Kentucky Association for
The Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education (KACTE) participates in the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) national awards program to promote excellence in Career and Technical Education (CTE). The Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation has sponsored the annual Career and Technical Education Awards since 2003. KACTE expresses its sincere thanks to the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation for the support that makes these awards possible year after year.
The Annual CTE Awards seek to recognize:
- individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the field;
- programs that exemplify the highest standards; and
- organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand Career and Technical Education programs.
KACTE conducts the awards program, which is organized under the guidelines established by ACTE. There are 12 award categories, each with various criteria and eligibility requirements. KACTE members and individual program areas are encouraged to participate each year by submitting nominations to the KACTE Awards Committee chair. The Awards Committee reviews the nominees and selects the winners. Information on awards, the criteria and the nominations process may be viewed on-line at the ACTE Awards website.
The short form nomination application for each year will be posted on this site as a downloadable PDF document by January 1 of each year.
KACTE award winners are entered into the appropriate ACTE national award category for the following administrative year. In recent years, several KACTE members have been recognized nationally, including:
2020 ACTE National Administrator of the Year Laura Arnold, Director of Workforce Development, Nelson County Schools; and Lifetime Achievement Award finalist Doris Sikora, Ph.D., Professor, Western Kentucky University.
2019 ACTE National New CTE Teacher of the Year finalist Bethany K. Mattingly, agriculture teacher, Seneca High School, Jefferson County, and ACTE Carl Perkins Community Service Award finalist Rosemary O. Jones, family and consumer sciences teacher, Bell County High School.
2018 ACTE National CTE Teacher of the Year finalist J. Wes York, agriculture teacher, Caldwell County High School.
2017 ACTE National CTE Teacher of the Year Sarah Raikes, family and consumer sciences teacher, Washington County High School, and ACTE National New CTE Teacher of the Year Jacob Scott Ball, agriculture teacher, Locust Trace Agriscience High School, Fayette County.
- 2016 ACTE Champion of the Year Terry Holliday, Ph.D., retired Kentucky Commissioner of Education
- 2015 ACTE Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Leslie Watkins, Family and Consumeer Sciences Teacher, McCracken County Schools
- 2014 ACTE National CTE Educator of the Year Tony Brannon, Ph.D., Dean, Hustson School of Agriculture, Murray State University
- 2011 ACTE National Outstanding Teacher in Community Service finalist Phyllis Sweatt, Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, Bowling Green High School.
- 2010 ACTE National CTE Educator of the Year finalist Dale Winkler, Ed.D., then Principal, Montgomery County Area Technology Center; currently Kentucky CTE State Director.
- 2009 ACTE National CTE Educator of the Year finalist Ginny Ellington, University of Kentucky, and 2009 ACTE National Teacher of the Year finalist Ellie Pribble, Health Science Technology, Harrison County Area Technology Center;
- 2007 ACTE National CTE Teacher of the Year Leslie Watkins, Family and Consumer Sciences, Reidland High School;
- 2004-2005 KACTE President Sarah Raikes, Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, Washington County High School, who was the first recipient of the ACTE Outstanding Teacher in Community Service Award;
- Donnalie Stratton, Program Consultant, Kentucky Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education, who received the Carl D. Perkins Humanitarian Award, one of the highest honors bestowed by ACTE; and
- Sandra Miller, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky, who received an ACTE Outstanding Service Award.