The 2015 VACTEA Annual Conference was held at the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites Conference Center October 14–16, 2015. The Pre-conference for new administrators was held October 13 and 14, 2015. More than 50 new administrators attended the pre-conference training. A special thank you to Phyllis Gandy and Teresa Simpson for facilitating this training.
Mr. Jim Kelly, Chairman of the Williamsburg/James City County School Board provided welcoming remarks at the opening session.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Ben Kiser, the Executive Director of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents and past president of VACTEA (formerly called Virginia Association of Vocational Administrators). Ben gave his perspective on CTE: K–12’s Strategy for Workforce Readiness.
Attendees received policy updates from Dr. Brenda Long, Jesse White, Teresa Simpson, and David Bailey.
The Virginia Department of Education staff provided greetings and updates, as well.
Kim Green, Executive Director of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium led a discussion of the trends, politics, and views impacting CTE.
Please save the date for the Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education Professional Development Leadership Seminar for Virginia Educators which will be at the Hilton Garden Inn, Richmond Downtown on January 21–22, 2016.