June 17, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2015
Contact: Sean Lynch
Association for Career and Technical Education Kicks off Microdocs Initiative, Announces Opportunity for Expansion
Alexandria, Virginia – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) today launched its Microdocs initiative, a broad and innovative series of films designed to inspire students to follow their passions through career and technical education (CTE). These brief documentary-style videos tell the true stories of individuals who enriched their lives and achieved their goals through high-quality CTE, which gave them the skills and guidance they needed to pursue careers in growing fields. ACTE’s Microdocs were conceived with America’s students in mind. The full library of videos will be distributed to educators, parents and career and guidance counselors who can then share these stories with young people so that they can transform their education and follow their interests in their school’s CTE classrooms.
“The release of ACTE’s microdocumentaries kicks off a truly groundbreaking effort for CTE students and professionals, and I’m excited to be a part of it,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “By sharing these engaging student success stories with their peers, we can show young people a career path that they might never have had the chance to learn about, as well as spark an interest that could change their lives.”
The documentaries spotlight students and educators with experience in a wide range of CTE disciplines and skills, from 3-D printing in advanced manufacturing to cutting edge technologies in green energy. Throughout the summer, ACTE will distribute the first six videos in the series; however, the Microdocs initiative doesn’t end there.
Today also marks the beginning of ACTE’s first-ever crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo, which will power the continuation of this effort through the creation of future Microdocs on additional CTE topics such as aeronautical engineering and cybersecurity. These topics will align with ACTE’s popular Sector Sheets series, which focus on careers in critical and growing fields that will drive the future of America’s global economic competitiveness.
“We feel that crowdfunding is a natural fit for our association, because it keeps our focus on the students and members that we serve here at ACTE,” continued Wilson. “Our work with Indiegogo puts the CTE community in the driver’s seat for our future efforts, and with their partnership and participation we can continue engage America’s students through innovative approaches like the Microdocs series.”
The beginnings of the Microdocs series were made possible through a generous grant by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and CISCO Networking Academy. ACTE strives to build support for CTE programs and professionals nationwide, as well as student engagement in CTE that will prepare them for 21st century college- and career-success. To access the ACTE Microdocs Indiegogo page, click here.
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, guidance counselors 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.