Plan now to attend the 2014 VACTE Leadership Seminar: January 23–24, 2014, at Richmond’s Crowne Plaza.
Letter from VACTE’s PresidentMarch 29, 2013
Your VACTE board members have been busy working on your behalf the past few months. I am pleased to report to you on the following activities, all of which benefit you as VACTE members:
VACTE hosted its annual Professional Development Seminar in January. We had more than 100 in attendance for our annual gathering, which was highlighted by a legislative reception at the General Assembly Building. We were honored to have legislators and their aides stop by and give us the opportunity to tell them of the importance of Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Virginia.
Also, during our event, we recognized those who have made great contributions to CTE:
- VACTE 2012 Policymaker of the Year: Senator Charles W. Carrico, Sr., 40th District
- VACTE 2012 Business Partner of the Year: Virginia PTA
- VACTE 2012 Outstanding Career and Technical Educator: Lee Browning, Principal, Spotsylvania Career & Technical Center
- ACTE Region II 2012 Outstanding New Career and Technical Education Teacher and VACTE 2012 Outstanding New Career and Technical Education Teacher: Rachel VanPelt, Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools
- VACTE Scholarship Recipient: Laura Albrecht, Longwood University
- National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Teachers Turn the Key Award: Elizabeth Duncan, Appomattox Middle School and High School
- International Technology and Engineering Education Association (ITEEA) Supervisor of the Year: Tony Casipit, Fairfax County
Congratulations to each of these great supporters and contributors to CTE!
In early March, Irvin Hall, ACTE Region II Representative, Sarah Scyphers, Virginia Agricultural Educators Association President, and I attended the Association for Career and Technical Education’s (ACTE) annual National Policy Seminar (NPS) in Arlington. We heard great speakers who addressed business/industry partnerships, CTE and its relationship to career outcomes for its students, and the importance of staying abreast of state and federal legislation pertaining to CTE. We also met with Virginia’s senators and representatives and encouraged them to support CTE and other education and workforce development programs. This was an extremely informative seminar, and we went home with great ideas to plan and implement statewide.
Last, but certainly not least, the VACTE board met this week and voted unanimously to have Dr. Brenda Long serve as VACTE’s Executive Director, effective April 1, 2013. Brenda Long has devoted more than 30 years to Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Virginia and most recently has served as our VACTE Vice-President for Public Policy. As a former local CTE teacher and administrator and VACTE president, Brenda brings a wealth of knowledge to this position, as well as an unwavering commitment to our state association. In her new role, Brenda will provide great leadership and strong continuity, both of which are needed to ensure VACTE’s service to its members and its growth, visibility, and influence throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. We welcome Brenda in this newly expanded role with VACTE!
Before you know it, summer will be here, and with it come many professional development opportunities. We hope you will take advantage of the many workshops, conferences, and seminars that are available to you. At many of these meetings, you will see VACTE board members distributing membership information. We encourage you to join your state association, which has the sole purpose of supporting Career and Technical Education in the Commonwealth.As always, please feel free to contact me with your comments, questions, or concerns.
Rita L. Griffith, RN
Office: (804) 768-6160 Ext 1065
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.