“Beyond the Vocational Education Debate” Keynote at 2015 CTE Works! Summit

The CTE Works! Summit is an annual conference sponsored by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the Minnesota Department of Education. This influential event brings together more than 300 high school and college educators from academic and technical fields with workforce and community partners who provide Minnesotans the skills they need to succeed.

Conference Theme: CTE Leading the Way
Conference Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015, 8:30 am-4:00 pm
Conference Location: Sheraton West, Minnetonka, MN Conference Program
Conference Registration
: $90

Snapshots from MN Career and Technical Education TED Talk-Style The Summit opens with four dynamic keynote speakers sharing their perspectives on career and college readiness. These presentations, modeled after TED Talks, from a Minnesota industry leader, an education innovator, a college trailblazer, and a standout alum will expand on the Summit’s theme CTE Leading the Way.

Snapshot Speakers:

  • Sean Hayes, Executive Secretary ~ MN Foundation for Student Organizations
  • Leslie McClellon, President ~ Rochester Community & Technical College
  • Curt Southward, Vice President of Industrial Division ~ Hunter Electrical Corporation
  • Jason C. Strukel, High School Business Teacher ~ Virginia High School

Emily Hanford, American RadioWorks, American Public Media Education correspondent and producer of the “Ready to Work” documentary Emily Hanford presents “Beyond the Vocational Education Debate: Why I Envy Kids Who Do CTE.” The veteran reporter will share her experience reporting on Career and Technical Education, and reflect on her own educational path. She’ll discuss why she thinks CTE is important, and what teachers and students in good CTE programs could teach everyone else about what’s needed in American education.

In addition to the two dynamic keynote sessions, CTE Works! participants will choose from nearly 40 hour-long Workshops and rapid-fire Gallery Walk sessions presented by CTE and workforce colleagues from across the Upper Midwest.

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Use the hashtag to exchange ideas and share resources before, during and after the Summit. The day of the conference culminates with a fun in-person Networking Social for attendees, presenters and exhibitors.


Questions:  Please contact Denise Felder


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