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Career and Technical Education Conference

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.

2019 Conference: July 28-30, 2019, Mitchell, SD

Conference Schedule

Check out the complete conference schedule, including key note speakers, industry tours, and 50+ CTE sessions.

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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
Business, Marketing & information Technology $215 $135
Family and Consumer Sciences $235 $160
Health Science $215
Trade & Industry/Tech Ed $210 $135

A block of rooms for the summer conference in Mitchell is available at the Ramada Inn. The Ramada has guaranteed the special rate of $95.99 for a standard double or single room. Attendees can call the hotel directly at 605- 550-4805 and ask for SDACTE Conference to obtain the group rate. All reservations must be received by 6-28-2019. At that time the remaining blocked rooms will be released and sold on a first come first serve basis. For additional questions, contact Dodie Bemis at 605-881-4746 or bemisd@lakeareatech.edu.

Undergraduate/Graduate Credit

CTE Conference participants are able to register for one credit, offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Individuals wanting to earn credit will need to attend the entire conference and complete an assignment following the conclusion of the conference. Directions for registering for undergraduate/graduate credit.

Continuing education hour certificates will also be available for those who do not wish to earn undergraduate or graduate level credit. There is no registration or cost associated with the continuing education hours. Certificates must be picked up at the end of the conference on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Certificates will not be available after this date.

Future Conference Dates

August 2-4, 2020 - Watertown, SD
July 25-27, 2021 - Dakota State University, Madison, SD

Direct questions to the Department of Education's Division of Career and Technical Education at (605) 773-3423 or view CTE contact list.