House Small Business Committee to Hear Testimony from ACTE Member


September 13, 2022

Contact: Jori Houck — (ACTE)


House Small Business Committee to Hear Testimony from ACTE Member

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The House Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Workforce Development will hold a hearing titled, “Back to School, Back to Startups: Supporting Youth Apprenticeship, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development,” featuring ACTE Region V Vice President Shani Watkins. The hearing will take place on September 15 at 10:00AM in Washington, DC. 

Watkins will offer testimony on her institution’s support of workforce development efforts and will provide policymakers with details of her experiences with career and technical education (CTE) programs and small business partnerships.  

Shani Watkins currently serves as the director of West Sound Technical Skills Center in Bremerton, Washington. Her CTE experience extends over two decades across secondary and postsecondary levels. Watkins holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Education, and master’s degrees in Business and Marketing Education, Organizational Systems and Business Administration. She is active in her local community, as well as an active member of Washington ACTE and national ACTE leadership. She was named the 2022 ACTE Administrator of the Year in December 2021.

The hearing can be viewed at the link here.


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.