PACTA Summer Leadership Conference 2021

Published On: April 19, 2021Categories: News



2021 PACTA Summer Leadership Conference:
Career and Technical Education Leadership for Success


Strategic Leadership

Leadership for Learning

Community Leadership

Systems Leadership

July 27-29, 2021
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:


July 27, 2021
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.                        Registration
1:30 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.                     Opening General Session
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.                              Opening Barbecue/Picnic

July 28, 2021
8 a.m. – 9 a.m.                                Registration, Continental Breakfast
9 a.m. – noon                                  General Session
Noon – 1 p.m.                                 Luncheon
1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.                          Small Group Workshops

*A commercial exhibit area will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.*

July 29, 2021
7:30 a.m. – 8 a.m.                           Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. – 9 a.m.                                PACTA General Membership Meeting
9 a.m. – noon                                  Closing General Session




Date and Location:

Career and Technical Education: Leadership for Success is being held in person July 27-29 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College. Registration for the conference will begin at 11 a.m.on July 27. The first conference session will begin on July 27 at 1:30 p.m. A pre-conference golf tournament will also be held on July 27 beginning at 7:30 a.m. The conference will conclude on July 29 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:  
(Presenters to be announced)



Dr. Rick Rigsby
President & CEO Rick Rigsby Communications
Motivational Speaker, Best-Selling Author

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

Ms. Kimberly Green
Executive Director
Advance CTE

Mr. Andrew Goodman
Milliron and Goodman Associates 

2021 PACTA Summer Conference Registration

 Registration fee for participants who register by July 2 is $250. A late fee of $25 will be charged for registrations received after July 2. The registration fee includes conference expenses and materials, the Opening Barbecue/Picnic on July 27, lunch on July 28, continental breakfasts and refreshment breaks.


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


The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
Innovation Park at Penn State

215 Innovation Boulevard
State College, PA 16803
Telephone: (800) 233-7505

Accommodations are available at the Nittany Lion Inn at the conference rate of $124 single or double. Reservations must be made by June 26, 2021. You can make your reservations by calling (800) 233-7505 or go to and select The Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel. Please mention or enter that you are part of the PACTA Conference when making your reservation and refer to Reservation Identification Number: PACT21P.

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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