Nebraska Career and Technical Education Conference 2024 | 1340 KGFW

Nebraska Department of Education, with thanks

KEARNEY – More than 500 career and technical education (CTE) educators and administrators from across the state gathered for the 2024 Nebraska Career Education (NCE) Conference, held June 3-5 in Kearney, Nebraska.

The 50th annual conference had the theme “Tradition to Transformation”. The speakers and sessions highlighted the theme by sharing opportunities that Nebraska Career and Technical Education has created in school systems across the state.

Commissioner Brian Maher opened the conference with greetings and honored the work of Nebraska CTE educators, school counselors and administrators. Dr. Katie Graham, Nebraska State Director of CTE, shared the impact our educators are making through their high-quality CTE programs. Dr. Chaney Mosely wrapped up the opening session by empowering teachers to solve real-world problems in their CTE classrooms. Other notable presentations included Preparing Students for an Ever-Changing Workforce by Rachael Mann, where she discussed the impact technological shifts have had in her Keynote “The Martians in Your Classroom.” Trisha Richmond, another speaker, emphasized the importance of visual communication, collaboration and creativity in education. Her sessions focused on innovative strategies to inspire, immerse and empower teachers.

Over the course of the conference, participants chose from more than 160 rotating breakout sessions where they had the opportunity to collaborate, engage, learn, and reconnect with CTE colleagues to advance their CTE programs . Participants who heard from local, state, and national leaders share best practices and strategies to help all students access high-quality CTE programs.

The Nebraska CTE team also honored several award winners at the NCE Conference. Winners of the Excellence in Career and Technical Education Awards were recognized for outstanding Nebraska Career and Technical Education programs and business partnerships. More information about each award can be found at The following awards were presented at this year’s conference:

The Elaine Stuhr Leadership and Advocacy Award
Teri Sloup, Nebraska Department of Education

NVU Distinguished Partner Award
The Nebraska Children and Families Foundation

NCE Outstanding Business Partnership Awards
The Nebraska Room

Outstanding CTE Administrator Award
Dr. Jon Cerny, superintendent of Bancroft-Rosalie Public Schools

Outstanding Postsecondary CTE Administrator Award
Dr. Charlie Gregory, dean of education, Western Nebraska Community College

Outstanding Postsecondary CTE Program Award
Mid-Plains Community College Nursing Program

Outstanding Secondary CTE Program Award
Lakeview Community Schools

Outstanding Rule 47 Career Academy Program Award
Scottsbluff Career Academies, Scottsbluff High School

The 2025 Nebraska Career and Technical Education Conference will take place in Kearney, Nebraska, on June 9-11, 2025.

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