Tours and Workshops



CyberPatriot Competitions: What Goes On Behind the Scenes? SOLD OUT
Dec. 4, 12:30–3:30 p.m.
Cost: $50

Come and join us for an exciting opportunity to see a cyber-competition in progress. Coastline Community College, a designated CyberPatriot Center of Excellence (CCOE), is the second largest CCOE in the country and a designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency. This three-hour pre-conference tour/workshop will allow you to observe a practice competition in action with live students while giving you a chance to sit down and experience first-hand the tasks students are asked to do in a competition setting. Coastline staff and faculty will also share best practices and practical information for setting up, running and participating in CyberPatriot and other cyber competitions.
Dec. 4, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cost: $50

Spark creativity and unlock the potential within your students! Disney Youth Programs are valuable learning experiences that harness the power of Disney storytelling and the magic of Disney parks. Take a peek behind the curtain by experiencing an interactive showcase of some of the most popular Disney Youth Programs, including:
  • Disney Culinary Arts
  • Careers in Costuming
  • Properties of Motion
  • Creating a Leadership Legacy
Along the way explore the career pathways of Disney Cast Members who work in these fields and bring the magic to life every day.
Increasing Completers in High School CTE Courses by Creating Robust Middle School College and Career Readiness Courses: Orange Unified School District Labs 
Dec. 4, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. SOLD OUT
Dec. 4, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (repeat of 8:00 a.m. session) SOLD OUT
Cost: $25 (Lunch included)
Join us for three unique site visits in Orange Unified School District, Orange, CA, to learn about CTE programs in middle and high school programs.
1st stop: Yorba Middle School, touring two unique CTE labs:
  • Two College and career ready labs feeding pathways across all 15 Industry sectors in CA (Career Clusters in other states).
2nd stop: Cerro Villa Middle School, touring two unique CTE labs:
  • Two College and career ready labs feeding pathways across all 15 Industry sectors in CA (Career Clusters in other states).
3rd stop: El Modena High School, touring:
  • Academy of Media Arts classroom
  • Academy of Computer Science classroom
  • Construction lab classroom
  • Foundations of Technology & Engineering lab classroom
Both tours are sponsored by Paxton/Patterson 
Knott's Berry Farm SOLD OUT
Dec. 4, 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Cost: $50

See firsthand a successful education-business collaboration through Knott's Berry Farm’s model partnership with the North Orange County Regional Occupational Program (NOCROP). You will also take a behind the scenes tour of Knotts’ food and beverage division and operations area, showcasing their work with the NOCROP culinary/hospitality program and other educational programs and opportunities.
Roadtrip Nation SOLD OUT
Dec. 4, 12:30–3:00 p.m.
Cost: $50

Take a tour of Roadtrip Nation’s HQ with special stops at the production department where events, web design and more motivate students to pursue careers based on their passions. You will have the opportunity to:
  • See the original motorhome (aptly named “The Legend”) that started it all
  • Tour the RVs that take our “roadtrippers” around the country exploring careers
  • Talk with the education team about our approach to career exploration inside and outside of the classroom
  • Take a tour of Roadtrip Nation’s resources, content and tools for educators and students

Samueli Engineering Academy SOLD OUT
Dec. 4, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cost: $50

Take a unique tour of the Samueli Academy, a charter school that provides engineering and design pathways for all students delivered in an integrated, holistic environment. Samueli Academy's mission is to serve foster and underserved youth in a technology rich environment, featuring project-based learning with a STEAM focus and a commitment to college and career success for all its students. In only six years Samueli Academy has maintained a 99% high school graduation rate, 96% college attendance rate and a college persistence rate at more than twice the national average for its student demographic.
Dec. 4, 7:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Cost: $50

Explore Tustin High School’s 6-12 career and technical education (CTE) programs, featuring the award-winning T-Tech Engineering Academy and the School of Integrated Design, Engineering and Automation (IDEA) at Irvine Valley College’s Advanced Technology and Education Park. Learn how Tustin’s program successfully combines academic instruction with cutting edge project-based learning and is recognized as one of the best CTE programs in the state. Participants then visit Irvine Valley College’s new School of IDEA, which serves as a catalyst for the college’s CTE programs, offering innovative and effective technical education in a state-of-the-art environment.


Admin 101
Dec. 4, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Cost: $150

This half-day session is especially designed to help new administrators at all levels, such as school board members, superintendents and CTE administrators, more clearly understand what CTE is, why it is such a successful program for student success and how CTE programs can improve your organization.
Admin 201
Dec. 4, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Cost: $150

This half-day workshop is especially designed for experienced CTE administrators and will cover such topics as: 
  • Using data and creating presentations for your community to expand your support base
  • Mentoring teacher-leaders
  • Creating meaningful professional development for teachers at all levels of experience and expertise
  • Discussing processes used to open and close programs (e.g., invest and prune)

CTE Administrative Leadership: 5 Things to Know
Dec. 4, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Cost: $150 (includes a copy of CTE Administrative Leadership: 10 More Things to Know)
Join this interactive session to take a deep dive into issues affecting CTE administrative leaders, including: planning for change; program delivery options; quality programming components; data collection and reporting; building a budget and more. Based on CTE Administrative Leadership: 10 More Things to Know, provided to you as a part of your workshop materials, this workshop will offer real-world examples from over 30 seasoned CTE administrators representing 22 states.
Create Powerful Student Learning Experiences by Creating Powerful Partnerships
Dec. 4, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Cost: $150
The challenges of the job market and the premium employers put on real-world knowledge and skills make meaningful work experience critical to the success of our young people. This workshop, geared for teachers, administrators and academy coaches, will offer practical strategies, tools and resources to support the opportunities to strengthen the connection between schools and business partnerships using the Ford NGL Powerful Partnership Process. Key topics to be addressed follow:
  • What does quality partnership between schools and business look like
  • Self-assessment tool to gauge your strengths and opportunities
  • Protocols to use right away to build (or strengthen) the partnership
  • Action plan to establish next steps.
  • Access to additional tools via Ford NGL U

Data Driven Career and Technical Education: How Labor Market Information Can Guide Investment and Strategy
Dec. 4, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Cost: $200 (Includes lunch)

Career and technical education (CTE) programs are facing increased pressure to use data to make decisions and guide strategy. Perkins V calls for states and districts to use data to shape programs, set performance targets and assess local needs. The volume and complexity of labor market data can be overwhelming for workforce development professionals. This interactive pre-conference workshop will provide an overview of labor market information, a hands-on demonstration of accessing, downloading, and analyzing labor market data, and answer questions such as:
  • What kind of jobs in my region require less than a bachelor’s degree?
  • What are the hardest jobs to fill?
  • What jobs are going to grow the most over the next decade?
  • What is the labor shed for my region?
  • Where do the workers in the region live?
  • How have wages and employment changed in major industries?
This will be a bring-your-own-technology course where participants can use laptops and tablets to follow-along during the course. 
Empowering Students to Pursue their Career Goals
Information and Resources for School Counselors, Guidance and Career Professionals 

Dec. 4, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

This one-day workshop will provide school counselors and career counseling professionals with information and resources needed to connect students with opportunities aligned with their career passions. Participants will emerge with an enhanced knowledge of the full range of education and career options, with a specific focus on career technical education (CTE) and in-demand occupations, to empower students to explore career goals as well as expand their existing strategies for effective career advisement. At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:
  • Identify and discuss the various components and benefits of a high-quality CTE program of study, including work-based learning, industry-recognized credentials and dual/concurrent credit
  • Discuss the range of options available in CTE along with current workforce trends and know how to access information on CTE programs and the labor market in their specific state
  • Explain the value of CTE to students and parents using tested key messages
  • Assist students with career exploration and development in K-12 and identify potential strategies to implement in their community
  • Develop strategic actions to reach students, parents, administrators, other counselors and/or other stakeholders to communicate the value of CTE
All participants are required to complete a pre- and post-workshop survey, and a third and final survey two months after the completion of the workshop. Participants enrolling in this workshop must be committed to developing strategic actions that can be implemented within two months after the workshop. 
High Quality Work-Based Learning SOLD OUT
Dec. 4, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $150

This workshop will focus on high-quality work-based learning, as defined in ACTE’s Quality Program of Study Framework. We will explore how you transform a work-based learning program from a required to a desired experience for students, and ensure in-depth, firsthand student engagement with the tasks required in specific career fields. Join this interactive session to explore the criteria of quality work-based learning and leave with useful next steps to taking your program to the next level.

Workshop generously sponsored by Seamless, a work-based learning tool for schools to document and manage their programs.

How to Finally Move the Needle on Women in CTE SOLD OUT
Dec. 4, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Cost: $150
In this fast-paced workshop, you’ll find out why most strategies to increase female enrollment in traditionally male CTE programs don’t work and what colleges that have been successful do differently. Discover how Milwaukee Area Technical College went from zero to nine women in welding in only four weeks and City College of San Francisco enrolled 50 percent female students in a new Makerspace course in seven weeks. Learn the top secrets for recruiting and retaining female students in CTE and walk away with a mini-action plan. Designed for both secondary and postsecondary CTE professionals, this workshop is facilitated by Donna Milgram, Executive Director of the Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science.
State Leadership Training Program
Dec. 4, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Cost: $25

The State Leadership Training Program provides current and perspective state leaders with leadership training in addition to specific instruction in association management. This program is based on the criteria for effective leadership, defined by the Quality Association Standards (QAS), an annual benchmark for state associations to evaluate their programs, services and organization. The QAS covers key aspects of association management, ranging from finances and bylaws, to programs and marketing. By using the QAS as the structure for the program, participants become familiar with the essentials of association management and are able to apply the concepts they learn about to their own state association. The instruction is facilitated by subject matter experts from ACTE’s state associations, staff or partners.
STEM is CTE Symposium
Dec. 4, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Cost: $195 (includes lunch)

Back by popular demand, this event addresses crucial diversity, equity and access issues to STEM fields via CTE programs, which encourage students and especially women to explore high-paying, high-demand STEM careers. CTE classrooms offer hands-on learning environments that bring  science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to life, apply core academics to real-world situations and provide creative problem-solving skills to address our nation’s most pressing issues. Together, STEM and CTE expand opportunities for youth to engage in some of the most exciting realms of discovery and technological innovation.
Teaching Workforce Readiness Skills for Success in a Global Economy  SOLD OUT
Dec. 4, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Cost: $150

It is crucial that we ensure all students have the 21st century employability skills necessary to work in today’s interconnected economy. You will leave this session with an understanding of which workforce readiness skills are important for success and how to begin to integrate them into what you are already teaching. Together, we will examine project ideas and begin work on a global project you can use in your classroom. Please come with one curriculum project or lesson that you are already planning to teach and would like to add a global dimension to. Bring your laptop or tablet. Free resources and professional development materials will be shared.
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