Postsecondary CTE Event

Postsecondary CTE Summit
Sept. 18-20
Chicago, Illinois

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Thank you for your interest in submitting a session proposal to present at the 2024 Postsecondary CTE Summit.  This annual conference is specifically focused on the future of postsecondary CTE and will occur Sept. 18-20 in Chicago IL.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Tuesday, May 28. If there are issues with this deadline, contact Sophia Alston at

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Registration Rates

Early Bird (by 7/14)   Regular (after 7/14)
$350 -Member Rate * $400 -Member Rate *
$400 -Nonmember Rate $450 -Nonmember Rate

Super Early Bird Special: Register by April 1 for the chance to win an Apple Watch!

Payments: Any outstanding registration payments must be paid by the first day of the conference. Payment can also be accepted at the event.

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 Aug. 16, 2024. Cancellations received on or after Aug. 16, 2024, 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.

A Jump-start for Industry Instructors: Developing Your Own “New Teacher Institute”
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: Voco hotel
Cost: $175

Creating powerful CTE learning environments starts with retaining high-quality CTE instructors. How do we design intentional induction activities to assist beginning CTE instructors? How do we help develop instructional skills needed to perform effectively in CTE classrooms and laboratories? This workshop will allow participants to explore the needs of new CTE instructors moving from the workplace into the classroom, as well as appropriate training topics to develop their own “New Teacher Institute” (NTI). In teams, participants will develop a structure and the content to frame a New Teacher Institute appropriate for their own campuses to give new instructors a jump-start!

Facilitator: Dr. Michelle Conrad, Associate Professor CTE Graduate program Coordinator at University of Central Missouri

Putting data to work: Using Data to Assess Effectiveness, Inform Expansion, and Ensure Equity
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1:30-5:00 p.m.
Location: Voco hotel
Cost: $175

Collecting and effectively using data are critical as we envision the future of postsecondary CTE. Come join this session with the Urban Institute and ACTE to workshop your data questions and issues, including the types of data to collect, how to use data to make decisions, and how insights from data can promote equity. Learn how to use data to inform your efforts to support student, faculty, and staff. We will explore data scenarios and common data challenges to ensure real-life applications. Attendees are also welcome to bring their data collection, analysis, and decision-making challenges to discuss. Data managers and data users alike will benefit from this workshop, as well as program designers and those trying to figure out how to improve program outcomes. We welcome individuals and teams. Come learn how to use data to help build a better future for your CTE students!


  • Dr. Theresa Anderson, Principal Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Amanda Briggs, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute

Data Center Tour
Wednesday Sept. 18, 1:30-5:00 p.m.
Location: Departing from Voco hotel
Cost: Free (cost covered by an NSF grant)

Participants will tour a data center and participate in a discussion with data center industry professionals. The tour will describe the cloud, or data center industry, including the basic operations and needs of industry. This high-wage and high-demand industry is an emerging CTE field that is relatively invisible to students and educators and lacks a clear talent pipeline. US markets, industry trends and career pathways will be discussed in relation to education and KSAs required. Educators will learn strategies to raise awareness and engage students in data center education and learn about a data center operations

Kenyatta LovettKenyatta Lovett
Opening Keynote Speaker

Kenyatta Lovett serves as Principal of Postsecondary Attainment at the Education Strategy Group. Under his portfolio he leads strategies to set goals and improve attainment, noncredit-to-credit strategies, adult attainment, and credit mobility.

Kenyatta Lovett served as the Managing Director for Higher Education and Workforce at Educate Texas. In this role, he managed the portfolio of programs to support the organization’s strategic plan to significantly contribute to the attainment goal for Texas. Under his leadership, Kenyatta led statewide initiatives focused on improving outcomes in college access, work-based learning, and transfer and credit mobility.

Prior to joining Educate Texas, Kenyatta served as the Assistant Commissioner for Workforce Services at the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development. Under his leadership, the agency launched the state’s first apprenticeship office and improved collaboration with the state’s higher education systems. In 2016, Kenyatta Lovett helped to launch the nation’s first education advocacy group focused on increasing postsecondary attainment – Complete Tennessee, serving as the Executive Director. Prior to joining Complete Tennessee, Kenyatta served as an Assistant Vice Chancellor at the Tennessee Board of Regents and also worked in different roles at Volunteer State Community College.

Kenyatta led statewide initiatives for the community college system in Tennessee and played a critical role in the implementation of major higher education reforms, including the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010 and Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 Plan. The Tennessean recognized him as one of five key people responsible for the successful launch of the Tennessee Promise, the state’s initiative to cover tuition for high school graduates attending a community college.

Kenyatta serves on national advisory boards to advance the growth of credential-to-career strategies and regional collaboration to improve economic mobility. He is an adjunct professor at Tennessee State University and Lipscomb University. Kenyatta has served as a columnist and contributing author for topics related to higher education, public policy, and governance. Kenyatta has a B.F.A. from Howard University, an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in public administration from Tennessee State University.

Voco Hotel
350 W. Wolf Point Plaza,
Chicago, IL, US

Rate: $259/night

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As an official conference sponsor, you’ll have exclusive access to career and technical education’s top postsecondary professionals!

Exhibit Hours:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18 : 1:00–5:00 p.m. (move in)
  • Thursday, Sept. 19 : 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 20: 7:00–11:00 a.m.

For more information or to become an exhibitor, contact: Dr. Sophia Alston, senior manager of Postsecondary CTE at

Meet Our Exhibitors

  • Aztec Software
  • Catapult
  • Element 451
  • Isograd
  • Open Education and Development Group, LLC
  • Solid Professor

Details coming soon.

A special thank you to our sponsors!