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Policy and Advocacy

Policymaker of the Year


Current and Previous Award Winners

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. 

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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ACTE Policy Agenda

ACTE is currently involved in legislative efforts and broader policy work on a wide range of issues affecting the CTE community. Follow the links below to find out more about these specific issues and how ACTE is involved.

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.


ACTE Calendar

Monday, February 29, 2016

National Policy Seminar 2016

Friday, April 08, 2016

Region IV 2016 Conference

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