CTE Newsletter - Spring 2022

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Spring 2022


Cutting Edge Grant Benefits Upton Students

Greetings from Weston County School District #7.  We are excited in Computer Science and Health Science to announce after applying for Cutting Edge grants from the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) for Z-Space VR equipment, we have been awarded two grants.  

ZSpace is the leading evidence-based augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) platform providing innovative hands-on, experiential learning to improve achievement in science, math, and career and technical education credentialing. 

 As new equipment is slowly arriving, we are doing our training, and students will be using state of the art equipment.  Karla Ludemann is getting professional training in the computer science area. Mary Rankin’s training is in the health science area. ZSpace delivers the ultimate learning experience to inspire curiosity and accelerate understanding. Their service team and consultants provide knowledge and expertise to address instructional strategies and classroom routines that prepare educators to engage students, demonstrate critical thinking, and support learning. ZSpace Professional Development is hands-on, encouraging educators to step into the role of the learner and see the familiar in a new reality.

We feel that not only will our programs benefit, but also other areas of study will benefit, such as anatomy, physiology, biology, robotics.  Students will be able to utilize and experience technology that is so important in today’s working world.  We feel fortunate at Weston County School District #7 to have received the grants.  Even though we are a small school district, we strive to provide our students with the best possible learning environments available.  We will update our progress with our programs as we begin to work and train on this new and innovative equipment.  


Karla Ludeman

Mary Rankin

Career Development Summer Course

Are you ready to apply for the endorsement that will allow you to award work based learning credit outside of your content area? This course will take you through the 12 competencies required for the new endorsement that will be rolled out for fall of 2022! Enroll now for this completely virtual 10-week course for  $195. It is available for PTSB credit or UW graduate credit as well.  Register here

Wyoming Association of Career and Technical Education (WACTE) Annual Conference

The Powell Community and Northwest Wyoming Community College campus will welcome you to the annual summer conference. This is a great place to connect with your colleagues from around Wyoming, learn more about your content area and share best practices. Check out the agenda and activities that are planned just for you. Register here

ARRAY Apprenticeship Teacher Training

Twenty Computer Science teachers who have an opportunity to learn how to teach the first half of the ARRAY Bootcamp curriculum to their students during the 2022-23 school year. The second half will occur in the summer of 2023. Students that successfully complete the two courses will be eligible to move directly into the ARRAY-registered apprenticeship program. Take your computer science program to the next level.  Register here.

Students Nominated for Inaugural “See Me Teach CTE” Awards

On a beautiful Saturday morning, students and their families filled the University of Wyoming Union Ballroom to explore what UW has to offer. Twenty-two students were nominated by their CTE teachers as potential future CTE teachers.  Those who were able to travel to UW were recognized during the Discovery Days event. Those who attended were able to tour the campus, visit with faculty, enjoy lunch at the Washakie Center, visit with clubs, shop at the bookstore, and even attend university events to explore opportunities that students find on campus. Begin planning your 2022-23 nominee now.


Students who were recognized were as follows:


Read the WDE's Winter 2020 CTE Digital Magazine, ctEzine


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