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           A Newsletter from Career and Technical Education  
              Washington                                               May 2014 

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Clarence Dancer, Jr. is the new STEM Program Supervisor for the CTE Division.

Clarence brings twenty years of Engineering and K-12 STEM Education experience from working at the City of Seattle Engineering Department and Seattle MESA program. For the last five years Clarence held the role of Director for the Seattle MESA program.


Clarence is excited about this new opportunity to work with programs like Project Lead the Way, First Robotics, and Lighthouse Schools. He looks forward to continuing the work of expanding K-12 STEM programs throughout the State of Washington.


Please contact Clarence at (360) 725-4467 or email at Clarence.Dancer@k12.wa.us with questions and to welcome him to OSPI.




Due Date

Form Package


668 - Aerospace/Advanced Manufacturing


656 - AP Computer Science


701 - Washington State CTSO Spring



Additional grant opportunities in the areas listed below will be made available and posted soon! 

  • First Robotics
  • Non-Traditional
  • High Demand
  • Jobs for Washington's Graduates
  • Advanced Project Lead the Way
  • Perkins (5-Year) Application Plan (Consortium Package)
  • Perkins (5-Year) Application Plan (District Package)
  • Perkins (5-Year) Application Plan (Skill Centers)



The Annual Agriculture Education Report will be due on July 18, 2014.



The University of Washington Computer Science and Engineering Department is offering a three day workshop.


Audience: Middle school and high school teachers


PD Course: Computational Thinking Through Computer



Includes: Housing, parking, lunches


Clock Hours: 17


UW Computer Science & Engineering

July 16-18, 2014 | Seattle | Register Now $40

Upcoming Learning Opportunities


DECA International Career Development Conference

May 3-6, 2014 | Atlanta, GA | Register


Applied Math Workshops

May 5, 2014 | Tumwater 

May 16, 2014 | Spokane


NACTE Conference

May 6-8, 2014 | Louisville, KY | Conference at a Glance


WAME Curriculum Workshop

May 15, 2014 | Snoqualmie Inn Lodge


GAERF Student Design Competition

June 13, 2014 | Entry Deadline


Career Clusters Institute

June 16-18, 2014 | Phoenix, AZ | Register Now


American Society for Metals (ASM) Materials Camp

June 23-27, 2014 | Sammamish | Free!


Washington Applied Math Council Summer Conference

June 23-27, 2014 | Kennewick | Register Now $525


2014 Master Financial Educators Conference

June 25-26, 2014 | Bremerton | Register Now


Summer Educators Institute -- Making the Connection

June 25-27, 2014 | Bellingham | Register Now


HOSA 37th Annual Leadership Conference 

June 25-28, 2014 | Orlando, Florida


AP Summer Institutes

June | July | August 2014


Robotics Programming & Development Workshop

July 31-August 2, 2014 | Yakima Valley Skill Center | $100


WA-ACTE Summer Conference -- "CTE Working for WA"

August 3-6, 2014 | Yakima | Register Now

General Information


School grants for healthy kids change schools and improve students' lives. Transform your school, increase students' access to healthy food, incorporate daily physical activity. Grants will range from $500 to $5,000.

Apply online before May 2, 2014.


Washington State High School Automotive Program Survey

Please take time to complete this important survey. New funding is tied to survey results! The goal is to help support your automotive programs that allow students to become ASE certified before graduating.


Microsoft IT Academy Top 10 Schools

The Microsoft IT Academy has 204 schools testing students with 10,922 total certifications as of April 30, 2014.


The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Precision Exams (www.precisionexams.com) are excited to announce our new partnership to deliver standardized CTE assessments statewide.

Agricultural Education

For the most recent news in Agricultural Education, click here for the April 2014 AG Ed Update.


Please contact Rebecca Wallace, Agricultural Education Program Supervisor, with any questions or feedback you have at (360) 725-6244 or rebecca.wallace@k12.wa.us.

Business and Marketing

For 2014 FBLA State Business Leadership Conference information, click here.


Please contact Lance Wrzesinski, Business and Marketing Program Specialist, with any questions or feedback you have at (360) 725-6258 or lance.wrzesinski@k12.wa.us.

GRADS Program

For the most recent news about the GRADS program, click here for the Spring 2014 newsletter.


Please contact Heidi Schultz, GRADS Program Specialist, with questions at (360) 725-0417 or email at heidi.schultz@k12.wa.us.

Health Sciences

For Health Science information and ideas, click here.


Please contact Marianna Goheen, Health Sciences Program Supervisor, with questions at (360) 725-6257 or email at marianna.goheen@k12.wa.us.

Skilled and Technical Sciences
Click here for the April 2014 Skilled and Technical Sciences newsletter.
Questions: Please contact Denny Wallace, Program Supervisor, (360) 725-6241 or dennis.wallace@k12.wa.us.
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