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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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. More info about each award recipient will be coming soon.

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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We are pleased to announce our June CACTE Member of the Month….drumroll 🥁…… Jamie Valdez, Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher at Greeley Central HS, from Greeley Public Schools!! Here are all the great things the CATFACS Board shared about Jamie:

  • She tirelessly builds relationships with students in her classes
  • Jamie leads her school with new technology implementation in the classroom
  • She is dedicated to up-to-date curriculum and loves to research new trends
  • Jamie has been a positive light at Greeley Central in the last two years, fitting right in, and making the best of everything thrown her way
  • Jamie is passionate about FCS and CTE, ready and willing to attend trainings and build our school’s program
  • Congratulations, Jamie!! 🙂

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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. 🙂

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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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Congratulations to Colorado’s ACTE IAED Mentees!

Congratulations to THREE Colorado ACTE members for being chosen as ACTE IAED mentees for 2021 – Chris Juarez (CCCS), Elina Medina (DPS) and Cristina Sanchez Serrano (Brighton 27J)! This IAED program from ACTE is designed to help mentees develop their inclusive leadership skills. They are asked to devote ~4 hours a month to this development, reading articles/books, meeting with a mentor, helping to develop IAED statements/documents to serve as guidance for schools/institutions, and discussing how Perkins V fits with IAED and more. We look forward to hearing about their involvement! Read more about this ACTE program HERE!


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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 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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2020-2021 CACTE Strategic Priorities

Based on the ACTE Strategic Themes, Colorado ACTE will focus on these four priorities during Jessica Teal’s presidency. The CACTE Executive Committee, CACTE Board and CACTE Divisions will use these priorities to direct our work for the 2020-2021 year. The full document includes Strategic Plan Steps to help ensure progress towards the priorities. 🙂

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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.

Jessica Teal, President
Janet Renden, President-Elect
Nat Sobin, Secretary
Josh VanAuken, Treasurer
Robert Van Dyke, CFCS
Past President
Debbie Nelson, CFCS, IPHE
Executive Director

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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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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. 🙂

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

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