2017 Impact Award Winners

From their pioneering work
in curricula development and teacher training to their advocacy on behalf of educators across the nation, the 2017 Image
Award winners stand out for their dedication to furthering career and technical education (CTE). These groups and individuals exemplify the qualities of true leadership from the business, industry and education communities. We are proud to showcase their accomplishments and recognize them for their contributions to CTE.


Bob Funk
President and CEO
Express Employment Professionals

Bob FunkFunk is co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. With international headquarters located in Oklahoma City, it is one of the largest staffing companies in North America. Under Funk’s leadership, Express has put more than 6 million people to work worldwide and has grown to more than 760 franchises in the United States, Canada and South Africa. Funk’s passion for CTE comes from years of fulfilling staffing needs for client companies that consistently acknowledge the growing need for skilled workers. Read more…





DuPont Center for Philanthropy and Education

DuPont logoDuPont is a science and engineering company that has operated for over 200 years in developing 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. Read more…



Jerry Ellner
National Director of High School Development
Universal Technical Institute

Jerry Ellner2As the national director of high school development for Universal Technical Institute, Ellner champions the connection between automotive industry training and academics and the importance of a relevant real-world context for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning. “Only a few years ago, far too many in the education community scoffed at the notion that the stewardship of the advanced technician workforce was a critical component of the U.S. strategy to improve STEM education,” says James Brown, executive director of the STEM Education Coalition. “Set against this backdrop, Mr. Ellner has been the most incredible champion for the millions of American men and women who work in the transportation trades as a vital link in the so-called ‘STEM pipeline.'” Read more…

Do you know a business leader, organization or CTE champion who deserves recognition? Learn more about the ACTE Image Awards and how to nominate here.