provide students with the tasks that develop reading, writing and speaking skills within the content. From choosing videos, to developing the language you want students to have, to increasing your own cultural awareness, are all ways to grow your practice and benefit the students you are teaching.  CTE classrooms are designed with more hands-on experiences; therefore needs will be different than the basic training that is often provided to teachers. Come fill your toolbox with strategies for ELL learners!
$25 fee
12:00 pm – 5:30 pmExhibitors set up
6:00 pm – 9:00 pmCACTE Board dinner and meeting

TUESDAY, 7/21 – Colorado Focus Day

6:30 – 7:15 amMorning Walk 
7:00 a – 3:30 pRegistration open
8:00 am – 5:00 pmExhibitors open all day
8:45 am – 9:15 amDivision Meet & Greet
9:15 am – 10:45 amOpening General SessionCCCS Update/Activities w CO CTE Team!
11:00 am – 12:00 pmBreakout 1
12:15 pm – 1:45 pmRecognition Luncheon
2:00 pm – 4:00 pmCACTE Awards Committee Meeting
2:00 pm – 3:00 pmBreakout Session 2
3:00 pm – 3:30 pmSnack break with exhibitors
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Breakout Session 3
5:00 pm – 7:00 pmCACTE Networking Event at winery/brewery – sign up with registration
 Dinner on your own

WEDNESDAY, 7/22 – Legislative Day & Division Spotlight

6:15 am – 7:15 amPhysical/mindfulness activity
7:30 am – 2:00 pmRegistration open
8:00 am – 5:00 pmExhibitors open all day
8:45 am – 10:30 amGeneral Session w keynote speaker, Zach Mercurio – “Leading & Working with Purpose”
10:45 am – 12:00 pmCACTE Legislative Committee meeting
11:00 am – 12:00 pmSpecial Breakout w Zach Mercurio – More Leading & Working with Purpose
11:00 am – 12:00 pmBreakout Session 4
12:15 pm – 1:45 pmLegislative Luncheon with Tonette Salazar, CACTE Legislative Specialist
 Trivia Night in the works! 🙂
Division Dinners/Activities or Dinner on your own

THURSDAY, 7/23 – Division Spotlight Day

6:30 am-7:15 amMorning Walk
7:15 am – 11:00 amRegistration open
8:00 am – 9:00 amCACTE Business meeting and Officer Installation 
End of 2020 Summit, unless on CACTE Board
1:00 pm – 4:00 pmCACTE Board Lunch & Orientation
5:30 pm – 8:30 pmFarmer’s Market in Downtown Grand Junction, if you’re still in town


The 2020 CACTE CareerTech Summit is in scenic Grand Junction, on the western slope of Colorado. Consider bringing the family, or have them join you before or after the Summit for a family vacation in the great outdoors! Visit the dramatic red rock landscape of the Colorado National Monument. Explore hundreds of miles of mountain-bike trails. Raft the Colorado River, golf, hike, or taste your way through the vineyards – Grand Junction offers many opportunities to extend your stay. Check out for more information!

Another fun opportunity – the Grand Junction Rockies baseball team will be in town when we are – Sunday-Wednesday nights, playing the Idaho Falls Chukars. Tickets are around $10. Learn more here!

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