Press Releases and Statements :2015


Dec. 17, 2015

ACTE Voices Support for the TEACH Act

ACTE today announced its endorsement of the Technical Education and Career Help (TEACH) Act, a bill to promote recruitment and training for new CTE educators and address the challenges posed by teacher shortages.

Dec. 15, 2015

Candidates Selected for ACTE National Leadership Fellowship Program’s 2016 Class

ACTE today announced the selection of nine participants for its National Leadership Fellowship Program, which provides educators with an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and involvement in professional organizations.

Dec. 10, 2015

National CTE Associations Applaud Passage of Every Student Succeeds Act

ACTE and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium today applauded Congress and President Obama on the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, a law reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that includes CTE as a core component of a well-rounded education.

Dec. 1, 2015

ACTE Endorses Every Student Succeeds Act

ACTE has announced its support for the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Read Executive Director LeAnn Wilson's statement on the legislation here!

Nov. 24, 2015

New Orleans Hosts 4,000+ Education, Business and Policy Stakeholders for Premiere CTE Professional Development Event

ACTE President Doug Meyer announced the kickoff of the national “I Am CTE” campaign during his address at CareerTech VISION 2015, held November 19-22 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Nov. 19, 2015

2016 ACTE Excellence Award Winners

ACTE is proud to announce the winners of the national ACTE Excellence Awards, which promote excellence in career and technical education!

Nov. 17, 2015

Alaska ACTE Unifies with National Career and Technical Education Association

ACTE today applauded the Alaska Association for Career and Technical Education and president Cathy LeCompte, who led in the state association's decision to formally unify with the national body.

Nov. 9, 2015

ACTE Endorses JOBS Act in U.S. House of Representatives

ACTE is proud to endorse the Jumpstart Our Businesses by Supporting Students (JOBS) Act in the House of Representatives, introduced by Reps. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and Brenda Lawrence (D-MI).

Nov. 3, 2015

Association for Career and Technical Education Welcomes Newly-formed Guam ACTE Chapter

ACTE today extended its congratulations to the CTE community in Guam, which recently moved to affiliate with the national organization as an official chapter.

Nov. 2, 2015

President Obama Announces First-ever National Apprenticeship Week

In an official proclamation, President Obama formally declared the week of November 1-7, as National Apprenticeship Week, the first-ever annual celebration of the opportunities offered to students through apprenticeship programs.

Oct. 8, 2015

ACTE Praises Bipartisan Creating Quality Technical Educators Act

ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson today expressed her support for the reintroduction of the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act, sponsored by Senators Tim Kaine, Rob Portman, Tammy Baldwin and Shelley Moore Capito on October 8, 2015.

Oct. 7, 2015

2016 ACTE Excellence Awards Finalists

ACTE is proud to announce the following finalists for the national ACTE Excellence Awards, which promote excellence in career and technical education!

Oct. 7, 2015

2015 ACTE Excellence Awards Finalists

ACTE is proud to announce the following finalists for the national ACTE Excellence Awards, which promote excellence in career and technical education!

Oct. 2, 2015

ACTE Statement on Secretary Duncan’s Resignation

The Association for Career and Technical Education extends our best wishes to Education Secretary Arne Duncan who announced earlier today that he will be leaving the Obama Administration at the end of the year.

Sep. 23, 2015

Nevada Association for Career and Technical Education Unifies with National Education Membership Association

ACTE today applauded the Nevada Association for Career and Technical Education (NACTE) membership's vote to formally unify with the national body, and commended NACTE president Michele Lewis and past president Craig Statucki for their leadership.

Sep. 22, 2015

ACTE Voices Support for CTE Opportunity Act

LeAnn Wilson, Executive Director of the Association for Career and Technical Education, today voiced her support for the CTE Opportunity Act, introduced by Senator Tammy Baldwin on September 22, 2015.

Aug. 10, 2015

Patty Nation Named 2016 ACTE Business Leader of the Year

The Association for Career and Technical Education and its Board of Directors announce the 2016 ACTE Business Leader of the Year: Patty Nation, Director of Global Corporate and Community Engagement for Xilinx, Inc., based in San Jose, California.

Aug. 10, 2015

Zoetis Named 2016 ACTE Business of the Year

The Association for Career and Technical Education and its Board of Directors announce global animal health company Zoetis as the 2016 ACTE Business of the Year.

Aug. 6, 2015

Terry Holliday Named 2016 ACTE Champion of the Year

The Association for Career and Technical Education and its Board of Directors announce the 2016 ACTE Champion of the Year: Terry Holliday, Commissioner of Education for the Kentucky Department of Education.

Jul. 28, 2015

ACTE Kicks off Multi-step Research Project on High-quality CTE

ACTE today released the first component of a multi-phase research project that seeks to identify and share best practices in high-quality CTE, titled "Defining High-quality CTE: Contemporary Perspectives on CTE Quality."

Jul. 1, 2015

ACTE Announces Region I Excellence Award Winners for 2015, National Award Finalists

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Region I Excellence Awards.

Jun. 30, 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama Recognizes CTE Innovation

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at a White House event titled "Celebrating Innovations in Career and Technical Education," which recognized leadership and achievement among career and technical education (CTE) students and educators from across the country.

Jun. 29, 2015

ACTE Announces Region III Excellence Award Winners for 2015, National Award Finalists

ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson today expressed her support for the reintroduction of the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act, sponsored by Senators Tim Kaine, Rob Portman, Tammy Baldwin and Shelley Moore Capito on October 8, 2015.

Jun. 23, 2015

President Obama Authorizes National CTE Scholars Program

ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson today expressed her strong support for the creation of the U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, which was authorized through an executive order by President Barack Obama.

Jun. 19, 2015

ACTE Executive Director Voices Support for Middle STEP Act

ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson today expressed her support for the Middle School Technical Education Program (STEP) Act, introduced by Senators Kaine (D-VA), Boxer (D-CA), Warner (D-VA) and Whitehouse (D-RI) on June 18, 2015.

Jun. 17, 2015

ACTE Kicks off Microdocs Initiative, Announces Opportunity for Expansion

ACTE today launched its Microdocs initiative, a broad and innovative series of films designed to inspire students to follow their passions through CTE.

Apr. 20, 2015

ACTE announces Region IV Excellence Award winners, national award finalists

ACTE is pleased to recognize the recipients of the 2015 Region IV Excellence Awards, which were announced at an awards ceremony during the ACTE Region IV conference in Little Rock, Arkansas on April 18, 2015.

Apr. 20, 2015

ACTE announces Region V Excellence Award winners, national award finalists

ACTE is pleased to recognize the recipients of the 2015 Region V Excellence Awards, which were announced at an awards ceremony during the ACTE Region V conference in Kansas City, Kansas on April 18, 2015.

Mar. 10, 2015

ACTE Voices Support for NextGen High Schools Act

ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson today announced her support for the Next Generation (NextGen) High Schools Act, introduced by Senators Tammy Baldwin and Tim Kaine.

Feb. 25, 2015

ACTE Executive Director Announces Support for Counseling for Career Choice Act

ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson today announced her enthusiastic support for the Counseling for Career Choice Act, introduced by Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI).

Feb. 12, 2015

ACTE Executive Director Voices Support for Career Readiness Act of 2015

ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson today expressed her enthusiastic support for the Career Ready Act of 2015, introduced by U.S. Sens. Kaine, Baldwin and Portman, co-chairs of the Senate CTE Caucus.

Feb. 5, 2015

Forty-Six States and DC Advance Policies to Support Career Technical Education in 2014

ACTE and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) released the second annual report, "State Policies Impacting CTE: 2014 Year in Review."

Feb. 2, 2015

National CTE Associations Respond to President Obama’s FY16 Budget Request

The NASDCTEc and ACTE today expressed appreciation for the Obama Administration’s efforts to invest in America’s CTE programs through the proposals and initiatives included in the FY16 budget request.

Jan. 20, 2015

President Spotlights Education Access During Annual State of the Union Address

ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson today lauded President Obama's emphasis on the importance of additional skills for all students during his State of the Union Address. Read our full response here!

Jan. 6, 2015

ACTE Announces 2015 Board Election Results

The Association for Career and Technical Education announced today the election results for new members of the organization's Board of Directors.