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ACTE Image Awards


The ACTE Image Awards recognize groups and individuals from the education, business and industry communities who enhance career and technical education by contributing to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of CTE. Individuals or entities (from within or outside the field) that have contributed to the success and promotion of CTE, thereby positively impacting the image of CTE, are eligible recipients of these awards. While there is no membership eligibility restriction for applicants, all must be nominated by an ACTE member

There are three Image Awards presented nationally:

ACTE Business Leader of the Year—for leaders and executives from the business community who contribute to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of CTE

ACTE Business of the Year—for businesses and organizations that contribute to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of CTE

ACTE Champion of the Year—for any individuals or entities that contribute to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of CTE

Evaluation Criteria
All nominees are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Significant accomplishments related to CTE that have contributed to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of CTE. 
  • Actions that have enhanced the growth and quality of CTE. 

(Note: considerations for the above can extend to sponsored programs, publications, financial support, and other activities.)

For more information on how applications are scored, please see the ACTE Image Awards Scoring Rubric.

Application Process
All nominations must be submitted on the ACTE Awards Portal by May 1. The application requirements can be downloaded here (note: this is not an application form; applications must be submitted electronically via the Awards Portal). Nominees are reviewed at the national level only; winners are selected by the ACTE Awards Committee and approved by the Board of Directors in July. Awards are presented at the ACTE Awards Banquet during CareerTech VISION.

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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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