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Career Education Professional Development

Technical Centers That Work (TCTW) Grants

The Office of College and Career Readiness is pleased to announce that Technical Centers That Work (TCTW) grants will once again be available to schools. Career Centers, with district approval, are eligible to apply for these funds to assist them in their improvement efforts at the area career center or in combination with sending high schools or middle schools. Applications must be received by the Office of College and Career Readiness not later than May 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM.

Technical Centers That Work (TCTW) Grant Packet

Contact Janice Rehak at 573-526-4900 for further information.


New Teacher Institute (NTI)

Registration for New Teacher Institute (NTI) is now open. NTI will be held at Hilton Garden Inn, Columbia, MO from July 31 - August 3, 2016.

NTI is a four day boot-camp for new Career and Technical Education Teachers who are coming into teaching directly from industry.  The purpose of NTI is to prepare novice teachers for their first day, week and month of school with an eye toward a successful first year.  Eligible participants:

  • Do not have an education degree
  • Have never taught or have just finished their first year of teaching

NTI 2016 Draft Schedule

NTI 2016 Registration Information

NTI 2016 General Information, Hotel Information, and Teacher Checklist

Administrative approval is required. 

NTI 2015

Certificates for those who attended and completed the assignments for NTI 2015 have been sent.  Please call 573-751-3500 if you have not received your certificate.


A New Opportunity from SREB

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) has announced that training grants are available for their STEM and project-based learning curricula.    The grants cover $6500 in registration fees for teachers participating in the required training.   Please contact your DESE CTE program director to discuss how this curricula might fit with current or new programs:

Lori Niekamp, Director of Business, Marketing, and Information Technology ([email protected])
Oscar Carter, Director Technology and Skilled Technical Sciences ([email protected])
Jim Hogan, Director of Engineering and Technology ([email protected])
Shelly Wehmeyer, Director of Health Sciences Education ([email protected])

2015-2016 Career Education Mentoring Program

The Office of College and Career Readiness, Career Education Unit, is accepting protégé applications for the 2015-16 Career Education Mentoring Program.  The Career Education Mentoring Program is offered to new career education teachers and those teachers returning to the profession after extended absences.  For more information contact Dennis Harden

​2008 Report: Retention of Early Career Teachers Engaged in Missouri's Career Education Mentoring Program​ PDF | DOC

About the Missouri Career Education Mentoring Program


New Counselor Institute (NCI)

Registration for the New Counselor Institute (NCI) is now open.  NCI 2016 will be held at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City on July 17-20, 2016.  NCI is designed for those entering school counseling positions with:

  • A Temporary Authorization Certificate
  • An Alternative Certification with no or one year of school counseling experience
  • Recent graduation from a school counseling masters program and no counseling experience
  • No public school experience
  • Certification and experience but changing positions

Space is limited so apply as soon as possible. Priorities for acceptance will be based on the bulleted list above and date registration is received.  Local administrator approval is required. Registration must be received by July 1.  Contact Tom Schlimpert at [email protected] or 573-751-6875.

NCI 2016 Registration Form 

NCI 2016 Program Information

NCI 2016 Draft Schedule