Ann Franz Named ACTE Business-Education Partnership Award Winner

September 4, 2018

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Jarrod Nagurka, ACTE; 703-683-9312

Ann Franz Named ACTE Business-Education Partnership Award Winner

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and its Board of Directors is pleased to announce the ACTE Business-Education Partnership Award Winner: NEW Manufacturing Alliance. The Business-Education Partnership Award celebrates the contributions and achievements of schools and businesses that aid in the development and maintenance of partnerships supporting high-quality CTE.

The NEW Manufacturing Alliance (NEWMA) was formed in 2006 by 12 manufacturers working in partnership with higher education, workforce and economic development. NEWMA focuses on working in partnership with K-12, and its first significant accomplishment was to cover the substitute teacher costs for math teachers to come to a half-day summit. The event incorporated educator feedback to help determine how to better link education and industry. NEWMA created taskforces to implement concepts generated from the summit. There are five taskforces focused on education including STEM, Math Council, Excellence in Mfg./K-12 Partnerships Awards, Solutions to the Tech Ed Teacher Shortage and K-12. The representation of the taskforces include principals, math teachers, curriculum directors, Deans and Associate Deans from area colleges, manufacturing HR managers and plant managers. The organization spans 18 counties.

Since the formation of NEWMA there have been significant increases in manufacturing-related enrollments at the four technical colleges in northeast Wisconsin. In 2005 (prior to NEMA), there were 180 individuals enrolled in machine-related degrees; in 2016 there were 535 individuals enrolled. In welding there were 193 students enrolled in 2005, and in 2016 there were 913. Through the work of NEWMA, students can hear directly from industry employees about the value of working in CTE fields. The partnership between industry and education has helped increase CTE enrolled applicants across Wisconsin, ACTE is pleased to commend these achievements.

NEW Manufacturing Alliance will be recognized alongside other national ACTE award winners on Nov. 28, 2018, at the annual ACTE Awards Banquet during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. VISION is ACTE’s signature event, with more than 4,000 CTE professionals from across the country in attendance. For more information on the Excellence Awards and the Awards Banquet, visit


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.