The landing spot for everything Career & Technical Education and Career Development in the ESU #8 area.

What’s NEW in CTE?

Career Field Professional Development Opportunities

  • COLD Conference for Counselors will take place on January 30, 2018 – 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM – LLLC in Norfolk. Topics included this year are: ACT, Facilitating Career Development, NDE updates, and much more. There is no cost for this conference, a working lunch will be provided and lodging on January 28, 2018 if traveling more than 75 miles. To register please follow this link.
  • Food and Nutrition Science InstituteThe Nebraska Department of Education, in partnership with Vivayic, is pleased to provide a Food & Nutrition Science curriculum training opportunity. The Food & Nutrition Science Institute will provide a 4 day curriculum training in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Participants will have full access to revised and refreshed curriculum upon completion of the training. See the attached flyer with additional information or visit this link.

Facilitating Career Development

  • ECHO in Career Development – this on-line professional development targets counselors and teachers working to support and assist students in making informed career and academic decisions. This year’s sessions are focused around the 16 Career Clusters. For the agenda items for the year or log-on information, click here.
  • Nebraska Career Connections is a one-stop for career development and provides education and career planning resources. Assist your students in exploring career options and create a portfolio of materials for college and career. This system can provide you with all the tools you will need.

Scholarships and Grants

Professional Development Scholarships — OPEN NOW

Scholarships are on a first come/first served basis. All applications are open until filled.

  • NETA Spring 2018 Conference Scholarship Application
    • Spring 2018: April 18-20, 2018 – for more information click here
  • NNNC Summer Tech Institute Scholarship Application
    • May 30, 2018 – for more information click here
  • NCE Conference Scholarship Application
    • June 4-7, 2018 – for more information click here – Registration opens April 15, 2018

ACTE/ACTEN Educator Awards – Be recognized for the great things you do!!

The ACTE Member Awards recognize excellence and dedication within the field of career and technical education among ACTE members. Recipients of these awards are exceptional individuals who have contributed to the success of CTE through the quality of their work and their involvement in the CTE community. 

 There are eight Member Awards presented: 

ACTEN Teacher of the Year

ACTEN Outstanding Teacher by Division
ACTEN Postsecondary Teacher of the Year

ACTEN Teacher Educator of the Year
ACTEN New Teacher of the Year

ACTEN Administrator of the Year

ACTEN Career Guidance of the Year
ACTEN Carl Perkins Community Service Award

 Candidates begin the application process by nominating themselves (or being nominated by a peer) for their state award. Candidates must hold the appropriate position at the time of initial nomination. Applicants may full- or part-time educators. Award winners will receive a one-year membership in ACTE/ACTEN dues.

 Candidates should submit their applications on the ACTE Awards Portal at by March 1, 2018.

Fun Resources:

  • Have you taken a virtual tour of Nebraska business? Check out the Nebraska Career Tours virtual tours and their classroom resources here.
  • KREG Tools – Will provide a 60% discount for schools purchasing tools. Contact KREG directly at this link.
  • ACTE Nebraska – Take a look at what is happening in Nebraska in CTE.
  • Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) – A variety of great information can be found here.
  • National Career Development Association (NCDA) – best practices in facilitating career development.
  • TRENDS Magazine – from the Nebraska Department of Labor – great way to incorporate labor market information in the classroom. Find all archived copies here.
  • Partners for Innovation – This website has some fun tools to incorporate career development and search career opportunities by pathway.
  • ESU 8 Career & Technical Education Pathways link

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) is a principal source of federal funding to states and discretionary grantees for the improvement of secondary and postsecondary career and technical education programs across the nation. The purpose of the Act is to develop more fully the academic, career, and technical skills of secondary and postsecondary students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs.