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For Immediate Release: July 30, 2009
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Conference focuses on High School 2025 opportunities for educators



More than 200 educators will attend the annual Career & Technical Education Conference next week in Pierre.

The conference, hosted by the Department of Education and the South Dakota Association for Career and Technical Education, runs Aug. 2-5. Keynote speakers include Kevin Honeycutt, a nationally renowned researcher who has developed programs regarding online safety and cyber-bullying, and Myron Sonne (SUHN’-ee), an instructor at Mitchell Technical Institute and a 42-year veteran educator.

Announced during the 2009 legislative session, the conference will also focus on integrating the High School 2025 initiative, which seeks to create a more rigorous and relevant educational experience for all South Dakota students. Career and technical educators will learn about implementing High School 2025 key practices, including career guidance, standards-based curriculum, youth internships, and programs of study among others.

Other topics to be addressed include biofuels, biotechnology, green construction, entrepreneurship, business and industry issues, and project-based engineering. Also during the event, two career and technical education programs will be presented with the Director’s Award for Excellence in Career and Technical Education.

Career and technical education encompasses more than 450 programs in middle and high schools and five postsecondary institutions across South Dakota.

Programs include: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Law and Public Safety; Science, Technology, Engineering, Math; Arts, A/V Technology, Communications; Health Science; Business Management/Administration & Marketing; Information Technology, Marketing Sales and Service; Manufacturing, Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics, Architecture & Construction; Hospitality & Tourism, Human Services, Education and Training; Finance, and Government and Public Administration.

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Mary Stadick Smith, (605) 773-7228