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Virginia ACTE is an affiliate of the national Association for Career and Technical Education.


Virginia ACTE’s Annual Professional Development Leadership Seminar for Virginia Educators

Mary Eckert and Governor NorthamThe 2018 Professional Development Leadership Seminar was held January 18–19, 2018, at the Downtown Hilton in Richmond. The weather played havoc with the Seminar but it did not dampen our spirits nor our determination to learn more about “Connecting Education and Careers” and increasing awareness and building capacity for Career and Technical Education.

See photos from the seminar on Virginia ACTE’s Facebook page.

President Dr. Mary Eckert kicked off the Opening Session with a warm welcome and introduced Barry DuVal, President and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, who shared the 2025 Blueprint Virginia, which detailed the workforce needs statewide with an emphasis on education and partnerships. Mr. DuVal emphasized how Career and Technical Education is gaining attention and is critical to preparing a qualified workforce. Review the 2025 Blueprint Virginia.

A panel discussed “How Career and Technical Education Can Meet the Workforce Needs.” The panel members were Chad Maclin, State Director, Career and Technical Education, Government of the District of Columbia; Bill Carson, Operations Manager, Rolls-Royce, Richmond; and Kathleen Duncan, former postsecondary educator and currently, Director, Career and Technical Education, Roanoke City Schools. The panel moderator was Kevin Reilly, Administrator Coordinator of the CTE Resource Center. Each member discussed how CTE is instrumental in preparing individuals for the workforce from their respective experiences.

An added bonus was an impromptu message from former Secretary of Education the Honorable James Dyke as he discussed the critical role of K–12 education and, sp ecifically, CTE in developing a qualified workforce.

Virginia Secretary of Education Artif QarniThe afternoon breakout sessions emphasized “Connecting Education and Careers,” with presentations by Drexel Harris of Dominion Energy sharing “Profile of a Virginia Hire”; the Honorable James Dyke presenting the “Blueprint 2025-Workforce Preparation”; and Josh Phelps, President, Winchester Metals, sharing the Widget Cup One-day Design competition and partnerships with local businesses.

During the afternoon, the participants heard from Secretary of Education, Atif Qarni, and received policy updates from David Bailey and special guest Delegate Sam Rasoul. Participants also heard from ACTE's Deputy Executive Director Stephen DeWitt, Barb Hancock-Henley, and Dr. Brenda D. Long.

The awards banquet featured Dr. Steven Constantino, Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction, and recognition of outstanding teachers and administrators.

   Diane Breinig   Judy Sams   Lolita Hall

A special recognition was given to retiring CTE State Director, Lolita Hall.

The presidents of the state Career and Technical Student Organizations were introduced and participated in the Seminar.

   CTSO Officers

Participants heard from Deputy Secretary of Education Holly Coy on Friday morning before visiting policymakers during the General Assembly session. The lunch was highlighted by a visit from Governor Ralph Northam and his support of CTE!

2018 Seminar Vendors

Virginia Lottery · Virginia Credit Union · iCEV Multimedia · National Geographic Learning | Cengage · CTECS · G-W Publisher · Diversified Educational Systems · 1st Car Foundation · TradeCrews