FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 11, 2018
Media Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
Indiana Association for Career and Technical Education Unifies with National ACTE
Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is pleased to announce that the Indiana Association for Career and Technical Education (Indiana ACTE) has formally unified with the national Association. Spearheaded by the leadership of Indiana ACTE President Shelley Rust, the Indiana ACTE Board of Directors, Indiana ACTE Executive Director Linda Baumgart, ACTE Administration Division VP Patrick Biggerstaff and ACTE Engineering & Technology Education Division VP Jay Davis, the state association is now officially unified with the national body. Benefiting from this move is both career and technical education (CTE) professionals in Indiana and ACTE’s national membership at large.
Following the unification, Indiana ACTE members can now simultaneously join both their state and national professional membership associations. Additionally, Indiana ACTE and its members have access to the national association’s extensive professional development resources, federal public policy advocacy and leadership opportunities. Indiana ACTE will also benefit from a variety of organizational resources and association management services, ranging from online membership processing to electronic communications tools. From ACTE’s perspective, the unification will improve the national Association’s connections with CTE stakeholders in Indiana, simultaneously providing Indiana ACTE members with greater input in ACTE’s federal policy advocacy.
“ACTE’s Board of Directors and I are excited to expand our connections in the Hoosier state and work closely with our friends at Indiana ACTE and their members,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “Working together, ACTE, Indiana ACTE, and our partners in states all across the country can increase access to and students’ success in high-quality CTE programs. We are grateful to the Indiana ACTE Board of Directors and all who made this unification possible.”
“Indiana ACTE is excited to unify with ACTE,” said Rust. “Our number one goal is to provide CTE teachers with professional development and resources that will allow them to grow as educators. Being able to tap into ACTE’s resources and benefit from their advocacy efforts provides our Indiana ACTE members with support for CTE not only at the state level but also nationally. As Ryunosuke Satoro once said, ‘Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.'”
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.