CTE Newsletter - Winter 2021

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Winter 2021


Workforce Wednesdays to Continue Through May

The Wyoming Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Team will continue hosting the virtual series of professional development each Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. again in January and concluding at the end of May. This series is intended for CTE teachers, school counselors and students. CTE teachers who attend in-person will earn one focused professional development point for in-person attendance. 

  • The first Wednesday includes business and industry stakeholders representing diverse backgrounds and expertise in the featured industry sector from various geographic areas in Wyoming. 
  • The second Wednesday includes organizations that offer training in the featured industry sector for the month such as community colleges, apprenticeship programs, and private training programs. 
  • The third Wednesday representatives from Workforce Services and the U.S. Department of Labor will discuss relevant laws and best practices of student learner agreements, funding for apprentices or interns, OSHA, etc. 
  • The fourth Wednesday includes CTE teachers from around Wyoming sharing successes and challenges experienced in their programs.

The series topics include: 

  • January: Agriculture. 
  • February: Hospitality and Tourism. 
  • March: STEM, Robotics & Engineering. 
  • April: Health Sciences. 
  • May: Transportation, Distribution & Logistics.

Workplace Discovery Grants Awarded

The following Workplace Discovery grant winners were announced on December 1.

  • EWC Consortium (Kim Russell) Health Science Summer Consortium.
  • Thunder Basin High School (Kristi Holum) CASE training for AG Mechanics.
  • Hot springs High School (Ranelle Hindman) Laser Engraver.
  • Torrington High School (Whit Peterson) Greenhouse.
  • Rock Springs High School (Linda Carter) Hydraulic Sheers with Punch and Die set.

Technical Education & Assistance (TEAM) Meetings

Technical Education & Assistance (TEAM) Meetings are being scheduled for January and February with each district and community college. The CTE team meets with each district and community college individually to discuss the new 2022-24 Perkins V application, CTE funding, verify CTE teachers and professional development, and district or institution-specific data. Each district and community college has been asked to have the Perkins coordinator, CTE teachers, person responsible for data and any available administrators attend. 

Wyoming Delegation attends ACTE Vision in New Orleans

Between 60 and 70 individuals made the trek from Wyoming to New Orleans in December to attend ACTE Vision 2021. There were amazing keynote speakers and hundreds of workshops for everyone and in every content area. Many of the workshops were offered virtually or hybrid, as well as face-to-face. The Wyoming delegation gathered for Wyoming Night on Friday evening at Cochon’s. It was great to see nearly everyone in one location. 

ACTE Vision 2022 will take place in Las Vegas December 30-November 2. Plan now to attend. If funding is an issue be sure to apply for the Professional Development grant funds that are open May 1-June 30, 2022.


Karla Ludeman of Upton High School enjoyed going on  a Segway tour after the conference closed.


WDE Creates a New CTE Digital Magazine

The WDE’s ctEzine explores Career and Technical Education pathways that students can follow to enter the workforce with a rewarding and profitable career that will take them across state and national borders - or stay right here in Wyoming.

We’re working on the winter edition now, but check out the fall edition here.