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Region III

Meet Katrina Plese



Executive Director, Wilco Area Career Center

Employment History
Wilco Area Career Center, Romeoville, Illinois, Director (2004– Present); Kankakee Area Career Center, Bourbonnais, Illinois, Special Populations Coordinator (2003–2004); Madison County CTE System, Edwardsville, Illinois, Director (2002–2003); Tazewell County Education for Employment System, Pekin, Illinois, Director (1994–2002), Special Populations Coordinator (1993–1994); Two Rivers Vocational Education System, Beardstown, Illinois, Special Populations Coordinator (1992–1993); A-C Central High School, Ashland, Illinois, Family and Consumer Science Instructor (1985–1992)

Certificate of Advanced Study, Lewis University; Master of Educational Administration, University of Illinois at Springfield; Bachelor of Science in Education (Family and Consumer Science), Eastern Illinois University

ACTE Involvement
Division: Special Populations Division Member (2000–present)
Region: Region III Representative for Illinois (2001–2004; 2010–present); Region III Conference Planning Committee (Illinois) (2007); Attended various Region conferences
National: Leadership Task Force (2010–present); Legislative Committee (2007–2009); Legislative Committee, Chair (2009); Public Information Committee (2006–2007); ACTE Annual Convention Session Presenter
State/Local: Illinois ACTE (IACTE)—State President (2004–2005); IACTE Legislative Task Force, Chair (2007–present); IACTE Awards, Chair (2005–2006); Illinois CTE Administrators, President (2001–2002)

Platform Statement
Career and technical education is in an ideal position, one that can be utilized to launch itself to a new level of recognition. It will take leadership at the national, state and Region levels, as well as in the classroom. Enormous demands are being placed on education in general, and particularly on CTE. To address these demands, we as practitioners must be willing to step out of the box and our comfort zone. Career and technical Education must capitalize on this opportunity to advance to a higher level of excellence. Region III has the privilege of being made up of many committed and talented people in CTE. Working together as a Region, we can develop a structure that will provide leadership to move CTE forward through the critical issues of education reform. We as leaders in Region III, alongside ACTE, must forge the path for our students who are the future generation. I would be honored to serve the Region during these demanding times, leading the charge to take CTE and the Association to a higher level of excellence.

My years in career and technical education includes: teaching, curriculum development, program development, and partnership development. Serving as the Executive Director of Secondary Programs at Kirkwood Community College, I help create partnerships with nearly 40 high schools to deliver Career Edge Academy programs that serve over 3,000 high school students annually. I serve as the part-time Executive Director of Iowa’s ACTE which enables me to advocate for CTE throughout the state. Finally, I have served two terms on the Region III Policy Committee, so I have awareness of key issues and the experience to serve in a leadership role for all Region III states and to represent them on the ACTE Board. My priorities are to strengthen state associations and their relationships with ACTE.

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Region III

Region III includes state associations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

MAVA Conference 2017

Sunday, July 09, 2017

70th Annual GACTE Summer Conference

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