(Oxford, AL) – Career Technical Educators from all around the East AlabamaWorks workforce region (Alabama Workforce Region 2) converged on Oxford, Alabama last week for the 2021 Career Tech Educators Conference. East AlabamaWorks is proud to have helped organize and facilitate this large gathering of educators.

Nearly two-hundred and fifty (250) regional teachers, counselors and career coaches attend the three-day conference that began on Tuesday, July 20 with group meetings and roundtable discussion sessions at the Oxford Civic Center. Wednesday, July 21 and Thursday, July 22 offered breakout sessions in a variety of locations around East Alabama, including tours of local industries, community college training programs, and career tech program facilities.

Conference Co-Organizer, Dr. David Asbury of Gadsden City Schools said “This is the first time that anyone has attempted to do a regional CTE conference, and we are excited that nearly two-hundred and fifty of our colleagues registered to attend; and that we have had so much support from local business and industry in helping us to put this together”.

Co-Organizer Mark Stancil, CTE Director for Etowah County Schools said “This conference was an uncommon opportunity to collaborate and learn from each other. We are all so busy teaching, and our programs are so widely spread out around the region, that we rarely have an opportunity to work together like this”.

Thanks to the involvement of East AlabamaWorks, the City of Oxford, and  numerous other generous companies and organizations, the conference was offered at no charge to the attendees or the schools they represented. Educators also had the opportunity to earn PLU credits for their participation in the conference.

Check out the photo gallery to the right!

(Photo Credits: Carl Brady, Jon Vo, Heather New, Will Mackey)