University to host Career, Technical Education Summit in June

May 30, 2017

Doctoral students Michael Lee and Britta Rotering discuss an issue in a career and technical education class.

A Career and Technical Education Summit is scheduled Monday and Tuesday, June 19-20, at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Attendees will be stakeholders from prekindergarten through postsecondary education, workforce development agencies and national think tank leaders. They include:

  • Jay Rojewski, professor, career and technical education, University of Georgia
  • David Hay, special assistant to the chancellor, New York City Department of Education
  • Kyle Hartung, Jobs of the Future

Summit issues to be addressed include:

  • Preparing graduates for current and emerging needs and challenges in the workplace
  • Envisioning the future of career and technical education in Wisconsin
  • Establishing best practices to move the field forward

Urs HaltinnerUrs Haltinner, director of UW-Stout’s Doctor of Education program in career and technical education, said a “coherent system of PK-16 workforce development” is needed if the U.S. hopes to remain a world leader in commerce, as a model of democracy and in innovation.

“The very nature of vocational and technical education places human capital at the forefront within an age where knowledge and skills cycle at the speed of half-life,” Haltinner said. “Daily news stories highlight the need to equip the nation’s workforce to maintain its highly developed status."

UW-Stout hosted the inaugural CTE summit in 2016.

“We are very proud to be able to provide this opportunity to bring together leaders in the field to advance the status and prospects of career and technical education through dialogue, collaboration and pooled experience,” Haltinner added.

UW-Stout’s array of CTE programs is one of the strongest in the U.S., Haltinner said. Along with the doctoral program, which began in 2013, UW-Stout offers a master’s in CTE and a bachelor’s program in CTE training.

The CTE programs are outgrowths of one of UW-Stout’s first majors, industrial education, dating to the early 1900s. The master’s program has been offered since the Graduate School opened in 1935.

“UW-Stout has a historic commitment to career and technical education through its polytechnic vision and its historic roots in addressing societal and economic needs,” he said.

For more information about the summit, contact Haltinner, 715-232-1493.



Doctoral students Michael Lee and Britta Rotering discuss an issue in a career and technical education class at UW-Stout, which will hold a CTE summit June 19-20.

Urs Haltinner