1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Wednesday, February 14

Career Technical Education continues to evolve as the world changes. Join us for an inspiring and informative journey as we explore the strategies, insights, and innovations essential to a successful CTE program in today’s educational climate. The summit will include current topics such as AI in the CTE Classroom and Building Robust Student Organizations as well as a panel discussion with business and industry partners to build opportunities and connections.

AI In the CTE Classroom. Discover how AI in the CTE classroom can bridge the gap between the classroom and the workforce. This session will discuss innovative tools and techniques that enhance the learning experience and prepare students for the rapidly evolving job market. AI in CTE education represents a powerful fusion of technology and pedagogy, offering numerous benefits to both students and educators.

Create a Robust CTSO. Gain insights into creating dynamic and inclusive learning environments that empower all students to reach their full potential by creating Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs). This session will share ideas and strategies for building a robust CTSO.

A Conversation with Industry Partners. This session will wrap up the summit with a conversation on shaping the future workforce and building pathways to lifelong success. Together, we can ensure that every student is equipped to excel in both their careers and college pursuits.

Kathie Obrien

Kathie O'Brien

Kathie O’Brien has had a rewarding career as a CTE instructor and faculty advisor at various community colleges throughout the northwest where she coordinated technology programs and learning centers in addition to teaching online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses. She is passionate about the benefit of CTE for all students and has been involved in efforts to promote CTE as a pathway to careers and college for many years.  Kathie is an educational consultant, professional learning specialist, project manager, and grant project specialist.  She led efforts to redesign college courses with goals of increasing enrollments, enhancing student success, increasing retention, and effectively reaching students with diverse knowledge and abilities.  In recognition of this effort, the program was awarded the Idaho Postsecondary Exemplary Program Award.  Kathie has received numerous honors including induction into the Business Professionals of America Hall of Fame, Distinguished Service Awards, and various Faculty Achievement Awards.  Kathie has had the privilege of presenting at several conferences throughout the country. Kathie received her Bachelor of Science in Business Education from Oregon State University, her Master’s in Business Education from Portland State University, and her Ed. Specialist degree in Adult Learning and Organizational Leadership from the University of Idaho.

Kelly Williams

Kelly Williams

Kelly Williams holds a B.S./M.S. in Business Education from Central Michigan University. Kelly has taught a variety of business courses and currently teaches Entrepreneurship, is the advisor of Business Professionals of America and the Ladies Head Track & Field Coach at DeWitt High School in DeWitt, Michigan. She is also the Clinton County RESA’s Blended Learning Coach and Technology. In this role, her primary duties include training teachers to improve current practices, creating and delivering model lessons, collaborating with teachers, researching new trends to be implemented in the curriculum, and incorporating technology in the curriculum.

Kelly has collaborated with Michigan Virtual University as the Course Content Specialist in writing an online Entrepreneurship course as well coordinated online professional development for teachers through MVU.

She enjoys the opportunity for sharing and learning from fellow educators as a Microsoft Innovative Educator trainer and NCCE Professional Learning Specialist as well as a Certified Google Trainer.