DuPont Named 2017 ACTE Business of the Year

Date: August 17, 2016
Contact: Alisha Hyslop, (703) 683-9331

DuPont Named 2017 ACTE Business of the Year


ALEXANDRIA, VA-The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and its Board of Directors announce the 2017 ACTE Business of the Year: DuPont. The ACTE Business of the Year award celebrates businesses and organizations that have demonstrated their commitment to career and technical education (CTE) through their partnership and continuous support of CTE professionals.

DuPont is a science and engineering company which, for more than 200 years, has developed innovations that tackle global challenges. In partnership with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) and National FFA,DuPont has been a champion for bringing scientific inquiry-based learning to more students by elevating the rigor and accessibility of agricultural education.

DuPont’s flagship program for agricultural educator development is the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA). This week-long academy focuses on helping educators enrich the scientific learning inherent in agricultural education, and teaches content through inquiry. The academy is the longest-running national professional development program in agricultural education, and it has paved the way to a greater acceptance of science and STEM in agricultural education.

DuPont also supports educators in partnership with NAAE by expanding the reach of NATAA with national and state-level agricultural programs through DuPont Agriscience Institute workshops, the National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program, and Agriscience Inquiry Institutes. These programs support agriscience teachers at every stage of their careers, helping them implement inquiry-based methodology and science rigor. DuPont also actively works to encourage talented young people to enter the agricultural education profession through its sponsorship of NAAE’s National Teach Ag campaign.

“DuPont understands that agricultural educators are the key to producing students who will be the next innovators and leaders in agriculture,” said Jay Jackman, NAAE Executive Director. “Their support is helping agriculture teachers all over the United States give students a high-level educational experience in science, math and literacy in the applied context of agriculture.”

With the National FFA Foundation, DuPont supports the pursuit of agricultural education by sponsoring multiple programs, such as the New Century Farmer program: a week-long workshop that offers advanced training in current science, technology and business management to active college students aspiring to manage modern farming operations and the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE).

DuPont will be recognized alongside other national ACTE award winners on Nov. 30, at the annual ACTE Awards Banquet during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. VISION is ACTE’s signature event, with more than 3,000 attendees and more than 300 workshops and sessions dedicated to improving the knowledge and capacity of CTE leaders. 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, 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.