CAREER ACADEMIES SECTION
The ACTE Career Academies section represents the membership body that is involved in developing and implementing career academies that are career pathway focused. The section provides leadership, advocacy, and professional development experiences that address the unique issues that relate to integrated career academies.
Career academies have become a major part of the high school reform discussion, and ACTE wants to provide a recognized avenue for those interested in career academies to network and share. In joining the career academies section, you will gain access to a robust selection of resources and experiences intentionally designed to support your journey.
Joining the Career Academies Section Means You’ll…
- Learn and collaborate with experts in the field. You’re not alone on this career academy journey. Members have the opportunity to tap into the power of a variety of networks- like Ford NGL, and the Linked Learning Alliance.
- Leverage relationships and resources using tools like our Career Academies Section member guide (coming soon), Ford NGL webinars and resources. You’ll also have access to virtual and in-person experiences to develop and advance your practices- like the Career Academy Track at VISION.
We’re looking forward to collaborating with members on creating an unmatched section experience, deepening member engagement, growing awareness and ultimately transitioning into a Career Academy Division.
About Career Academies
Career academies are small schools within existing high schools in which students can learn their academics through the lens of a career in which they may be interested. By engaging with their communities, districts get support in aligning academies to the workforce and economic development needs of a region and employers become co-owners of academies and support teachers in the development and delivery of authentic, real-world projects in which students can develop the attitudes, mindsets, skills and transferable skills necessary to be successful in college, career and life.
As you explore more, you might want to check out:
- A career academies policy-related white paper
- Access the latest Career Academy Section Quarterly Newsletter
Career academies have become a major part of the high school reform discussion, and ACTE wants to provide a recognized avenue for those interested in career academies to network and share.
Career Academies Section Sponsors
About Ford NGL
Ford NGL is a leading sponsor of the Career Academies section and an organization that is committed to increasing the career academy model nationally. Their unique approach is in helping to bring key community stakeholders to the table to support districts in their desire to build, grow and sustain high-quality CTE through career academies.
For more information email Ford NGL at Info@FordNGL.com
Career Academy Resources
Nashville Hub, a program of Alignment Nashville
Linked Learning Alliance
National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) and The National Standards of Practice
Career Academy Support Network
American Youth Policy Forum
National Academy Foundation
Career Academies: A Proven Strategy to Prepare High School Students for College and Careers
Professional Development Opportunities
NCAC Annual Conference
Career Academies Co-Section Leader
Leah Aiwohi, CTE Coordinator at Kauai High School, also teaches classes in Media, Information Technology, Computer Science and STEM. She is actively engaged in a number of advisory workgroups in Hawaii as well as nationally in the media arena and has taught at the Elementary, Middle and High school levels engaging students to use computers and technology as basic classroom tools since her teaching career began 32 years ago. Leah strives to keep being innovative and impactful in her teaching, and works to ensure that her students’ learning experiences are relevant as they grow to be critical thinkers and solution creators through project-based, service-oriented learning. Leah was recognized by Hawaii ACTE with their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021-2022.