ACTE Announces 2020 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program Fellows

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2020

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
703-683-9312, jnagurka@acteonline.org

ACTE Announces 2020 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program Fellows

Alexandria, VA—Today the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced its second class of fellows for its 2020 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – sponsored by ECMC Foundation (PLSP-ECMCF). The program’s review committee selected 20 participants for the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 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 second 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 Statement on President’s FY 2021 Budget Request

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2020

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
703-683-9312, jnagurka@acteonline.org

ACTE Statement on President’s FY 2021 Budget Request

Alexandria, VA —The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) released the following statements in light of President Trump’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget, which included, among other things, nearly $900 million in additional funding directed to career and technical education (CTE). This is composed of a roughly $680 million increase for Perkins Basic State Grants, $83 million increase for Perkins National Programs (with a focus on competitive grants for innovation and modernization of programs), and over $100 million in additional funds that could be generated for Perkins through changes to the H-1B visa program. However, overall, the budget request includes decreases of 7.8% and 10.5% to the Departments of Education and Labor over FY 2020.

“We are excited that CTE is receiving the long-overdue recognition it deserves for its role in growing America’s 21st century economy,” said LeAnn Wilson, ACTE’s Executive Director. “This significant increase will provide much-needed resources to strengthen high-quality CTE programs in every corner of the country, and is a substantial step forward in the national double the investment campaign for CTE. As the skills gap widens and careers require more technical skills now than ever, it is crucial that today’s learners have access to programs that will prepare them for the workforce. This strong investment in CTE programs at high schools and community and technical colleges will do just that.”

Wilson continued, “At the same time, the nation’s education and workforce system functions best when its varied programs and resources are leveraged together. We are concerned to see significant cuts overall to the Departments of Education and Labor in the President’s budget proposal. Substantially cutting or eliminating other programs outside of Perkins impacts schools’ and postsecondary institutions’ abilities to deliver high-quality CTE to students. For instance, programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Higher Education Act all help support CTE programs, teachers and students through activities such as student financial aid, teacher professional development, and both academic and employability-related supports. We strongly encourage Congress to reject these harmful proposals, while embracing the historic investment that the President has rightly made in Perkins.”

ACTE President Nancy Trivette stated, “This recorded-breaking proposal to invest in CTE is strongly grounded in data, public support and common sense. For far too long high-quality CTE programs have been forced to do more with less. This budget reverses the trend of underinvestment in CTE, recognizes the benefit of these programs to the American economy, and would allow even more students to gain the skills they need to be successful in careers of the 21st century. However, it is also important to note the vital role that other federal education and workforce-related programs play in supporting students’ skill development, and to stress that while this budget would smartly scale investments in CTE, it shouldn’t detract from important progress made in other areas.”

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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.

CTE Month Site Visit at T.C. Williams High School

MEDIA ADVISORY
For Immediate Release
February 6, 2020

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
703-683-9312, jnagurka@acteonline.org

CTE Month Site Visit at T.C. Williams High School
The visit to T.C. Williams High School 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 at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, VA. This event will begin with an overview of the programs, followed by a panel with CTE students and a tour of several classrooms. The visit coincides with CTE Month. A detailed agenda and overview is enclosed below and attached to this email.

Where: 3330 King St., Alexandria, VA 22302

When: Thursday, February 20th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(Event is open press, but RSVPs are required) 

Who: ACTE, other education-related organizational staff, educators, students and school officials. Notably, ACTE’s Teacher of the Year is an educator at T.C. Williams High School and will participate in the tour.

RSVP: RSVPs are required. To RSVP or for more information, contact Jarrod Nagurka at jnagurka@acteonline.org or at (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.

 

Schedule

10:00-10:05: Welcome
Carmen Sanders, Campus Administrator, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS)

10:05-10:10: ACTE Greeting
LeAnn Wilson, Executive Director, ACTE

10:10-10:30: Overview of School/District and CTE Programs
Dr. Tricia Jacobs, CTE Coordinator, ACPS
Dr. Gerald R. Mann, Jr., Executive Director of Secondary Instruction, ACPS

10:30-11:00: CTE Panel
Current CTE Students and Educator

11:00-12:00: Tour of Programs
Program tour includes:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Teachers for Tomorrow
  • Introduction to Health and Medical Sciences
  • Technical Drawing and Design
  • Television & Media Production
  • Academy of Finance: Economics and Personal Finance

ACTE, Advance CTE and Education Commission of the States Release Seventh Annual Report Examining State CTE Policies

Press contacts:
Katie Fitzgerald, Advance CTE
kfitzgerald@careertech.org

Jarrod Nagurka, ACTE
jnagurka@acteonline.org

Mandy Zatynski, Education Commission of the States
mzatynski@ecs.org 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2020

ACTE, Advance CTE and Education Commission of the States Release Seventh Annual Report Examining State CTE Policies

Alexandria, VA – States made career and technical education (CTE) a priority in 2019 with at least 45 states and Palau enacting at least 208 policy actions related to CTE and career readiness, an increase of four states and more than 60 policies compared to 2018. Today, Advance CTE, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), and a new partner in this annual report, Education Commission of the States, released their seventh annual report, State Policies Impacting CTE: 2019 Year in Review.

This report highlights major trends in CTE and career readiness policymaking, as well as provides a short summary of each policy enacted. Funding, industry partnerships/work-based learning and industry-recognized credentials took the top three policy categories this year, followed by policies addressing governance and access and equity.

“The roughly 200 CTE-related policies enacted in nearly every state highlight just how important CTE is to learners and the 21st century economy,” said LeAnn Wilson, ACTE’s Executive Director. “From priorities like funding, credentialing, work-based learning, access and equity, and more, this year’s report shines the light on ways in which states are acting to grow and strengthen CTE programs. As every state confronts the skills gap in a myriad of industries, high-quality CTE programs are more important now than ever.”

“State leaders enacted a great number and array of  innovative and impactful policies this year, incentivizing work-based learning and credential attainment, expanding funding for CTE and providing scholarships to learners to gain access to a certificate or degree, as just a few examples,” said Kimberly Green, Executive Director of Advance CTE. “We are encouraged by the leadership of states to ensure each learner has access to a high-quality CTE program of study in their community.”

Education Commission of the States tracks hundreds of legislative bills each year through its State Education Policy Tracking resource, which helped inform the context and direction of this annual report. “Workforce development — encompassing CTE and other critical connections between education and the workforce — is top of mind for state leaders,” said Education Commission of the States President Jeremy Anderson. “We have seen it in bill tracking, among governors’ stated priorities, and in requests for information or assistance that we receive from the states.”

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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.

About Education Commission of the States
We believe in the power of learning from experience. Every day, we provide state education leaders with trusted information and opportunities for collaboration. We do this because we know that informed policymakers create better education policy. Learn more at ecs.org.

 

ACTE Announces Board of Directors 2020 Election Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2020

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
703-683-9312, jnagurka@acteonline.org

ACTE Announces Board of Directors 2020 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:

Brian Law, President-Elect
Mr. Law is a CTE Director/Counselor at Brooks County High School in Quitman, Georgia. His one-year term will begin in July 2020 and will be followed by one-year terms as president and past president, respectively.  

Richelle Krumsiek, Engineering and Technology Education Division Vice President
Ms. Krumsiek is an Instructor at Tulsa Tech in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She will serve a three-year term beginning July 2020.  

Eric Ripley, Administration Division Vice President-elect
Mr. Ripley is the Executive Director of CTE at Grand Forks Public Schools in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He will serve a three-year term beginning July 2021.

Teresa “Gibby” Gibbons, Counseling and Career Development Division Vice President-elect
Ms. Gibbons is a School Counselor at Roanoke County Public Schools in Roanoke, VA.  She will serve a three-year term beginning July 2021.

Kristina Ropos, Postsecondary, Adult and Career Education Division Vice President-elect
Ms. Ropos is a Learning and Development Manager at Illinois Tool Works in Troy, Ohio. She will serve a three-year term beginning July 2021.

Additionally, the vice president-elects whose election occurred last year will join the Board as vice president in July 2020. Ross White will assume the position of Region IV Vice President and Carrie Scheiderer will assume the Position of Region I Vice President.  Two candidates did not apply for the Trade and Industrial Education Division vice president position. Per ACTE Bylaws and the Board Policy and Procedure Manual, if there are not two candidates for a vice president position, the office shall be declared vacant by the board of directors. The respective policy committee reviewed the candidate to recommend for appointment. The ACTE board of directors voted to appoint Danny Camden as the Trade and industrial Education Division vice president. The term for this position is July 1, 2020–June 30, 2023.

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.

Rhode Island Association for Career and Technical Education Unifies, Affiliates with National ACTE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 9, 2019
 

Media Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
jnagurka@acteonline.org; 703-683-9312

Rhode Island Association for Career and Technical Education Unifies, Affiliates with National ACTE

Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is pleased to announce that the Rhode Island Association for Career and Technical Education (RI ACTE) has decided to formally affiliate and unify with the national association. Spearheaded by Lynne Bedard and Joshua Klemp, the state-based association is now officially affiliated and unified with the national body. The move will benefit career and technical education (CTE) professionals and students throughout the state.

As a result of the unification, RI ACTE members will now enjoy concurrent membership in their state and national professional membership associations. Through this new relationship, RI ACTE has secured access for its members to ACTE’s robust professional development resources, federal public policy advocacy and leadership opportunities. RI ACTE will now benefit as an organization from a variety of association management services, including online membership processing and use of new electronic communications tools. The partnership will strengthen ACTE’s ability to connect with CTE stakeholders in Rhode Island, and give RI ACTE members a louder voice in national policy discussions.

“ACTE’s Board of Directors and I are excited to expand our partnership with RI ACTE and the CTE professionals in the state,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “By working closely with RI ACTE, we’ll be able to better grow, expand and advocate for high-quality CTE in both Rhode Island and the nation.”

“RI ACTE is thrilled to have successfully completed the process to become recognized as a unified state association,” said Lynne Bedard, treasurer of RI ACTE. “This is an exciting time for CTE and we look forward to collaborating with such a prominent and supportive organization!”

“RI ACTE is excited for the opportunity to expand our professional partnership with ACTE,” said RI ACTE president Gerald Auth. “We value the resources provided to the members and look forward to expanding our membership. There is nothing better than high quality career and technical education for students in high school. Providing our members with the appropriate resources to prepare the next generation is essential for our Rhode Island 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 2020 National Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2019

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
jnagurka@acteonline.org, 703-683-9312

ACTE Announces 2020 National Award Winners

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced its 2020 national award winners in eight different award categories. Winners were announced for the Teacher of the Year, Postsecondary Teacher of the Year, Teacher Educator of the Year, Administrator of the Year, New Teacher of the Year, Career Guidance, Lifetime Achievement and Carl Perkins Community Service Awards. ACTE named its national finalists earlier this year.

The national winners were announced at the ACTE Awards Gala, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event took place on Wednesday evening, December 4, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2019 in Anaheim, California. The Awards Gala was sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, CareerSafe, Goodheart-Willcox, eDynamic Learning and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.

Teacher of the Year Award
Kimberly Wilson—Alexandria, VA

Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award
Jan Held Woodworth—Oswego, NY

Administrator of the Year Award
Laura Arnold—Bardstown, KY

New Teacher of the Year Award
Beth Brumley—Tuscumbia, AL

Teacher Educator of the Year
Chris Merrill—Normal, IL

Career Guidance Award
Candace McGowan—Grapevine, TX

Lifetime Achievement Award
Thomas Applegate—Westerville, OH

Carl Perkins Community Service Award
Jessica Daberkow—Sherburn, MN

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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 Participants in Third LEAD Program Class

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2019

Media Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
jnagurka@acteonline.org; 703-683-9312

ACTE Announces Participants in Third LEAD Program Class

Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has announced the selection of six CTE professionals from across the country to participate in the third-ever class of ACTE’s Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) program. The program is for new CTE professionals with 2-5 years of experience. Participants will meet twice throughout the one-year program for workshops, leadership training, and more.

The third class of ACTE LEAD participants is composed of:

  • David Ofori—Region I—Collegeville, PA
  • Jessica Howard—Region III—Lone Tree, IA
  • Rachel Snider—Region IV—Enid, OK
  • Douglas Hansen—Region V—Sahuarita, AZ
  • Sahvanna Mease—Region V—Colorado Springs, CO
  • Dianne Smethers—Region V—Overland Park, KS

Dr. Joy Morgan, an instructor at NC State University, will serve as the Leadership Consultant for the program, providing expert leadership development training for the participants. The purpose of the program is to develop leadership skills in ACTE’s up-and-coming leaders so they can continue to thrive as educators and leaders in their professional contexts as well as within ACTE. Participants are required to complete the full day pre-conference sessions, one prior to VISION 2019 and a second prior to NPS 2020.  Applicants were required to complete an application detailing their leadership experience as well as their hopes for leadership growth in the future.

For more on ACTE LEAD, visit the webpage.

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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 2020 Fellowship Program Participants Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2019

Media Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
jnagurka@acteonline.org; 703-683-9312

ACTE 2020 Fellowship Program Participants Announced

Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has announced the selection of 24 participants for its National Leadership Fellowship Program, which provides educators with an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and involvement in professional organizations. The program identifies, trains, and motivates a cadre of leaders who will continue to advance efforts which support an educated, prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce.

The Fellowship Program is a one-year commitment from January 1 through December 31, 2020. Each of ACTE’s five regions and the majority of Divisions are represented in the program. In addition to more experienced educators, this year’s fellowship class again includes a cohort of new professionals, geared towards those with 2-5 years of CTE experience. The 2020 class of fellows is listed below, with an asterisk (*) denoting the cohort of new professionals.

  • Michael Grubbs*—Region I—Towson, MD
  • Kyla Korytoski—Region I—West Springfield, MA
  • Ann Rush—Region I Experienced—Fairfield Township, OH
  • Lisa Martino—Region II—Orlando, FL
  • Brian Welch*—Region II—Madisonville, KY
  • Sarah Shanley*—Region III—White Bear Lake, MN
  • Joseph Sieczkowski—Region III Experienced—Palos Hills, IL
  • Laura VanWaardhuizen—Region III—Ames, IA
  • Brent Casey—Region IV—Choctaw, OK
  • Kristal Sack*—Region IV—Tulsa, OK
  • Ashley Treat*—Region IV—Dallas, TX
  • Kaiya Burgess*—Region V—Eatonville, WA
  • Charles Pearl*—Region V—Aurora, CO
  • Joni Simpson—Region V—Fairbanks, AK
  • Martin Hanley—Administration Division—Eolia, MO
  • Julie Pack—Administration Division—Durham, NC
  • Jerrod Lundry—Agricultural Education Division—Enid, OK
  • Ulla Carr—Business Education Division—Knoxville, TN
  • Fran Bromley—Norwood- Engineering & Technology Education Division—Las Vegas, NV
  • Heather Ballou—Guidance & Career Development Education Division—Lawton, OK
  • Maggie Cox—Health Science Education Division—Las Vegas, NV
  • Amber Gallup Rodriguez—Postsecondary, Adult & Career Education Division—Santa Fe, NM
  • Dana King—Trade & Industrial Education Division—Normal, IL
  • Denise Ojeda—Trade & Industrial Education Division—Albuquerque, NM
  • Mark Wilson—OK PACE—Drumright, OK

The fellows are required to complete several activities throughout the year, including conducting an in-person visit with a local, state and federal legislator, writing blog posts, attending at least two required events and submitting a final summary of their accomplishments to ACTE’s Board of Directors.

Cindy Stover will serve as the Fellowship Coordinator through 2021.  She currently serves as the executive director of Illinois ACTE, and previously served as the ACTE Region III Vice President. She has extensive CTE experience, including leading different CTE centers.

For more information regarding the application and requirements, please visit the ACTE Fellowship Program page.

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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 2020 National Award Finalists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Updated October 10, 2019

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
jnagurka@acteonline.org, 703-683-9312

ACTE Announces 2020 National Award Finalists

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced its 2020 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, Career Guidance, Lifetime Achievement and Carl Perkins Community Service Awards.

The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Gala, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, December 4, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2019 in Anaheim, CA. The Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox, CareerSafe, and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.

Teacher of the Year Award

Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award

Administrator of the Year Award

New Teacher of the Year Award

Teacher Educator of the Year Award

Career Guidance Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

Carl Perkins Community Service Award

Note: National finalists from Region II will be announced after the Region II conference on October 4-5.

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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.