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Summer Leadership Conference Career and Technical Education: Leadership for Success

Posted on April 17, 2020

July 29-31, 2020

Nittany Lion Inn, State College, PA


Strategic Leadership Leadership for Learning Community Leadership Systems Leadership

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators

in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Education


Quality career and technical education is an essential part of America’s workforce development system.  The challenges of assuring a high-quality system which meets the needs of students and employers are many.  This conference will focus on providing career and technical education leaders with the information and skills to help them meet those challenges.  In addition to outstanding general session speakers, participants will be able to choose from a variety of small group sessions.  An additional resource available to conference participants will be a commercial exhibit area.


Tentative Agenda


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

              11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.            Registration

              1:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.              Opening General Session

              6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.              Barbecue/Picnic


Thursday, July 30, 2020

              8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.              Registration, Continental Breakfast

              8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.              Commercial Exhibits

              9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.            General Session

              12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.            Luncheon

              1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.              Small Group Workshops


Friday, July 31, 2020

              7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.              Continental Breakfast

              8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.              PACTA General Membership Meeting

              9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.            Closing General Session

Date and Location

Career and Technical Education: Leadership for Success is being held July 29-31, 2019 at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College.  Registration for the conference will begin at 11:00 a.m. on July 29.  The first conference session will begin on July 29 at 1:30 p.m.  A pre-conference golf tournament will also be held on July 29 beginning at 7:30 a.m. The conference will conclude on July 31 at Noon.



General Sessions Topics


  • Current Legal Issues in Education
  • Update on State Education Initiatives and Policies
  • Promising Practices in CTE
  • National Perspective on Career and Technical Education
  • Update on State Career and Technical Education Initiatives


General Sessions Presenters


Mr. Mark C. Perna, Founder, Author, and CEO



Mr. Ira Weiss, Partner

Weiss, Burkardt, Kramer, LLC


Dr. Lee Burket, Director
Bureau of Career and Technical Education
Pennsylvania Department of Education


Ms. Kimberly Green, Executive Director
Advance CTE


Mr. Andrew M. Goodman, Partner

Milliron and Goodman Associates, Government Relations & Legislative Law


Conference Registration


Registration fee for participants who register by July 6 is $250.  A late fee of $25 will be charged for registrations received after July 6.  The registration fee includes conference expenses and materials, the Opening Barbecue/Picnic on July 29, lunch on July 30, continental breakfasts and refreshment breaks.


CLICK HEREto login and registration on-line or CLICK HERE to download a registration form.



Nittany Lion Inn
200 West Park Avenue, State College, PA 16803
Telephone: (800) 233-7505


Accommodations are available at the Nittany Lion Inn at the conference rate of $138 single or double.  Reservations must be made by June 27, 2020. You can make your reservations by calling (800) 233-7505 or go to and select the Nittany Lion Inn.  Please mention or enter that you are part of the PACTA Summer Conference when making your reservation and refer to Reservation Identification Number: PACG20A.


PACTA is an approved provider for Act 48 professional development activities.

Conference participants will be awarded up to ten hours of Act 48 credit.

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