Iowa Association for Career and Technical Education Unifies with National ACTE

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July 1, 2022 

Contact: Jori Houck — jhouck@acteonline.org (ACTE)

  

Iowa Association for Career and Technical Education Unifies with National ACTE

  

Alexandria, VA — The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is pleased to announce that the Iowa Association for Career and Technical Education (Iowa ACTE) has formally unified with the national Association. Spearheaded by the leadership of Iowa ACTE President Greg Krawiec, the Iowa ACTE Board of Directors and Iowa ACTE Executive Director Sandy Miller, the state association is now officially unified with the national body. Benefiting from this move is both career and technical education (CTE) professionals in Iowa and ACTE’s national membership at large.

Following the unification, Iowa ACTE members can now simultaneously join both their state and national professional membership associations. Additionally, Iowa ACTE and its members have access to the national association’s extensive professional development resources, federal public policy advocacy and leadership opportunities. Iowa ACTE will also benefit from a variety of organizational resources and association management services, ranging from online membership processing to electronic communications tools. From ACTE’s perspective, the unification will improve the national Association’s connections with CTE stakeholders in Iowa, simultaneously providing Iowa ACTE members with greater input in ACTE’s federal policy advocacy.

“ACTE’s Board of Directors and I are excited to expand our connections in Iowa and work closely with our friends at Iowa ACTE and their members,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “Working together, ACTE, Iowa ACTE, and our partners in states all across the country can increase access to and students’ success in high-quality CTE programs. We are grateful to the Iowa ACTE Board of Directors and all who made this unification possible.”

“On behalf of Iowa ACTE members, we are excited to unify with ACTE,” Krawiec and Miller commented. “Aligning with the national association will open an array of benefits that will empower our state educators to grow professionally, become leaders within their areas of expertise, and be further positioned to create career success for each student we serve. During this time of importance for CTE, it is imperative for all levels of education along with public and private entities to partner and collaborate in a purposeful manner. This relationship allows Iowa to fully engage in this process.”

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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, Advance CTE Applaud Confirmation of Dr. Amy Loyd as OCTAE Assistant Secretary

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June 8, 2022
Contact: Jori Houck — jhouck@acteonline.org (ACTE)
Stacy Whitehouse — swhitehouse@careertech.org (Advance CTE)

ACTE, Advance CTE Applaud Confirmation of Dr. Amy Loyd as OCTAE Assistant Secretary

 

Alexandria, VA— Today, ACTE and Advance CTE released the following statement following the Senate confirmation 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). The statement can be attributed to LeAnn Wilson, Executive Director of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and Kimberly Green, Executive Director of Advance CTE: 

“As key legislation and funding negotiations with implications for Career Technical Education (CTE) and workforce development persist in Congress, it is crucial for leaders at the intersection of education and work to have a seat at the table. Dr. Loyd’s confirmation as OCTAE Assistant Secretary provides the field with an exceptional advocate for equitable access to high-quality CTE and an experienced leader with a deep understanding of not only the needs of local, regional and state CTE leaders, but also historically marginalized communities through her work at JFF and the Cook Inlet Tribal Council in Alaska. Her leadership at OCTAE will be instrumental in preparing our nation’s workforce to obtain and advance in high-skill, high-wage and in-demand careers. We congratulate Assistant Secretary Loyd on her confirmation, and look forward to working with her to ensure federal policy fully leverages CTE programs and career pathways as high-quality, equitable avenues for each learner to achieve success in the jobs of the future.”

 

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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 Announces the 2022 NextLevel Postsecondary CTE Leadership Fellows

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March 30, 2022

Contact: Jori Houck, jhouck@acteonline.org

ACTE Announces the 2022 NextLevel Postsecondary CTE Leadership Fellows

Alexandria, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced its fourth class of Fellows for its 2022 NextLevel Postsecondary CTE Leadership Program, sponsored by ECMC Foundation and powered by ACTE (formerly known as the Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – sponsored by ECMC Foundation). Seventeen fellows were selected for the 2022-2023 cohort. The NextLevel Fellowship provides professional and career growth opportunities to the next generation of leaders in postsecondary CTE programs through a nationally-recognized program that is engaging, individualized, and memorable.

The 2022-2023 cohort includes the following fellows. Individual press releases describing the fellows’ biographies can be accessed by clicking on their names below:

This is ACTE’s fourth cohort of postsecondary CTE professionals in leadership development activities. Through this program, fellows build their leadership abilities as they work alongside peer professionals and an experienced mentor in this year-long professional development experience. Fellows also elevate their interpersonal skills and capacity to communicate, collaborate, network, problem solve and use time and resources effectively. The core capstone project is to identify a professional objective to address in each fellows’ institution and carry it out to realize a lasting impact. This program is intended to develop the organizational leadership and management skills of postsecondary CTE professionals, with an emphasis on addressing the needs of underserved populations. The NextLevel Fellowship 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.

 

Joint Statement from ACTE, Advance CTE on Career and Technical Education in FY 2023 Presidential Budget Proposal

Alexandria, VA—Today, President Biden unveiled his Administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 budget request, which proposes a decrease of $25 million in foundational support for career and technical education (CTE) programs provided by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act’s (Perkins V) Basic State Grant program. While we understand that the circumstances surrounding the publication of this budget were less than ideal and occurred before the final Congressional passage of FY 2022 appropriations, even simply maintaining existing levels of funding for this program will shortchange learners across the country and reduce access to high-quality CTE programming.

We appreciate and share the Administration’s interest in promoting innovative CTE programs. However, the suggested $200 million in new funding for the creation of a competitive grant program as part of the Perkins National Activities account will only benefit a small subset of communities throughout the nation, leaving other communities without the resources necessary to meet the needs of learners and employers. For instance, the U.S. Department of Education’s budget materials note that only 32 grants would be funded as part of this $200 million initiative. Distributing finite resources for CTE in this manner, which requires substantial grant application writing capacity, will only exacerbate longstanding inequities, rather than addressing them head-on.

Moreover, many of the activities envisioned as part of this proposal are already allowable uses of funds for Perkins V’s Basic State Grant program which is intended to improve the quality of all CTE programs and systems. At a time when skilled talent is needed more than ever before, the FY 2023 budget and appropriations process serves as a crucial opportunity to fully invest in our nation’s CTE capacity rather than providing inequitable support through the creation of a new competitive grant program.

As we continue to navigate economic and workforce challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we need high-quality CTE programs in every community in the nation. The basic state grant is the investment that provides a baseline of funding for high-quality secondary, postsecondary and adult CTE programs across the country. Without adequate levels of funding, the systemic ability of CTE to equitably meet the needs of learners around the country is diminished. Underinvesting in CTE, as proposed here, will not keep pace with growing instructional costs or the complex demands of the labor market.

ACTE and Advance CTE look forward to working with partners in Congress to secure an increase in Perkins funding that is more reflective of the needs of the CTE community and ensures that CTE can continue to serve as a critical part of our economic recovery and meet urgent workforce needs. Significant new funding is needed to help remedy the historic underinvestment in CTE and ensure each learner has equitable 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.

CTE Month 2022 Closes with House Resolution

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March 1, 2022 

Contact: Jori Houck – jhouck@acteonline.org

 

CTE Month 2022 Closes with House Resolution 

 

Washington, DC— CTE Month 2022 concluded yesterday with a total of 63 Members of Congress cosponsoring the CTE Month 2022 resolution in the House, capping off a successful CTE Month. The resolution was introduced by several members of the House CTE Caucus, including co-chairmen Reps. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA), in addition to Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), John Carter (R-TX), Troy Balderson (R-OH), Donald Norcross (D-NJ) and Adrian Smith (R-NE). Senate CTE Caucus co-chairs also introduced a companion resolution, which passed the Senate on February 9 with a record 67 cosponsors. The resolutions each highlighted the impact of career and technical education (CTE) programs on learners at all levels, as well as the role of CTE in supporting industries seeking to fill positions in high-demand, high-skill, and high-wage jobs and career fields.

 

“Career and technical education prepares Americans of all ages for good-paying careers in fast-growing sectors of the 21st century economy,” said Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI). “As CTE Month comes to an end, I’m looking forward to spending the rest of my final term in Congress working to expand access to the programs that boost our economy and help hardworking Americans get ahead.”

 

“Career and technical education (CTE) has established itself as a successful career pathway for learners of all ages. Skills-based education allows individuals to gain the tools necessary to earn family-sustaining wages,” said Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA). “As CTE Month ends, we must continue to encourage CTE as an effective workforce strategy. I look forward to supporting policies that close our country’s skills gap and keeps our national economy thriving.”

 

“I’m proud to cosponsor the CTE Month resolution because career and technical education are at the heart of building a skilled American workforce for the economy of the future,” said Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL). CTE has been one of my top legislative focuses since I entered Congress, and I was proud to serve as the lead Democratic sponsor of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act which reformed our federal skills education programs for the first time in over a decade. Supporting and expanding skills-based education is one of the best paths to preparing our students and workers for middle-class, family-sustaining careers while strengthening our entire economy.”

 

“Career and technical education programs are invaluable not only to our students, but to the American economy as a whole. They provide students a pathway to success without having to take on the debt of a 4-year degree and with the skills needed to perform critical trade jobs,” said Rep. John Carter (R-TX). “I am proud to join this resolution honoring National CTE Month and am excited to see what we can accomplish with the future of CTE.”

 

“Career Tech Education Centers play the leading role in equipping our workforce to meet the challenges of Ohio’s modern economy,” said Rep. Troy Balderson (R-OH). “CTE Month is a unique opportunity for us to celebrate the work our CTE educators do each and every day to prepare the next generation for success in their careers and in life.”

 

“As a proud product of technical training and an electrician by trade, I couldn’t be happier to celebrate the career and technical programs that are equipping current students with the skills they need to pursue careers in skilled vocations,” said Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ). “Different people need different educational paths. I didn’t go the traditional route. I pursued a registered apprenticeship, learned hands-on, and had a fulfilling career. Students enrolled in technical schools are fortunate to have these career-ready skills when they graduate.”

 

“Career and technical education programs are vital to ensuring America is prepared to meet future challenges,” said Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE). As a former educator, I have long supported CTE to maximize opportunity, help meet workforce demand, and bring discouraged job seekers in from the sidelines of our economy. While a conventional college education is an important path for many, CTE can provide a more direct and cost-effective path to good-paying, high-demand jobs. Recognizing Career and Technical Education Month is an important way to ensure Americans understand the breadth of economic opportunity available across our country.”

 

ACTE conducted a wide variety of activities to mark CTE Month. This February:

 

 

  • ACTE released a new “What is CTE?” infographic to help CTE supporters inform about and advocate for CTE. This resource provides an overview of CTE and highlights the benefits that CTE can provide for students, businesses and communities.

 

  • ACTE and Advance CTE hosted a virtual student panel on February 15 to highlight the value of CTE and hear directly from student representatives of career and technical education student organizations (CTSOs) about the impact CTE has made on their personal and professional goals, career paths and interests. Congressional CTE Caucus co-chairs Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) offered remarks at the event. You can view a recording of the panel and read our recap of the event on the CTE Policy Watch blog.

 

  • CTE stakeholders spanning CTSO student leaders, industry and business partners collaborated to produce a video highlighting CTE from a wide variety of perspectives, shining a spotlight on the need for robust investments in CTE to support learners and the future of CTE.

 

“ACTE would like to thank our Congressional CTE Caucus members for their continued support of CTE and CTE Month, as well as all who have made this month a fantastic celebration of everything that CTE has to offer,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “Throughout CTE Month, we have been reminded of the excellence that CTE inspires in learners, educators and CTE advocates across the country. We look forward to building upon the successes of CTE Month 2022 to continue supporting learners of all ages in obtaining the skills they need to enter and build careers in high-wage, in-demand career fields.”

 

The list of resolution cosponsors, the text of both resolutions and a link to the CTE Month 2022 video are also available below:

 

House of Representatives

 

Cosponsors:

 

– Rep. Allen, Rick W. [R-GA-12]

– Rep. Axne, Cynthia [D-IA-3]

– Rep. Bice, Stephanie I. [R-OK-5]

– Rep. Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [D-GA-2]

– Rep. Bourdeaux, Carolyn [D-GA-7]

– Rep. Brown, Shontel M. [D-OH-11]

– Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26]

– Rep. Carter, John R. [R-TX-31]

– Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1]

– Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]

– Rep. Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2]

– Rep. Craig, Angie [D-MN-2]

– Rep. Crow, Jason [D-CO-6]

– Rep. Davids, Sharice [D-KS-3]

– Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7]

– Rep. Doyle, Michael F. [D-PA-18]

– Rep. Emmer, Tom [R-MN-6]

– Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-1]

– Rep. Franklin, C. Scott [R-FL-15]

– Rep. Garamendi, John [D-CA-3]

– Rep. Graves, Sam [R-MO-6]

– Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6]

– Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2]

– Rep. Hagedorn, Jim [R-MN-1]

– Rep. Kelly, Mike [R-PA-16]

– Rep. Kelly, Trent [R-MS-1]

– Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6]

– Rep. Krishnamoorthi, Raja [D-IL-8]

– Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2]

– Rep. Lee, Susie [D-NV-3]

– Rep. Lesko, Debbie [R-AZ-8]

– Rep. Letlow, Julia [R-LA-5]

– Rep. Mann, Tracey [R-KS-1]

– Rep. McBath, Lucy [D-GA-6]

– Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4]

– Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1]

– Rep. Meijer, Peter [R-MI-3]

– Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4]

– Rep. Morelle, Joseph D. [D-NY-25]

– Rep. Mrvan, Frank J. [D-IN-1]

– Rep. Neguse, Joe [D-CO-2]

– Rep. Newhouse, Dan [R-WA-4]

– Rep. Norman, Ralph [R-SC-5]

– Rep. O’Halleran, Tom [D-AZ-1]

– Rep. Owens, Burgess [R-UT-4]

– Rep. Reschenthaler, Guy [R-PA-14]

– Rep. Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D-CA-40]

– Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1]

– Rep. Schrader, Kurt [D-OR-5]

– Rep. Sewell, Terri A. [D-AL-7]

– Rep. Smith, Adam [D-WA-9]

– Rep. Smith, Adrian [R-NE-3]

– Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9]

– Rep. Stauber, Pete [R-MN-8]

– Rep. Steil, Bryan [R-WI-1]

– Rep. Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-15]

– Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1]

– Rep. Tonko, Paul [D-NY-20]

– Rep. Trone, David J. [D-MD-6]

– Rep. Veasey, Marc A. [D-TX-33]

– Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3]

 

Senate

 

Cosponsors:

 

Sen. Young, Todd [R-IN]

Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH]

Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI]

Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY]

Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO]

Sen. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN]

Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]

Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]

Sen. Boozman, John [R-AR]

Sen. Braun, Mike [R-IN]

Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH]

Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA]

Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV]

Sen. Carper, Thomas R. [D-DE]

Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA]

Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE]

Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX]

Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV]

Sen. Cramer, Kevin [R-ND]

Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID]

Sen. Daines, Steve [R-MT]

Sen. Duckworth, Tammy [D-IL]

Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL]

Sen. Ernst, Joni [R-IA]

Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA]

Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE]

Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA]

Sen. Hagerty, Bill [R-TN]

Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH]

Sen. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM]

Sen. Hickenlooper, John W. [D-CO]

Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI]

Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND]

Sen. Hyde-Smith, Cindy [R-MS]

Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK]

Sen. Kelly, Mark [D-AZ]

Sen. King, Angus S., Jr. [I-ME]

Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]

Sen. Lankford, James [R-OK]

Sen. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM]

Sen. Lummis, Cynthia M. [R-WY]

Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV]

Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR]

Sen. Murphy, Christopher [D-CT]

Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA]

Sen. Padilla, Alex [D-CA]

Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI]

Sen. Risch, James E. [R-ID]

Sen. Romney, Mitt [R-UT]

Sen. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV]

Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD]

Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL]

Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT]

Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC]

Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH]

Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN]

Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI]

Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT]

Sen. Thune, John [R-SD]

Sen. Tillis, Thomas [R-NC]

Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD]

Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA]

Sen. Warnock, Raphael G. [D-GA]

Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI]

Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS]

Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR]

 

CTE Month Video

 

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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.

Congressional CTE Caucus Co-Chairs Lead Resolutions Celebrating CTE Month

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February 9, 2022 

Contact: Jori Houck – jhouck@acteonline.org  

   

Congressional CTE Caucus Co-Chairs Lead Resolutions Celebrating CTE Month 

   

Washington, DC—Today, Congressional CTE Caucus co-chairs Reps. Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA), along with Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Todd Young (R-IN), introduced resolutions to celebrate February 2022 as CTE Month in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Senate. The resolutions highlight the impact of career and technical education (CTE) programs on learners at all levels, as well as the role of CTE in supporting industries seeking to fill positions in high-demand, high-skill, and high-wage jobs and career fields. 

 

Over 11,000,000 students are enrolled in CTE programs across the country at the secondary and postsecondary levels, with CTE programs in thousands of CTE centers, comprehensive high schools, career academies, CTE high schools and nearly 1,000 2-year colleges. 

 

In an economy undergoing rapid changes, CTE at the secondary and postsecondary levels keeps pace with the needs of key industries, such as healthcare, manufacturing, STEM and many other career fields that are vital in keeping the United States competitive in the global economy. During the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment trends have shown that upskilling and reskilling needs have greatly increased – it is estimated that at least 15,000,000 new workers will be needed to support U.S. infrastructure in the next decade. CTE programs prepare students for careers in in-demand fields and provide an affordable pathway to both a good-paying career and financial independence.  

 

“I am thrilled to celebrate another CTE Month with my colleagues in the CTE Caucus,” said Rep. Jim Langevin. “With employers across the country struggling to fill open positions, it is more important than ever to support CTE programs that prepare students with the necessary skills and certifications to meet the growing demand for high-skilled talent. A bachelor’s degree is not the only path to a meaningful, stable, high-paying career, and I’m proud of the work that we do to expand job training, apprenticeships, and CTE programs to Americans everywhere, of all ages.” 

 

“Career and technical education (CTE) provides learners of all ages with career-ready skills that promote America’s continued economic growth,” Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson said. “CTE month recognizes the power of a skills-based education, which restores rungs on the ladder of opportunity for many individuals and gives them the tools they need to succeed. I’m proud to lead this bipartisan effort with Rep. Langevin and will continue to work hard to close our nation’s skills gap.” 

 

“I’m proud to introduce this resolution recognizing the importance of career and technical education with my CTE Caucus co-chairs,” said Senator Kaine. “I remain committed to investing in career and technical training programs to equip all students with the skills needed for successful careers.” 

 

“Supporting workforce training opportunities for Hoosiers is vital to our state’s economic prosperity and future,” said Senator Young. “Indiana’s workforce needs the right skills and training for the jobs of tomorrow. By investing in our people, we help provide a pathway to a meaningful career and a chance to live the American Dream.” 

 

“I’m proud to join this bipartisan effort to highlight the importance of career and technical education.  The only way we can meet workforce readiness challenges effectively is if we have strong public-private partnerships that are supported by a Congress working across party lines. We are showing that commitment with this Senate Resolution,” said Senator Baldwin. “We know that CTE is one of the most effective vehicles for responding to labor market changes and the workforce readiness needs of businesses. Now, we need to do more to support CTE students so that they are better equipped for the high-skilled jobs of today and tomorrow.” 

 

“Advance CTE celebrates, alongside bipartisan Congressional leadership, the educators and leaders who are committed to ensuring every learner has access to and feels welcome in CTE programs that prepare them for opportunities in today’s complex labor market,” stated Kimberly Green, Executive Director of Advance CTE. “Our nation’s economic competitiveness and infrastructure rely on a diverse and robust talent pool and pipeline. CTE provides flexible, responsive pathways for millions of today’s learners to become tomorrow’s front-line workers.” 

 

“ACTE applauds the leadership of Representatives Langevin and Thompson, and their colleagues in the Senate – Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Todd Young (R-IN) – in raising awareness about the many benefits associated with high-quality CTE programs,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “As workers look to obtain the skills they need to enter in-demand career fields, these resolutions act as a critical reminder of the role CTE can play in strengthening our nation’s economy and providing a pathway to a family-sustaining career.” 

 

ACTE and Advance CTE will host a virtual student panel on Tuesday, February 15 from 11:30am – 12:30pm ET to highlight the value of CTE and hear directly from student representatives of career and technical education student organizations (CTSOs) about the impact CTE has made on their personal and professional goals, career paths and interests. CTE Caucus co-chairs Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) will be offering remarks. You can register to attend HERE. 

  

The resolutions are available at the links below: 

House of Representatives 

Senate 

 

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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 and Advance CTE Release Ninth Annual Report Examining State CTE Policies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2022 

Contact: Jori Houck
jhouck@acteonline.org 

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

Alexandria, VA – In 2021, career and technical education (CTE) continued to adapt to challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic while delivering high-quality programming nationwide across all learner levels. CTE also remained at the forefront of state CTE policy, with 41 states enacting or passing 138 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 ninth annual report, State Policies Impacting CTE: 2021 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. In the second year of the pandemic, states moved past the temporary emergency actions deployed in 2020 to make strategic education and workforce investments in response to ongoing stressors impacting schools, colleges and the labor market. As a result, this past year saw a return to a more typical volume of CTE-related state policy actions. In 2021, state policy most frequently addressed funding, access and equity, and data, reporting and/or accountability. 

This year, some states chose to dedicate American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA); Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act; Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) and other state fiscal recovery funding to investments in job training programs, learner re-engagement strategies and institutional support for CTE providers. With unprecedented investments from federal stimulus funding, states were able to lessen the impact that the coronavirus had on CTE and education in their state more broadly. 

“CTE programs continue to adapt to the needs of learners and the changing economy, but quality and equity have remained top of mind for CTE policies enacted this year,” said LeAnn Wilson, ACTE Executive Director. “These CTE-related policies will be critical to providing career exploration opportunities and preparing learners to fill in-demand, high-skill and high-wage occupations, and they are instrumental to getting the economy and workforce back on track. As we continue to navigate challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, high-quality CTE programs are more important and needed now more than ever.” 

Advance CTE and ACTE will hold an accompanying webinar with selected state leaders to review key findings from the report on Tuesday, February 15 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET. You can register for the webinar here. 

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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 Announces Board of Directors 2022 Election Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2022
Media ContactJori Houck
jhouck@acteonline.org, 703-683-9303

 

ACTE Announces Board of Directors 2022 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:

 

Chaney Mosley, President-Elect
Mr. Mosley is an Assistant Professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. His one-year term will begin in July 2022 and will be followed by one-year terms as president and past president, respectively.  

Michael Culwell, Region IV Vice President-Elect
Mr. Culwell is the Campus Director at Kiamichi Tech-Poteau in Poteau, Oklahoma. He will serve a three-year term beginning July 2023.  

*Sean Crevier, Business Education Division Vice President
Appointed by the Board of Directors Mr. Crevier is Teacher at Vernon Hills High School in Vernon Hills, Illinois. He will serve a three-year term beginning July 2022.  

*Katy Blatnick-Gagne, Family Consumer Sciences Division Vice President
Appointed by the Board of Directors Ms. Blatnick-Gagne is an Education Consultant at the Iowa Department of Education in Des Moines, Iowa. 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 2022. Susan Leon will assume the position of New & Related Services Division Vice President, Brandon Russel will assume the position of Region III Vice President, and Beth Parks will assume the position of RII Vice President.

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.

 

ACTE Endorses Military Spouse Licensing Relief Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

December 7, 2021 

Contact: Jori Houck – jhouck@acteonline.org 

  

ACTE Endorses Military Spouse Licensing Relief Act 

  

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) endorsed the Military Spouse Licensing Relief Act, bipartisan legislation that would provide military spouses with professional license reciprocity in the state where their spouse is serving on military orders. This legislation was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Reps. Mike Garcia (R-CA) and Salud Carbajal (D-CA) introduced companion legislation in the House. The Military Spouse Licensing Relief Act passed the House of Representatives on September 23, 2021, clearing the way for its inclusion as an amendment in the final version of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 

 

The bill will allow military spouses to retain employment in their fields and advance their careers while providing relief for the often-expensive and onerous process of acquiring a new professional license every time a military spouse is required to move on order of the military. Additionally, this legislation would help keep highly skilled workers employed in many in-demand career fields, such as education, nursing and medicine, improving job security and providing stability for military families and alleviating workforce shortages.  

 

“This is a great opportunity to support our military families, who already sacrifice immensely to serve our country, and help ensure that military spouses can secure the reciprocity they need to continue their careers uninterrupted and support their families,” said LeAnn Wilson, ACTE Executive Director. “Highly qualified professionals – including teachers and instructors – will be able to continue serving in high-demand career fields, helping to alleviate critical workforce shortages and continue training the next generation of workers. In addition, supporting career and technical education (CTE) teachers through this bill will help ensure that students will continue to receive access to high-quality CTE programs and instruction in schools located near military installations. We look forward to its enactment, and we are thankful for the leadership of the Members of Congress that have championed this bill.” 

  

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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 University of Minnesota Educator as 2022 National Winner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 1, 2021

Contact: Megan Kmiotek

Mkmiotek@acteonline.org

 

ACTE Announces University of Minnesota Educator as the 2022 National Winner

 

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Brad Greiman, Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minnesota, as the 2022 ACTE Teacher Educator of the Year. This award recognizes teacher educators who have demonstrated innovation in teacher education, leadership in improving CTE, and commitment to preparing teachers to deliver high quality CTE programs.

 

The foundation of Brad Greiman’s 42-year career as an agricultural educator is built on career and technical education principles. He taught 21 years as a high school agricultural education teacher at Algona, Iowa. His community-based program earned recognition as Outstanding Agricultural Education Program in Iowa, Governor’s Council Award for Best Use of Advisory Committees in Agricultural Education, and the top FFA Chapter in Iowa.

 

Next, Greiman pursued his goal of becoming a teacher educator and earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural Education from the University of Missouri in 2002. Since then, he has been faculty at two universities: Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education in the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development at Louisiana State University (1 year), and the last 17 years at the University of Minnesota (UM) as Associate Professor of Agricultural Education where he has served in several leadership roles: Lead/Co-lead for the Agricultural Education Teacher Licensure Program (16 years), Director of the Minnesota Teacher Induction Program (TIP) for New Agricultural Educators (13 years), Undergraduate Major Coordinator (10 years), and Academic Program Leader for the Agricultural Education, Communication & Marketing (AECM) Program (6 years).

 

Greiman was one of five finalists for the 2022 national title. The national winner was announced at the ACTE Virtual Awards Gala, recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event took place on November 30, prior to the start of ACTE’s CareerTech Hybrid VISION 2021. The Virtual Awards Gala was sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, CareerSafe, Goodheart-Willcox, and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our 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.