Preparing for the Road Ahead

What a wonderful time to be in CTE! We as educators have the opportunity to prepare students for the future. It can be exciting and scary at the same time.  I have the pleasure of working with students with disabilities.  This means that the student has qualified under the Individuals w...

Interview with my Mentor – Connie Strebe

On February 5, 2018, I had the opportunity to interview Ms. Connie Strebe as she will be serving as my Mentor during the 2018 ACTE Fellowship program.  Connie currently serves as the Satellite Director for the Tolles Technology Center in Plain City, Ohio.  22 CTE programs exist onsite at...

Want to teach the next best thing?

Virtualization has become the hottest topic in technology. Why do we need to know about virtualization? Because virtualization is becoming as universal as smartphones Virtualization is the process of creating a software-based (or virtual) representation of something rather than a physical one. Talk ...

Woodwork Career Alliance Blazes a Trail for Rewarding Careers

Technological advances continue to transform how furniture, cabinets and other wood products are designed, manufactured, assembled and finished. In addition to developments like the advent of five-axis machining centers and robotic finishing lines, mainstay industry workhorses - table saws, moulders...

U.S. Army Encourages Wellness and Resiliency Through “Performance Triad”

When you think about the training U.S. Army Soldiers receive, you might first think of stern Drill Sergeants issuing orders, physical training, and belly-crawls through the mud. While these scenarios may be a part of Soldiers’ training to be able to perform at their peak, the U.S. Army also promot...

Global Competency in CTE

My district’s career center recently adopted a Project-Based Learning (PBL) platform for our Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses.  As a teacher coming from a special education and ESOL background, I knew that PBL was going to look different for many of my students who come from oth...

We Asked, They Answered: Students Respond to Questions about How We Provide Career Education

Have you ever wondered what career prep programs would look like if students were in charge? At a recent Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) conference, Bright Futures Press invited 57 students representing 16 states, and ranging in age from eighth grade to recent high school gra...

U.S. Army is Increasing its Size by Adding Soldiers in STEM Career Fields

As one of the strongest and most elite teams in the world, the U.S. Army is undertaking a new and determined mission to increase its total size to 1.018 million – an addition of approximately 28,000 Soldiers by Sept. 30, 2017.   With the deadline quickly approaching, the Army is working tire...