ACTE Business-Education Partnership Award


ACTE’s Business-Education Partnership Awards were created for business and education leaders who understand that economic livelihood is linked to the success of career and technical education (CTE) programs. Businesses and CTE programs across the country have already created successful partnerships that support student achievement, economic and community development, quality of life and more. ACTE is dedicated to supporting and recognizing best practices in CTE business-education partnerships.

In its commitment to improve student achievement and strengthen the nation’s future workforce, ACTE is responding to a need and strong interest for more quality partnerships between schools and businesses.

ACTE’s Business-Education Partnership Awards recognize best practices and provide examples for schools and businesses to aid in the development and maintenance of partnerships that support high-quality CTE. Such quality partnerships align with ACTE’s goal of connecting education and careers, and will ultimately lead to improved career readiness and thus a stronger workforce.

This initiative also provides information to businesses and schools on how to create, implement, evaluate, and sustain such programs. As the awards program expands, ACTE will continue to provide concrete examples of successful business-education partnerships throughout the nation.

If you are currently involved in a partnership or interested in creating and/or improving a partnership focused on CTE, we urge you to explore ACTE’s preeminent awards program.

Eligibility & Criteria

Eligible partnerships have been created within the last five years, are designed to support high-quality CTE programs, and exist between at least one educational institution and at least one business or industry representative group. Partnerships should be existing at the time of nomination and should have made a measurable/significant impact on student achievement and on the development of the local community and economy. Greater consideration will be given to partnerships that demonstrate sustainability and innovation (either in the partnership itself or its outcomes.)

Nomination Process & Recognition

Nominations will be accepted year-round through June 30 and may be submitted by any individual or organization with sufficient involvement to adequately describe the partnership. All nominations should be submitted online here.

All partnerships that meet eligibility and criteria requirements will be highlighted on ACTE’s website as a ‘Business-Education Partnership Spotlight.’ Top nominations may be featured as model partnerships in a future issue of Techniques, and/or invited to present sessions at ACTE’s CareerTech VISION.