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ACTE Announces 2015 ACTE Business Leader of the Year: Timm Boettcher

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July 30, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, VA - The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and its Board of Directors announce the 2015 ACTE Business Leader of the Year, Timm Boettcher, President of Realityworks, Inc.  The Business Leader of the Year award celebrates the contributions and achievements of an executive from the business community who has demonstrated a solid and sustained commitment to improving career and technical education (CTE).

"Mr. Boettcher lives, breathes and promotes the value of bridging educational leadership with business involvement," says Scott Jameson, Director of Marketing for Realityworks. "He is a shining example of what can occur when business leaders champion CTE and the value it brings."

As President and CEO of Realityworks, Inc., Timm Boettcher has led the development of new products that provide hands-on experience in career preparation areas such as family and consumer sciences, health education business management, entrepreneurship, and welding. Established 19 years ago to better address complex social and community challenges through educational products, Realityworks, Inc. is dedicated to creating experiential learning tools that engage students while improving the human condition. Under Boettcher's leadership, the company's products have been adopted by 62 percent of U.S. school districts and in more than 90 countries.

In 2011, Boettcher saw the need for business leaders to advocate for CTE as a critical piece in preparing tomorrow's workforce for industry's needs. With the support of ACTE, Boettcher founded the Industry Workforce Needs Council (IWNC), a group of American business leaders who have the common goal of strengthening and raising awareness for CTE in the United States. In addition to supporting CTE's positive impact on students and the economy, the IWNC advocates for CTE programming, curricula and funding on the federal, state and local levels.

Boettcher has presented workforce development strategies on the national level for Harvard's Pathways to Prosperity and to the U.S. Department of Labor. He chairs the Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, which establishes and leads regional workforce development initiatives, and has established and led the Innovation Foundation of Western Wisconsin as Chair to connect critical C-level talent with growing start-ups and small to mid-sized companies. Boettcher served on the Board for the Eau Claire Economic Development Corporation as President and currently provides guidance to the International Business Programs Advisory Council of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The ACTE Excellence Awards promote excellence in CTE by recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the community, programs that exemplify the highest standards and organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand CTE programs. Award winners will be honored for their contributions to CTE at the annual ACTE Awards Banquet during ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee on November 19, 2014. CareerTech VISION is ACTE's signature event, with more than 3,500 attendees, career and CTE professionals from across the country and more than 200 workshops and sessions dedicated to improving the knowledge and capacity of CTE leaders.

For more information on the Excellence Awards and the Awards Banquet, visit https://www.acteonline.org/awards.

About ACTE 
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation's largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

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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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