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Guidance and Career Development Division

Meet Ray Davis



Ray Davis
Ray Davis
Guidance and Career Development Division Vice President

7 High Ridge Road 
Irmo, SC 29063

Employment History: Education Associate, Office of Career and Technology Education (OCATE) (February 2000–present); IPA Program Specialist/College and Career Transition Branch, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), Education Associate, United States Department of Education (January 2008–January 2009); Program Manager/Assistant Director, Career Center, University of South Carolina (January 1989–January 2000)

Education: Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Policy/Higher Education Administration, University of South Carolina

ACTE Involvement: Division: Guidance Division Executive Board (2010–present)
Other National, State and Local Involvement: SCATE Advisory Board (2009–present)

Platform Statement: During the past 12 years, I have learned the critical role that a strong local, district and state guidance and career development program plays in Perkins IV. As I worked with our South Carolina team that wrote the 2005 Education and Economic Development Act, I pushed educators, business leaders and our state schools to put guidance at the vanguard of this monumental legislation. As a result, our state has one of the leading career guidance components in the nation. My work in our state has also allowed me to learn at the national level as an IPA in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) during 2008. As vice president, I would expand distance and virtual professional development opportunities to all members throughout the year. My work in South Carolina in delivering professional development through this mode has prepared me well for leading a team of national ACTE professionals in exploring similar options. Another goal I would promote as vice president would be to link our Division to external entities, such as OVAE, leading state guidance leaders and military leaders to expand our members’ knowledge of timely, standards-based best practices and to assist members in delivering high-quality career guidance. Last, with the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Act rapidly approaching, I would work with ACTE leaders and other guidance organizations to examine and promote the role of guidance and career development in the next version of Perkins.


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The mission of the Guidance and Career Development Division is to provide leadership and advocacy for school counselors, career development personnel and other guidance professionals.

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