CTE / Counselor Opportunities

ESU#9 Area Schools: Professional Development

Career & Technical Education Teachers,

The goal of this flyer is to keep you up-to-date on the current workshops and/or opportunities for professional growth in our area. Please feel free to contact me with updates, concerns, questions, or suggestions @ kristen.slechta@esu9.us.

Bookmark this flyer address as it will automatically update as well as include past, present, and future opportunities for professional growth.


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Connecting the Dots: A Career Exploration Day - October 10th

Connecting the Dots:
A Career Exploration Day

Sign Up TODAY:


Contact: Amanda Skalka (askalka@southcentralusd.us)

Flyer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eBDwYZ2SHQIptEXxnrCiaW867mIE4IOE/view

This interactive career exploration simulation program is designed to help ninth grade students learn more about careers of interest as well as how to “connect the dots” from ninth grade through postsecondary study to the workplace. Students will need to complete Kuder career exploration activities prior to registering and will work in teams of two or three based on career interests

The student will:

 Experience a “real life” simulation to learn how their high school choices impact their post secondary study and their workplace experiences.
Learn more about their favorite careers.

 Learn about the importance of networking as they begin to prepare for their careers.
 Build work readiness skills including resume building and interviewing.

 Complete personality inventories to relate to future jobs. Have fun learning together.

Schedule of Events

8:45 AM Student Welcome/Volunteer Orientation
9:00 AM Overview of “Connect the Dots” simulation activity 9:30 AM “Connect the Dots” Career Simulation

10:15 AM Discussion and Simulation Recap 11:00 AM Employer Address to Students 11:45 AM Lunch
12:15 AM Postsecondary speakers

1:15 AM Breakout Sessions:

2:30 AM Wrap-up and Evaluation 2:45 AM Load Buses/Safe trip home

C F E D: Career Field Exploration Days

Hello CTE Teachers and Guidance Counselors,

I have some exciting news! ESU 9 is offering a series of three days dedicated to specific career fields in Nebraska. Mark your calendars for the dates below:

August 30th - Business, Marketing & Management + Communication and Information Systems

October 3rd - Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources + Skilled & Technical Sciences

November 14th - Health Sciences + Human Systems and Education

NOTE: These dates are considered professional development for CTE educators and counselors as well as a learning opportunity for students.

Registration information will be shared very soon!

Please see the following slide deck to get a sneak peek of the proposed scheduled for August 30th. The goal is to include NDE updates, a career field specific panel of experts, a student panel, student stations, and a catered lunch. There a lot of details to solidify. All comments and suggestions are welcomed.

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Nebraska's Microsoft IT Initiative - Application Now Open!

Earlier this year the State Legislature appropriated funds to support the continuation of the Nebraska Microsoft Information Technology (IT) Initiative in Nebraska high schools and community colleges during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school terms. They have appropriated $300,000 each year for the next two years.

I am excited to announce that the application for any public school interested in participating in the initiative is now available! Private schools are not eligible due to the funding source.

Through the Nebraska Microsoft IT Initiative, teachers and students will receive software training, online resources, and earn Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft Technology Associate, and/or Microsoft Certified Educator certifications.

To become a part of the Nebraska Microsoft IT Initiative, the following requirements must be met:

1. PC platform with Windows operating system

2. Microsoft Office 2013 or 2016

3. Have students enrolled in Information Technology Applications I (270501) and II (270502), Information Technology Fundamentals (270504), or Computer Science Principles (270703)

4. Commitment to certify students and staff

5. Participation commitment for two years, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021

· Participants will be required to submit an annual application and supporting data for the second year of the initiative

If you would like to participate and meet the above requirements, you or the teacher delivering the instruction needs to complete the Nebraska Microsoft IT Initiative online application on or before Monday, August 12, 2019 at 5pm CST. Use the link below to access the application.

Schools will be notified of acceptance into the program by Friday, August 23, 2019.

Microsoft IT Initiative Application: https://nde.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1ZyvX1iYqZxNuRv

Please direct all questions at this time to Jacqui Garrison, Career Field Specialist, jacqui.garrison@nebrask.gov or 402.471.4865.



Katie Graham


Office of Career, Technical, & Adult Education

301 Centennial Mall South

Lincoln NE, 68508

P: (402) 471-3104

E: katie.graham@nebraska.gov

National Health Science Standards:

Over the past year NCHSE has been working hard in the effort to update their National Health Science Standards. Attached is the final product.


Use them as a guide as you develop your lesson plans and class activities for the upcoming school year.

Carol Packard

Career Field Specialist - Health Sciences
Post Secondary Perkins Monitor

Office of Career, Technical, & Adult Education

301 Centennial Mall South

Lincoln, NE 68508

P: (402) 471-4813

E: Carol.Packard@nebraska.gov


The Pathway is a access point to the world of work in Nebraska. It was created with two key goals in mind - to help the youth of our state successfully navigate Nebraska's labor market and to give insight to job seekers on opportunities and careers available to them.

The Pathway helps people find jobs, explore career options and discover what skills they need to take on certain careers. We also help employers fill jobs. One of the biggest problems facing employers today is that there are not enough qualified/skilled workers to fill the positions open at their businesses. We aim to educate those seeking employment to hopefully find the right talent and grow their businesses.

We have targeted this resource to be a service to parents, teachers, students, career and employment counselors, human resources professionals, and staffing agencies.

Our Partners:

  • Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce

  • ESU9

If you would like to utilize our series to promote career pathways, we would love to hear from you and explore new distribution.

Please send inquiries for partnership to: 281studios@gmail.com

Our team here is also interested to learn about your experience with The Pathway, and how we can improve this resource for years to come.

Please send your feedback to: 281studios@gmail.com

Explore Careers by Personality, Industry, and Career Spotlights!

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Quality of and Access to Career & Technical Education - SURVEY!

The Nebraska Department of Education is gathering information from Nebraska educators, parents, students, businesses, community members and organizations. We want to learn about the quality of and access to Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs and recourses available in Nebraska schools.

By completing this survey (www.bit.ly/PerkinsVSurvey), you are providing valuable input for the development of Nebraska’s new four-year CTE State Plan, and ensuring each student has access to high-quality CTE experiences. The survey should only take 10-15 minutes to complete.

You can learn more about Nebraska Career & Technical Education by visiting our website at: https://www.education.ne.gov/nce/.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Graham, State CTE Director, at katie.graham@nebraska.gov.

Thank you for your time!

Katie Graham


Office of Career, Technical, & Adult Education

301 Centennial Mall South

Lincoln NE, 68508

P: (402) 471-3104

E: katie.graham@nebraska.gov

CTE - Beginning Teacher Institute

The Beginning Teacher Institute, hosted by Nebraska Career Education will be held this July, 15-17th. Please share this information if you have a beginning CTE teacher in your building! They might not be on one of our six listservs, “yet” that is!

The Beginning Teacher Institute (BTI) is designed for teachers who have completed their first through third year of Career and Technical Education instruction. The core purposes of the 2019 BTI are:

  1. Explore and define your CTE Program. Learn how to articulate the vision, teaching belief, and philosophy to students, parents, other CTE teachers, administration and stakeholders.
  2. Learn how to facilitate classroom and laboratory experiences with students.
  3. Internalize and practice classroom management strategies. Turn up the participation and engagement of students in the classroom!

Event Dates: July 15-17, 2019

Registration Deadline: May 15, 2019

For additional information and to register, visit our website at https://www.education.ne.gov/nce/ under Conferences, Workshops, and Special Events.

Contact Kristin Vest at kristin.vest@nebraska.gov with questions.

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Health Science - Opioid Kit

NHA releases new opioid toolkit

The Nebraska Hospital Association is proud to release the NHA Opioid Toolkit. This toolkit is designed to be a quick reference guide for providers and clinical staff.

This new toolkit addresses the following:

- Recommendations regarding appropriate prescribing to reduce the risk of addiction/abuse;

- Recommendations regarding screening and appropriate treatment for those who are already addicted;

- Tactics and methods to appropriately manage public expectations around opioid use.

The NHA Opioid Toolkit will be updated quarterly online and can be found on the NHA website.

Download your copy at:

NHA Opioid Toolkit

Developing Youth Talent Initiative

The Developing Youth Talent Initiative (DYTI) creates collaboration between Nebraska businesses and public schools. Connecting young Nebraskans in 7th and 8th grade to learning opportunities in the Manufacturing and IT industries can play an important role in their decision to build their careers in our state. Exposing this next generation of leaders to the advanced skills and knowledge required for occupations in these industries encourages an expanding workforce to help Grow Nebraska.

Intent of the Developing Youth Talent Initiative is to support an industry-defined approach to develop a youth talent pipeline for manufacturing and IT occupations. Grant recipients will partner with schools to engage students in participation of hands-on career exploration and relevant workplace-learning opportunities.

Application Criteria to be scored include demonstration of the following:

  • Impact on businesses, community and students
  • Program sustainability
  • Evidence of regional workforce needs and relationship of the proposed project to the need.
  • Clear goals and projected outcomes
  • Budget and project timeline
  • Evaluation plan (3rd party evaluator)
    • Must include pre and post assessment of student interest in and knowledge of occupations within manufacturing and IT fields.
  • Potential evaluators for consideration:

DYTI may grant up to $250,000 with minimum award to two projects.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants must be a Nebraska business, or consortium of businesses, operating in a Manufacturing or IT industry (or industry with high number of IT occupations) working in partnership with a local school.

Important Deadlines

Electronic applications for the 2019-2020 DYTI grant cycle are due to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) by NOON, April 15th, 2019. Send to Bradley.pierce@nebraska.gov

For more information, please review the DYTI frequently asked questions and application guidelines or contact Bradley Pierce, bradley.pierce@nebraska.gov or 402-840-0831.

Lear More about "Mapping Your Success:"


"Just graduated from college and looking for a state to start your career? Or currently working in a job that is unfulfilling and want to jumpstart something new? There are many jobs available, but maybe not in your state.

This time, Zippia is looking at the top 10 best states for jobs so you can know where to start your search.

You may think that the best place for jobs is in the larger states, like New York, California, or Texas, but that isn't necessarily true. In large states, there are many jobs, but there is also a lot of job competition.

And while a job is great, a job that makes a lot of money compared to the cost of living is even better.

So where can you find jobs easily and make a good income?

Here's a quick glance at our top 10 best states for jobs that will give you that amazing job whose salary gives you a massive bang for your buck:"


Did You KNOW?

Hastings College will be offering a three credit course in July 2019 called "Workplace Learning." This is an opportunity for K-12 educators interested in learning more about job shadowing, job placement, labor laws, H3 careers, and building career units for the classroom. The course is taught by Darci Karr. More details to come!
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Interested in our 3D printer or starting your own adventure?

Nebraska Agricultural Education - Professional Development Opportunities

Nebraska Career Clusters Videos

The final set of Nebraska Career Clusters videos is now live at www.necareertours.com. The curriculum writer has sent initial drafts of the Teacher Discussion Guides and Student View Guides for 3 of the 5 new clustersThe new videos are for:

  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security – Rembolt Ludtke, Nebraska Army National Guard, Midwest Medical Transport
  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (new videos shot to replace first round videos) – CVA, HDR, and Omaha Steaks
  • Government and Public Administration – Americorps, Phelps County, Southeast Nebraska Development District
  • Energy and Engineering – Olsson Associates, NPPD, Strobel Energy
  • Manufacturing – Added Royal Composites

Good way to get funding for professional development that your school district can’t totally cover!


External PD Funding Applications for 2019 are now available! Click here for more information!

If you’re involved in career education—as a teacher, faculty member or administrator—you should get involved in Partnerships for Innovation (PFI).

  • Innovative curriculum for career education.
  • Incredible online teaching resources.
  • Unmatched professional development opportunities.
  • Data and reports that enhance your decision making.
  • Alignment of skill assessments and career readiness standards.

Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) is all this—and much more. PFI is unique to Nebraska—a powerful coalition of secondary and post-secondary institutions focused on providing valuable career information, improving the quality and consistency of career education and enhancing the career learning environment in Nebraska schools.

Discover more about PFI. And bring even greater innovation into your career education programs.

See the potential!

Here's a video on ESU 2's website regarding their Pathways to Tomorrow (P2T) collaboration: https://www.esu2.org/vnews/display.v/SEC/P2T%7CAbout%20P2T
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Nebraska Workforce Trends


Nebraska Workforce Trends is a monthly news magazine containing information about the Nebraska economy with feature articles spotlighting the uses of labor market information. Nebraska Workforce Trends is an online only publication.

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3 D Printing @ E S U 9

ESU 9 and the Perkins Consortium has a Mojo 3D printer!

QUESTIONS or to REQUEST TRANSPORT of the Mojo 3D printer to your school district (Perkins Consortium members only), contact Time Kalvelage (tim.kalvelage@esu9.us.)


The cost for printing a 3D project will vary based on which printer is used and the size of the project. For projects printed using the Mojo printer, the cost will be based on cubic inch

  • Filament: $2.00/cubic inch
  • Support Material: $3.50/cubic inch

Please submit this form to request 3D printing AND upload your STL files to http://tinyurl.com/ESU9-3DprintRequestFORM

Add your file to dropbox here: http://tinyurl.com/ESU9-3D-PrintRequest

NOTE: Project files must be saved as STL files.

Contact Janine Uden (janine.uden@esu9.us) or Kristen Slechta (kristen.slechta@esu9.us) for more information.

Instruction Manual for Mojo Printer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16ZAhWqzKTLO6SgHWXqCca1HOVIGHGF7k/view?usp=sharing

Wavewash 55 3D Printer Support Material Washing System - Stratasys

Tim Watters presents "3D Printing" @ ESU 9

Interested in checking out the Perkins Consortium Electronic Infants, Cow Model, Pig Model, Stomach Ruminant, or Pig Uterus Model?

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3D Printing using Mojo Printer available at ESU9: VIDEO below

Making It Stick - Webinar Series

The Nebraska Department of Education is excited to announce the finalization of a turn-key professional learning experience designed to enhance instruction of English Language Arts (ELA) across all disciplines. The overall goal of this professional learning experience is to equip teachers with teaching strategies that support student mastery of the Nebraska ELA Standards across all disciplines at the secondary level.

The “Making it Stick” Webinar Series includes 13 pre-recorded webinars for teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, ESU staff and teacher educators. Three foundation webinars explore the concepts of instructional models, formative assessment, and monitoring and adjusting during instruction. Following the foundational webinars, ten strategy webinars provide instruction on a specific teaching strategy included in the ELA Standards Instructional Tool (http://bit.ly/NDEStandardsTool). All strategies are aligned with the Nebraska ELA Standards and were selected based on skills needed for success on the NeSA-ELA. Most importantly, implementation of these strategies can help students to apply literacy skills in authentic settings, better understand your content, and strengthen their communication skills in all areas. To supplement each webinar, a viewing guide is provided offering additional support and if desired, can be used to facilitate a PLC with your staff. The attached flyer includes additional information.

The Making It Stick Webinar Series is located at: https://sites.google.com/a/education.ne.gov/nde-standards-instructional-tool/ela/making-it-stick.

For more information, contact Katie Graham (katie.graham@nebraska.gov) or Dr. Marissa Payzant (marissa.payzant@nebraska.gov). (Note: This project is partially funded with ESEA Title IIA funds.)

Contact Kristen if you would like to earn 2 days of "qualified" professional development through this webinar series!

Cory Epler, Ph.D.

Chief Academic Officer

301 Centennial Mall South, PO Box 94987

Lincoln, NE 68509-4987

Phone: 402-471-3240

Industry Chats - NEPRIS

NEPRIS - Connecting Industry to Classsroom

We make it easy for teachers to virtually invite industry professionals into the classroom to bring real world relevance to curriculum topics, to help evaluate student projects and to engage and inspire students in STEAM!

NROC Webinar Series

Education professionals share their experience and knowledge on a wide variety of topics.

Professional Development Specialist

"Educating, Empowering & Inspiring Lifelong Learners"

It is the policy of the ESU 9 Perkins Consortium that when attending PD during the summer or non contract time, member schools are reimbursed $150 per day. When attending PD during the school year, member schools are reimbursed the specific schools district’s rate of pay per teacher, per day for substitutes. Mileage is also reimbursable. Please document the mode of travel: School Vehicle or Personal Vehicle.