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Welcome to the West Virginia 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 (print form) at the state and National Level. If you are having trouble with membership please call 703-683-3111. 

Ruth Caplinger, Past President, West Virginia Association of Career and Technical Education, letter to new career, technical or adult education teachers/administrators

For more information about WVACTE, please contact Ernie Powers at Schs502684@aol.com.

The West Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education and the Executive Committee will again be sponsoring the Day at the Legislature on Thursday, March 10, 2016..

Summer Conference Letter

WVACTE Leadership

President (until July 2017)
Thomas Hoffman
The Mingo Career and Technical Center

Past President
Ruth Caplinger
Mason County Career Center

Deborah Chapman
Huntington High School

Executive Director/Treasurer
Ernie Powers

CTE in the Mountain State

West Virginia State Fact Sheet     ACTE compiles relevant state-based CTE information in our State fact sheets. At the secondary level, CTE is delivered through comprehensive high schools; county CTE centers, which are secondary schools that provide supplemental CTE programs to students from sending high schools within the county; and multi-county CTE centers. At the postsecondary level, CTE is delivered through the state’s community and technical colleges. County CTE centers also provide postsecondary CTE instruction. To learn more, read the West Virginia state fact sheet.

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Pictured: Thomas Huffman (WV-ACTE President),
Senator Manchin, Debbie Chapman, Tara Combs

Cabell Schools Representatives Travel to Washington to Discuss Career and Technical Education

Representatives from Cabell County Schools participated in the National Policy Seminar hosted by the Association of Career and Technical Education in Washington DC this past February.


During the event, participants were given the opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge of legislation pertaining to career and technical education. Tara Combs and Deborah Chapman took advantage of time allotted to spend at Capitol Hill to meet and discuss legislative topics with Senate and House of Representatives members from West Virginia. Particular topics of discussion were the reallocation of the Carl D. Perkins Act, which is the primary source of funding for career and technical education programs. And ESSA, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which specifically identifies career and technical education components with academic integration.  Tara and Debbie walked the corridors of the House and Senate Buildings advocating on behalf of career and technical education in West Virginia. They had a personal meeting with Senator Joe Manchin and spoke with the legislative director for Senator Shelley Moore Capito and House of Representatives member David McKinley. Brief visits were also made to House of Representatives members Evan Jenkins and Alex Mooney’s office. 


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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Region I Business and Policy Meeting Minutes

Minutes from Region I policy and business meeting minutes.

Region I

Region I is composed of 16 state affiliates, including Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, the Federal Department of Education, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia. The mission of the Region is to support the efforts of the ACTE state associations in providing educational leadership in the development of a competitive workforce. Activities of the Region are focused on involving members, cultivating organizational leadership, advocating for workforce development, emphasizing professional development and promoting a collaborative network of communication.


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