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CTE Questions

What is career and technical education?
What subject areas are covered by career and technical education?
Where is career and technical education offered?
Is career and technical education only for students who are not college bound?
How many career and technical students are there in the United States?
What are award-winning career and technical education programs and teachers?
How is career and technical education funded?
Is there any proof career and technical education works?
How can I learn more about career and technical education?

Website Questions

How do I log in? Where can I find my ID and password?
What is myACTE? How do I use this feature?
Can I subscribe by e-mail to ACTEonline?
What does the "Share" feature do?
What information of yours does ACTEonline collect?
What are "cookies" and how does ACTE use them?
What organization collects the information and who has access to it?
How does ACTE use the information it collects?
How can ACTE members modify their personal information on ACTEonline?
What is the opt-out policy for ACTEonline?
What kinds of security procedures are in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of your information?
How does ACTEonline comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)?
What you can do to better protect yourself on the Internet


CTE Questions

What is career and technical education?
Career and technical education prepares both youth and adults with technical, academic and employability skills for a wide range of careers through classroom and laboratory learning as well as career development, work-based learning and career and technical student organizations. These careers may require varying levels of education—from high school and postsecondary certificates to two- and four-year college degrees.

What subject areas are covered by career and technical education?
Career and technical education covers a variety of challenging fields in diverse subject areas that are constantly evolving due to the changing global economy. Learn more by exploring the 16 Career Clusters®.

Where is career and technical education offered?
In middle schools, high schools, area career centers, two-year community and technical colleges and other institutions.

Is career and technical education only for students who are not college bound?
No. Career and technical education provides academic, technical and employability skills to build students' college and career readiness.

How many career and technical students are there in the United States?
Learn more about career and technical education students with our What is CTE? page.

What are award-winning career and technical education programs and teachers?
Exemplary programs and teachers are recognized through ACTE Excellence Awards, U.S. Presidential Scholars in career and technical education and Advance CTE Excellence in Action Awards

How is career and technical education funded?
Career and technical education is funded federally through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, although other legislation impacts career and technical education programs. ACTE advocates for career and technical education and Perkins funding on the federal level. Learn more with ACTE's Policy Agenda.

Is there any proof career and technical education works?
Yes, according to many studies. Research and data is available through ACTE Fact Sheets.

How can I learn more about career and technical education?
Visit the ACTE publications and Shop ACTE pages on this site, or connect to related organizations.


Web Site Questions

How do I log in? Where can I find my ID and password?
You can log in to ACTEonline from the home page or by using the myACTE login boxes throughout the website.

ACTE members, log in with your member ID (found on your ACTE membership card, new member e-mail or Techniques magazine mailing label) and password (the default password is your last name). If you have previously registered to use the site, use the user ID and password you received in ACTE's welcome e-mail.

Click here if you’ve forgotten your password. You can also retrieve your log-in information by contacting ACTE at acte@acteonline.org or at 800-826-9972.

What Is myACTE? How do I use this feature?
myACTE is how ACTE members can access special members-only features of the website.

Can I subscribe by e-mail to ACTEonline?
Yes, you can get updates for the ACTE blogs in your inbox. With RSS, you can also subscribe to updates to any part of the website. 

What does the "Share" feature do?
Clicking the “Share” feature below the "RSS—Print—Email" utility will enable you to share the ACTEonline page you are currently exploring with your Twitter, Facebook, Google and other social networking/bookmarking accounts. We even have specific buttons for Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, so share away and help us grow!

What information of yours does ACTEonline collect?
Our goal is to become your destination for career and technical education by providing information, services and product offerings that are most relevant to you in the most convenient way. To achieve this goal, ACTEonline collects information about site visitors.

Information collected online is usually defined as being either anonymous or personally identifiable.

Anonymous information refers to data that cannot be tied back to a specific individual. ACTE collects some information each time a visitor comes to the ACTE Web site, so we can improve the overall quality of the visitor's online experience. For example, ACTE collects the visitor's IP address, browser, and platform type (e.g., a Netscape browser on a Windows platform). Gathering this data helps us to learn what browsers we need to support. Other anonymous information helps us determine what sections of ACTEonline are most popular and how many visitors come to our site. You do not have to register with ACTEonline before we can collect this anonymous information.

Personally identifiable information refers to data that tells us specifically who you are (i.e., your name and ZIP code). You are only required to provide such information if you want to take advantage of optional products and services provided through our Web site.

ACTE collects such personally identifiable information from two categories of visitors to our site: Association members and registered non-members. (Some services of ACTEonline, such as discussion boards and e-mail newsletters, are made available to those who choose not to join ACTE. But to take advantage of these services, ACTE requires these visitors to provide a limited amount of personally identifiable information, including name and e-mail address.)

ACTE collects personal information in the following ways from different parts of its Web site:

  • ACTE Membership Application
    When you join ACTE or renew your ACTE membership through our Web site, you are sharing personally identifiable information, including your name and mailing address, with us. ACTE members are given an ACTE membership number, and this member ID and password enables members to take advantage of restricted content and features on ACTEonline.
  • Meeting & Other Registrations
    You may be asked for personal information when registering online for specific services, such as the Annual Convention, to receive an e-mail newsletter, to participate in a listserv or to subscribe to a publication.

The number and variety of useful services on ACTEonline that may require collection of personally identifiable information will continue to grow in the future.

What are "cookies" and how does ACTE use them?
A cookie is a small text file containing a unique identification number that is transferred from a Web site to the hard drive of your computer. This unique number identifies your Web browser—but not you—to ACTE computers whenever you visit ACTEonline. A cookie will not provide personally identifiable information about you, such as your name and address. The use of cookies is now an industry standard, and cookies are currently used on most major Web sites. Most Web browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. If you prefer, you can reset your browser to notify you when you have received a cookie. You can also set your browser to refuse to accept cookies altogether. While ACTE does not require you to use cookies, keep in mind that certain services will not function properly if you set your browser to refuse all cookies.

To help serve you better, ACTE generally uses cookies to identify return visitors. On ACTEonline, cookies primarily allow us to identify ACTE members and registered non-members who are returning to the site, so you will not have to re-enter a user ID and password the next time you visit. As ACTEonline is upgraded, cookies will also let us remember your Web browser so we can provide such benefits as site personalization.

What organization collects the information and who has access to it?
Data collected through ACTE's Web site is generally collected and maintained solely by ACTE. More specifically, when you provide personally identifiable information on ACTEonline to register for a service, buy a product or take advantage of a promotion, that information is collected and maintained solely by ACTE unless specifically stated otherwise at the point of collection. ACTE will inform you at the point of collection if your personal data is being shared with another organization. If you do not want to share your information with that company, you can choose not to use that service.

If you join ACTE or renew your membership through our Web site, you provide personally identifiable information on the membership application. ACTE sells mailing lists (names and mailing addresses) of members to selected third parties. You may opt out of mail-list sales when you complete your online application or anytime during your membership, as described in Item 6 below. ACTE does not sell member e-mail addresses to third parties.

As for anonymous information, we disclose to third-party sponsors/advertisers aggregate statistics (i.e., impressions and click-throughs on a company's advertisement). Also, we may share aggregate website statistics with the media or other third parties. No personally identifiable information is ever disclosed to these sponsors/advertisers or other third parties as part of this process, only information in an aggregate form.

Be aware that ACTE's sponsors, advertisers and third-party content providers have links on our site that take you to other Web sites. For example, when you click on an ad displayed on ACTEonline, you are linked to another site. Please note also that links to other Web sites are provided throughout ACTEonline for users' information and convenience. ACTE hopes that all third parties involved adhere to our policies regarding the privacy of our users. However, ACTE's online privacy policy does not cover third-party data collection practices, and ACTEonline does not assume any responsibility for any actions of third parties.

How does ACTE use the information it collects?
ACTE collects information to provide you with the services you request and to improve our Web site. For example, if you join ACTE or renew your ACTE membership through our Web site, we use the personally identifiable information you provide in the membership application to send you ACTE publications, including e-mail, information about member benefits and special offers, and other information that ACTE believes is relevant and useful to its members.

As mentioned above, ACTE uses the aggregate, anonymous data collected to let our sponsors and advertisers know how many times their ad may have been seen. ACTE also uses this aggregate, anonymous data to perform statistical analyses of the collective characteristics and behavior of our site visitors, measure user interests regarding specific areas of the ACTEonline and analyze how and where best to use our resources. Without such data, we would not know which parts of ACTEonline are the most popular, and we would not be able to change and update the content and services appropriately.

ACTE may be required by law enforcement or judicial authorities to provide information on individual users to the appropriate governmental authorities. In matters involving a danger to personal or public safety, ACTE may voluntarily provide information to appropriate governmental authorities.

How can ACTE members modify their personal information on ACTEonline?
The ACTE Web site currently has no means by which ACTE members can fully change or modify information previously provided. Only limited changes can be made in the context of specific services and benefits, such as changing your e-mail address for an e-mail newsletter. Other changes and modifications can be submitted by postal mail, e-mail, telephone or fax.

  • E-mail: acte@acteonline.org
  • Telephone: 703-683-3111 or 800-826-9972
  • Fax: 703-683-7424
  • Postal address: ACTE, 1410 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314, ATTN: Membership Department

What is the opt-out policy for ACTEonline?
ACTE provides members the opportunity to opt out of receiving communications from us and our partners. If you no longer wish to receive specific communications or services, please contact us using the means described above.

In the case of opting out of ACTE discussion lists and e-mail newsletters, automatic opt-out instructions may be included within each e-mail.

What kinds of security procedures are in place to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of your information?
ACTEonline has security measures, such as firewalls, in place to attempt to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of your user data under our control. ACTE has implemented strict rules for employees who have access either to the databases that store user information or to the servers that host our services. While we cannot guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration to data will not occur, we take many precautions to prevent such unfortunate occurrences. Any other particularly sensitive information collected by a commerce transaction, such as your credit card number, is encrypted prior to transmission.

You are ultimately responsible for the security of your ACTE member ID number and password. You may not share your ACTE member ID number and password with colleagues or friends so they can access content or features on ACTEonline that are restricted to ACTE members only. You should log out of your browser at the end of each computer session to ensure that others cannot access your personal information and correspondence, especially if you share a computer with someone else or are using a computer in a public place like a library or Internet cafe.

How does ACTEonline comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)?
This site makes bulletin boards and discussion lists available to its members. Any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information, and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. Although users may post messages that will appear on the message boards anonymously, ACTE does retain a record of who posts all notes.

Tell your children, "Never talk to strangers!" While ACTEonline does not include material directed to children, it's a good rule of thumb to teach children that they should not reveal their names or other personal information to anyone they encounter on the Internet. They should also be instructed not to fill out any forms or register at any Web site without your knowledge and consent.

What you can do to better protect yourself on the Internet
Know the risks. The opportunity to network in an online community (chat room, forum, message board, etc.) is one of the best things about the Internet, but you should always be careful about disclosing personal information, such as an actual name, member name, e-mail address and so on. This information may be collected and used by others within the online community to send unsolicited e-mail messages outside ACTEonline. Some of the messages you receive may be useful to you, but some may not.

Educate yourself. Search the Web for as much information as you can about how to protect your privacy. Look for a privacy policy on the Web sites you visit. A good place to start is TRUSTe, an independent, non-profit organization with a mission to build trust and confidence in the Internet. The Federal Trade Commission has a Web site with useful information on being a savvy Internet user, along with other privacy initiatives. Additional privacy resources can be found by clicking on any of the following links:

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