NE CTE Newsletter | May, 2021 | Vol. 1, Issue 4

CTE Standing Strong!

It's been a busy Spring! As we transition from Spring to Summer, the NDE/CTE team would like to extend our enormous gratitude for the incredible efforts across the state in support of Career and Technical Education. We've received countless accounts of students being provided innovative, meaningful opportunities to develop their academic, technical, and career readiness skills during this disrupted year. As we look towards the summer and the 2021–2022 year, we know many challenges still lay ahead. With challenges, though, education systems have an unprecedented opportunity to innovate with the influx of ESSER funds, of which, CTE is highlighted as a key area to elevate to help prepare students for an evolving and changing workplace. We look forward to seeing you at the NCE Conference kicking off on June 7th to collaborate and learn!

CTE Standards Revision

The Nebraska Department of Education CTE team is currently undertaking the task of revising all six of the Nebraska Career Field Program of Study Standards. The team has held stakeholder meetings that have involved business and industry input on career readiness skills, workplace experiences, and trends within the specific industries. These meetings along with labor and economic data will influence the writing process.
Writers from all six areas will come together this summer and revise the standards based on the input and data that is received. The team will conduct a public input survey this fall on the draft of the revised program of study standards. Click below for more information on the standards revision process and requirements.
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Annual Grant Narrative and Closeout

The new, streamlined Perkins Annual Grant Narrative (combining the previous “closeout” report and Annual Application) can be found on the NE CTE website here. This narrative is to outline annual efforts related to the required uses of Perkins funds (per Section 135), to reflect on and review Perkins accountability performance data, and to describe any needed adjustments to your approved four-year plan due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Reminder: The narrative will not be "approved" nor "disapproved" in GMS but must be submitted with the Budget. The closing of the application submission in GMS is set for May 28, 2021. You can join us for the next Perkins Office Hours at 3:00 p.m. CDT, on May 11th, 2021.

New Perkins Q & A Website!

Have a Perkins-related question? We have answers! 

This new addition to our Perkins resources will be constantly updated as common and uncommon questions related to the Perkins Grant are explored.

Click the button below to visit the new Perkins Q & A website.

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Funding Statement

Any publications created using Perkins funds must have the acknowledgement below printed on the document: 

This project was funded through the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), administered through the Nebraska Department of Education. However, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the United States Department of Education or the Nebraska Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal or State Government.

Summer Professional Learning Opportunities!

Join hundreds of Career and Technical educators across the state at the 2021 Nebraska Career Education Conference! This professional learning opportunity will feature national and state CTE leaders offering over 75 rotational breakout sessions. Don’t miss your opportunity to collaborate, engage, learn, and reconnect with your CTE colleagues!

June 7–June 9, 2021
9:00 am–1:00 pm daily
Cost: $150
Register Now!

Beginning Teacher Institute

Calling All New(er!) CTE Educators! The CTE Beginning Teacher Institute will be offered this summer to support those CTE teachers with less than three years of teaching experience. Using virtual discussions, presentations, individual reflection, small group collaboration and on-going professional development, BTI participants will develop skills to effectively manage CTE classrooms and laboratories, integrate technology and lead Career and Technical Student Organizations.  

The CTE Beginning Teacher Institute will be offered Monday, July 26 through Wednesday, July 28, 2021 in a fully virtual experience. Teachers will be selected to BTI and following full participation in the sessions and completion of a lesson plan will receive a stipend. 

Click below to submit an application by June 1, 2021. Please contact Kristin Vest at if you have any questions.

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Jump Start  

Nebraska Career Education is once again offering the JumpStart Workshop this summer. This workshop is designed for those individuals that 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. 

The dates of the workshop will be Monday, July 26 through Thursday, July 29, 2021 at a location to be named later. The workshop will be a hybrid model so that attendees can attend in person or via Zoom. Stipends will be provided to help offset the cost of participation

More information will be shared as it becomes available.
Please contact Tony Glenn at if you have any questions.

Technical Skill Workshops  

The Technical Skill Workshop offerings provided this summer are set and we are excited about the trainings available! These workshops give teachers the opportunity to brush-up on their hands-on skills or learn new ones that they can incorporate into their program. They'll be conducted at community college campuses and offer the most up-to-date practices and equipment used by industry.

There will also be a pilot in a few of the workshops that will be embedding English/Language Arts strategies for you to use in your technical skill instruction. Register ASAP!

For questions, please contact Eric Knoll at  

Click below to see all the workshop offerings/details and begin your registration.

Register Now!

Student Leadership & Achievement at it's Finest: CTSO Statewide Leadership Conferences and Conventions Reflection

Over the past year, Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) have continued programming through virtual conferences and events. This spring each CTSO held a virtual State Leadership Conference. There were over 19,500 students that participated in a CTSO this school year and over 8,800 students and advisers attended State Leadership Conferences where students competed in competitive events showcasing the knowledge and skills learned throughout the year in Career and Technical Education courses. 
Congratulations to all the conference winners. To view each organization’s list of winners, please visit the individual CTSO websites here.
19,500 plus students gained leadership skills by participating in Career and Technical Student Organizations!
8, 800 plus students and advisors attended State Leadership Conferences.

Feed Nebraska
32,370 pounds of food donated to local food pantries.
$10, 881 donated to local food pantries.

NDE on the Move!

The NDE has officially moved out of the State Office Building in downtown Lincoln. While we await the official move-in date to our new home base, we wanted to make sure everyone knew how to reach us. Updated CTE Staff contact information can be found here. Note, CTSO mailing PO Boxes have not changed.

If you are mailing to the NDE, use this address:  
Nebraska Department of Education 
P.O. Box 94987 
Lincoln, NE  68509-4987 

If you are sending a package through USPS, UPS, or FedEx, use this address:  
Nebraska Department of Education 
500 S. 84th St., 2nd Floor 
Lincoln, NE  68510-2611 

Featured Program

Wahoo Middle School Skilled and Technical Sciences Program

The Wahoo Middle School Skilled and Technical Sciences program has grown to over 44 middle school students. Along with completing course work, these students have all participated in the SkillsUSA Middle School Conference in STEM related competitions. The Wahoo Middle School Skilled and Technical Sciences program introduces and encourages all of its students to pursue lifetime careers in the trades along with showcasing the vast career opportunities. 

CTE Fun Facts!

  1. For every $1 of government funding in CTE, taxpayers earn as much as $12.20 in benefits in return 
  2. Technical and applied science graduates earn $2,000 to $11,000 more per year than those with a bachelor’s degree 
  3. 70% of CTE students say entering a CTE program of study helped them get better grades 
-2021 Applied Educational Systems, Inc.

For more information:
(402) 471-2295
Nebraska Department of Education
Nebraska Career and Technical Education
500 S. 84th St., 2nd Floor
Lincoln, NE 68510-2611

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