ACTE Announces 2022 National Award Finalists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 15, 2021

Contact: Jori Houck
jhouck@acteonline.org

ACTE Announces 2022 National Award Finalists

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced its 2022 national finalists in eight different award categories. Finalists were announced for Teacher of the Year, Postsecondary Teacher of the Year, Administrator of the Year, New Teacher of the Year, Teacher Educator of the Year, Counseling and Career Development Professional Award, Lifetime Achievement and Carl Perkins Community Service Awards.

The national winner will be announced at the virtual ACTE Awards Gala, an award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on November 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.

 

Teacher of the Year Award

John Lockhart–Lost Creek, WV–Region I

Luke Becker–Braham, MN–Region III

Sherri Gleaves–Oklahoma City, OK–Region IV

Laura Miller–Junction City, KS–Region V

 

Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award

Sarah LaRose–West Lafayette, IN–Region III

Matthew Shannon–Tulsa, OK–Region IV

Ben Hamlett–Twin Falls, ID–Region V

 

Administrator of the Year Award

Clifton Martin–Washington, DC–Region I

Dave Rockers–Joplin, MO–Region III

Wendy Suzanne Kelly–Purvis, MS–Region IV

Shani Watkins–Bremerton, WA–Region V

 

New Teacher of the Year Award

Elizabeth Wise–Bay City, MI–Region I

Breanne Brammer–Salisbury, MO–Region III

Tiauna Young–Pea Ridge, AR–Region IV

Miranda Bright–Crete, NE–Region V

 

Teacher Educator of the Year Award

Nick Beykirch–Ewing, NJ–Region I

Brad Greiman–St. Paul, MN–Region III

Sheri Deaton–Fayetteville, AR–Region IV

Natalie Hancock–Provo, UT–Region V

 

Counseling and Career Development Professional Award

Lisa Miller–Cambridge, IL–Region III

Kelly Powers–Oklahoma City, OK–Region IV

Heather Webb–Surprise, AZ–Region V

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Frank Yesalavich–Wayne, NJ–Region I

Robert Arthur-Fleming Lowe–St. Paul, MN–Region III

Saundra Grimshaw-Castillo–Las Cruces, NM–Region IV

John Mulcahy–Glendale, AZ–Region V

 

Carl Perkins Community Service Award

Sara Plozay–Piqua, OH–Region I

Jeff Maierhofer–Seneca, IL–Region III

Tammy Balliet–Oklahoma City, OK–Region IV

Richard McPherson–Rio Rico, AZ–Region V

Note: National finalists from Region II will be announced after the Region II conference on September 24-25.

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About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

ACTE Statement on Nomination of Dr. Amy Loyd as OCTAE Assistant Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

August 11, 2021 

Contact:

Jori Houck, jhouck@acteonline.org 

 

ACTE Statement on Nomination of Dr. Amy Loyd as OCTAE Assistant Secretary 

 

Alexandria, VA – Today, ACTE released the following statement on the nomination of Dr. Amy Loyd to serve as Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) after serving as the Acting Assistant Secretary in this role since April:

 

President Biden’s selection of Dr. Amy Loyd to serve as OCTAE Assistant Secretary represents a strong choice that will support career and technical education (CTE) across the country. Dr. Loyd has extensive experience across the CTE field, including her work at Jobs for the Future (JFF) that focused on state, regional and federal policies and practices, K-12 education, community colleges, adult education, workforce development, economic development and college and career pathways. 

 

Additionally, Dr. Loyd has prioritized diversity, equity and inclusion throughout her career, including through providing culturally-responsive education, training and wraparound services to Alaska Native and Native American communities through her role as Director of Education at the Cook Inlet Tribal Council.

 

Since April, she has been serving in the Acting Assistant Secretary role for OCTAE after being appointed as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Strategic Initiatives, and has been overseeing national CTE programs, community colleges, adult education and literacy and correctional education programs in this role.

 

“ACTE is pleased to celebrate President Biden’s nomination of Dr. Amy Loyd to officially serve as OCTAE Assistant Secretary,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “Dr. Loyd is an exceptional advocate for equitable access to high-quality CTE, and has already proven to be a strong leader in this role. We look forward to strengthening our relationship and to her dedicated, focused leadership of the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education.”

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About ACTE  

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

ACTE Statement on Former Senator and CTE Advocate Mike Enzi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

July 27, 2021 

Contact: Jori Houck, jhouck@acteonline.org

 

ACTE Statement on Former Senator and CTE Advocate Mike Enzi

Alexandria, VA – Today, ACTE released the following statement in response to the passing of former senator Mike Enzi (R-WY): 

Senator Enzi was a longtime, dedicated advocate for career and technical education (CTE), and his efforts to shepherd reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins) in 2006 and 2018 were instrumental in ensuring that countless students could obtain high-quality CTE, access in-demand jobs and skills and pursue a career. 

Senator Enzi was awarded ACTE’s Policymaker of the Year Award in 2005. He continued to serve the CTE community in the U.S. Senate as a co-chair of the Senate CTE Caucus after its founding in 2014. Throughout his career, Senator Enzi fought hard to support rural and underserved areas, and remained committed to serving his home state.

“ACTE joins many others today in mourning the loss of Senator Mike Enzi,” said LeAnn Wilson, ACTE Executive Director. “The senator was a tireless advocate for CTE, students and his native Wyoming. We extend our thoughts and our deepest condolences to Senator Enzi’s family and loved ones.” 

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About ACTE 

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

Joint Statement from ACTE, Advance CTE on CTE in FY 2022 Presidential Budget Proposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 28, 2021

Contact:

Jori Houck, jhouck@acteonline.org (ACTE)

Stacy Whitehouse, swhitehouse@careertech.org (Advance CTE)

Joint Statement from ACTE, Advance CTE on Career and Technical Education in FY 2022 Presidential Budget Proposal

Alexandria, VA – Today, President Joe Biden unveiled his Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget request, including suggested funding levels for discretionary programs as well as detailed spending proposals for the American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan.

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins V) Basic State Grant received a disappointing 1.5% proposed increase in funding, $20 million, compared to the overall U.S. Department of Education agency increase of 41% in the FY 2022 discretionary request, while the additional $1 billion dollars recommended for each of the next ten years through the American Jobs Plan represents an historic increase in CTE. The FY 2022 budget and the American Jobs Plan proposals nearly double the federal investment in career and technical education (CTE) when combining the increase to Perkins V and the proposed American Jobs Plan investment.

ACTE and Advance CTE look forward to working with the Biden Administration and Congress to secure an increase in Perkins V that is more reflective of the needs of the CTE community and to enact additional investments in CTE via the American Jobs Plan. These investments, together, will go a long way in remedying the historic underinvestment in CTE and helping to ensure each learner has limitless opportunities to access and be successful in the high-quality CTE program of their choice.

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About Advance CTE

Advance CTE is the longest-standing national non-profit that represents State Directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across all 50 states and U.S. territories. Established in 1920, Advance CTE supports visionary state leadership, cultivates best practices and speaks with a collective voice to advance high-quality CTE policies, programs and pathways that ensure career success for each learner.

About ACTE

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

ACTE Awarded Grant for Growing a Postsecondary Leadership Success Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 24, 2021

Contact: Jori Houck, jhouck@acteonline.org

ACTE Awarded Grant for Growing a Postsecondary Leadership Success Program

Alexandria, VA— The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has been awarded support for the Growing Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE, Sponsored by ECMC Foundation. ECMC Foundation approved this grant in late April as part of the CTE Leadership Collaborative; funds will be used to support postsecondary practitioners known as ECMC Foundation Fellows (Fellows) and build a sustainable model for the Postsecondary Leadership Success Program (Program).

 

The Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE is a year-long fellowship designed to support current and aspiring postsecondary CTE leaders, as well as their institutions. Fellows are encouraged to establish and refine their goals in various leadership and management positions, while learning more about communication, collaboration, networking and problem solving. The focus of the program is to empower Fellows to hone their ability to facilitate institutional change, as they are asked to identify an issue, particularly addressing the needs of underserved groups, that they want to change. Over the course of the fellowship year, Fellows continually develop their Institutional Improvement Plans (with the support of their mentor and ACTE staff) and are invited to present their plans to other CTE leaders at ACTE’s CareerTech VISION each year.

 

ACTE recognized the importance of postsecondary CTE for the future workforce. As the United States is increasingly facing a deficit of skilled workers, the need to get additional people in and through postsecondary education and training has never been more necessary. The Postsecondary Leadership Success Program was built to start grassroots movements at the many postsecondary CTE institutions where the Fellows work. By participating in the Fellowship, Fellows receive support and guidance to make influential change surrounding postsecondary CTE. The goal of this new grant is to explore and build a model that will allow for the Association to continue to provide the program when ECMC Foundation funding sunsets. By continuing to offer a successful program, promoting it widely throughout the postsecondary community and working with a national advisory group and program alumni to consider new sustainable business models, the program will be well positioned to continue past its initial start-up funding.

 

ACTE launched its first cohort of 20 ECMC Foundation Fellows participating in the Postsecondary Leadership Success Program in 2019 and is currently facilitating their third cohort, which was announced this past March. Altogether, 39 Fellows from across the country have completed the program and made tangible contributions to their institutions. The Program provides professional and career growth opportunities to Fellows, many of which have received promotions or title changes due to their involvement. The Program also includes a research study to help determine what efforts best contribute to leadership development among postsecondary CTE professionals and the creation of resources that can be widely distributed to support others in the field.

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About ACTE

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

 

About ECMC Foundation

ECMC Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, nationally focused foundation with a mission to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. It is one of several affiliates under ECMC Group (www.ecmcgroup.org) enterprise based in Minneapolis. ECMC Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. Working with grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation’s vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential.

 

ACTE Releases Report on CTE During and After COVID-19

For Immediate Release
March 31, 2021

Contact: Hannah Neeper
hneeper@acteonline.org

ACTE Releases Report on CTE During and After COVID-19

Alexandria, VA – While COVID-19 has led to many challenges for CTE, the pandemic has also created opportunities for innovation in CTE program delivery. ACTE’s latest publication, High-quality CTE During COVID-19: Challenges and Innovations, generously sponsored by MajorClarity, describes these challenges, shares examples of innovative practices, and provides recommendations for how CTE leaders can better prepare the post-COVID-19 workforce and embrace lessons learned during the pandemic.

This report highlights two of the biggest challenges CTE professionals are facing during the 2020-21 school year: motivating and engaging learners and providing hands-on learning and lab hours. It also shows how CTE educators have risen to the moment with flexibility, creativity and perseverance. As the country begins to emerge from the pandemic, ACTE recommends that CTE leaders reassess labor market alignment of their programs, focus on skilling and reskilling the workforce, commit to equity, embrace innovative tools and delivery models, develop and support CTE professionals and advocate for CTE. These challenges, best practices and recommendations are explored further in the report.

“Continuing to grow and learn best practices from one another during this unprecedented time cannot be underestimated,” says LeAnn Wilson, ACTE’s Executive Director. “We hope this report will provide an informative analysis of some of the challenges and successes that CTE programs faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, and provide insights to help CTE professionals and other stakeholders continue to improve their programs and services to students.”

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About ACTE:
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

ACTE Announces 2021 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – sponsored by ECMC Foundation Fellows 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2021 

Contact: Hannah Neeper
hneeper@acteonline.org  

ACTE Announces 2021 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program Fellows 

Alexandria, VA—Today the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced its third class of Fellows for its 2021 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – sponsored by ECMC Foundation (PLSP-ECMCF). The program’s review committee selected 20 participants for the 2021-2022 cohort.  The PLSP-ECMCF will support current and aspiring leaders in career and technical education (CTE). The goal is to provide professional and career growth opportunities to the next generation of leaders at nonprofits and postsecondary institutions offering CTE programs. 

The 2021-2022 cohort includes the following individuals. Individual press releases describing the fellows’ biographies can be accessed by clicking on their names below: 

This is ACTE’s third cohort of 20 CTE postsecondary professionals in leadership development activities. These activities include creating a personal development plan, attending virtual and in-person professional development sessions, sharing best practices with the field and engaging with a mentor. The goal of the program is to help participants develop and refine their skills in CTE organizational leadership and management; build critical skills in communication, collaboration, networking, problem solving and use of time/resources; and hone their ability to facilitate institutional change. The PLSP-ECMCF also includes a research study to help determine what efforts best contribute to leadership development among postsecondary CTE professionals and the creation of resources that can be widely distributed to support others in the field. 

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About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities. 

 About ECMC Foundation
ECMC Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, nationally focused foundation whose mission is to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis. ECMC Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. Working with grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation’s vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential. Learn more about ECMC Foundation by visiting ecmcfoundation.org and ECMC Group by visiting ecmcgroup.org. 

ACTE and Advance CTE Release Eighth Annual Report Examining State CTE Policies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
February 26, 2021

Contact: Hannah Neeper
hneeper@acteonline.org

ACTE and Advance CTE Release Eighth Annual Report Examining State CTE Policies

Alexandria, VA – In 2020, career and technical education (CTE) adapted to the challenges brought about by the coronavirus, continuing to deliver high-quality programming nationwide across all learner levels. CTE also remained at the forefront of state CTE policy, with 31 states enacting or passing 67 CTE-related policy actions. Today, Advance CTE and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), with research support from the Education Commission of the States, released their eighth annual report, State Policies Impacting CTE: 2020 Year in Review.

This report highlights major trends in CTE and career readiness policymaking, and includes a companion online state policy tracker that tracks and analyzes legislative actions by state and content area. While there were fewer CTE policies enacted this year than in past years as states dealt with the pandemic, states still showed a commitment to high-quality CTE through their policymaking. Funding, industry partnerships/work-based learning and access and equity were the top three policy categories this year, followed by policies addressing dual/concurrent enrollment, articulation and early college, and data, reporting and/or accountability. In addition, the report spotlights several states that enacted CTE-related policy specific to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Like all sectors of education and the economy, CTE programs have had to change the way they operate this past year, but quality and equity have remained at the forefront of CTE policy. The CTE-related policies enacted in 2020 show that CTE is the key to getting the economy and workforce back on track,” said LeAnn Wilson, ACTE’s Executive Director. “States have passed new and innovative policies to address emerging issues, such as reimbursing schools for COVID-19 related costs and creating rapid workforce training initiatives to reskill and upskill unemployed and underemployed individuals. As the nation continues to navigate the new COVID-19 impacted world, high-quality CTE programs are more important and needed now more than ever.”

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About Advance CTE

Advance CTE is the longest-standing national non-profit that represents State Directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across all 50 states and U.S. territories. Established in 1920, Advance CTE supports visionary state leadership, cultivates best practices and speaks with a collective voice to advance high-quality CTE policies, programs and pathways that ensure career success for each learner.

About ACTE

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

CTE Month Virtual Site Visit at Butler Tech

MEDIA ADVISORY
For Immediate Release
February 18, 2021

Contact: Hannah Neeper
hneeper@acteonline.org

CTE Month Virtual Site Visit at Butler Tech

The virtual visit to Butler Tech will highlight career and technical education (CTE) programs and the benefits and opportunities CTE provides to students

What: The Association for Career and Technical Education’s (ACTE) annual CTE Month site visit will take place virtually at Butler Tech in southwest Ohio, one of the largest career and technical education districts in the nation. This virtual event will include an overview of Butler Tech’s six campuses and 11 associate schools, followed by in-depth looks at key programs and comments from CTE students, staff and alumni on how this CTE district is preparing students for college and career readiness. More information about Butler Tech can be found on their website at https://www.butlertech.org/.

Where: The visit will be presented via YouTube Live. A link will be provided to everyone who RSVPs

When: Thursday, February 25th from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST

RSVP: RSVPs are required. To RSVP or for more information, contact Hannah Neeper at hneeper@acteonline.org or 703-683-9312.

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About ACTE:
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

ACTE Announces Board of Directors 2021 Election Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2021
Media ContactHannah Neeper
hneeper@acteonline.org; 703-683-9327

ACTE Announces Board of Directors 2021 Election Results

Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is pleased to announce the results of the recent election for several spots on its Board of Directors. The election was open to ACTE’s membership of roughly 25,000 educators, administrators and other CTE professionals. The following members were elected:

Scott Stone, President-Elect
Mr. Stone is an Agricultural Instructor at Centralia R-VI School District in Centralia, Missouri. His one-year term will begin in July 2021 and will be followed by one-year terms as president and past president, respectively.  

Shani Watkins, Region V Vice President
Ms. Watkins is the Director at West Sound Technical Skills Center in Bremerton, Washington. She will serve a three-year term beginning July 2021.  

Robert Torres, Agricultural Education Division Vice President
Dr. Torres is a Professor and Department Head at University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He will serve a three-year term beginning July 2021.

Holly Strand-Rysgaard, Health Science Education Division Vice President
Ms. Strand-Rysgaard is a Health Sciences Instructor at West Fargo Public Schools in West Fargo, North Dakota. She will serve a three-year term beginning July 2021.

Beth Parks, Region II Vice President-elect
Ms. Parks is the Director of CTAE at Oconee County Schools in Watkinsville, Georgia. She will serve a three-year term beginning July 2022.

Brandon Russell, Region III Vice President-elect
Mr. Russell is the Director of Career, Technical and Adult Education at Columbia Public Schools in Columbia, Missouri.  He will serve a three-year term beginning July 2022.

Susan Leon, New and Related Services Division Vice President-elect
Ms. Leon is an Instructional Specialist at West-MEC in Glendale, Arizona. She will serve a three-year term beginning July 2022.

Additionally, the vice president-elects whose election occurred last year will join the Board as vice president in July 2021. Eric Ripley will assume the position of Administration Division Vice President and Gibby Gibbons will assume the position of Counseling and Career Development Division Vice President.  The Board of Directors appointed Kristina Ropos to begin her term as Postsecondary, Adult and Career Education Division Vice president early in July 2020 due to a vacancy in the position; her term for this position is will conclude June 30, 2024.

ACTE congratulates the winners, and thanks all of the candidates for their willingness to serve and their hard work, dedication, and commitment to the Association. ACTE also thanks all of its members who had their voices heard by voting in the election.

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About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.