February is CTE Month
Barb E. Hancock-Henley, VACTE President
Welcome to the Virginia Association of Career and Technical Education website. I am very proud to be serving as your president this year. I feel that Career and Technical Education (CTE) is a cornerstone to education. One of my favorite sayings is that “CTE brings life to the SOLs.” As a CTE educator I am passionate about the opportunities that we provide for our students. With the addition of our Workplace Readiness Skills we can offer students the tools to a successful life. Whether you teach students how to become effective parents or how to make biofuel, you are providing them with a tool that will enhance their life skills.
My career passion has been to prepare students to live a healthy, happy, and successful life. I feel that we as CTE educators offer this to our students. I personally am very proud to say that I am a CTE educator. VACTE is the umbrella organization for all Career and Technical Education program areas and divisions throughout the Commonwealth. VACTE provides state leadership development activities, state policy representation, professional recognition, awards, and information sharing and networking. VACTE has the most experienced educational public policy leaders in Virginia working for its members. The strength of VACTE comes from its membership. A strong state organization can provide you information, influence, and involvement in policy issues affecting your career and students in Career and Technical Education throughout Virginia.
Despite the budget and economic issues facing each of our school divisions, we are still charged with the mission of educating our students to be skillful and knowledgeable participants in a global economy. What better way to represent yourself than to become a member of your professional association? As CTE educators, we are a powerful force together. Last January, VACTE hosted its annual Professional Leadership Seminar. We had more than 100 in attendance for our annual gathering. We were honored to have legislators and their aides stop by our first legislative reception at the General Assembly Building and give us the opportunity to tell them of the importance of Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Virginia. Please join us this year for our 14th Annual VACTE Professional Leadership Seminar for Virginia Educators, January 23-24, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Downtown Richmond.
There is a Japanese proverb that states, “Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” Come enjoy this opportunity to network with your colleagues and learn from great teachers. I look forward to seeing you at this year’s VACTE Professional Leadership Seminar on January 23rd.
For a listing of VDOE webinars to assist CTE teachers and administrators in planning, implementing, and reporting their CTE-related activities, please visit the Virginia Department of Education web site.