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ASSOCIATION FOR CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION®

Policy and Advocacy

Policymaker of the Year

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Current and Previous Award Winners

Purpose
This award is presented annually by the ACTE Public Policy Department to nationally recognized policymakers who have made a contribution of national significance to career and technical education.

Criteria and Eligibility
The award is presented to the individual or individuals who are determined to have made the most significant impact on policy related to career and technical education either during the past year or over an extended career of public service. (The award is not limited to one recipient.) The award is open to individuals having decision-making authority as evidenced by public or legal sanctions.

Application Procedures
Nominations for the award can be made through the ACTE awards portal by the ACTE Public Policy Department, Board of Directors, state associations or members and must include:

  • a cover letter stating the nominee's qualifications for the award
  • supporting information listing significant CTE national policy accomplishments
  • other appropriate accomplishments related to CTE

Individual ACTE members submitting a nomination must have the endorsement of an association, agency, group, several individuals or a combination these. 

Deadline
Each year, nominations for the award are due by January 1. The Board of Directors approves the award recipient in January, and the award is presented in Washington, DC, during the National Policy Seminar. For more information, please contact Sean Lynch at 703-683-9312.

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House/Senate CTE Caucus

In 2007, former Reps. Brian Baird (D-WA) and Phil English (R-PA) launched the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. Today, the House caucus is chaired by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), and serves as a promotion vehicle for legislation, ideas and information related to CTE.

Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) serve as co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus to bring attention in the U.S. Senate to improving and strengthening access to CTE. 

Certification Data Exchange Project

ACTE, in cooperation with a number of national and state partners, is supporting a project to expand and improve data exchange between industry certification organizations and state longitudinal data systems.

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ACTE Calendar

Monday, March 13, 2017

National Policy Seminar 2017

Thursday, April 06, 2017

ACTE Region V Conference

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