List of Virtual CTE Resources

This list was compiled by the Colorado CTE Team at CCCS – thank you! Click here to access a myriad of virtual CTE Resources to help you with on-line learning for your students. 🙂

Physical distancing……Social solidarity!

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COVID-19 Update regarding CACTE Summit

First, know that CACTE and ACTE are doing everything we can to support you as you move towards online teaching/learning. PLEASE take advantage of the CTE Learn free course offer for online teaching if you need support.

Second, as of 3/24/20, we are continuing to move forward with plans for a face-to-face 2020 CACTE CareerTech Summit in Grand Junction in July. We understand that some school districts are forbidding registration for summer conferences at this point – obviously, you’ll need to follow those guidelines. If you do register now, please mark “pay by check”…..and then don’t pay yet! Let’s wait and see how things play out over the coming weeks…..

Hopefully by mid-May, the picture will be more clear and CACTE can make a decision about the status of the Summit. Your support and participation in your professional association are more important than ever! Hang in there!

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NOTE:  CACTE is acutely aware of the impact COVID-19 is having on school district travel plans, conferences and therefore YOU all, our exhibitor friends!  However, we are moving forward with registration, hoping that the CACTE CareerTech Summit will take place as scheduled in July.  As with the attendees, you may want to mark “pay by check” this year as we wait to see what happens…..but not to worry, if you pay by credit card and we have to cancel, CACTE will refund your money. 🙂

EXHIBITORS, your support of Colorado CTE and CACTE is greatly appreciated!  Exhibitor registration is LIVE as of 3/23/20 and will continue through June 8 – CLICK HERE!. We love having you as exhibitors and we appreciate any sponsorships you can provide. See the sponsorship opportunities list HERE! The Grand Junction Main Street Hotels reservation links can be found on the 2020 CACTE CareerTech Summit web page.


  • 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm Exhibitor Set Up, Colorado I, Grand Junction Convention Center, 159 Main St
  • 7:00 am – 8:00 am Exhibitor Set Up
  • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Exhibits Open
  • 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm Recognition Luncheon, includes exhibitors, recognizes sponsors & exhibitors
  • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Exclusive Exhibitor time w Snack Break
  • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Exhibits Open
  • 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Snack Break w Exhibitors
  • 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Exhibitors break down
Exhibitor Table$495, includes 1 8’ draped table, 2 chairs, wastebasket, Tuesday/Wednesday lunches, AM beverage service and PM snack breaks, logo/company contact info in mobile app if provided by June 15
Electricity$75 to have electrify at your booth – be sure to order through CACTE this year!
Extra Exhibitor(s) – 2 people totalNo additional charge for 2 people total
1 Extra Table$75
2 Extra Tables$140
3 Extra Tables$200
Advertisement in Event Mobile App$100 – provide PDF, jpeg or png by June 15 and CACTE will include it in the mobile app
1 page Color Flyer in Summit bag$180 – provide PDF copy by June 15 and CACTE will make copies for you
1 page Black/White Flyer in Summit bag$65 – provide PDF copy by June 15 and CACTE will make copies for you

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ACTE and CTE Learn to the rescue – one course for FREE – a benefit of belonging to a professional association! 🙂

Because your CACTE and CO CTE Team leaders asked, Colorado CTE Learn is offering a selection of free online courses to prepare CTE teachers to teach online. 

  1. Visit
  2. Go to “Online Teachers” (under Credit Courses)
  3. Click on “Deliver Online Instruction”

 You’ll see the following online courses that you can access for free.

  • EL102 Online Teaching Techniques
  • EL103 Teaching Online: A Student-Centered Approach
  • EL104 Teaching and Organizing a Virtual Learning Environment
  • EL105 Online Language: Communicating with Students
  • EL108 Preparing Students to Become Good Online Learners
  • EL112 Workload Management Strategies for Teaching Online

Register/login on the site, click the “access course” blue button and enter the master key “MK-CACTE” to enroll in any of the above courses. This complimentary key is valid through May 1st. Contact if you have any questions.  CTE Learn courses are self-paced and each course takes approximately 4 hours to complete. Designed and developed specifically for the CTE community, our courses focus on practical strategies and techniques that participants can apply right away. You will earn 4 hours of CEUs, which can be applied to renewing your teaching license! 🙂

Be sure to thank ACTE for this special member benefit! 🙂

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Please go to the 2020 CACTE CareerTech Summit page for FAQs, everything you wanted to know about REGISTRATION and more (hopefully), the tentative schedule, and photos of what the Grand Junction area has to offer. 🙂 If you have questions that aren’t answered by the info on the Summit page, please email Summit Assistant, Lauren Appelhans, OR Debbie, Be patient with response time – remember that Lauren is a teacher and Debbie’s other part-time job is taxes which so far, wait for no man, weather or virus – she is at the tax office afternoons/evenings six days a week right now.

The Call for Proposals is open and will close Thursday, April 16. While you have this “extra” time at home, be thinking about what you have to share with your Colorado CTE colleagues – we can all learn from each other! Many things you do in your programs are worthy of presenting! Complete the Call for Proposal application TODAY! 🙂

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Help Fulfill the “EDUCATE” part of CACTE’s slogan!

GENERAL INTEREST BREAKOUT SESSIONS are T 7/21 and W 7/22 – 60 minutes in length

CACTE announces the Call for Presentation Proposals for the 2020 CareerTech Summit in Grand Junction, CO.  Decide what you have to share that is of interest to most Career & Technical Education professionals and complete the 2020 Call for Presentation Proposals application! The Call for Presentation Proposals application is due by April 16, 2020 to allow the CACTE Board time to review the proposals.  You will be notified around May 10 regarding proposal acceptance. The CACTE CareerTech Summit is July 19-23, 2020 and is at the Grand Junction Convention Center and Main Street Hotels in Grand Junction, CO.

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The “CTE Showcase at the Capitol” held on Wednesday, February 12 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm was a success in its new format!  During that time frame a variety of CTE groups had table displays set up and Ponderosa HS Catering classes provided tasty appetizers/beverages.  Legislators/staff members from fourteen offices visited the Showcase in the first floor west lobby to see what Colorado CTE is about. Several groups personally invited their legislators to visit and they had the most successful visits! The legislators were thoughtful about visiting all the tables after they visited with their own constituents. This experience reinforced CACTE’s plan to encourage more year-round advocacy!!!


  • Destinations Career Academy of CO – multiple pathways
  • Mitchell HS ACE/SC(2)
  • Mountain Range HS DECA
  • Ponderosa HS Family & Consumer Sciences Catering
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Division
  • Colorado DECA
  • Colorado FBLA-PBL
  • Colorado FCCLA
  • Colorado FFA/Agriculture Education Division
  • Colorado Skills-USA
  • Colorado TSA

And a huge thank you to our legislative team from Strategies 360 – Tonette Salazar and Lauren Sisneros! They issued invitations to the legislators in every format possible, helped make arrangements at the Capitol and even schlepped tables for us – CACTE is very grateful for your roles in making the CTE Showcase a success!

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Our new online learning portal, Colorado ACTE CTE Learn ( is dedicated to the professional development and skill advancement of our career and technical education professionals throughout Colorado. What a great new member benefit!

Colorado ACTE CTE Learn provides a large catalog of online courses, free learning tutorials, a professional learning community (CareerED) and an interactive Individual Development Planner (IDP) that is easy to use and a valuable tool towards expanding high-quality CTE.

CACTE CTE Learn features:

  • 150+ high quality online courses that cover a wide range of instructional, leadership and career guidance topics
  • Each course is affordably priced, requires approximately 4 hours to complete and comes with nationally recognized CEU credit
  • Eight free learning tutorials produced by our national association addressing specific CTE topics such as Global Competencies in CTE; STEM & CTE: Career Readiness; Core Academic Integration in CTE, Understanding Postsecondary Education in the U.S. and The Facts About Military Recruiting on Campus
  • Free learning modules for CTE professionals to enhance their workplace skills

Check out Colorado ACTE CTE Learn today for your PD needs!

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CACTE is YOUR professional association! We want to provide member benefits that are meaningful to you. Please take 5-10 minutes to complete the CACTE Member Needs Survey to make your voice heard. You may receive the link or hear about the survey in multiple ways – you only need to complete the survey one time. 😉


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CACTE member HILARY WIMMER is 2020 Colorado Teacher of the Year!!!!!!!

Wow! How very exciting to have CACTE/ACTE member HILARY WIMMER named today as the 2020 Colorado Teacher of the Year! Hilary teaches business/marketing at Mountain Range High School in the Adams 12 Five Star District. Congratulations, Hilary!

Hilary Wimmer, 2020 Colorado Teacher of the Year!

“I’m honored to present this award to Hilary Wimmer, who inspires a culture of learning in her students that lasts long after graduation,” said Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes. “Mrs. Wimmer is a bridge builder, a connector and a perfect representative of the kind of passionate and dedicated teachers who work tirelessly every day in Colorado. Mrs. Wimmer has helped students become financially literate, upstanding civic leaders and successful in their life’s decisions. We are all fortunate to have her as a teacher in our state.” Read more about Hilary Wimmer and the Colorado Teacher of the Year program here.

Mrs Wimmer and some of her students

Kristin Weaver, Adams 12 CTE Director, said of Mrs Wimmer, “Hilary exemplifies professionalism in everything she does and makes lasting impressions in the lives of her students and colleagues. There is no one more deserving of the honor and Adams 12 cannot be more proud!”

Watch the surprise announcement here, courtesy Adams 12 Five Star District

Wimmer began teaching business in 2004 and was part of the inaugural staff at Mountain Range High School in Westminster in 2006. She leads the largest DECA program in Colorado, and in 2016 she was recognized as the Colorado DECA Advisor of the Year. Wimmer serves as the Career and Technical Education (CTE) department chair and business program coordinator for Mountain Range High School and as the CTE content coordinator for the district.
She received her undergraduate degree in marketing from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in educational counseling from the University of Phoenix. She also received certification in CTE from Colorado State University and a specialist degree in educational leadership from Arkansas State University. 

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Congratulations to the CACTE Excellence Awards Recipients for 2019!  It was thrilling to be able to honor eleven deserving individuals during the CACTE CareerTech Summit!  Thank you to all who nominated and wrote recommendation letters for these deserving honorees and made the presentations. Click on the person’s name to read more about the award winner.

The ACTE/CACTE award recipients’ nominations will be sent on to the Region V Awards, to be presented at the Region V conference in Lake Tahoe, NV in April 2020. These include the CTE New Teacher of the Year, CTE Teacher of the Year, CTE Administrator of the Year and the Career Guidance Award.

Dr. Katy Blatnick-Gagnè (middle)
CACTE Hall of Fame
Presented by Michelle Dennis and Kimberly Baldwin

Traci Sanchez, Career Guidance Award
Scott Springer, CACTE Hall of Fame
Denver Public School buddies
Dr. Teresa Yohon (2nd from left)
CACTE Hall of Fame
Presented by Mary Stecklein, Carol Sessums and Kimberly Baldwin
Jay Moore, Cherry Creek Schools
CTE Administrator of the Year
Erin Grantham (middle)
CTE Teacher of the Year
Presented by Kim Reiser and Kimberly Baldwin
Ashley Acuff (2nd from right)
CTE New Teacher of the Year
Presented by Jessica Teal, Sahvanna Mease and Kimberly Baldwin
ReAnn Jacob with her teacher, Jennifer Moriarty
Outstanding Secondary CTE Student
Brooklyn Pustari
Outstanding Secondary CTE Student
Megan Waitman
Outstanding Secondary CTE Student
Peter Hunyh
Exemplary CTE Alumni

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2019-2020 CACTE Strategic Goals

Based on the ACTE Strategic Themes, Colorado ACTE will focus on these five goals during Robert Van Dyke’s presidency. The CACTE Executive Committee, CACTE Board and Divisions will use the goals to direct our work.

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At the recent 2019 CACTE CareerTech Summit, Dr Sarah Heath (CO CTE Director & Assistant Provost, CCCS) announced the new CTE Strategic Plan! This plan impacts everyone working in the CTE field at all levels and all settings. Be sure to familiarize yourself with this information as school ramps up for the 2019-2020 year – your local CTE directors will be talking about it!

“Colorado’s Strategic Plan for Career & Technical Education will ultimately serve secondary and postsecondary learners in their preparation for meaningful careers, prove the state’s employers with better prepared talent, and lend to the development of stronger communities.”

CLICK HERE for the Executive Summary – this would be a great document to share with principals, evaluators, your advisory committee and other business partners – those who need/want the big picture. It gives a two page overview of the Strategic Plan.

CLICK HERE for the entire Colorado CTE Strategic Plan on the Colorado CTE website – It is quite comprehensive and is a must read for every CTE educator in Colorado!

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2019 CACTE CareerTech Summit Presentations

CLICK HERE for the presentations that have been shared with CACTE to date.  All of the presenters have been contacted to share their presentation. If you would like a specific presentation not listed here, please email Debbie ( and she will contact the presenter. Keep in mind that some presenters are not allowed to share their presentations.

A big THANK YOU to all of our presenters for their time and efforts in sharing their knowledge with us! Be thinking about what YOU might present at the 2020 CACTE CareerTech Summit in Grand Junction – the Call for Proposals opens on March 1, 2020. 🙂

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Thank you to these leaders who have stepped up to serve our career and technical education professional association!  See under “LEAD” – “Board Info” for contact information.

Serving on the 2019-2020 CACTE Executive Committee are:

President:  Robert Van Dyke, CFCS





       President-Elect:    Jessica Teal




Secretary:  Nat Sobin


Treasurer:  Janny Jarvis



Past President:  Kimberly Baldwin, CFCS





                             Executive Director:  Debbie Nelson, CFCS, IPHE

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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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