The Wyoming Association for Career and Technical Education (WACTE) provides activities for teachers, counselors, and administrators that both support and enhance career and technical education programs throughout the state. Members obtain staff development through local, regional, and national conferences and workshops. A leadership workshop is provided to the officers of the organization, the seven division presidents and president-elects, and appointed committee chair-persons. Information is also disseminated to stakeholders via many modes of communication. Business and industry input is essential to the validity of Career and Technical Education programs. Many teachers connect with business representatives from around the state together to dialogue about the business and industry perspective. WACTE is dedicated to maintaining communication with these representatives.
It’s so hard to believe it is Spring, and we’re almost done with another school year. I hope it has been a great year for everyone. Now, it is time to get registrations in for the WACTE summer conference in Powell. If you have not attended in the past, come join us. Meet Wyoming CTE teachers, make new friends, gain ideas from others, and learn new concepts. Most of all, come and have some fun. This is always a fantastic time to catch up with CTE teachers you may only see once a year. There are great memories to be made! WACTE has worked hard to create a conference that will benefit everyone that attends.
In April, I had the opportunity to travel to Rapid City for the Region V Conference. I would recommend that, if given the chance, you attend this conference. Next year, the Region V Conference is in Fargo ND. There were amazing speakers, tours, and professional development opportunities at this conference. What struck me the most at this conference was learning how many, and I mean many, jobs will be taken over by computers and/or robots. Looking at the data, there are many entry-level jobs currently being filled by robots. However, there will be major changes within a few years with more advanced jobs being done by robots. Our students will need to know and be prepared for these changes.
The second takeaway from the conference was that our students need to be better prepared to communicate both written and orally. It was also stressed, numerous times, that students need to become better problem solvers. This only makes sense as we look at what the future holds for our students. So, are we preparing students with the technical and professional skills they need? Are we working to prepare them for the new workplaces? As CTE teachers, these are questions we need to be addressing. It is an exciting time for CTE to learn about and prepare for these new career opportunities for our students. If you have not been out to see some of the changes happening in the industry, I encourage you to do so.
Have a great rest of the school year and I look forward to seeing everyone in June.
ACTE Is In Your Corner. WACTE and it’s parent organization, ACTE, is a recognized leader in legislative advocacy, and we work year-round with education policymakers and organizations to build national support and funding for CTE. Our advocacy positively affects your work on a daily basis, and we are proud to lead the charge for the cause of CTE. But we need you. When you join ACTE, you add your voice to ours. There is significant strength in numbers, and our cause becomes more powerful with every CTE professional who joins us. Our growing membership will drive the message home in D.C. and ensure the future we want for our vital profession. Together, we stand strong. Stand with us, join WACTE today!Learn More
WACTE fosters relationships with corporations that support career and technical education (CTE) and leverage student potential, ultimately leading to innovation, increased productivity and heightened creativity in the workforce. A tremendous opportunity to expand your network with CTE educators, stakeholders, and programs, your WACTE Corporate Membership connects you to our thriving community of CTE Professionals and contributes to our country’s efforts to thrive economically and compete globally. Corporate Membership dues are $250.00 Per Year.Learn More
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