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ACTE PSA Contest



2014 CTE MonthTM Video Public Service Announcement Contest

The 2014 CTE Month Student Video PSA Contest was another huge success! Finalists' entries were voted on via Facebook, and the winners showed yet again the skill and creativity of CTE students.

First Place: Adrian Soriano, Casron Sheen and Alethea Sommers from North Shore High School in Houston, Texas, with their video, "CTE Heroes"


Second Place: Many students from Indiana County Technology Center in Indiana, Pennsylvania, with their video, "What's Your Super Power?"


What is the goal?
To promote career and technical education by creating a video public service announcement (PSA) incorporating the CTE Month logo and 2014 theme, “Celebrate CTE Superheroes!”

Who can enter?
The contest is open to secondary, postsecondary and adult CTE students in film and video production classes or in other CTE courses. Students may enter as individuals or as a group.

What do I win?
ACTE will announce the winning PSA during CareerTech VISION 2013, December 4-7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The winning student or team will receive $750. The second-place student or team will receive $250. First- and second-place videos will be publicized on the Internet through ACTE social media channels and shared with ACTE membership to use during CTE Month in their schools and local areas. The winning student or team is not required to attend CareerTech VISION 2013.

What's required?

  • Video must be 29 seconds in length.
  • You must incorporate the CTE Month logo and 2014 theme into the PSA video. Contact aparker@acteonline.org if you would like to request a different image format. 
  • You must incorporate the following message into your PSA, presented as text on-screen and/or spoken by talent: "Learn more about career and technical education at www.ctemonth.com." You must display ACTE's Web address on screen: www.ctemonth.com.
  • You should NOT say "learn more about ACTE" or reference the Association for Career and Technical Education BY NAME in the PSA. The videos are not intended to be an advertisement for ACTE, but a PSA for career and technical education.
  • Talent Release Form from each person whose image and/or voice is used in the PSA. Students under 18 must have a parent's or guardian’s signature on the release form
  • Use no other logos or Web addresses in PSAs.
  • Adhere to the technical specifications listed below.
  • You must submit your PSA by October 31, 2013 at 5 p.m. EST. 

Submitting your PSA entry:

  • Sound cannot be over 0 dBFS.
  • Videos must be submitted in .mp4 or .mov format.
  • Submissions are “broadcast safe” (no excess luma).
  • Videos must be in 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • PSAs can be submitted in standard or high definition.
  • In addition to the 29 seconds of video content, please include 5 seconds of black, bars and tones, slate with the title, your name, the name of your school and the year. 
  • Please include a Talent Release Form from each person whose image and/or voice is used in the PSA. Students under 18 must have a parent's or guardian’s signature on the release form. You can submit this via email or by mail. Mail entries must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2013
  • PSA are to be submitted via Dropbox. Create a Dropbox and account and then send the link to Brian Jenkins

Dropbox is a free service that allows you to store and share files online. You can signup for a free account at www.dropbox.com

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Who will be judging my PSA?
PSAs will be judged by an initial judging panel of ACTE staff to select finalists, and then the PSAs entries selected as finalists will be posted on the ACTE Facebook page, where ACTE members, students, schools, communities and other audiences will vote for which PSA they think best represents CTE and the CTE Month theme during the week of November 5-9. The top two PSA videos with the most votes will be selected as the winners! Entrants who are selected as finalists are encouraged to share their PSA video link with their community, school, friends, etc. to get votes for their PSA!

What’s the fine print?
The CTE Month 2014 logo and theme can be used only for PSA purposes; all other usage is prohibited. ACTE retains the copyright on any submitted material and reserves the right to use the material in any way or format it sees fit. ACTE is not responsible for lost, damaged, incorrectly encoded, incorrectly uploaded, mislabeled or misdirected entries. Entries will not be returned and will become the property of ACTE. PSA entries cannot be used for any commercial activity.

Do you have any tips for my PSA?
The first step for making a great PSA is to learn about career and technical education (see the next section)! In addition, the winning videos for the 2013 CTE Month Video PSA Contest should strive to:

  • Engage and inform about CTE.
  • Show that CTE leads to a successful career.
  • Show the role of CTE in a strong national economy.
  • Depict a variety of CTE fields.
  • Depict the diversity of students involved in CTE.
  • Show CTE as relevant to the general public—not focus on one school, one area of CTE or on ACTE itself (if ACTE is depicted in the PSA, ACTE must only be portrayed as a resource the viewer can use to learn more information about CTE).
  • Incorporate the 2014 CTE Month logo, theme, the ACTE Web site address and the message about CTE Month as defined above (see the “What’s required?” section above).
  • Be technically well-made and suitable for broadcast on the Internet. 

How can I learn more about CTE?
Learn what CTE is and what kinds of courses it encompasses with ACTE’s Fact Sheets:

  • Learn about the effectiveness of CTE in preparing students for further education and careers.
  • Learn how investment in CTE yields more money for communities around the country.
  • Think about the role of CTE in the economy: CTE students grow up to become highly skilled technicians, medical professionals, IT specialists, businesspeople, engineers and more. The career fields that CTE students prepare for are the career fields that keep our nation growing.

Can educators help with their students' projects?
Educators may advise students, but should not take on a significant role in creating the PSAs.

For more information or questions about submissions, please contact onlinemedia@acteonline.org or call 800-826-9972, ext. 353.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 CTE Month Student Video PSA Contest!

First Place: Sydnie Hinshaw, Jeremy Boutte, Maritza Arenas and Aaron Miles from North Shore High School in Houston, Texas, with their video, "What's Your Future Sound Like?"


Second Place: Kalin Williams, Manuel Alanis, Kennedy Morales and Lupita Rios, also from
North Shore High School in Houston, Texas, with their video, "Passion Into Paycheck"


You can view all the contest finalists here! Schools, businesses and organizations can use the PSAs as tools to educate policymakers and their communities about the important role CTE programs play in developing a qualified workforce. You can link to these online versions, share them on social media sites and post them on your website!

And check out ACTE on Pinterest for even more from CTE Month!  

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