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.


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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.

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


A block of rooms is reserved for the CTE Conference at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Rapid City. The Ramkota has guaranteed the special rate of $139.99 for a standard double or single room.

Please call the hotel directly at 605-343-8550 and ask for Summer Conference and Institute to obtain the group rate. The special group rate is NOT available through the Best Western Reservation System. All reservations must be received by 6-30-2018. At that time the remaining blocked rooms will be released and sold on a first come first serve basis.

If you encounter any difficulties, please contact Dodie Bemis at 605-881-4746 or

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.

Future Conference Dates

July 28-30, 2019 - Mitchell, SD
August 2-4, 2020 - Watertown, SD

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