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The new ACTE: 2002 annual report to members.

THE NEW ACTE, YOUR NATIONAL ADVOCATE FOR STRONGER CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

Influencing federal and state policy is one of the most important functions of associations. In a world where education policy and funding are the subject of constant debate, political pressures and last-minute maneuvering, programs and funding our members depend on for their livelihoods can be jeopardized without warning. The new ACTE is dedicating resources to respond quickly to public policy challenges, to act at both the federal and grassroots levels, and to proactively advocate year-round for public policy favorable to our members.

* In 2001, ACTE's advocacy efforts for increased funding resulted in an $80 million increase, seven percent more in funding for the Perkins Basic State Grant for Fiscal Year 2002. Other smaller programs including Tech Prep and Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Institutions also received increases.

* In January of 2002, ACTE successfully lobbied against both vouchers and block grants in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind). ACTE also worked to make the guidelines for implementing "Teacher Quality" provisions in the law useful to our members in various situations around the country.

* Advocacy efforts by members and staff helped to ensure that Perkins funds were not included in yet another block grant proposal, the "superwaiver" provision of the welfare reform bill passed by the House Education and the Workforce Committee in May 2002.

* The new ACTE has expanded its public policy staff to include a staff position dedicated to assisting members and state associations with their advocacy efforts. Also, new technologies will soon provide detailed information to members on how to launch successful advocacy campaigns.

* ACTE's Legislative Support Fund was begun in 2002 to raise money for important legislative activities that will build increased commitment to our programs among legislators, including gathering and organizing research, disseminating information, and bringing people to Washington to testify before Congress.

* ACTE's public policy staff is taking a more active role in a variety of issues, including the workforce investment act, welfare reform, the higher education act, and other programs and policies of interest to our members.

THE NEW ACTE, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO ENHANCE YOUR FUTURE

Professional development for career tech educators is a proven avenue for improving your skills and effectiveness in your work. That's why the new ACTE is working to provide education that's more relevant for the needs of today's educators, classrooms and students.

ACTE ANNUAL CONVENTION

The ACTE Annual Convention is the premier professional development event for career and technical educators. ACTE's 2001 convention in New Orleans drew nearly 5,000 attendees, an increase over the prior convention. Over 600 total sessions provided a wide range of new research, knowledge and techniques for career tech educators to put to use in their own programs and classrooms back home. The Career Tech Expo featured over 250 exhibitors, a 16% increase in new business. ACTE's 2002 convention in Las Vegas brought hot topic sessions to the foreground and provided three new tracks of highly relevant sessions on using technology, legislative and regulatory trends, and personal growth.

NATIONAL POLICY SEMINAR

ACTE's National Policy Seminar is an annual gathering in Washington, DC, where career and technical educators from around the country convene to consider legislative and regulatory issues and to address key issues one-on-one with their U.S. Senators and Representatives. This is a terrific opportunity for members to play a direct role in federal legislation that affects them every day. ACTE's 2002 National Policy Seminar drew well over 400 participants, a 9% increase from the previous year. As reauthorization of the Perkins Act approaches, we expect even greater participation at. the 2003 NPS in March.

THE NEW ACTE, CONNECTING YOU TO YOUR COLLEAGUES AND YOUR PROFESSION

Interactive communication within a professional community, and instant access to data, are hallmarks of the Information Age. The new ACTE is dedicated to bringing these technology resources to our members. They are member benefits that repay your dues dollars every day, as well as indispensable tools for working smarter and more effectively.

In 2002, ACTE introduced a redesigned Web site which for the first time provides members-a forum for interactive communication within the career and technical education community. Here are some examples of new resources on the site designed expressly for our members.

* Member-only access to high-value news and information.

* Member-only access to electronic discussion boards and e-mail discussion lists. These popular technologies allow members to share and exchange information on topics of common interest, talk with colleagues to get answers to everyday questions like curriculum and lesson planning, or just chat online with acquaintances.

* Free member-only access to the e-mail Career Tech Update newsletter, published twice monthly (as of January 2003). Career Tech Update is available to nonmembers for $139 annually.

* The latest career tech news right on the Web site, frequently updated, in the member-only News Room.

* Access to the entire Techniques magazine on the Web site (September 2002 issue forward).

THE NEW ACTE, SPEAKING OUT LOUDLY FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

Consistent public information campaigns at many levels are critical to building positive public awareness and understanding of the value and role of career and technical education. Backed in part by its Business-Education Partnership, the new ACTE has embarked on a number of image awareness campaigns and perception-building programs. Here are a few examples.

* In the fall of 2002, ACTE launched its image campaign pilot phase to promote career and technical education. The campaign began with a full-page ad in seven regional editions of USA Today. Career kits were then sent out to 5,000 high schools in the same regions. The kits contained posters of the ad, career materials, and guidance to help school districts and local schools promote CTE in their communities. Follow-up phases of this campaign are underway now.

* To help students connect education and careers in an appealing and relevant way, ACTE began developing a new Web site, www.getcareerskills.com, expressly for students and parents.

* ACTE trains leadership volunteers to serve in its Ambassadors Network of media contacts to provide a consistent message about CTE to print and broadcast news media who need answers to questions on a deadline.

* ACTE launched a series of print and broadcast public service announcements and other materials that promote CTE. These materials are placed in regional and local media outlets including newspapers, radio and television.

* Every February, ACTE promotes the annual Career and Technical Education Week that helps schools with CTE programs celebrate and promote career tech programs in local communities across the country.

* Unlike ever before, the new ACTE aggressively reaches out to print and broadcast media to tell the whole story of career and technical education, the story that highlights its importance and relevance to America's economic development and long-term competitiveness.
THE NEW ACTE, YOUR PROFESSIONAL
MEMBERSHIP ASSOCIATION

SEPTEMBER 2002

Total Members 28,278
New Members 741
Renewing Members 27,537

Note: Table made from bar graph.


For all the advantages educators gain through a professional association, today's world is one of independence and free choice like never before. Associations must prove their value to members by providing relevance and meaning every day. The new ACTE is working hard to provide that relevance. Here are a few examples.

* ACTE is the largest association for educators in career and technical education. Its numbers have empowered ACTE to wield exceptional influence in matters of legislative advocacy and regulatory policy that consistently brings positive results to members every day in their programs and classrooms.

* ACTE is broad and inclusive with a national scope, but also flexible enough to be able to provide relevance to educators in different career tech disciplines and with different regional needs.

* ACTE, together with its state associations, Regions, Divisions, and affiliates, provide members with rich opportunities to meet, learn together, and address issues of common purpose on the national, regional and local levels. No other association provides this opportunity for educators in career and technical education.

* ACTE continues to introduce new member benefits. In 2002, ACTE introduced a discounted office supply program through Penny Wise Office Products, the Capital for Knowledge educational loan program, the new ACTE Web site with numerous member-only resources, and the Career Tech Update newsletter free to members upon request (as of January 2003).

THE NEW ACTE, LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

ACTE is working hard to make your association more valuable and relevant than ever before. Our efforts are strategically focused on making short-term achievements in the context of a long-term plan. Here are a few examples of activities planned for the coming year.

STRATEGIC ALLIANCES

The new ACTE will build new alliances with other organizations to increase our effectiveness on three fronts:

* Legislative advocacy efforts that directly benefit our members;

* Public awareness campaigns that expand and elevate career tech in the public mind;

* Professional development programs that help career tech educators better advance their own careers.

INFORMATION RESOURCES

The new ACTE will research, analyze and share data with members to help us better understand the needs of our members and the profession, and to help us better anticipate and respond to the constantly changing education environment.

RECOGNITION OF CTE

The new ACTE will introduce new campaigns to help the public understand the contributions of CTE in helping learners of all ages fulfill their working potential. These efforts will stress increasing the self-image of CTE professionals and increasing the research and analysis of data to better make the case for career and technical education.

PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCY

The new ACTE will introduce education programs to help our members be more effective and successful. New opportunities for members to obtain education to advance their own skills and careers will be made available at the national and regional levels.

CONNECTING TO STUDENTS AND PARENTS

The new ACTE will develop Web-based resources to help students and parents across the country explore careers, career pathways and employment opportunities.

President's Message

For ACTE, the past year has been a year of momentous change, refocus and rebirth. As career and technical education changed, your professional association changed to keep pace, to help you, the ACTE member, advance your schools, your skills, your students and your career.

In the past year, ACTE has reinvented itself to maintain its relevance and value to its members. Here are some examples.

* ACTE's leadership has developed a three-year strategic plan--not pie-in-the-sky idealism, but a plan that provides practical, tangible goals and benefits to help members and the profession.

* ACTE has streamlined its procedures to focus its resources on goals that make a difference in the lives of our members, things like legislative advocacy that improves your schools and programs, professional development programs that deliver real help in advancing your careers, and public recognition that lifts the value of career and technical education to a higher plane.

* ACTE has put in place new personnel and programs to meet critical needs for the future, like career tech image awareness, 21st Century Internet services for members, and more powerful grassroots advocacy in your state.

Welcome to the new ACTE. We are here for your future. Thank you for your support as we grow and change to meet the needs of our fast-changing profession. We look forward to your continued membership.

Kathy Jo Elliott ACTE President 2002-2003

INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT

Board of Directors Association for Career and Technical Education Alexandria, Virginia

We have audited the accompanying statement of financial position of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) as of June 30, 2002, and the related statements of activity and changes in net assets, functional expenses, and cash flows for the year then ended. These financial statements are the responsibility of ACTE's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits. The financial statements of the Association for Career and Technical Education as of June 30, 2000 were audited by other auditors, whose report dated November 21, 2001 expressed an unqualified opinion on these statements.

We conducted our audit in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are flee of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

Except for the effect, if any, of the possible accrual of post-employment and post-retirement benefits, as discussed in Note 9 to the financial statements, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Association for Career and Technical Education at June 30, 2002, and the changes in net assets and cash flows for the years then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

DeLeon & Stang, CPA's Gaithersburg, Maryland October 16, 2002

The following are excerpts from the audited financial statements of ACTE for the year ended June 30, 2002. This is only a portion of the report. Full copies are available from the ACTE office by calling 703-683-3111.
Association for Career and Technical Education
Statements of Financial Position
June 30, 2002 and 2001

ASSETS 2002 2001
Current Assets:
 Cash and cash equivalents $199,738 $267,756
 Accounts receivable, net of
 Allowance for doubtful accounts
 Of $34,278 in 2002 and $112,000
 In 2001 392,560 234,553
 Prepaid expenses and
 other assets 186,963 131,252
 Inventory, net 61,272 83,369

 Total Current Assets $840,533 $716,930

Investments, at fair value 651,162 704,148

Property and equipment, net of
Accumulated depreciation 2,420,022 2,517,876

TOTAL ASSETS $3,911,717 $3,938,954

LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS

Current Liabilities:
 Current portion of long-term debt $284,378 $224,982
 Line of Credit 200,000
 Accounts payable and accrued exp. 496,162 635,116
 Deferred revenue 1,030,722 850,320
 Rental deposits 7,970 6,760

 Total Current Liabilities $1,819,232 $1,917,178

Long-term debt, less current portion 869,809 1,062,231

Total Liabilities $2,689,041 $2,979,409

Contingencies -- --

Net Assets:
Unrestricted net assets $403,124 $485,222
Unrestricted net assets, Board Designated 169,848 148,748
Temporarily restricted net assets 649,704 325,575

Total Net Assets $1,222,676 $959,545

 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND
 NET ASSETS $3,911,717 $3,938,954

ASSOCIATION FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
Statements of Activity and Changes in Net Assets
For the Year Ended June 30, 2002

 Temporarily
 Unrestricted Restricted Total

Revenue and Support:
Membership dues $1,561,041 $-- $1,561,041
Contributions 140,525 875 141,400
Sponsorship 41,500 -- 41,500
Program service revenue
Convention, exposition
and workshops 1,973,308 -- 1,973,308
Publications 343,099 -- 343,099
Advertising 432,984 -- 432,984
Rental Income 89,711 -- 89,711
Service fees 50,429 -- 50,429
Other revenue 25,462 -- 25,462
Investment income 21,318 13,324 34,642
Net assets released from
restrictions and satisfaction
Of fellowship and
scholarship restrictions 150,792 (150,792) --

Total Revenue and Support $4,830,169 $ (136,593) $4,693,576

Expenses:

Program Services
Convention, exposition
and workshops $1,103,191 $ -- $1,103,191
Publications 956,328 -- 956,328
Government relations 200,198 -- 200,198
Regions and Divisions 220,610 -- 220,610

Total program service $2,480,327 -- $2,480,327

Supporting services:
Finance & operations $1,059,907 -- $1,059,907
Membership 489,818 -- 489,818
Governance 471,468 -- 471,468
 Total supporting services $2,021,193 -- $2,021,193

 Total Expenses and Losses $4,501,520 -- $4,501,520

Change in Net Assets $ 328,649 $(136,593) $ 192,056

Building fund transfer (460,722) 460,722 --

Net Assets at
Beginning of Year 705,045 325,575 1,030,620

Net Assets at End of Year $ 572,972 $ 649,704 $1,222,676
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