FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 9, 2019
Media Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
Rhode Island Association for Career and Technical Education Unifies, Affiliates with National ACTE
Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is pleased to announce that the Rhode Island Association for Career and Technical Education (RI ACTE) has decided to formally affiliate and unify with the national association. Spearheaded by Lynne Bedard and Joshua Klemp, the state-based association is now officially affiliated and unified with the national body. The move will benefit career and technical education (CTE) professionals and students throughout the state.
As a result of the unification, RI ACTE members will now enjoy concurrent membership in their state and national professional membership associations. Through this new relationship, RI ACTE has secured access for its members to ACTE’s robust professional development resources, federal public policy advocacy and leadership opportunities. RI ACTE will now benefit as an organization from a variety of association management services, including online membership processing and use of new electronic communications tools. The partnership will strengthen ACTE’s ability to connect with CTE stakeholders in Rhode Island, and give RI ACTE members a louder voice in national policy discussions.
“ACTE’s Board of Directors and I are excited to expand our partnership with RI ACTE and the CTE professionals in the state,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “By working closely with RI ACTE, we’ll be able to better grow, expand and advocate for high-quality CTE in both Rhode Island and the nation.”
“RI ACTE is thrilled to have successfully completed the process to become recognized as a unified state association,” said Lynne Bedard, treasurer of RI ACTE. “This is an exciting time for CTE and we look forward to collaborating with such a prominent and supportive organization!”
“RI ACTE is excited for the opportunity to expand our professional partnership with ACTE,” said RI ACTE president Gerald Auth. “We value the resources provided to the members and look forward to expanding our membership. There is nothing better than high quality career and technical education for students in high school. Providing our members with the appropriate resources to prepare the next generation is essential for our Rhode Island students.”
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.