NE CTE Newsletter | August, 2021 | Vol. 1, Issue 5
Happy August! The Career and Technical Education (CTE) team at the Nebraska Department of Education would like to be among the first to welcome you back to school! We've enjoyed seeing many of you throughout the active summer filled with professional learning opportunities and the revision of all CTE content area standards.
We look forward to supporting you throughout the coming year and hope to see you during the various fall workshops planned across the state. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to prepare Nebraska's future workforce!  

Welcome New Staff!

We're excited to welcome the following individuals to the NE CTE Team! 

CTE Career Field Specialists

Jami Foster, Health Sciences
Stacie Turnbull, Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
Tracy Way, Human Sciences and Education

CTE Data Specialist

Lexi Neemann

Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) State Advisors

Derek Cox, Educators Rising State Advisor

CTE Office Associates

Dalya Alakam
Heather Norberg
Judy Thiem

Click here for contact information and the NE CTE staff pictorial directory.

Standards Update

In order to stay current with Nebraska’s workforce needs, the Nebraska Career and Technical Education Standards are revised every five years. Currently, all six of the Nebraska Career and Technical Education Content Area Standards are being revised. This process has included national and state policy scans, a statewide work-based learning landscape analysis, and engaging panels of industry experts and other stakeholder groups to share insights into the future of Nebraska’s economy and workforce. Educators came together virtually this summer to revise the standards. The CTE team is expecting to ask for public input this fall on these newly revised standards. More information will be shared about the public input process as it becomes available. 

Perkins Technical Assistance 

Are you in need of any technical assistance? Are you a new administrator or new to overseeing the Perkins grant? Did your district receive a reVISION grant but you have never been directly responsible for Perkins grant oversight in the past? Could you or someone in your district/ESU/college use a Perkins 101 refresher? Complete this short informational form so we can provide targeted technical assistance! 


The 2021-2022 Perkins Management Guide is now available here. A change summary at the end of the document highlights key updates and additions.  

A few reminders:  

  • You are only permitted to expend funds once your application has been approved and you have received your Grant Award Notification (GAN). If your application has not been approved, please note that you cannot expend any Perkins funds until the approval date. (See the Application History tab in GMS to verify your approval date.) Contact your grant monitor if you have any questions.  

  • Your GAN will only reflect 25% of the total amount available for expenditures until October 1st,  when the full amount of your grant will then become available. 

  • 2020-2021 Closeouts: The Perkins grant claims for reimbursement and supporting documentation to finalize the 2020-2021 grant are due by September 1. (With only a Final claim and its accompanying documentation needed to close out the grant, this is a new deadline.) 

If you receive future emails from the GMS that grant closeouts are due November 15, please disregard. These automated notices do not reflect the deadlines for Perkins Basic, Postsecondary, or reVISION grants.

Drive Lasting Change with reVISION!  

It's hard to believe that we're entering into the second program year of our four-year Perkins V State Plan. We've seen incredible innovation and alignment of systems and processes as a result of the 2020 reVISION needs assessment process and our aligned Perkins application, budget requests, and reVISION Action grant. Kudos for all of the hard work to ensure strong CTE programs around the state!   

As a reminder, Perkins stipulates that to remain eligible for Perkins funding, the reVISION process must be updated (not completely repeated) at least every two years. Nebraska has chosen to update the process at the two-year mark as opposed to many other states who require this update and a new full application annually. As a result, this coming year a reVISION reFRESH process will be implemented to satisfy this requirement. 

reVISION reFRESH provides an opportunity to review the original reVISION outcomes, reflect on any available new data and information relative to the original needs assessment, evaluate progress towards achieving identified goals and ‘desired states’ by 2024, and determine if any modifications are needed to the approved local four-year Perkins application. This will also serve as a time for schools, districts, consortia, and community colleges to request technical assistance from the NDE to help in achieving stated goals or closing gaps in access to high-quality CTE programs for all learners. More information will be released in early Fall as the reFRESH will need to be completed by the time the 2022-2023 narrative and budget request are submitted (about a year from now). This will also serve as a time for those who want to amend their four-year Perkins application to do so. 

Webinar Announced!

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is hosting a free webinar in September to dig into how using the Perkins V comprehensive local needs assessment (named reVISION in Nebraska) can be used as more than just an event - but a powerful tool regional and district CTE leaders can use to build pipelines to careers and establish a strong foundation for their continuous improvement efforts.
Visit their webinar page for more information and to register. Please consider listening in!

Center for Student Leadership
and Expanded Learning

Over the summer, the Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) have been participating in National Leadership Conferences and preparing for a variety of conferences and workshops at the state level for each CTSO. Below you will find this year’s CTSO conferences and links to the National Award winners. FFA national conference is held in October and those awards will be shared following the conference. 

Fall Leadership Conference 
Monday, October 4th 9 am-3 pm; LaVista Conference Center 

Scottsbluff Invitational 
Monday, November 1, 2021

First Timer’s Competition 
Saturday, November 20, 2021 8am–3 pm; Millard North High School

Metro Competition 
Saturday, January 29th 2022 8am–3:30 pm; Millard North High School

Capital City Invite 
Friday, February 4th; UNL Campus

State Career Development Conference 
Thursday, March 17–Friday, March 18, 2022; The Cornhusker Hotel, Lincoln, NE

International Career Development Conference 
Saturday, April 23–Tuesday, April 26th 2022;  Atlanta, Georgia 


ICDC Award Winners: 

Top 10 Finalist: Business Operations Research 
Jessi Mumm, Millard North High School

Event Finalist: Finance Operations Research
Emily Christiansen and Sydney Mcdermott, Millard South High School, Business Solutions Project, Ava Hollingsworth and Kindsey Koster, Millard North High School

Roleplay Finalists
Automotive Services: Roshu Senthil, Papillion-LaVista High School 
Entrepreneurship Series: Anhphu Ngyuyen, Papillion-LaVista South High School
Retail Series: Nikoleta Skoufis, Papillion LaVista South High School

Ed Davis Scholarship
Kya Brooks, Papillion-LaVista South High School

Chapter Officer Leadership Academy (COLA)
September 2–September 3, 202

Expo at UNO
September 15, 2021

Expo at Kearney

State Leadership Conference at UNL

National Leadership Conference


Fall Leadership Conference 
Tuesday, September 28, 2021; Younes Conference Center, Kearney
Wednesday, September 29, 2021; Midland University, Fremont 

National Fall Leadership Conference 
November 19-20, 2021; Milwaukee, WI 

State Leadership Conference
April 11-13, 2022; Younes Conference Center North and South, Kearney 

National Leadership Conference
June 29 – July 2; Chicago, IL

2021 National Award Winners (Click Here)

Nebraska NLC Award Winners (Click Here)

PBL NLC Winners (Click Here)

Fall Leadership Workshop

Monday, September 20, 2021; Younes Conference Center, Kearney 

District Leadership Conference
October-November (dates & locations vary by district) 

Capitol Leadership
November 4-5, 2021; Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. 

National Fall Conference
November 5-7, 2021; Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. 

Mind Bending Careers with Nebraska HOSA
Tuesday, November 9, 2021; UNK 

LifeSmarts State Championships
Thursday, December 16, 2021; UNL East Campus Student Union 

District STAR Event Competitions
January-February (dates & locations vary by district) 

Peer Education Conference
Monday, February 28, 2022; Holiday Inn Conference Center, Kearney 

State Leadership Conference
April 3-5, 2022; Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln 

National LifeSmarts Championships
April 21-24, 2022; Washington, D.C.

2021 Hybrid National Leadership Conference Results (Click Here)

EDGE Leadership Conference Dates:
Monday, September 13, 2021; Gering, NE
Tuesday, September 14, 2021; Gering, NE
Wednesday, September 22, 2021; Kearney, NE
Thursday, September 23, 2021; Aurora, NE
Monday, September 27, 2021; North Platte, NE
Tuesday, September 28, 2021; Curtis, NE
Wednesday, October 6. 2021; Atkinson, NE
Thursday, October 7, 2021; Norfolk, NE
Tuesday, October 12, 2021; Fremont, NE
Thursday, October 14, 2021; Norris High School / Firth, NE

Husker Harvest Days
September 14–16, 2021

National FFA Convention
October 27–30, 2021

Ag Ed Symposium
November 12–13, 2021

Pathways to Careers Conference (P2C)
November 12–13, 2021

FFA Board Meeting
November 12, 2021

District LDE info due to state office 2 weeks prior to event

Mission and Impact registration closes
February 1, 2022

National FFA Week
February 20-26, 2022

Mission and Impact Conference
February 25–26, 2022

State prelim proficiency & Star Apps Review
February 25–26, 2022

State officer preliminary interviews
March 16–18, 2022

State FFA Convention
April 6-8, 2022

COLT Conference
Session1 (3 day): May 18–May 20, 2022
Session 2 (3 day): May 23–May 25, 2022
Session 3 (2 day): May 26–May 27, 2022
Session 4 (2 day): May 30–May 31, 2022

NCE conference
June 6–9, 2022

Fall Leadership Conference    

Washington Leadership Academy
September 25–28

Western Nebraska Health Science Experience
October 18, 2021

BHECN Mind Bending Careers Conference
November 9, 2021

Competitive Events Expo
November 13, 2021

Metro Community College Health Science Experience
January 21, 2021

State Leadership Conference at UNMC
March 27–29. 2022

International Leadership Conference
June 22–25. 2022; Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center, Nashville, TN


Fall Leadership Conference
September 20, 2021; NECC

Mid-America Leadership Conference
October 21–24, 2021; Columbus, NE

Middle School Conferences

State Leadership Conference
April 7–9, 2022; Grand Island, NE

National Leadership and Skills Conference
June 20–24, 2022

Congratulations to all of the outstanding Career and Technical Education students and advisers on all of your accomplishments in 2020-2021. We are excited for the upcoming year and seeing what chapters will accomplish this year.

Summer Professional Learning Recap

NCE Conference

June 7–9, 2021

Career and Technical Education (CTE) educators and administrators from across the state came together June 7-9 for the 2021 Virtual Nebraska Career Education Conference. 
This professional learning opportunity kicked off with the “State of Nebraska CTE” presentation by Nebraska’s State CTE Director, Dr. Katie Graham. World-renowned author, innovator, and advocate, Dr. Ted Dintersmith, delivered an engaging and inspiring keynote presentation and hosted a question-and-answer session with Nebraska high school and college students.
During the three-day event, conference participants selected from over 75 breakout sessions where they had the opportunity to collaborate, engage, learn, and reconnect with CTE colleagues to advance their high-quality CTE programs. National leaders presented on topics focused on ensuring all students have equitable access to high-quality CTE programs, social emotional learning resources, and teaching strategies to engage learners virtually and in person.

Several award recipients were recognized during this year’s conference. More information about each award, as well as the award recipient biographies, can be found here


July 26–29, 2021

Jumpstart was held both in person and asynchronously July 26-29th. Participants of Jumpstart are just starting their teaching career with either a Career Education Permit or a Transition to Teaching Permit in a career education area and have never taught before. Both events were facilitated by Eric Knoll from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. There were six in-person and 8 online. Topics such as Lesson Planning, Classroom Management and Due Process were discussed.

Beginning Teacher's Institute

July 26–28, 2021

The CTE Beginning Teacher Institute supported those CTE teachers with less than three years of teaching experience. This professional learning was facilitated virtually by Dr. Nicole Cobb from Vanderbilt University. Virtual discussions, presentations, individual reflection, small group collaboration and on-going professional development were all activities that BTI participants engaged in to develop skills to effectively manage CTE classrooms and laboratories, integrate technology and lead Career and Technical Student Organizations.  

Technical Skills Workshops

May 24–26, 2021 / June 1–3, 2021 / June 14–16, 2021

Professional development is an essential part of being a Career and Technical educator. Teachers must stay current with the needs of industry and the career essentials for the students they serve. During the month of June educators from across the state participate in 3 day technical skill workshops that enhance and reinforce what is being taught in CTE labs. Workshops focused on welding techniques, construction skills, software updates and applications, and automotive skills. These workshops are a collaborative effort organized and facilitated by Eric Knoll at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln along with partners, Central community college, Mid Plains community college, Northeast community college, and Southeast community college, and are supported by the Nebraska Department of Education. Included within these workshops are instructional methods that assist teachers with infusing the core into their technical skill instruction.

Featured Program

Benson High School Magnet Academies


Benson High School Magnet’s academy focuses on three factors: high demand, high wage, and high skill employment. Benson High School Magnet’s academy is the only wall-to-wall academy high school in the Omaha Public Schools district engaging students through programs of study that range from business management and marketing to construction, architecture, and digital design; the nursing and medical healthcare field, human performance, and meeting the rising need for teachers. Every program includes options for student skills, appropriate certifications, and college credit opportunities. 

The Benson High School Magnet’s Freshman Academy and Health Professions Academy were recognized by the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) as a “model status” academy for the gold standard level of success. Students are offered connections with professionals beginning in the 10th grade and culminating in mentoring and internship opportunities as seniors. Students are offered the experience of running their own school store, accessing the CNA and Pharmacy Technician certifications or experiencing the work force through community board members including Turner Construction and local trade unions.

New Impact Study Released!

Nebraska CTE Concentrators are on a path to success, and are more likely than non-CTE concentrators to:

To learn more, check out the new "Impact of Career and Technical Education on Postsecondary Outcomes in Nebraska and South Dakota" study by REL Central.  

*A secondary CTE Concentrator is a student who, in grades 9-12, has earned credit in at least two courses in a single career cluster program at the intermediate or capstone level.  

Nebraska Workforce Trends is a monthly news magazine containing information about the Nebraska economy with feature articles spotlighting the uses of labor market information, such as this chart below. Nebraska Workforce Trends is an online only publication by the Nebraska Department of Labor. Sign-up to receive monthly updates or review past issues!  

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Nebraska Department of Education
Nebraska Career and Technical Education
500 S. 84th St., 2nd Floor
Lincoln, NE 68510-2611

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