The Association for Career and Technical Education is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE’s membership numbers more than 27,000 career and technical educators, administrators and counselors, and others involved in career and technical education programs at all levels of education. The Association's national headquarters is based in Alexandria, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C. Association policy is set up by a 20-member elected Board of Directors, including a president, past-president and president-elect, and 17 vice presidents representing the Association's 12 Divisions and five geographic Regions. An approximately 25-member staff manages day-to-day operations of the Association.
To arrange interviews with ACTE staff or executive board members, inquire about CTE issues, or get help on developing new stories, please contact:
Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager
ACTE Press Releases
Research Information for Reporters
ACTE has developed a CTE Research Fact Sheet that contains the latest statistical information related to the importance of CTE in a variety of areas, including student academic achievement, earnings, dropout rates and occupational outlooks. To understand how CTE is implemented in your state, view ACTE’s CTE State Profiles project.
ACTE Policy and Advocacy
Information on all of the policy issues that ACTE covers can be found in the key issues area of the website. This includes the latest legislative updates and ACTE positions and statements.
ACTE's mission is to provide educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce. This mission is carried out through four activities:
- Professional Development—Encouraging career development, professional involvement and leadership among members.
- Program Improvement—Fostering excellence in academic vocational-technical education.
- Policy Development—Advocating national public policy to benefit workforce education.
- Marketing—Marketing workforce education programs and products.
The Association carries out a diverse array of programs including the nation's largest annual conference for educators and employers involved in workforce education, held annually in early December. It also sponsors workshops on critical issues at locations across the country. ACTE maintains a strong presence on Capitol Hill. The Association testifies frequently on behalf of workforce education, school-to-work initiatives and the integration of CTE and core academic education. Through an active legislative network, it presents the views of workforce education professionals to policymakers. The Association's award-winning publications include Techniques magazine, which covers key concerns in workforce education and business/industry trends affecting education, and Career Tech Update, a daily newsletter that focuses on CTE and education news around the country. ACTE produces a wide array of professional publications, videos and promotional materials for marketing workforce education and also makes available products produced by other publishers through its extensive Professional Resources catalog.
Relationships With Other Professional Organizations
ACTE is actively involved with a large number of other professional organizations including career and technical associations in almost every state, career and technical student organizations and other national affiliate professional associations representing various components of the field. It works very closely with other education and trade associations that share an interest in the advancement of workforce education.