New Orleans Hosts 4,000+ Education, Business and Policy Stakeholders for Premiere CTE Professional Development Event

November 24, 2015

Date: November 24, 2015
ContactSean Lynch

New Orleans Hosts 4,000+ Education, Business and Policy Stakeholders for Premiere CTE Professional Development Event

Alexandria, VA –  Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) President Doug Meyer announced the kickoff of the national “I Am CTE” campaign during his address at CareerTech VISION 2015, held November 19-22 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. More than 4,000 CTE professionals, business leaders and policy stakeholders attended the event, which provided an ideal opportunity to launch the association’s year-long effort to build awareness of CTE and strengthen public engagement.

The I Am CTE campaign will unify ACTE members from every discipline and region of the country around a common goal of building a CTE system that prepares all students for college and career success. As a part of this effort, Meyer and ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson called on all ACTE members to invite a policymaker, association leader or business partner to visit their CTE program and demonstrate the opportunities available in their area in an effort called the CTE Showcase. Meyer also emphasized the need for all members to keep their place in the broader CTE community in mind at VISION and throughout the year, and to think of themselves first as a CTE educator before focusing on differences by field.

This unifying message spanned across VISION’s general sessions and throughout the event, which offered the insights of several major voices in education and workforce development. Adam Braun, founder and CEO of the global education non-profit Pencils of Promise, encouraged attendees to remember that even small actions can contribute to a collective effort for change. Braun went on to outline the opportunities he sees to build on education in the United States, from competency based education to emphasizing employability skills. VISION also connected experts from CTE and industry in its highly-anticipated VISION Talks session, featuring contributions on the trends and topics most important in education from former ACTE Teacher of the Year Tara Berescik, nationally recognized personality Kid Chef Eliana, Digital Promise executive Al Solis and Oklahoma State University Student Jason Wetzler.

VISION also marked an opportunity to recognize leadership among outstanding CTE professionals during the ACTE Excellence Awards Banquet. ACTE’s national award winners were announced and recognized at the event, and highlighted the inspirational work CTE professionals are doing every day to serve their students in every capacity. To learn more about the 2016 ACTE Excellence Award winners, click here.

More than 200 exhibitors at 360 stations also showcased the largest exhibition of CTE products and services in the country during the VISION CareerTech Expo. These technologies and offerings are driving innovation in CTE programs that will ultimately build a stronger CTE system for all students.

To learn more about the event and access the agenda, please visit the official website.

About Us: 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.