CTE Newsletter - Summer 2021

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Summer 2021

Meet Our New Perkins Grant Manager


Mary Billiter: I’m the new CTE Perkins Consultant joining Dr. Michelle Aldrich’s team at the Wyoming Department of Education. My teaching career began in early elementary education in Southern California and has continued in Wyoming, where I earned my Master’s degree in Education from the University of Wyoming. Go Pokes! 

At night, I teach writing courses through Laramie County Community College and my days are spent with my youngest son, Super Cooper. I’m a mom of multiples (identical twins Austin and Kyle, now 24) and a beautiful daughter, Ciara or CC, who’s studying at MSU Bozeman. I’ve survived 16 winters in Wyoming, which is pretty impressive for a California transplant. I surf, badly ski, and love to hike in wild, beautiful, romantic Wyoming.

CTE Grant Opportunities

Grant to assist with new and emerging programs

The Cutting Edge Grant is to identify Evidence-Based and innovative strategies and activities to promote the development, implementation and adoption of CTE programs in regards to emerging technology.   This application will be open for submission from July 1, 2021 until midnight on August 31, 2021.  Amounts awarded will be equal to, or less than, $25,000 each.

To apply for this opportunity click here.

Ongoing Grant Opportunity

Professional Development Grants are still open until midnight on July 31, 2021. The grant may be used to send one or more CTE professionals to a state or national conference, training or technical assistance related to innovation in CTE, developing career pathways, integration of academics and CTE, federal accountability and reporting requirements for Perkins, or that may result in an industry-recognized credential for the educator. All costs must be directly tied to the CTE program as approved in the local Perkins application plan.

This is a competitive grant and recipients will be awarded up to $2,500.00. All professional development opportunities must have a start date later than the effective date of the fully executed agreement. To apply for this opportunity, click here.

*Do not forget to check with your administration to see if there is an internal process that you must follow prior to the application submission.

The CTE team will continue to update all the grant opportunities throughout the school year. 

For more information, contact Ilaine Brown, Education Program Consultant, at  307-274-1958 or ilaine.brown1@wyo.gov.



Tech Ed Tuesdays 

Join the CTE team at noon or 2 p.m. on Tuesdays to hear experts talk about the featured special population. In just an hour, participants will learn about the culture of students representing special populations and how to best recruit and retain them in your CTE program. Upcoming sessions include:

  • July 6, Teen Parents.
  • July 13, Students of Active Military Families.
  • July 20, Students in Non-traditional Programs.
  • July 27, Students In or Aged Out of Foster Care.
  • August 3, Students who are English Language Learners.
  • August 10, Students with Disabilities.
  • August 17, Superintendent Balow.
  • August 24, Upper Campus.

Upcoming CTE Events of Note:

  • 9 a.m. on August 18; Perkins Secondary Coordinator Training.
  • 1 p.m. on August 18; Perkins Postsecondary Coordinator Training.
  • 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on August 25 and again from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on September 28; Developing Rewarding Integrated Vocational Experiences.
  • 9 a.m.-noon on August 28; New CTE Teacher Training.

For the latest information on Professional Development opportunities from the Wyoming Department of Education, click here