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The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. The Association for Career and Technical Education was founded in 1926, when a Coca-Cola cost a nickel, Calvin Coolidge was president and 10 years after the federal government began funding "vocational education" through the Smith-Hughes Act.

Career and technical education (CTE) as we know it today has its roots in the founding of the United States. From the start, a strong knowledge base and skill set for citizens were considered important. ACTE is committed to enhancing the job performance and satisfaction of its members; to increasing public awareness and appreciation for CTE; and to assuring growth in local, state and federal funding for these programs by communicating and working with legislators and government leaders.

Here's a snapshot of our history through the years from the 75th Anniversary issue of Techniques magazine, published in February 2002.

  1. A New Association is Born
  2. Answering the Call to Duty
  3. The Times They Are A-Changing
  4. A New Age of Technology
  5. An Association is Reborn

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The Association for Career and Technical Education is the nation’s largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 25,000 members; career and technical educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others involved in planning and conducting career and technical education programs at the secondary, postsecondary and adult levels. ACTE provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information on career and technical education, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders.

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ACTE is committed to enhancing the job performance and satisfaction of its members; to increasing public awareness and appreciation for career and technical programs; and to assuring growth in local, state and federal funding for these programs by communicating and working with legislators and government leaders.

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