Enriching Educators, Empowering Students


To ensure the impact and advancement of Career and Technical Education in Texas, TIVA is committed to: Providing cutting edge, robust professional development and instructional mentorship; promoting visionary leadership development and advocacy at the local, state, and national levels that enrich the lives of all learners; and cultivating a customizable experience that embodies service, industry partnerships, community, and best practices in curriculum and instruction.


Empowering Career and Technical Educators to develop innovative, relevant programs that embody excellence, instill lifelong learning, and promote economic and professional readiness for all students.

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TIVA is the professional organization for Career and Technical Educators certified in Trade & Industrial Education. TIVA participates in activities that assist in the professional growth of our students. Teachers are kept abreast of activities that affect their lives through regular email updates, newsletters and postings at www.tiva.org. Two conferences are run annually in the summer and winter where workshops, specialized training, mentoring and networking opportunities are primary objectives. Advanced certifications and TEA accredited activities dominate the organized activities occurring during both of these week-long conferences. A key to the success of the conference training is the widespread involvement of industry leaders and instructors in the training sessions and workshops.

TIVA is also the proud sponsor of the Manny Contreras Teacher Scholarship and the SkillsUSA-Texas student scholarships. We are the key state advocates for Trade & Industrial teachers and sponsor several state-wide awards as well as work to promote our teachers for key national teaching recognition. One of the highlights of the year for teachers and students occurs during our SkillsUSA-Texas Day at the Capitol in Austin where TIVA arranges to have the students sit in the Texas State House of Representatives and conduct a mock legislative session. TIVA also provides professional resources and partnerships with industry and affiliate organizations to maximize the opportunities available to members

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