Techniques Magazine Techniques February 2011 : Page 52

Fea ture ACTE Annual Convention Roars into Las Vegas “EVERYBODY IS tALkING ABOUt CtE BECAUSE tHE FACt IS tHAt tHIS COUNtRY CANNOt RECOVER AND MAINtAIN ItS GROWtH WItHOUt CtE,” BRAy SAID. “yOu t HE ASSOCIAtION FOR CAREER AND tECHNICAL EDUCAtION (ACTE) held its ARE THE HEART Of WHAT THIS COuNTRy IS ABOuT AND WHAT WE NEED.” Annual Convention and Career Tech Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 2-4. Approximately 4,200 career and technical educators came from across the country for quality professional develop -ment and networking with experts and colleagues in the field. ACTE’s Executive Director Jan Bray, Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary of the Office of Voca-tional and Adult Education (OVAE), and Tim Sanders, former Yahoo! executive, set the tone for the three-day event with their Opening General Session presenta-tions on December 2. They kicked off what was a bountiful event with in -numerable sessions and more than 200 exhibitors providing educators with the information and tools they need to be suc -cessful in the classroom. aCTe executive Director Jan bray Says Much Hard Work Done, More Work ahead This has been a very busy and successful year for the Association, noted Execu -tive Director Jan Bray during the Open-ing General Session. Staff has worked tirelessly on Capitol Hill advocating for career and technical education (CTE) as legislators work on the reauthorization of legislation such as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Workforce Investment Act and the Higher Education Act. ACTE has fought for the interest of CTE in Race for the Top and to get the voice of CTE practitioners heard in the dialogue about what constitutes college and career readiness. Partnerships have been forged with a plethora of external organizations, includ -ing the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the U.S. Army, Partnership for 21st Cen-tury Skills, and both the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor. Apple, Corinthian Colleges, Penn Foster, Siemens, Cisco, USA Today , ACT and Snap On are just some of the business partnerships that ACTE has embarked upon with great success, Bray added, with many more in the works. Disseminating information to members is a big priority for ACTE and 2010 saw a year of many developments—not the least being ACTE’s use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Bray said social media serves to augment the wealth of information available on the Association’s Web site and Research Clearinghouse, in addition to Webinars, podcasts, Issue Briefs and a new Career Readiness series. CTE has a vital role to play in the na -tion’s recovery from economic turmoil and that has been the impetus for getting need -ed information out to members through a variety of mediums. “Everybody is talking about CTE because the fact is that this country cannot recover and maintain its growth without CTE,” Bray said. “You are the heart of what this country is about and what we need.” assistant Secretary Dann-Messier: OVae Sets ambitious Goals Brenda Dann-Messier, assistant secretary of OVAE, thanked career and technical educators for their commitment to 52 Techniques Februar y 2011

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