The benefits of Career and Technical Education (CTE) to students and their schools is undeniable. According to the Association of Career & Technical Education (ACTE), high school students in CTE programs are more engaged, perform better, and graduate at higher rates. The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 93 percent, which outpaces the overall national graduation rate of 80 percent.
For educators looking to broaden their CTE offerings for students, the ACTE’s annual conference—CareerTech Vision 2017—offers a chance for attendees to gather with fellow CTE professionals and take part in an informative and inspiring 4-day packed agenda. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to expert speakers, see live demos, and explore the expo show, not to mention participate in networking opportunities.
This year, the conference will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, from Wednesday, December 6, through Saturday, December 9. If you haven’t registered and booked your stay, there is still time! You can find all of the registration details here. With so much to do and see, you’ll want to maximize your time and make sure you get a taste of everything. We’ve put together some tips to make the week a little easier to navigate.
1. Meet and Greet
You probably won’t find more CTE professionals in one place, at one time, than at this event. If you are looking for ways to enhance your current program or offer new pathways in a different Career Cluster, take advantage of the networking opportunities to meet with thought leaders in those areas of specialty.
There are multiple workshops available on Wednesday, as well as local tours of thriving CTE programs and businesses during the week. For example, you can tour the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nissan’s Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant, or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lock and Dam and Power Plant.
2. Plan to Learn
With an agenda that features more than 300 sessions, you’ll want to map out the week carefully. Before the conference, explore the conference agenda to determine which sessions will be most helpful for your school or district. Be sure you give yourself enough time to get from one event to another.
Don’t miss Fuel Education’s session:
Blazing New Trails in CTE and Blended Learning
Thursday, December 7, 2017, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Amy Banta, Education Solution Specialist, Fuel Education
3. Experience New Ideas
CareerTech offers a special opportunity to learn about new CTE products, tools, and ideas in the Career Pavilion, where more than 200 exhibitors will be sharing their latest and greatest. Most will be providing in-booth demos where attendees can explore new ideas, ask questions, and see what is best suited for them.
Fuel Education will be featuring in-booth demos and showcasing our CTE solutions, so be sure to make a special trip to booth #807 to see what we’ve got in store!
4. Continue the Conversation
Establish new connections online by using the hashtag #VISIONCTE17 in your social media profiles. And then continue to engage with your new acquaintances by following them on Twitter or connecting with them on LinkedIn.
Nashville is filled with amazing food, music, and history. Here are some top attractions and restaurants you may want to check out:
- Biscuit Love – This southern gem will leave you in the greatest food coma you’ve ever experienced. Nestled in the Gulch neighborhood of Nasvhille, the restaurant opens its door for a breakfast of champions daily. Be sure to get there early though, the line is one to be reckoned with.
- Honky Tonk Highway – Nashville’s famous strip is like a party all day, every day. Enjoy live music from up-and-coming music stars while you walk along the waterfront. You’ll soon see why everyone keeps coming back for more!
- Looking for something that’s rich with history? Stop by the Hermitage Hotel to see its exquisite Beaux-Arts style architecture and take one of their infamous tours through the lobby bathrooms as they share historical secrets that are definitely worth hearing.
We hope to see you in Nashville!