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Fall Quarterly News Update

Howdy, Trade and Industrial members of ACTE!

As the leaves change and the air turns crisp, we here at ACTE are excited to bring you our Trade and Industrial Fall Newsletter, dedicated to bringing you the latest opportunities and information regarding career and technical education (CTE) in America. I don’t have to tell you how pivotal Trade and Industrial Education is in shaping the industrial and economic landscape here in the states; however, we do know that CTE is on the rise. I want to coin the phrase neo-vocationalism, in hopes that we can showcase the impact that CTE has already had in the 21st century, and generate a new mindset of an era of education that will focus on the agile relevancy that come with Trade and Industrial education. I think Bonnie Raitt said it best by singing the words, “let's give 'em something to talk about,” so let’s show the world what we do. The following are some opportunities to help you on your mission to educate the hearts and minds of students for life.


It’s the season to sign up for your CTSO memberships, so don’t hesitate to reach out to your state directors. From SkillsUSA to TSA, your CTSOs are there to provide student leadership conferences, competitive events, employability resources and connections with business and industry.


I would like to remind you to sign up for the National Trade and Industrial Education Division Awards. ACTE, in partnership with SkillsUSA, is seeking nominations for these awards which will be presented during the Trade and Industrial Division annual Business Meeting November 29, 1:45-2:45 at CareerTech VISION. (Please note that the Trade and Industrial VISION awards are separate from the ACTE Excellence awards.) This year's CareerTech VISION conference will be held Nov. 29–Dec. 2 in Phoenix, Arizona. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 1. Qualified individuals may be nominated in the following categories, and you may nominate yourself. (If you nominate someone other than yourself, please be sure to notify the nominee.)


Thank you for your commitment to our CTE students, to your CTE programs, and to the community and family that surround you and your schools. If you are interested in sharing news of your CTE program success, or if you are looking to volunteer your talents or your stories, please email me directly at [email protected].

Kindest regards,

Bart Taylor, Ed.D.

VP, Trade and Industrial Education Division


Register for VISION by Oct. 13 & Save!

ACTE's CareerTech VISION happens this Nov. 29–Dec. 2 in Phoenix, Arizona, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome you to our flagship conference for career and technical educators. At VISION, you will have the opportunity to forge meaningful professional connections, expand your professional learning and ignite your inspiration. ACTE is pleased to offer both a full in-person event with a robust on-demand component for remote attendance. Register by Oct. 13 to secure advance discounted rates for this premier CTE conference!


Calling All First-year CTE Teachers!

As part of our broader efforts to address the CTE teacher pipeline, ACTE will launch a New CTE Teacher Symposium at this year’s CareerTech VISION, Nov. 29–Dec. 2 in Phoenix, Arizona. ACTE invites CTE educators in their first year of teaching to apply to participate in this event and related activities throughout the rest of the school year. Twenty teachers selected to participate in the symposium will receive the following:


  • Complimentary registration to VISION
  • A daylong, targeted professional development experience on Nov. 29
  • Mentoring, support and networking opportunities throughout the remainder of the school year


The deadline to apply is Oct. 15! Learn more

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Upcoming Webinars

We are excited to host several upcoming free webinars on a wide range of topics:


  • I Need Help! Seeking Support from a Mentor and a Sponsor, Oct. 12 at 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Navigating Issues of WBL Safety and Insurance, Oct. 26 at 3:00 p.m. ET
  • Top 10 Reasons to Integrate Entrepreneurship Across CTE Courses and Career Pathways, Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m. ET



2024 Events

Share Your Expertise!

Mark your calendars for the 2024 ACTE Work-based Learning (WBL) Conference, happening May 1–3 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You could share your WBL programs, models and expertise; consider submitting a presentation proposal. This annual event, which sold out last year, specifically focuses on professional development for WBL professionals in secondary and postsecondary CTE programs and institutions. The deadline to submit presentation proposals is Oct. 16.


Advocate for CTE at NPS

With a featured event from the CTE Research Network

Join CTE professionals from across the nation to voice your vision on CTE policy and programming relevant to your school’s needs at ACTE’s National Policy Seminar, happening March 17–20 in Arlington, Virginia. Featured sessions will cover best practices for influencing federal policy and CTE advocacy and messaging. And on the last day of the event, March 20, the CTE Research Network will address topics that will help expand the evidence base for CTE.


Member Benefits Webinar & Renew in Time to Vote!

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Check Out ACTE’s New Member Benefits Webinar!

Hear from ACTE leadership how your professional association supports you and your career through a variety of member benefits, from CTE advocacy and awareness resources, Techniques magazine, member insurance programs, professional development and networking opportunities, and more!


Renew Your Membership by Nov. 1 to Vote!

The 2024 ACTE board of directors’ election will be held this Dec. 1–Jan. 1! Please note these key dates:


  • Be sure your membership is current by Nov 1 to vote — renew now!
  • Voting will open during CareerTech VISION on Dec. 1 and run through Jan. 1
  • Winners will be announced in January 2024

Student Video Challenge

New Student Video Contest

ACTE — the host of CTE Month® — and NASA HUNCH are excited to announce the 2023–24 student video challenge, which offers students the opportunity to showcase the application of CTE and project-based learning programs in high-demand career fields on Earth as well as in space. This year’s theme: “Why Go to the Moon?” The contest is open to students of all ages, including elementary, middle school, high school and postsecondary students in any school or who is homeschooled. Submit a two-minute video by April 1.

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