Postsecondary CTE Event

Transforming Postsecondary CTE for ALL

September 20-22, 2023
Denver, CO

Join us at ACTE’s Postsecondary CTE Summit, happening Sept. 20–22 in Denver, Colorado, as we work to:

  • Address equity gaps
  • Build partnerships
  • Support educators
  • Identify and develop resources, ensuring that our postsecondary CTE students are successful in their educational journeys and beyond!


Panels Descriptions 

Presentations and Roundtable Descriptions

Over time postsecondary CTE has been adapted to meet the needs of society as evidenced in new programs, certificates, and courses. During this time the student body has also become more diverse. Therefore, our ability to meet students’ needs, build partnerships, acquire resources is critical to supporting student success.

This summit will focus on 3 major strands:

  1. Best Practices: Exploring best practices and programs that ensure retention, persistence, and completion of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students, students with disabilities, English Language Learners (ELL), LGBTQ+ students, low income students, students in nontraditional pathways, and immigrant students. We want to ensure that all our programs and practices address equity gaps and promote inclusivity.
  2. Staff: Delving into postsecondary CTE staffing issues. We want to ensure that more faculty, staff, and administrators in postsecondary CTE have the skills to address the needs of ALL students as well as look like the students they serve where possible. Addressing staffing shortages is critical. Our industry partners need to be prepared to support ALL our students as transitions occur. This strand will also explore promising practices and programs that promote the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and administrators in postsecondary CTE.
  3. Data: Reveal best practices around the data collection for special populations. We want to explore how to use and collect data to understand the equity gaps and reveal what can be done to mediate these gaps. There will be national presentation and expert panels. The goal of the summit is to create a professional learning community that can share solutions to be implemented throughout the year. Come join us as we work towards addressing equity gaps, ensuring that our postsecondary students are successful in their educational journeys and beyond!

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Registration Rates

Regular (after 7/17/2023)
$350 -Member Rate
$450 -Non-Member Rate

Event Policies

Individuals must review, acknowledge and represent that they have read the Assumption of the Risk and Waiver of Liability.

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing and e-mailed to Telephone requests WILL NOT be honored. Confirmed registrants may cancel and receive a full refund, minus a $100 administrative fee, through August 18th, 2023. Cancellations received on or after August 18th, 2023, are non-refundable. ACTE is not responsible for weather-related travel delays or other issues regarding personal travel and no refunds will be given due to these occurrences.

Joe Garcia
Opening Keynote Speaker

Joe Garcia is the Chancellor of the Colorado Community College System. Prior to his role at CCCS, Garcia served as President of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. From 2011 to 2016, he served as the Lt. Governor of Colorado and as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. During his time as Lt. Governor Garcia focused on increasing equity in outcomes for all students, particularly those from low-income backgrounds and communities of color. Garcia also served as President of Colorado State University-Pueblo from 2006 to 2010 and Pikes Peak State College from 2001 to 2006.

Josh Davies
Closing Keynote Speaker

Josh Davies is passionate about helping others make a difference in their lives, jobs, and community. Through his work as a speaker and trainer, he has engaged and encouraged professionals across North America, the Middle East, and Asia. His engaging and connecting speaking style combined with relevant content make him an in-demand speaker, consistently giving more than 60 keynote presentations and workshops to education, workforce, and corporate events annually. Mr. Davies was awarded the 2022 H.G. Weisman Award by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals for his exceptional service to workforce development nationwide. He was also named by Education 2.0 as one of 2022’s Outstanding Leaders, and by the Global Forum for Education and Learning as one of 2021’s Top 100 Visionaries in Education in recognition for his contributions to education globally. Additionally, he was awarded the 2021 Spirit of CHART Award by the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers for his commitment to the hospitality industry throughout the pandemic.

Davies is currently the Director of Workforce for Aztec. Aztec is a leading provider of workforce training and certification solutions designed to empower individuals to succeed in their careers. Bringing together academic and career-focused courses, Aztec equips learners with industry-relevant knowledge and creates pathways for career growth and advancement. A graduate of American University, Josh is also active in various boards and commissions. He currently serves on the Colorado State Rehabilitation Council and has finished serving his second term on the Executive Board of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, where he chaired the State Education and Training Steering Committee. He also led the P-Tech Selection Committee for Colorado and served on the board of the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative. In addition to his work in the public sector, Josh also served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, was President of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART) and co-chaired the Colorado State Youth Council.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Delivering Engaging Instruction for ALL Students
Wednesday September 20th, 2023, 1-4:30pm.
Cost: $125

It can be challenging to make every student feel included, connected, and engaged in their learning. This interactive session will share strategies to better support learning engagement and course completion by your students through global issues and skills:

  1. Creating inclusive learning environments to support all students
  2. Connecting learning with real-world contexts to relate to students’ different backgrounds and life experiences
  3. Associating class content from different career clusters with global competence and employability skills

Free tools and resources will be highlighted and shared including the Global Social Justice Framework, administrator tools, faculty professional development modules, student resources, and more.


  • Dr. Michelle Conrad, Associate Professor & CTE Graduate Program Coordinator, University of Central Missouri
  • Bradley Kinsinger, Dean of Agricultural Sciences and Hospitality Arts, Kirkwood Community College
  • Heather Singmaster, Director, CTE and GCEN at Digital Promise

Site Visit

Site Visit and Three-Course Meal at Emily Griffith Technical College
Wednesday September 20th, 2023, 5-7 p.m.
Cost: $75

You are invited to join us on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023 from 5-7 p.m. for a three-course meal prepared by Culinary Arts students at Emily Griffith Technical College. Join us to learn more about the Culinary Arts program and meet students and faculty. Founded in 1916 and located in downtown Denver, Colorado, Emily Griffith Technical College is the adult and postsecondary arm of the Denver Public School district, and is a public technical college committed to providing students with career-ready education and skills. In fact, 82% of students complete their program, 99% earn a license in their field, and 85% get career-track jobs. You don’t want to miss this delicious experience! Please be sure to register for this pre-summit event. Registration includes transportation from the Sonesta Hotel and the meal. Part of the proceeds will support student scholarships.

Event Location & Hotel Registration
Sonesta Denver Downtown
1450 Glenarm Pl,
Denver, CO, 80202
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Overflow Hotel
Hyatt Place
440 14th St, Denver, CO 80202
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Car Rental

Hertz Car Rental is pleased to offer a special discount to conference attendees. To take advantage of this discount, please click here and use the following code “CDP 2188961”.

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