CCCS Update 9-24-2014

Dear CTE Administrators and Directors,

 Staffing Updates

It is with condolences for CCCS and congrats for CDE that I announce the departure of Jennifer Jirous, Program Director for STEM, ARTS and IT.  Jennifer’s final day with CCCS will be Friday, September 26th.   In early October she will transition to the Colorado Department of Education as the Manager of Adult Partnerships with the Colorado Department of Education. In this new role, she will be developing and managing a work plan for implementation of HB-1085: The Adult Education and Literacy Act of 2014. Passed this last June, HB-1085 will fund adult-education providers that are part of collaborative “workforce development partnerships”. The goal is to increase the number of low-literacy, low-skilled working-age adults who acquire basic literacy and numeracy skills and help them move as quickly as possible to additional skill acquisition, post-secondary attainment and employment.

We appreciate and have benefitted greatly from Jennifer’s energy and expertise over the past 6 years.  Under her leadership Colorado has seen a rapid expansion of CTE program serving the needs of students interested in STEM, Arts and IT.  Jennifer says, “I expect to still be working closely with K-12 (especially CTE), community colleges, and other education providers and agencies in the state. I look forward to working with you all in this new capacity and thank you for the opportunity to provide support to you over the past six years. It has been an interesting journey and I look forward to this new chapter! Please join us in wishing Jennifer well on her new adventure.

I am excited to announce that Tony Raymond, has agreed to serve as the Interim Program Director for STEM, ARTS and IT during the search process.  Please let him or I know if you have questions related to program approvals in these areas.  Please note that we will be posting the position announcement for Jennifer’s position as soon as possible.

Announcement for a new positionProgram Director for Teaching and Learning is available at  This position will manage new instructor onboarding including mentoring, credentialing and professional development.  In addition, this position will be the CCCS lead on our work with standards, assessments and curriculum work.

Last but not least, we are pleased and fortunate to welcome Lauren Wojcik as the new Assistant Program Director for Health and Public Safety and State HOSA Advisor.  Lauren Wojcik will come to us in early October from the great state of Michigan where she taught and worked as a Student Services Coordinator for Michigan HOSA. In the role of Student Services Coordinator, she motivated Michigan’s HOSA chapters through class presentations on professional and character development, coordinated competitions, and recruited private and public sector supporters of HOSA to contribute to Future Health Professionals. Lauren has worked with the National Consortium for Health Science Educators in communications and marketing and the Michigan Health Council. Her enthusiasm and love for HOSA is contagious.

Colorado Association of Career and Technical Administrators

The first CACTA Board and Task Force meeting of this new school year will be on Friday, October 3 at Pickens Technical College in Building A Room 119. Pickens Tech is located at 500 N Airport Blvd, Aurora, CO 80011.

The CACTA Board will meet at 9:30 followed by the Task Force meeting at noon. All CTE Administrators are welcome to participate in the Task Force meeting and discussion.  Lunch will be served!  Please reply to Teina McConnell  with your lunch RSVP.  For meeting information contact Mimi Leonard @

Contact information for Colorado’s CTE staff is at:

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