The Colorado Association for Career & Technical Administrators
The Colorado Association for Career & Technical Administrators (CACTA) is the Administration Division within CACTE. Our vision is to energize and communicate the passion and value of Career and Technical Education (CTE) throughout our communities.
The vision of CACTA is to energize and communicate the passion and values of Career and Technical Education throughout our community.
The mission of CACTA is to promote professional leadership and development of members to ensure Career and Technical Education within the education systems of Colorado will meet the continually changing education and training needs of students and business/industry
Kolleen grew up outside of Chicago and attended Ripon College for undergraduate and CU for both of her Master's degrees. She began her teaching career during the 1997-1998 school year. She has taught students ranging from 3 to 21 years old in special education with an emphasis on students with emotional and behavioral needs. She left the classroom to become the Assistant Principal of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment where she first became involved in CTE. She is passionate about opening doors for all students, especially those at the margins.
Kolleen now works as the Director of Student Success for Manitou Springs School District where some of her many hats are CTE, Perkins, and WBL.
Kolleen is a first generation college graduate and is grateful for the many sacrifices her parents made for her to attend college and reach her goals.
She is married to Rick, a Biochemist, and is the proud mother of twin 16-year-old girls Kate and Liz.
When not cheering on her beloved Mustangs, she can be found reading, following politics, and enjoying Colorado's mountains
Manitou School District 14.
How did you get involved with career and technical education? As the Asst. Principal at Manitou Springs High School, I began to work with Duane Roberson before he moved to School District 11. Since I took over CTE at Manitou Springs we have been able to grow our opportunities for students.
Where do you see Colorado growing in areas of CTE? I think it will continue to grow overall, but I see Green Energy and Construction in particular as areas of growth with Healthcare and Computer Science as steady industries.
What is something you have accomplished in CTE that you are proud of? I am most proud of our middle school programs and our growing internships for the seniors at MSHS.
What advice would you give a new administrator in CTE? I am continually grateful for my CTE Director friends in the Pikes Peak Region. I could NEVER survive without them. So I would say reach out and find area district folks that can help you.
What are some things you would like people to know about you? I believe that CU Boulder isn't for every kid but post-secondary education is. Skilled labor is the key to the middle class and a livable wage whether that skill comes from Mines or an apprenticeship doesn't matter but the skills do.