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The 2021 CTE Leadership Collaborative Convening was held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside from November 30 - December 1, 2021. A recap of the event and the agenda is available below, along with links to Photos, Session Recordings, Speakers and Resources.

Watch the recap video above or read a summary of the convening in the 2021 CTE Leadership Collaborative Year in Review.



6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.  Reception & Dinner  

Welcome to New Orleans! We will kick off the Convening with a reception and dinner at The Pelican Club, located on the historic Exchange Place in the French Quarter. Network with other Fellows, and hear from Chef Martha Wiggins of Café Reconcile.


8 a.m.–8:45 a.m.  Breakfast 

8:45 a.m.–9:30 a.m.  Keynote and Q&A 

  • Monty Sullivan, Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) President
  • Jennifer Zeisler, Senior Director Program, Career Readiness, ECMC Foundation

A recording of this keynote is available on the 2021 Sessions Recordings page. 

9:45 a.m.–10:45 a.m.  Roundtable Topic Discussions
Engage in discussion about the leading challenges in postsecondary CTE. 


  • CTE and career focused learning
  • Building stronger on and off ramps for CTE learners
  • Measuring the outcomes of CTE

10:45 a.m.–11 a.m.  Networking Break 
Enjoy coffee, refreshments and networking time

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Individual Cohort Time
Fellows and Grantees will Connect as a Cohort group

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.  Networking Lunch

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions
Join a facilitated session on one of the below topics:

  • Upskilling the workforce (Adults looking to increase their job advancement/ change careers based on high demand/high wage opportunities
  • Some credit/no degree (Returning adults rather choosing path of credentialing or obtaining degree)
  • The opportunities and challenges of Online CTE
  • Federal/state legislation and implications for CTE
  • Special populations in CTE
  • Fellowship leads connect (Grantee Partners)

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  CTE in the News Panel
What journalists need to know about CTE. This panel will discussd elevating high-impact practices for partnership across research and practice and how to elevate this in the media.

A recording of this panel is available on the 2021 Session Recordings page

3:15 p.m.–3:45 p.m.  Networking Break 
Enjoy coffee, refreshments and networking time

3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Case Studies in Working Groups
Fellows will work together to articulate recommendations on a key CTE topic/related challenge.

4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Closing Reflections
Key takeaways from the Convening's events. 

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Closing Reception