2019 Career & Technical Education Summer Conference
Over 600 Career & Technical Education (CTE) teachers attended Education Service Center Region 19’s 5th annual Preparing the Workforce of Tomorrow Conference on June 12, at the El Paso Convention Center.
The summer conference is a collaborative effort between ESC Region 19, The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas - El Paso Branch, area school districts and workforce partners to showcase the latest updates for CTE Educators.
Business and industry experts from across the country engaged with local educators, sharing ideas and information for preparing students for high-skill, high-wage and high-demand careers.
From drone technology to cyber security & renewable energy, various presenters, exhibitors and vendors hosted workshops for teachers to learn about instructional trends, software and specialized career trends.
FabLab El Paso, a local non-profit organization and fabrication lab that focuses on STEAM education, was just one of many diverse presenters at the conference.
“Teachers are very interested in our upcoming computer science program in collaboration with Microsoft and our Mobile FabLab,” Michael Nelson, FabLab Lead STEM Instructor said. “We are very excited to schedule workshops and field trips for students and teachers in the upcoming school year.”
The focus of this year’s conference was showing teachers how to best promote their CTE courses and student organizations to engage more students within their schools and increase enrollment in the programs.
Western Technical College representatives, instructors and internship coordinators offered a workshop on different strategies to recruit and outreach to students.
“It has been great interacting with teachers and showing them how to talk to middle school and high school students so they become interested in CTE programs,” Johnathan Summers, High school admissions representative for Western Technical College, said. “We hope to establish stronger relationships with teachers so we can get into the classroom and let the students know what career opportunities are out there and are available to them.”
Star of the Netflix hit show ‘Last Chance U’, Brittany Wagner shared her life experience in engaging students during her keynote speech, motivating educators to embrace their passion for teaching.
“I hope to inspire these educators to go into the new school year excited and fired up to change people’s lives, because we have the ability to be the number one person of influence in these kid’s futures and be a part of the solution for them,” Wagner said.
Teachers were emotional after Wagner’s inspiring speech.
“Brittany Wagner was fantastic, she is a true motivator,” Bell Air High School teacher, Alma Frigyes, said. “I gained so much information today to help my students in pursuing their careers after high school. I’m anxious to get back to school and share all the information with them.”
Teachers had fun in the photobooth.
For more information about the CTE Conference visit: https://www.esc19.net/CTEconference