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5,000 CTE professionals, robots and STEM: U.S. Army attends ACTE’s annual CareerTech VISION Convention

Dec 12, 2016

From November 30-December 3, 2016, the U.S. Army gathered with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) in Las Vegas, Nev., for the annual ACTE CareerTech VISION Convention. More than 5,000 CTE professionals (educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others) came out to share new ideas and best practices for STEM-related careers.

The four-day convention included a wide array of sessions focusing on leadership and professional development best practices and resources available to help educators prepare their students for post-secondary success.

The convention also featured ACTE’s first annual CTE is STEM Symposium, a discussion that centered on STEM careers, especially for women who are still underrepresented in STEM fields.

The first day of the conference kicked off with the interactive Career Pavilion. The U.S. Army, along with nearly 40 other organizations, discussed training and career opportunities in a variety of growing fields to administrators, educators and career guidance professionals. 


SkillsUSA students attending ACTE (pictured left) and attendees (pictured right) get an inside look at the advanced technology used in the U.S. Army.

In keeping with the convention’s theme of providing best practices to educators, Capt. Barron Van Meurs and Capt. John Churchill from University of Nevada, Las Vegas Army ROTC, led a leadership development workshop, “Being Leaders, Building Leaders: Leadership Development,” that focused on leader development practices for 21st century leaders. More than 200 educators from around the country attended the session and learned the core values and characteristics of Army leadership, such as developing subordinate leaders, collaborative leadership, teaching educators the “why,” born leaders vs. developed leaders, and the qualities and skills the U.S. Army actively cultivates in leaders.

Following their leadership presentation, Capt. John Churchill and Capt. Barron Van Meurs speak with an ACTE member about how the ROTC program prepares our future leaders for challenges and adversity. 

To kick off the second day of workshops and learning, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, Commanding General, U.S. Army Recruiting Command and Fort Knox, KY, welcomed over 600 first-time convention attendees and discussed the Army and ACTE’s shared commitment to providing beneficial programs to prepare students for successful careers. With Soldiers that lead every day in more than 200 career specialties, he explained that it is vital that the Army remains the nation’s versatile force that is constantly evolving to meet the ever-changing challenges of today. 

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow speaks with an ACTE member about the U.S. Army’s continued mission to provide beneficial programs to prepare students for successful careers.

Throughout the course of the convention, attendees gained valuable insight on the many career opportunities available through the U.S. Army, as well as educational tools they could implement in their own schools and professional environments, such as March2Success. Attendees also got a sneak peek of the innovative features the Army plans to integrate into the program in the future. The U.S. Army also hosted an exhibit booth with interactive STEM-focused assets, such the virtual reality Immersa-Dome, hands-on robot demonstrations and a mobile hospital unit, each providing a deeper look into the advanced technology created and used by the Army every day.

The conference concluded with the CTE is STEM Symposium, an engaging discussion focusing on women in STEM careers. Members of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command Female Engagement Team (FET) shared their personal experiences of pursuing STEM-related careers in a male-dominated field. Educators left with insight and information about Army career opportunities to share with their students. 

Pictured left to right: Staff Sgt. Jessica Hamilton, Sgt. 1st Class Margarita Ingles, Staff Sgt. Lashunda English and Sgt. Johanny Perez, members of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command Female Engagement Team (FET), presented on the STEM-related career paths available for women in the U.S. Army.

Together with ACTE, the U.S. Army continues its commitment to advancing education, training and career opportunities for our future leaders. As Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow noted during the conference, “The truth of the matter is this: our future is only as good as the young people we develop, and their future is only as good as the tools we give them.” 

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