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Schools celebrate a successful CTE Week.

ACTE would like to thank everyone who celebrated CTE Week 2006. The Association has already received wonderful feedback from schools around the country that celebrated this annual event. From fundraisers and career fairs to articles written in local newspapers around the country, ACTE received numerous stories about how schools helped spread the word about CTE Week and get parents, local community leaders, and industry professionals involved in special events and activities.

ACTE has highlighted these success stories on the ACTE Web site at career_tech/tech_week/index.cfm. If you have a story or some pictures, please send them to Alexis Norman at and we will be sure to include them on the site.

ACTE Staff Gets into the Act

For the first time, the ACTE headquarters staff actively participated in CTE Week. In addition to hanging a banner, the staff welcomed and hosted the annual CTE Week Webcast featuring student leaders from each of the career and technical student organizations (CTSOs).

The student leaders participated in an excellent panel discussion on the role of CTSOs in integrating academic, technical and employability skills. The panel was moderated by Gall Schwartz from the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, and the group was visited by Acting Assistant Secretary Beta Gonzalez. More information about the Webcast can be found on the National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education Web site at

In addition to the Webcast, ACTE staff visited Edison Academy in Alexandria, Virginia, to get a firsthand look at the students and teachers involved in career and technical education. In addition to a question-and-answer session with the administrators, the staff took a brief tour of the academy and participated in a variety of classes. This was truly an interesting, eye-opening and necessary experience.

CTE Week to Expand

ACTE understands that not every school can celebrate all of their success in one week. That is why beginning next year, CTE Week will be expanded to CTE Month. This gives schools time to plan a number of great activities that can really showcase the great learning and career connections that are happening within the CTE programs.

So, start planning now for CTE Month, February 2007. To help schools celebrate, ACTE will provide online materials, ideas and resources. In addition, ACTE has joined the National Job Shadow Coalition. As a partner in the coalition, ACTE will promote Job Shadow Day 2007, which is a great way for schools to kick off CTE Month.

ACTE will also be conducting the annual design contest for the CTE Month logo. The 2007 theme will be "Career Tech: Today an Education, Tomorrow a Career" and designs are due to ACTE by May 31. Submissions should be sent to ACTE, 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. They can also be e-mailed to acte@

CTE Week 2006 proved to be a great event and 2007 promises to be even better. If you have any questions about CTE Month, please contact ACTE at 800-826-9972.
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