The Colorado Technology Education Association welcomes you to our website! Through this portal, you have access to one of the premier technology education organizations in the state of Colorado. We invite you to explore our site and then join us in our endeavor!

President's Message

CTEA Past-President Rob Combs extends an invitation to attend the 2015 CTEA Annual Conference in October! Check it out! Click here. The 2015 Conference will be held at Colorado Adventure Point, 10455 West Sixth Avenue, Suite 150, Denver, CO 80215. Click here for information about the conference, including a general schedule of events!

Schools Exhibition at Rockler

Once again this year, Rockler Woodworking & Hardware is having a Schools Exhibition to showcase what is being produced in local school woodshops. It's a great opportunity to showcase the programs and talents in Colorado's woodworking programs.

Here are some pictures of past projects featured in the showcase:

Schools are invited to submit entries in the showcase! For more information about the showcase or how to enter your student work, please contact Rich Johnson, Manager, Rockler Woodworking & Hardware, at (303) 782-0588 or via email at store3@rockler.com. And let him know you heard about this opportunity through your connection with CTEA!

CTEA Conference in review

The 2014 Conference had 80 members participate; the largest turnout in the last decade. Even more impressive is that a third of those that attended were NEW members! In addition, we have 38 members registered for ITEEA. All in all, our numbers are up considerably in membership for CTEA and ITEEA. We also had more Vendors participate this year. Add to all this the terrific food provided by Warren Tech and the two days of outstanding presentations, and you have a very successful Conference. Thank you all that participated and for those that made it all happen.
With that said, we are now on to planning next year’s Conference. With the addition of TECA next year, we are anticipating our membership numbers for CTEA and ITEEA to both increase substantially again. This means we will need our members to begin stepping up and helping organize this much bigger event. If you are interested in helping with next year’s CTEA Conference development, please email Rob Combs at rcombs2@cherrycreekschools.org. We are looking specifically for help with Facilities and Vendors.

Congratulations to Colt Martinez (in the left-hand photo above) from Creighton Middle School, Diane Gaston (at far right in the right-hand photo above) from Morey Middle School, and Ken Sarnowski (not pictured) from Grandview High School. Colt Martinez was voted the CTEA Teacher of the Year. Diane Gaston received the prestigious Order of the Filament. The award was presented to her by Marc Finer (in right-hand photo above on left), last year’s Order of the Filament recipient. Ken Sarnowski was awarded the Classroom Improvement Grant. Ken received $250 to aid in his purchase of Arduino kits for his robotics class.

Lastly, recognition needs to go to Ross Ericson (pictured above left) from Eaglecrest High School, and Alicia Gradisar (pictured above right) from Windsor Middle School, for receiving their 25 Year Pins. Your contribution to CTEA is an inspiration to all of us!

CTEA Members in the News

One or our CTEA members, Ben Nuebel of Cherokee Trail High School, was recently in the news discussing our field and how it promotes equity for all students. We at CTEA want to personally thank Ben for getting our message out to the public and showing what we do on a daily basis with our students.

If you have not seen the 9News piece, please follow this link.


CTEA's Marc Finer Puts in Bid for ITEEA President-Elect

Colorado Technology Education Association's own Marc Finer, a teacher at Newton Middle School in Littleton, CO, is currently running for ITEEA President Elect. It would be fabulous to have someone from our state leading the national organization! Please review Marc's platform here. And be sure to cast your vote for Marc!!


Scholarship Opportunities through FTEE

The Foundation for Technology and Engineering Educators has announced that it will make several scholarships available:

  • Litherland/FTEE Scholarship for Undergraduate Major in Technology and Engineering Education: This is a $1,000 scholarship in honor of Dr. Les Litherland. The scholarship is for an undergraduate student majoring in technology and engineering education teacher preparation. The award is based upon interest in teaching, academic ability, need, and faculty recommendations.
  • Maley/FTEE Scholarship for Technology and Engineering Teacher Professional Development: This is a $1,000 scholarship in honor of Dr. Donald Maley. Its purpose is to support teachers in their preparation to increase the positive outcomes of technology and engineering education. Criteria include: (1) evidence of teaching success, (2) plans for action research, (3) recommendations, (4) plans for professional development, and (5) the applicant's need.
  • FTEE Scholarship for Undergraduate Major in Technology and Engineering Education: This is a $1,000 scholarship for an undergraduate student majoring in technology and engineering education teacher preparation. The award is based upon interest in teaching, academic ability and faculty recommendations.
  • PITSCO/HEARLIHY/FTE Grant for Excellence in Teaching Technology and Engineering: This is a $2,000 grant in honor of Tom and Mary Hearlihy. The grant is for a technology and engineering teacher at any grade level (K-12). Its purpose is to recognize and encourage the integration of a quality technology and engineering education program within the school curriculum. Criteria include: (1) evidence of an effective quality technology and engineering education program, (2) documented success in the integration of technology and engineering education with other academic subjects, and (3) plans for professional development via the anticipated grant.

For more information on these scholarships and grants, click here.

For photos of last year's event, click here.

Classroom Improvement Grant

The Colorado Technology Education Association, in cooperationg with supporting vendors, has created and funds the CTEA Classroom Improvement Grant program. The purpose of this grant is to support teachers for classroom improvements to purchase supplies and materials, repair equipment or to provide professional development to its members in order help improve the educational setting for their students in their classrooms.

To apply for a CTEA grant, you can complete the form here. The deadline to register is September 15, 2013. Applications must be receieved by 5 p.m. to be considered for the grant.


Jobing.com Board for CTEA

A new addition to the CTEA website is a Jobs link. Thanks to a unique partnership with Jobing.com, we are able to offer a way for technology education teachers to find their way into Colorado schools. Check it out!!!