January Connecting with CACTE

The January e-newsletter was sent on Wednesday morning, January 19, 2022. Hopefully you received it – and read it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Some of your email addresses have been suspended by our vendor due to school district firewalls and such. If you are a CACTE member and are NOT receiving the “almost monthly” e-newsletters, please email cacte@cacte.org with a non-workplace email to use instead. Thank you.

You don’t have to be a CACTE member to receive the newsletter – if you want to be on the distribution list, please email cacte@cacte.org with your request.

You can access the January Connecting with CACTE by clicking here!

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We are pleased to announce our January CACTE Member of the Month….drumroll 🥁…… Chris Duran, Assistant Principal at FutureForward Bollman Adams 12 Five Star School District!!

Here are all the wonderful things shared about Chris:

  • Tireless advocate for CTE at both the secondary and post-secondary levels
  • Strong instructional leader – Coach and Mentor to Bollman Staff
  • Has worked to grow and expand CTE programs at Bollman, and is currently working on the addition of a new Aviation Pathway at the campus
  • Member of the CACTE Awards Committee and serves as the CACTA Web Liaison
  • Champion for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – has led this work at FutureForward Bollman, is an active member of the Leaders of Color in Adams 12, and is seeking to join this work at the national ACTE level
  • Always puts the best interest of CTE students at the forefront of every decision he makes as a leader
  • Seeks ways to give back to the community and to anyone in need

Congratulations, Chris!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Do you have a passion for CTE?ย ย Do you love planning events? Are you comfortable with a variety of computer programs, especially the Google Suite, Excel and Word?ย Are you good with details?ย ย Want to earn a little extra money?ย ย CACTE is looking for a new CareerTech Summit Assistant to help the executive director.ย  Application will remain open until the position is filled.

Learn more about the Summit Assistant description HERE!

Complete the application by clicking HERE!

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CLICK HERE to access all the information for the upcoming 2022 CACTA Mid-Winter Conference in Loveland. This in-person event tackles “The Challenge of Change” as we hear from a powerful keynote speaker, state CTE leaders, participate in breakouts, interact with industry and vendor partners, and network with fellow CTE Administrators. 

Interested in receiving your CTE Director license? Required courses will be offered at this conference! 

The above link will take you to the new CACTA website, and includes the registration link, Schedule-at-a-Glance and link to make hotel reservations at the Embassy Suites with the CACTA rate. 

Early Bird Registration deadline is Monday, January 10, 2022. Standard Registration deadline is Wednesday, February 2, 2022.  Donโ€™t forget to renew or become a new ACTE/CACTE/CACTA member while registering. Not sure about your membership status or expiration date? Email CACTE Membership Assistant, Christina Runyan, with your questions. crunyan@cherrycreekschools.org

If you have any questions regarding the event or registration, please contact Jessica Bright at jbright@cherrycreekschools.org.

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Colorado Skilled Trades is honored to have 1 of 3 GRAND PRIZE WINNERS in the annual Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence – YAY!

Congratulations to SCOTT BURKE from Green Mountain HS in Jeffco!

Click to learn more about Scott Burke!!
Read more about the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize Program here!

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The last New Flash for the 2021 CACTE Virtual Summit went out Monday morning, August 9 around 7:10 am. It has the directions and key for accessing the recordings from the Summit via Colorado CTE Learn. YOU MUST ENROLL IN THE “SUMMIT COURSE” BY TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2021 TO GET THE “INCLUDED WITH REGISTRATION” ACCESS!!! Once you enroll, you will have access to the recordings for one year.

This News Flash also contains a new link to the Certificate of Attendance – the previous form got messed up! Sorry about the inconvenience. If you already completed your form and saved it to your computer, you don’t need to do anything else. If you haven’t downloaded the Certificate of Attendance to your computer yet, please use the link in the 8/9/21 News Flash. Thanks!

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Congratulations to the CACTE Excellence Awards Recipients for 2021!  It was exciting to honor seven deserving individuals during the CACTE Virtual Summit!  While we wish we could have honored them in person, virtual was better than not at all! Thank you to all who nominated and wrote recommendation letters for these deserving honorees. Click on the award recipient’s name below the photo to read more about each person.

The ACTE/CACTE award recipients’ nominations will be sent on to the Region V Awards, to be presented at the Region V conference in Rapid City, SD in April 2022. These include the CTE New Teacher of the Year, CTE Teacher of the Year, CTE Teacher Educator of the Year and the CTE Administrator of the Year.

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2021-2022 CACTE Strategic Priorities

Based on the ACTE Strategic Themes, Colorado ACTE will focus on these five priorities during Janet Renden’s presidency. The CACTE Executive Committee, CACTE Board and CACTE Divisions will use these priorities to direct our work for the 2021-2022 year. The full document includes specific strategies to help ensure progress towards the priorities. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thank you to these leaders who have volunteered to serve our career and technical education professional association!  Their contact information is on the “LEAD” page under “Board”.

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CACTE Virtual Backgrounds

As we prepare for participation in the 2021 CACTE Virtual Summit and other virtual events, why not “show the love” for your professional association at the same time? Here are some CACTE virtual backgrounds to use. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The first ever Colorado Virtual Career Fair was a smashing success! Congratulations to the Counseling & Career Development Division (CCD) for hatching the idea and helping it come to fruition with a variety of partners. The Youth Career Fair website will stay live year-round – the recordings from the 2021 Fair are now available for viewing if you missed the live event in April.

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QAS = ACTE Quality Association Standards

Your CACTE Board has been working hard over the last few years to earn the QAS recognition from ACTE. The QAS award recognizes state associations for implementing policies, procedures and structure that demonstrate a high level of service and attention to member value. There are nine major criteria to be met, with numerous sub-criteria under each main item.

  • Mission, Goals and Objectives
  • Governing Body, Officers, and Directors
  • Organizational Structure and Documents
  • Programs, Services and Activities
  • Financial Planning and Reporting
  • Membership Development and Retention
  • Communications
  • Public Policy
  • Operations
  • Click here for more details about each criterion.

Colorado is one of 26 states that will be recognized with the QAS at the State Leadership Gathering on Friday, December 4 at 9 am MT. Please email cacte@cacte.org if you are interested in attending the Gathering to support CACTE. You do not have to be registered for Virtual VISION to attend.

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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 – www.coloradostateplan.com. It is quite comprehensive and is a must read for every CTE educator in Colorado!

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Super cool promotional videos from Colorado CTE – CCCS!

The Colorado CTE Team produced several super cool promotional videos designed for use with general audiences, students, parents and counselors.

Click HERE to access them on the Colorado CTE webpage – scroll down and you’ll see them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Please use these videos far and wide to let students and educators from Colorado tell the CTE story!

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