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Date: March 16, 2016

Contact: Sean Lynch

703-683-9312, slynch@acteonline.org

Michigan ACTE Unifies with National Career and Technical Education Association

Alexandria, VA - The national Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) congratulates the Michigan Association for Career and Technical Education (MI-ACTE) on its decision to formally unify with the national organization. Through the leadership of MI-ACTE President Dr. Brian Pyles and its Board of Directors, the state-based association successfully refreshed its governance structure and affiliated itself with the national body to the benefit of career and technical education (CTE) professionals throughout the state.

Because of the decision to unify, MI-ACTE members can also now concurrently join both their state and national professional membership associations. In doing so, MI-ACTE has secured access for its members to the national association's extensive professional development resources, public policy advocacy and leadership opportunities, as well as a stronger voice in the national conversation on CTE and education.

"ACTE’s Board of Directors and I are proud to welcome Michigan ACTE to our national community," said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. "By connecting Michigan’s efforts with those from other states through our national organization, we can work together to ensure every student has access to CTE that will prepare them for college and career success.”

MI-ACTE’s move comes after a successful series of moves to strengthen their state association, from developing a more effective organizational constitution and set of bylaws, building a diverse and knowledgeable board and reevaluating its public communications strategies.

"Transitioning Michigan ACTE to officially affiliate and unify with our national partners will foster collaboration and further promote the work underway in our great state. We are looking forward to ACTE’s support to ensure that our members receive unparalleled opportunities as professionals and supporters of the CTE community," said Dr. Pyles.

About Us: 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.


Download the Press Release Here.


Welcome to the Michigan ACTE Page. ACTE is committed to providing professional development, leadership, and legislative advocacy to the highest degree at ACTE.

We encourage you to join ACTE at the state and National Level. If you are having trouble with membership please call 703-683-3111. (Print form.)

CTE in the Great Lake State

 ACTE compiles relevant state-based CTE information in our State fact sheets. At the secondary level, CTE is delivered through comprehensive high schools and area CTE centers, which provide high school students and adults with supplemental, half-day training programs in high-demand, high-wage technical careers. Career Education Planning Districts (CEPDs) typically parallel intermediate school district boundaries, facilitate regional planning and play a significant role in the collaborative delivery of CTE programs and services at the secondary level. At the postsecondary level, CTE is delivered through community colleges, four-year institutions that provide associate degrees and one tribal college.To learn more, read the Michigan state fact sheet.


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Letter from the State Association Liaison

Greetings from ACTE!
As a leader and professional in your state for Career and Technical Education, I would like to take a brief moment to introduce myself and offer my assistance on behalf of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE).

My name is Mike Woods and I represent ACTE as the State Association Liaison for Region I to help assist the fifteen (15) states in Region I with leadership development, membership, and legislative advocacy from ACTE national. Essentially, I am our team’s ‘boots on the ground’ and travel throughout the region to serve as an educational consultant and resource to ACTE state leadership and their membership.

Aside from providing support, my goals are also to rejuvenate and revitalize state ACTE associations facing hardships and obstacles, in addition to re-establishing inactive state associations throughout Region I. If you could use assistance in this manner I would be happy to help you through this process.

Please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail or telephone if you and your state need any support from ACTE national. I strive to be a readily available resource who is here and happy to help.

I look forward to connecting with state leaders and members while attending your state conferences and meetings throughout Region I.


 Michael K. Woods
State Association Liaison - Region I
Association for Career and Technical Education
1410 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-683-9327 | 
Fax: 703-683-7424
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