Get Inspired at CareerTech Vision T HE Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) will hold its annu-al convention Dec. 6–9 in Nashville, TN. As always, this year's CareerTech VISION prom-ises much of value to CTE educators, including: O 300+ concurrent sessions cover-ing every aspect of secondary and postsecondary CTE. O CareerTech Expo and interactive exhibitor workshops. O Career Pavilion providing essen-tial resources on several CTE career pathways. O Wednesday workshops and tours offering insights into focused topics and CTE programming. O Awards Banquet, a heartwarm-ing and inspirational gathering of dedicated and passionate CTE pro-fessionals and supporters. O STEM is CTE Symposium, ad-dressing access to STEM-related career paths through CTE program-ming for all students and especially for young women. O Opportunities to connect, col-laborate ,and build lasting friend-ships with CTE professionals from around the globe. will utilize their easy-to-use VISION app. The VISION app will allow you to set your own agenda, connect with speakers, receive critical alerts, and thoroughly navigate VISION 2017. To download, search “ACTE Ca-reerTech VISION” in the App Store for Apple or Google Play for Android. General Sessions On Thursday , Dec. 7, Isaac Lidsky gets things started at the Opening General Session. This empower-ing entrepreneur brings an eclectic resume of accomplishments—from child television star and Supreme Court clerk to entrepreneur trans-forming a failing concrete subcon-tractor to a multi-million-dollar con-struction services company. Isaac’s story is not what you expect—he did all of this as he was going blind. His personal journey taught him to live his life Eyes Wide Open , also the title of his new book. From his inspiring story, you’ll learn how to harness your strengths, overcome obstacles, and cast your goals into sharp focus! Friday’s information-rich general session will feature a panel of state ofﬁcials showcasing exemplary state CTE policies and practices—pio-neering solutions for the challenges facing the nation’s career educators. More than a decade of attention and policy innovation at the federal, state, and local levels has produced a revolution in thinking about career and technical education—new ideas that can now be replicated across the country. Saturday , Kayleen McCabe, host of DIY Network’s Rescue Renovation, will provide the closing keynote. Mc-Cabe will share her wealth of experi-ences to illustrate how CTE is truly art in the eye of the beholder. From concept to construction, she uses her unique combination of gutsy innova-tion and expert trade skills to tackle any home improvement project. Expanded Secondary and Postsecondary CTE Programming Offering numerous sessions, VISION provides the postsecondary com-munity with a venue for exploring multiple pathways to college and career readiness, networking with postsecondary CTE professionals, and leveraging business and industry partnerships to enhance your CTE programs. Career Clusters ACTE and Advance CTE are pleased to offer sessions focused on career clusters and programs of study, a comprehensive framework for organizing high-quality CTE pro-grams and cultivating collaboration New This Year ACTE is going green and will no longer print a program guide. They 30 tech directions X NOVEMBER 2017 Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.