I often wondered what took place behind the scenes at ACTE from the various conferences to how funding is provided to CTAE programs across the United States. As the Region II Fellow, I had the opportunity to develop my leadership skills and to learn first-hand how all the components work together to make CTAE programs successful.
I arrived at my first National Policy Seminar (NPS) in Arlington, VA a bit nervous due to it being my first time participating but I quickly overcame that fear as a result of the support, knowledge and guidance provided during our detailed information sessions and workshops. I enjoyed the opportunity to speak with other ACTE members and former Fellows who gave me a clearer insight into what to expect on our visit to the Hill. This time of preparation gave me the tools and information needed to be a better advocate for CTE when discussing important issues with members of congress.
Overall, the highlight of the NPS was meeting with Georgia members of congress and seeing their sincere support of the CTAE programs. The legislative staff and members of Congress that we had a chance to speak with face to face were open to the restoration of Perkins funding and to learning more about the CTE Caucus. It was truly an exciting trip and the most impressive part was having the first hand opportunity to invite my member of congress on a tour of my culinary program at Miller Grove HS in Lithonia, Ga.