Meet Mark Branger
Employment History: Business Teacher, CTE Director, Technology Director, Huntley Project Schools, 1999–Present; Business Teacher, Technology Director, Melstone Public Schools, 1986–99; Executive Director, Montana ACTE 2000–present
Education: Administrator (Principal) Endorsement, Montana State University; Master of Education, Educational Technology, MSU Billings; Bachelor of Science, Business Education, Eastern Montana College
National ACTE Involvement—ACTE Task Force Member; Awards 2015; VISION Presenter: 2015, “Literacy in CTE”; NPS Attendee: 2005; VISION Attendee: 2000–16
Regional ACTE Involvement—Policy Committee Member: 2011–13, 2015–present;Region Conference Presenter: Region V ACTE, 2013; 2015; Region Conference Attendee: 2000–16
Other Regional ACTE Involvement—Region V Conference Chair, Montana, 2019; Region V Nominating Committee, 2015–present; Region V Legislative/Resolution Committee, 2008–09, 2010–11; Region V Marketing/New Ideas Committee, 2006–08
State ACTE Involvement—Executive Director/Montana, 1999–present; Past President/Montana, 2000; President/Montana, 1999; President Elect, 1998; Vice President/Montana, 1987
Other State ACTE Involvement—Montana ACTE State Conference Presenter, 2010–16
Other CTE Involvement—President, Montana Business Education Association (MBEA), 1996; Executive Board Member, MBEA, 1992–97; Conference Presenter, MBEA, 2006–present; Conference Chair, Western Business Education Association (WBEA), 1997; Conference Presenter, WBEA, 2015–2017; Business Professional of America State Advisory Board, 1992–97; Montana Vocational Education Task Force, 1995–95; Montana State Planning Team for the development of the State Plan for Perkins IV, 2006; Region V ACTE Hall of Fame, 2017; Montana ACTE David Strong Professional Leadership Award, 2013; Montana MBEA Teacher of the Year, 1999; Montana ACTE Teacher of the Year Candidate, 2000; Glencoe Publishing Montana Business Teacher of the Year, 1997; Montana MBEA Young Teacher of the Year, 1993
I currently serve as the Montana ACTE executive director and as the technology/CTE director for the Huntley Project School District in Worden, Montana. I have been a member of ACTE my entire career which now spans 31 years. I have served on the Region V Policy Committee two terms and want to “step up to the plate,” as former Region V Vice President Chuck Gallagher encouraged members during his term of office. I served on the Region V Policy Committee under the leadership of Doug Meyer, Chuck Gallagher and Dodie Bemis. This experience has given me the opportunity to learn and I feel I will be able to provide CTE leadership to the association in the capacity of Region V vice president.
The opportunity to run for Region V vice president allows me to continue to give back to ACTE after 31 years in the profession. CTE holds critical answers to economic development, a prosperous workforce and a stable economy. I pledge my energies to provide leadership to our membership as we continue to embark on the tasks that turn vision into reality. The strength of our association lies in its core grass roots values, work ethic and value to the American economy. My platform is based upon preserving the strengths that exist and using those strengths to forge new alliances to address and withstand the challenges of the future. We must be innovative in our strategic plans to ensure we keep abreast of legislative issues, membership growth and leadership development. ACTE members must look to the future with enthusiasm and embrace change with a passion to succeed and lead. It is an honor to be nominated and I pledge to work passionately to provide leadership in the development of an innovative and competitive workforce. If elected to serve, it will be my privilege to work with all divisions and board members to strengthen the state, regional and national association.