Postsecondary, Adult & Career Education Division

Shawn Freie

Postsecondary, Adult & Career Education Division Vice President

Meet Shawn Freie

The Postsecondary, Adult and Career Education Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education® is committed to providing career and technical educators high-quality information and services responsive to your needs as a training and employment professional. The Postsecondary, Adult and Career Education Division strives to keep pace with the latest trends in technology, education and legislation in order to produce quality workers for a competitive workforce.


ACTE provides educators a number of great benefits. In addition, members of the PACE Division receive:

  • Division newsletters via e-mail and posted to this site.
    • Outstanding PACE Program Offering
    • Outstanding PACE Administrator
    • Outstanding PACE Partnership
    • Outstanding PACE Instructor
    • PACE Student Ambassador AwardDivision awards, including
  • A voice in Association policymaking – the elected PACE Division vice president sits on the ACTE Board of Directors.
  • Representation on every ACTE standing committee.
  • Unique CareerTech VISION programming dedicated to postsecondary, adult and career education topics of interest.
  • Postsecondary, adult and career educators can also take advantage of these resources compiled specifically to serve their community.

PACE Webinar Series

Watch the recorded webinars from Leadership Thursdays and ECMC Mini Grant Thursdays. Watch Now

Postsecondary CTE Event

The Convening will feature expert panel presentations, engaging professional development sessions, and numerous networking/working sessions. Participants will engage in discussions about the best practices in these four key areas and you will draft a plan to impact your institution. This solution-driven event is unlike any event you have ever attended! Learn More

Members of the PACE Division consist of educators, administrators, and professionals involved in private and public postsecondary settings to include technical schools, community colleges, universities, career centers, correctional institutions, and industry in both formal and informal CTE/adult education programs. Our collective goals is to promote quality career and technical training that improves the economic success of those we serve.

These professionals bring to the table a wide array of approaches to preparing individuals for employment. Through many networking opportunities, members and their agencies and institutions can gain an informed, focused perspective on the rapidly changing job market and learn new ways to equip clients and students with in-demand job market skills.

The Postsecondary, Adult and Career Education was called the Adult Workforce Development Division until March 2011, when the Board of Directors voted to change the name to better reflect the makeup of the Division’s membership. Prior to that, the Division was known as the Employment and Training Division until December 1999, when the name was changed with the approval of ACTE’s Assembly of Delegates.

The ACTE Postsecondary, Adult and Career Education Division is aligned with the following career clusters:

  • Business, Management and Administration
  • Education and Training
  • Finance
  • Human Services
  • Marketing, Sales and Service

PACE Division Awards

The PACE Division Awards recognize those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to CTE, programs that exemplify the highest standards and organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand CTE programs. Award winners serve as inspirational leaders: they embody the core values of serving their students and being committed to CTE. Deadline details coming soon. View the full description of each award.

  • ACTE PACE Outstanding Training Project of the Year Award
  • ACTE PACE Innovation Award
  • ACTE PACE Economic Development Award
  • ACTE PACE Diversity and Inclusion Award
  • ACTE PACE Award of Excellence
  • ACTE PACE Ambassador of the Year Award

Postsecondary, Adult and Career Education Division Resources

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