NE CTE Newsletter | November, 2020 | Vol. 1, Issue 2

Where are we, where are we going?

Let's hear how the Career and Technical Student Organizations have empowered students through the pandemic!

CTE Fall Briefs

Take a look at what each of the career and cross field areas have going on in these CTE Briefs.

  • Nebraska has 200 Agricultural Education programs and FFA Chapters, with 226 agricultural educators. 
  • Seven new programs added in 2020-21: Battle Creek, Clarkson, Gering, Lutheran High Northeast (Norfolk), Minden, Sidney, and Southern at Wymore. 
  • AFNR has six pathways: Agribusiness Systems, Animal Systems, Environmental and Natural Resources System, Food Products and Processing Systems, Plant Systems, Power, Structural and Technical Systems. 
  • Agricultural Education provides instruction through an integrated model of classroom and laboratory instruction, leadership development through FFA, and experiential work-based learning through each student’s individualized Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program. 
  • FFA is the nation’s largest, premier youth leadership organization with over 760,000 members. 
For more information contact Sarah Heideman at or visit the Nebraska Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources website.

  • Business, Marketing, and Management have 4 cluster areas Business Administration, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism, and Marketing with eleven (11) career pathway programs of study: Accounting, Advanced Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Management, Business Technology Communications, Business Technology Applications, Culinary Arts, ProStart, Finance, Marketing, and Marketing Entrepreneurship, with two approved National Programs of Study: NAF Academy of Finance and MBA Research High School of Business. 
  • In 2019-2020, there were 177 schools that reported offering at least 1 (one) complete program of study (3-semester courses in pathway area) and 245 schools that offered at least one course from Business, Marketing, and Management.  
  • Nebraska teachers have access at no cost to the district to the MBA Research curriculum materials through the NDE enhanced membership at MBA Research. The resources are high quality and aligned to the Nebraska Business, Marketing, and Management standards. 
  • The U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission released the U.S. National Strategy for Financial Literacy 2020. Overall, the national strategy details the federal government’s financial literacy priorities and underscores its plan to collaborate with state, local, and tribal governments and the private sector to strengthen financial capability for all Americans. This year's strategy also takes into account the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on Americans. It also includes a Best Practices for Financial Literacy and Education at Institutions of Higher Education.

For more information contact Mary Janssen at or visit the Nebraska Business Marketing and Management website.

  • Communication and Information Systems has 2 cluster areas Communication Arts and Information Technology with eleven (11) career pathway programs of study: Digital Design, Video Production, Web Design, Business Technology, Data Science, IT Operations Management, Web Development, Information Technology, Computer Science, Software Development, and CISCO Networking.
  • In 2019-2020, there were 96 schools that reported offering at least 1 (one) complete program of study (3 semester courses in pathway area) and 232 schools that offered at least one course from Communication and Information Systems. 
  • Computer science education is more important than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted our society’s reliance on computing and its power to help businesses innovate and adapt, yet at the same time has surfaced greater disparities for students studying computer science. Access to computer science is key to addressing the equity issues in society, yet only 47% of our nation’s high schools teach foundational computer science., CSTA, & ECEP Alliance. (2020). 2020 State of Computer Science Education: Illuminating Disparities. Retrieved from .
    In the 2019-2020 school year, Nebraska had 98 districts offering Computer Science and 10,039 students were enrolled in Computer Science courses in grades 7-12. To see the state of Computer Science in Nebraska, please see the 2020 State of Computer Science Education: Illuminating Disparities Nebraska report.
  • The Nebraska Microsoft Information Technology Initiative program provided 81 high schools and 8 community colleges with training and certification exams to students and teachers for Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Technology Associate certification exams. For the 2019-2020 school year, Nebraska reported certifications earned by 1,478 high school students, 156 post-secondary students, and 101 teachers. 2020-2021 is the last year for the current funding of the program. 

For more information contact Jacqui Garrison at or visit the Nebraska Communication and Information Systems website.


  • On October 21, 2020, celebrated 1,100 teachers that teach Business, Marketing, and Information Technology (BMIT) courses through the #TeachBusiness Day social media campaign. Nebraska currently has BMIT programs in 245 districts. 

For more information contact Jacqui Garrison at or Mary Janssen at or visit the Nebraska Business, Marketing and Information Technology website.

  • A career in the Health Sciences is one of the most important careers there is, especially in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Working in the health care industry give's students a great sense of purpose and a chance to make a real difference.  The Health Sciences offer job security, competitive wages and skills that are valuable anywhere in the world. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, 8 of the top 20 fastest-growing occupations are in health care.  
  • Health Sciences offers students seven programs of study; Health Sciences. I&II, Health Informatics, Biotechnology Research, Therapeutic Certificated Services, Behavioral Health, Life Span Performance and Allied/Public Health. Each program of study orients students to careers that promote health, wellness, and diagnosis as well as treat injuries and diseases. Some of the careers involve working directly with people, while others involve research into diseases or collecting and formatting data and information. 
  • Health Sciences had 5 new teachers join its classrooms this year. Each new teacher has also opened or continued a HOSA | Future Health Professionals chapter. Along with new teachers Health Sciences also had several retirements this past year. 
  • uBEATS offers free of charge, ready-to-use, supplemental Health Science classroom materials. UNO & UNMC Building Excellence in Academics Through STEM (uBEATS) created this series of cancer, genetics, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, and career e-modules.  Designed for grades 6–12 to enhance existing curriculum and provide advanced information on top of what students learn in the classroom.
For more information contact Carol Packard at or visit the Nebraska Health Sciences website.


  • Human Sciences and Education (Family and Consumer Sciences) provides students with the knowledge and skills to be successful in future careers working with people. HSE has eight Programs of Study: Child, Youth and Family Studies, Early Childhood Education and Services, Nutrition and Wellness, Food Science, Design, Counseling and Mental Health, Education and Training, Law and Public Safety. 

  • FCS teachers have been meeting on Tuesdays throughout the fall semester virtually for updates, resource sharing, collaboration and support for implementing state standards. Additionally, the Friday Facts newsletter provides a coordinated communication effort and averages over 250 views each week.  

  • In 2020-21, new FCS programs and/or program expansion included Cedar Bluffs, Kearney High, Columbus High, Elkhorn North, Bennington and Grand Island Sr. High. Nebraska FCCLA has welcomed four new Chapters this year including: Bishop Neumann, Chadron, Elkhorn North and Grand Island Sr. High. Nebraska Educators Rising has continued interest and welcomed Gretna as a new Chapter in 2020. 

  • In an effort to reopen classrooms and laboratories safely, FCS teachers focused on collaboration with school nutrition, innovation of past practices and implementing industry guidelines for the health and safety of their students. Using the NDE Launch NE, Reopening CTE, teachers have been able to ensure safe student participation and experiences for their students to develop industry-ready and home food preparation skills. 

For more information contact Kristin Vest at or visit the Nebraska Human Sciences and Education website.


  • STS teachers have been busy teaching as much knowledge and skills as they can in the labs while they have the opportunity to have the students in schools. 

  • We met virtually with ESU 16 STS teachers on October 12. Student safety was one of the many topics discussed. 

  • We hosted a virtual “Open Meeting” for teachers on Sunday evening, October 18th. This took the place of our annual STS Fall In-service Workshop. 

For more information contact Tony Glenn at or visit the Nebraska Skilled and Technical Sciences website.


For more information contact Donna Hoffman at or visit the Nebraska School Counseling website.

CTE Beginning Teacher Institute
Community of Practice Launch 

This past summer the Nebraska CTE team held the annual CTE Beginning Teacher Institute virtually. CTE teachers who have taught 1-3 years applied to be a part of the 2020 BTI Cohort. This Cohort went through a professional learning experience that included  advocacy training for their CTE program, working with students in special populations, CTE lab and classroom management, and a lesson plan review and evaluation with their peers. As a continuation of this event, we are launching our CTE BTI Community of Practice. This Community of Practice will be a virtual network where CTE teachers can collaborate, share resources, participate in focused webinars, and much more. Teachers will be able to connect with one another to meet the needs of their students during these ever-changing times. If you have a new CTE teacher who has taught 1-3 years and would be interested in participating in or could benefit from this Community of Practice, please contact Kristin Vest at   

Commissioner Recognizes Top Career and Technical Student Organization Competitors

The Commissioner’s Recognition for Excellence in Nebraska Career & Technical Education honors members of Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) who received top honors at their 2020 national conferences or competitive events. While an in-person event will not take place this year, we are still committed to recognizing students for this achievement. Students will be recognized virtually with a letter from the Commissioner of Education, certificate of recognition and a statewide news release.

Through competitive event programs, CTSO members have the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills learned in classrooms and laboratories and apply them to specific career areas. In addition, members continue to develop career readiness skills that will serve them in their future careers. Each year, Nebraska CTSO members excel in their national competitive events—a testimony to the quality instruction and outstanding programs of study provided through Nebraska’s Career & Technical Education programs. 

This year, Nebraska CTSOs will recognize over 60 outstanding members who have earned top national honors in their respective organizations as part of the 23rd annual Commissioner’s Recognition for Student Excellence in Nebraska Career & Technical Education. The students being recognized are listed below by school and CTSO along with their event and national placing. 
For more information about additional national recognition garnered by each CTSO, visit the following: 


Baden Brumbaugh, Leah Larson, & Jack Mettin, Community Service Project, 3rd Place

Kiryn Kayl, Lauryn Hoffman, & Joseph Hiatt, Partnership with Business Project, 1st Place

Kali Nedrow, Isaac Janing, & Claire Kimbrough, American Enterprise Report, 2nd Place

Adam Alfs & Regan Alfs, Business Plan, 1st Place


Andrew Kurtenbach, Global Analysis and Decision Making, 2nd Place
Jennifer Campos, Integrated Marketing Campaign, 3rd Place

Kenzie Bertolas, Human Resource Management, 2nd Place

Craig Angelsey, Forensic Accounting, 1st Place 

Danya Mintle, Small Business Management Plan, 1st Place

Morgan Haschke, Randall Nunez, Josh Santiago, Hospitality Management, 2nd Place

Kelsi Leininger, Organization Behavior and Leadership, 2nd Place 
Rozlyn Cole, Business Sustainability, 2nd Place; Future Business Executive, 3rd Place

Jenny Beans, Business Law, 3rd Place 
Brady Przymus, Personal Finance, 1st Place; Financial Services, 2nd Place 
Daniel Vargas Castano, Global Analysis and Decision Making, 3rd Place 
DJ Hardwick, Future Business Educator, 2nd Place

Ellie Anderson & Ellie Foral, Marketing Analysis and Decision Making, 2nd Place 
Hunter Bergman, Future Business Executive, 2nd Place 
Kenny Erickson, Statistical Analysis, 3rd Place; Insurance Concepts, 3rd Place 
Trevor Lockard, Financial Concepts, 1st Place; Management Concepts, 2nd Place 
Megan McCann, Statistical Analysis, 1st Place

Justin Kenney, Help Desk, 3rd Place

Diego Korol, Business Sustainability, 2nd Place 
Taylor O'Brien, Business Presentation, 2nd Place

Brooke Ehlers & Mary Walnofer, Food Innovations, Level 3, Gold, 1st Place 
Alexis Butterfield – Nutrition and Wellness, Level 3, Gold, 1st Place 
Hannah Scott & Brianna Klabenes, Promote and Publicize FCCLA!, Level 1, Gold, 1st Place 
Claire Woeppel – Focus on Children, Level 1, Gold, 2nd Place

Katie Wilson, Fashion Design, Level 2, Gold, 1st Place 

Kaydense Hansen & Ava Neujahr, Chapter in Review Display, Level 2, Gold, 2nd Place 
Braxton Small, Fashion Design, Level 2, Silver, 3rd Place

Miranda Batenhorst & Jessica Nelson, Promote and Publicize FCCLA!, Level 2, Gold, 2nd Place

Lisselle Lucas & Laynee Boltz, Chapter in Review Display, Level 1, Gold, 2nd Place 
Ellery Simpson, Public Policy Advocate, Level 2, Gold, 3rd Place

Sophia Birch, Leadership, Level 2, Gold, 1st Place 
Ella Hostetler & Cassidy June, National Programs in Action, Level 2, Gold, 2nd Place

Samuel Coble, Hospitality, Tourism, & Recreation, Level 2, Gold, 1st Place

Leonardo Luna-Duran, FCCLA Chapter Website, Level 1, Gold, 1st Place 
Hailey Bixler, Neligh-Oakdale, Job Interview, Level 3, Gold, 1st Place 
Raina Le & Lily-Ann Smidt, Chapter in Review Portfolio, Level 1, Silver, 3rd Place

Ally Sedlacek, National Programs in Action, Level 2, Gold, 1st Place 
Ashley Pischel, Digital Stories for Change, Level 2, Gold, 2nd Place 
Annie Corkle, Entrepreneurship, Level 1, Gold, 3rd Place

Conner Oberhauser, National Programs in Action, Level 3, Gold, 3rd Place

Hannah Olson, Lily Vogel, & Teagan Butterfield, Sustainability Challenge, Level 1, Gold, 2nd Place

Ashlyn Mohling, Equine Science - Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award, National Winner

Weston Svoboda, 2019-2020 Nebraska State FFA Officer – National Officer Candidate

Jozie Schilke, Grain Production - Entrepreneurship/Placement Proficiency Award, National Finalist

McKenzie Milligan & Karen Volquardsen, Agriscience Fair: Power, Structural, & Technical Systems - Division 6, 2nd Place

Blake Kirchhoff, Star in Agribusiness, National Winner

Dalton Gembica, Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance - Placement Proficiency Award, National Finalist

Virtual Fall Conferences
Amplify Student Leadership


Through the Center for Student Leadership and Expanded Learning, the Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) joined together to create a leadership keynote event. Enjoy a recorded keynote message from Aaron Davis. 

The on-demand recorded keynote message will give students the opportunity to reflect on their leadership skills and the messages that they are amplifying as well as how to amplify positivity as leaders. To get the password, please contact Jeannie Chastain  

Nearly $1 million awarded for
reVISION 2020-2021 Action Grants! 


A total of 22 reVISION Action grant applications were received with a total funding request of $1,707,658. Based on the strength of the application and availability of funds, this year 11 applicants were selected to receive an Action grant:

  • Bancroft-Rosalie Community School 
  • Columbus Public Schools 
  • ESU 09  (4 districts collaborating: Adams Central, Doniphan-Trumbull, Harvard, and Kenesaw) 
  • Hershey Public Schools 
  • Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) 
  • Northeast Community College 
  • Ralston Public Schools 
  • Seward Public Schools 
  • South Central Nebraska Unified District 
  • Stapleton Public Schools 
  • Sutherland Public Schools 
Visit the reVISION Action Grant webpage to learn more.  

All Perkins V Four-Year Local Perkins Applications Approved!

We'd like to thank everyone for their hard work and commitment over the past year preparing for the submission of your four-year Perkins application. The entire NE CTE team was excited and encouraged by the bold thinking and innovative ideas expressed that will propel local and regional CTE systems forward. Learners and employers across Nebraska will benefit from the coherent systems in development and those being strengthened. We're excited to begin publishing all four-year plans publicly and providing a synthesis of Perkins V implementation activities across the state. Be on the lookout for those soon! 

Featured Program

The University of Nebraska College of Technical Agricultural (NCTA) is nestled in southwest rural Nebraska, and is a one of a kind two-year national institution with a statewide mission of preparing students for successful Career and Technical Education careers in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Skilled and Technical Science, Health Sciences, Business/Marketing, and other Agribusiness related industries. NCTA has been a steadfast supporter of CTE education for many decades. Along with impacting numerous FFA members through the countless events and competitions that have been sponsored and supported on its campus located in Curtis, Nebraska. NCTA serves as a foundation point and economic driver in southwest Nebraska serving the region as a provider of continued education in advanced agribusiness. NCTA graduating students are highly sought after within the agricultural industry due to their advanced technical agricultural education. NCTA is known for its affordable tuition, high job-placement rate for graduates, and for the success of student teams in competitive activities. The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture is consistently ranked as one of the best two-year schools in the nation. 

For more information:
(402) 471-2295
Nebraska Department of Education
Nebraska Career and Technical Education
301 Centennial Mall South, 6th Floor
Lincoln, NE 68509

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