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VISION 2016: What Happened in Vegas Won't Stay in Vegas

Magazine article Techniques

VISION 2016: What Happened in Vegas Won't Stay in Vegas

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AFTER MORE THAN 5,000 EDUCATORS, ADMINISTRATORS, BUSINESS LEADERS AND EXHIBITORS gathered for ACTE's annual CareerTech VISION, it is safe to say that what happened in Vegas surely won't stay there. CTE professionals have since returned home to school districts all across the country armed with new tools, resources and lessons that will enable them to better prepare students for today's careers. This year, the four-day professional development conference included more than 300 concurrent CTE sessions covering the spectrum of secondary and postsecondary CTE programming.

Workshops and area CTE tours kicked off the conference Wednesday morning, and that evening we honored ACTE's Excellence Award winners. For the first time in ACTE history, the winners received 3D-printed trophies designed by a CTE student, whose trophy design was selected in a nationwide contest from more than 75 entries. You can read more on our award winners on pages 56-57.

The conference continued the next day with the opening general session, where keynote speaker Debbi Fields of Mrs. Fields Cookies shared her story and recipe for success: work hard and never give up. Friday brought another general session and included our third annual VISION talks, with remarks from different CTE stakeholders. Rounding out the general sessions on Saturday was Rick Rigsby, who marked the perfect end to VISION by sharing his motivating and inspiring life story, which underscored the importance of CTE.

VISION 2016 was also an opportunity to connect industry with educators. …

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