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Fall Quarterly News Update

Dear Health Science Educators,

I hope this message finds you well as we embrace the beautiful season of fall and navigate through the exciting challenges and opportunities the new school year brings. As the President of the Association for Career and Technical Education's Health Science Education division, I am honored to share some updates and thoughts with you in this autumn newsletter.


As leaves begin to change and the air turns crisp, we find ourselves amidst a new school year - a time of growth, renewal, and endless potential. Your unwavering commitment to educating and inspiring the future health professionals of tomorrow is nothing short of extraordinary.

As we continue our journey into this school year, I'd like to leave you with an inspirational quote to keep your spirits high:


"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." – Nelson Mandela


Remember that your work in the classroom is a catalyst for positive change, and you are shaping the world through the education you provide. Keep inspiring, keep believing, and keep making a difference.


Thank you for all that you do, and I look forward to continuing our journey together in the pursuit of excellence in health science education.


Wishing you a wonderful and productive fall season.

Warm regards,


Holly Strand-Rysgaard

ACTE HSE President


P.S. Stay tuned for upcoming events and resources to support your teaching journey this year!

HSE Division News


We are thrilled to extend a formal invitation to the Health Science Education Opening Division Session and Luncheon, generously sponsored by HOSA, at VISION 2023. Mark your calendars for Nov. 30 for this exciting event.


To ensure your seat at this gathering, please complete the reservation form by Oct. 15.


We can't wait to see you all in Phoenix!

Calling All First-year CTE Teachers!

As part of our broader efforts to address the CTE teacher pipeline, ACTE will launch a New CTE Teacher Symposium at this year’s CareerTech VISION, Nov. 29–Dec. 2 in Phoenix, Arizona. ACTE invites CTE educators in their first year of teaching to apply to participate in this event and related activities throughout the rest of the school year. Twenty teachers selected to participate in the symposium will receive the following:


  • Complimentary registration to VISION
  • A daylong, targeted professional development experience on Nov. 29
  • Mentoring, support and networking opportunities throughout the remainder of the school year


The deadline to apply is Oct. 15!


ACTE HSE President Election

Remember that to vote in the ACTE elections in December, you must be a member of ACTE by Nov. 1. We have four qualified candidates running for the next term that will start July of 2024. They are:

  • Shylee Endicott — Missouri
  • Jennifer Fisk — Nevada
  • Mindy S. Freidin — Pennsylvania
  • LaDonna Selvidge — Oklahoma

Webinar Opportunity

As you all know, the start of the school year gets busy. This quarter we will be doing a webinar instead of our HSE-STAT function. HSE-STAT will resume in 2024 and hopefully continue with your next Division president. 


Webinar Information

Date: Oct. 10

Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET

Title: Integrating Pharmacy Technician Education in High School CTE Programs

Description: Presented by Aaron Emmel, PharmD, MHA, BCPS of Pharmacy Tech Scholar (, this session will cover:

  1. An overview of the pharmacy technician role
  2. Positioning pharmacy technician education in CTE programs
  3. Benefits of early credentialing
  4. The value proposition for students
  5. Support systems and resources for implementation There will also be time for open discussion and Q&A.

Where in the Country is Your HSE President?



NCHSE conference

Oct. 16–19 in Seattle, Washington



ACTE Career Tech Vision

Nov. 29–Dec. 2 in Phoenix, Arizona


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Register for VISION by Oct. 13 & Save!

ACTE's CareerTech VISION happens this Nov. 29–Dec. 2 in Phoenix, Arizona, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome you to our flagship conference for career and technical educators. At VISION, you will have the opportunity to forge meaningful professional connections, expand your professional learning and ignite your inspiration. ACTE is pleased to offer both a full in-person event with a robust on-demand component for remote attendance. Register by Oct. 13 to secure advance discounted rates for this premier CTE conference!

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Upcoming Webinars

We are excited to host several upcoming free webinars on a wide range of topics:


  • Integrating Pharmacy Technician Education in High School CTE Programs, Oct. 10 at 3:00 p.m. ET
  • I Need Help! Seeking Support from a Mentor and a Sponsor, Oct. 12 at 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Navigating Issues of WBL Safety and Insurance, Oct. 26 at 3:00 p.m. ET



2024 Events

Share Your Expertise!

Mark your calendars for the 2024 ACTE Work-based Learning (WBL) Conference, happening May 1–3 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You could share your WBL programs, models and expertise; consider submitting a presentation proposal. This annual event, which sold out last year, specifically focuses on professional development for WBL professionals in secondary and postsecondary CTE programs and institutions. The deadline to submit presentation proposals is Oct. 16.


Advocate for CTE at NPS

With a featured event from the CTE Research Network

Join CTE professionals from across the nation to voice your vision on CTE policy and programming relevant to your school’s needs at ACTE’s National Policy Seminar, happening March 17–20 in Arlington, Virginia. Featured sessions will cover best practices for influencing federal policy and CTE advocacy and messaging. And on the last day of the event, March 20, the CTE Research Network will address topics that will help expand the evidence base for CTE.


Member Benefits Webinar & Renew in Time to Vote!

Chaney Mosley

Check Out ACTE’s New Member Benefits Webinar!

Hear from ACTE leadership how your professional association supports you and your career through a variety of member benefits, from CTE advocacy and awareness resources, Techniques magazine, member insurance programs, professional development and networking opportunities, and more!


Renew Your Membership by Nov. 1 to Vote!

The 2024 ACTE board of directors’ election will be held this Dec. 1–Jan. 1! Please note these key dates:


  • Be sure your membership is current by Nov 1 to vote — renew now!
  • Voting will open during CareerTech VISION on Dec. 1 and run through Jan. 1
  • Winners will be announced in January 2024

Student Video Challenge

New Student Video Contest

ACTE — the host of CTE Month® — and NASA HUNCH are excited to announce the 2023–24 student video challenge, which offers students the opportunity to showcase the application of CTE and project-based learning programs in high-demand career fields on Earth as well as in space. This year’s theme: “Why Go to the Moon?” The contest is open to students of all ages, including elementary, middle school, high school and postsecondary students in any school or who is homeschooled. Submit a two-minute video by April 1.

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