Career and Technical Education Conference

2016 CTE Conference. Session leaders standing at front of room.

2016 CTE Conference. Group standing in front of rail road cars.
July 29-July 31, 2018
Rapid City, SD

The South Dakota Career & Technical Education (CTE) Summer Conference is sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Education and in cooperation with the South Dakota Association for Career and Technical Education. Each year, this conference provides over 300 teachers, administrators, and school counselors with opportunities to connect with other educators and to explore best practices that will help them prepare students to be college, career, and life ready.

This year’s conference is scheduled for July 29-31, in Rapid City, SD. The conference is full of interesting breakout sessions, industry tours, and networking events.


Schedule at a Glance
Conference Program
Conference FAQ


Registration for the 2018 CTE Conference will be available in April 2018.

Registering with Perkins Funds
Local Perkins funds can be used for professional development related to CTE Programs of Study, including CTE conference registration fees.

Membership dues for professional organizations such as SDACTE CANNOT be paid for with local Perkins funds.

Perkins funds are not released to school districts until July 1, 2018.

You may register before July 1, if you are using Perkins funds depending on your date of payment. If payment is made before June 30, 2018, then the cost must be on the FY18 grant (Period of July1, 2017 – June 30, 2018). If payment is made after July 1, 2018, then the cost must be budgeted in FY19 grant (Period of July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019)

If you need to use FY19 funds, please select one of the following options when completing checkout during registration: check, purchase order, or will call (at the event). Make sure that payment is not made before July 1, 2018.

Travel mileage and lodging costs are dependent on the date of travel so they must be budgeted under the FY18 grant (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019).

Division Registration Cost Dues Cost Other Optional Costs
Administration $215 $135
Ag, Food, and Natural Resources $260 $202 (includes ACTE and NAAE) Instructional packet - $75, SDAAE banquet guest ticket - $20, SDAAE polo - $30, Ag Ed magazine (online $10, print $12, both $15)
Arts, AV Technology & Communications $210 *See Trade & Industry/Tech Ed
Business, Marketing & Information Technology $215 $135
Family and Consumer Sciences $235 $160
Health Science $215 *See Administration
Trade & Industry/Tech Ed $210 $135


Lodging information will be available in March 2018.

Undergraduate/Graduate Credit

Undergraduate and graduate level credit is available for CTE Conference participants. Additional information related to undergraduate/graduate credit will be available in April 2018.

If you have questions, please contact your Regional Career Development Specialist.