Iowa Association for Career and Technical Education
|Iowa ACTE’s mission is to provide educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce.|
CTE Day at the Capital
February 11, 2021
Goals: Champion state legislators to advocate for Career and Technical Education Heighten awareness about Iowa ACTE within Iowa
Objectives/Action of the day:
- Showcase high quality CTE Programs from across the state at displays with students
explaining the benefit and learning as a result of CTE and CTSO’s (Career and Technical
Student Leadership Organizations).
- Sponsor several tables from each division with displays (20+ tables total) -Agriculture,
Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Science and Industrial Technology.
- Advocate how CTE prepares students for contributing to society and the economy.
- Build rapport with our state representatives and senators by making personal contacts,
through appointments made prior to the day (see link below to Find Your Legislators).
- Experience the importance of being active in State government.
Keynote Speakers for the Iowa ACTE Annual Conference
Opening Keynote Speaker
Kwik Trip, Inc. /Kwik Star (Iowa)
Director of Corporate Communications
John McHugh is the Director of Corporate Communications, Leadership Development, and Training for Kwik Trip, Inc., based in La Crosse, Wisconsin. In his role at Kwik Trip he has helped the company achieve recognition as a Top Workplace as listed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Des Moines Register.
Prior to joining Kwik Trip in 2004, John was an instructor and principal at Aquinas High School in La Crosse. He holds degrees from the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota and the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. John sits on the Boards of Trust Point, National Mutual Benefit Society, Viterbo University and the Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse.
He and his wife Maggie enjoy living at their log home near Sparta, Wisconsin.
Keynote Description: Purpose and Compassion at Work
Regardless of your role, what are people, customers and business partners looking for in you? What is the workplace culture you have created with your team that leads to success? Creating a mission driven culture with compassion and trust turns satisfied customers into loyal customers. In addition, if the work we do is tied into a purpose beyond profits our job satisfaction increases substantially and employee turnover is reduced.
Join John McHugh as he explores the role you play in your organization’s success and how you can find the key people to help you achieve that greatness. His examples and stories are ones that you won’t forget.
Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Associate Deputy Executive Director, Outreach and Partner Development (Alexandria, VA)
Michael Connet from ACTE will have a brief report from national activities including an update on our policy advocacy, research projects and member activities along with a breakout session on Best Practices and Innovations.
Opening remarks will be given by Director Ryan Wise, Iowa Department of Education
David Bunting CTE Teacher Preparation Scholarship
Iowa Association for Career and Technical Education is offering a $1,000 scholarship for a student who is entering their junior or senior year in preparation for teaching in Career and Technical Education. They must be majoring in an Iowa teacher licensure program in one of the CTE areas in Iowa. Priority will be given to a students with previous CTE and CTSO experience while in high school or in an Applied Science program at a community college. A minimum of a 2.5 GPA is required and a current transcript must be included to verify GPA and major. Click here for more information.
Do you know and regularly communicate with your state and federal legislators? Do you monitor and advocate for legislation that is critical or detrimental to career and technical education? IACTE wants to link you to key legislative initiatives at the state and national levels: