The North Carolina CTE State Conference is held each year in Greensboro, North Carolina. The conference begins on Sunday with some pre-conference sessions and sessions for directors and select participants. The main sessions of the conference begin on Tuesday afternoon with an opening session for everyone in attendance. Divisions hold opening sessions directly following the general opening sessions. Concurrent sessions begin on Wednesday morning and are divided by content areas.
The general opening session this year consisted of the presentation of awards and a panel discussion hosted by State CTE Director Joann Honeycutt. Following the general session, we celebrated the 100 years of CTE with each division providing cupcakes to conference attendees. During the division sessions, I was honored for my service as Ways and Means Committee Chair and for my nomination as Career Development Professional of the Year.
During the remainder of the conference, I attended professional development sessions related to Special Populations and Career Development as well as assisting with the activities of the state association. On Wednesday evening, we held the Assembly of Delegates where the main topic of the meeting was the vote to unify or not. As a delegate of the Guidance Division, the largest division in North Carolina, our decision to vote for unification was very important to the overall decision. We voted by secret ballot to unify our state with the national organization.