The EdVenture Group is thrilled to announce the successful completion of the 2023-2024 ELEVATE CTE (Educators Learning to Encourage Visionary Approaches and Transformative Entrepreneurship in CTE) program. The program’s first cohort of middle and high school teachers represents an incredible community of educators dedicated to advancing and elevating their classrooms. 

“We would like to thank this great cohort of educators for taking part in the ELEVATE CTE program. Their participation and interaction were instrumental to its success,” said Kim Zirk, Program Manager and ELEVATE CTE Project Lead. “We are proud of the accomplishments of our first ELEVATE CTE cohort and look forward to hearing about the ways they will inspire their students to think creatively and pursue entrepreneurial endeavors.”

ELEVATE CTE is a learning network to support career readiness, career technical education, and knowledge and application of entrepreneurship within across middle and high school classrooms. Through exploration of effective teaching practices and innovative learning strategies, the program empowers educators to infuse entrepreneurship into their classrooms regardless of subject area or grade level. The program serves as a vessel for teachers to learn about entrepreneurship and how to encourage it in their classrooms. ELEVATE CTE also provided engaging opportunities for teachers to connect with educators from across the state and share their experiences.  

“I enjoyed it all. It has been a tough year, and this course helped invigorate and remind me of my why. Thank you.”

Congratulations to the following instructors and school staff from 18 counties statewide who participated in the inaugural cohort:

  • Abigail Mangus, Nitro High School 
  • Angelia Davis, Elkins Mountain School 
  • Anita Lambert, Braxton County Middle School 
  • Bradi Duty, Harts Pk-8 
  • Bryan Michaels, Wheeling Park High School 
  • Dericka Blankenship, Nicholas County CTC
  • Heather Lane, Mercer County Technical Center 
  • Heather Summers, Fairmont Senior High School  
  • Jocelyn Woods, Beckley Center School 
  • Johnnalyn Davis, Hamlin Pk-8 
  • Joseph Dawson, Summersville Middle School 
  • Michelle Allen, Robert C. Byrd High School 
  • Misty Leithead, Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Institute 
  • Savannah Hoffman, Liberty High School 
  • Stephen Turbanic, Wheeling Park High School 
  • Teresa Cline, Mingo Central High School 
ELEVATE CTE held six monthly virtual sessions over the course of the 2023-2024 academic year. The sessions, driven by educator interest and need, included engaging sessions on entrepreneurial mindset, design thinking and entrepreneurial discovery, student apathy and motivation, grit and resiliency, career identity and literacy, WVDE career resources, and public speaking and pitching. The program concluded with a virtual pitch night where participants presented a hypothetical club or engagement opportunity for students to apply their learning.  

“ELEVATE CTE doesn't just train; it transforms. Working closely with a select group of educators, ELEVATE CTE fosters innovation and entrepreneurial thinking in teaching strategies” said West Virginia Department of Education Career and Technical Education Coordinator Sarah Wamsley. “Witnessing the remarkable growth, professionalism, and creative talent of these educators is inspiring. Their commitment goes beyond the classroom, extending into after-school networking sessions where they exchange ideas and insights, emerging as visionary educators armed with innovative teaching strategies that empower their students for success.”

Elevating Entrepreneurship Education 

The EdVenture Group, Inc. is committed to providing educators with the resources and support they need to effectively integrate entrepreneurship education into their classrooms. The ELEVATE CTE program is one of many initiatives available to help educators prepare students for the future of work. To learn more about the ELEVATE CTE program and additional entrepreneurship and innovation opportunities for educators, contact Amber Ravenscroft, Director of Innovation at [email protected] or visit