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Partnerships with Education: Getting Involved with Public Policy. Presented by: Thomas N. Applegate Senior Director, Business/Industry Initiatives Association for Career and Technical Education. Re-title my presentation: Unnatural Acts. Part’ ner -ship ’

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partnerships with education getting involved with public policy

Partnerships with Education:Getting Involved with Public Policy

Presented by:

Thomas N. Applegate

Senior Director, Business/Industry Initiatives

Association for Career and Technical Education


Part’ ner-ship’

A collaboration between two or more entities associated in some common interest



An unnatural act between two or more non-consenting bureaucracies

acte who we are
ACTE-Who We Are
  • National association of career and technical education (CTE) professionals
  • Only organization representing all aspects of CTE
  • Membership includes instructors, administrators, counselors, support personnel from secondary and post secondary institutions
  • 32,000 members
acte what we do
ACTE-What We Do
  • Three A’s
    • Access to information
    • Advocacy for the profession including but no limited to political advocacy
    • Awareness of CTE and its importance to the economic and educational well being of our nation
why career and technical education is important to the energy industry
Why Career and Technical Education is Important to the Energy Industry
  • We train your future workers
  • We teach technical skills
  • We teach applied academics
  • We teach problem solving, practical reasoning skill
  • We teach work skills- dependability, reliability
  • We train your existing workforce
    • Upgrade skills
    • Retrain workers
why cewd members are important to career and technical education from a policy perspective
Why CEWD Members are Important to Career and Technical Education(from a policy perspective)
  • Credibility in the political arena
  • Carry policy issues to trade and political groups
  • Provide critical feedback to our policy issues
major legislation for cte
Major Legislation for CTE
  • Perkins

Only about 5% of total dollars spent on CTE but drives change and policy

  • Tech Prep
  • Academic and technical integration
  • Connections between secondary and postsecondary education
  • Links to business and industry
major legislation for cte continued
Major Legislation for CTE (continued)
  • Workforce Investment ACT (WIA)
  • Infrastructure funding
  • Training
  • WIB board/Perkins
  • Enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Act of 2008
  • No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

Teacher quality

Time off task

acte issues briefs
ACTE Issues Briefs
  • The Issue
  • Why CTE should be concerned/Involved
  • CTE’s role
  • Conclusion/what should be done/what should CTE being doing
  • Available free online at
what should you do
What should YOU do????
  • Be involved with CTE-the future of your workforce depends upon it
  • Link with your local/state CTE programs
  • Be a Career and Technical Education advocate
  • Become a National ACTE Associate member
  • Attend ACTE National Policy Seminar –

March 9-11, 2009 – Washington, DC

further information
Further Information
  • Thomas N. Applegate, Senior Director Business and Industry Initiatives