(find Summer and Fall Conference presentations posted on the Washington ACTE Community)
by Michaela Todd
Puyallup High School
WA FCCLA Vice President of Programs and Community Service
Students often struggle to find who they should be
And when they need a guiding light, here comes CTE
CTE is like a hero for school kids all around
It shows them the opportunities life gives them in bounds
Whether you’re a fan of baking cakes
Or fancy figuring out why a body aches
Maybe you’re really keen on business and marketing
Or just want to learn how to get an engine sparkling
Perhaps STEM happens to be your field
And you want to 3D print a shield
After all there’s always teaching
A profession essential for the masses we’re reaching
So regardless of whether you’re simply looking to try new things
Or aiming to master the real world skills that CTE brings
You can see it’s very hard to discover
A future job or dream CTE doesn’t cover
Its brilliance comes in a wealth of opportunity
That provides us the confidence to speak to our community
Most of these encounters are with an everyday guy
But sometimes you’re tasked to speak in front of the OSPI
Regardless of the time, the place, or the situation
CTE’s emphasis on leadership provides for ease of navigation
You’ll never have to fret with CTE at your side
Because practical experience never fails as a guide
The unique challenge of teamwork, and learning so hands on
Will provide us all with knowledge long after graduation has gone
CTE has a way of collecting people from all walks of life
And that varied wealth of insight helps us work through any strife
Though it can be troubling, and we don’t always understand
CTE and its support never fails to lend us the upper hand
February is Career and Technical Education Month®!
CTE Month® is a public awareness campaign ACTE holds each February to celebrate Career and Technical Education and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. CTE Month 2017, with its tagline of "Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!" gives you the chance to inform others of the innovation and excellence that exists within your local CTE programs and raise awareness of the crucial role that CTE plays in readying our students for careers and our nation for economic success. For more information on how you can get involved, please click here.
Dodie Bemis, ACTE Region V Vice President; Kevin Plambeck, WA-ACTE President Elect; Gene Wachtel, WA-ACTE President;
Lew Keliher, WA-ACTE Past President; Tim Knue, WA-ACTE Executive Director; Gina Riggs, ACTE President Elect
The Value of Membership
The Benefits of Belonging
Why Join Your Organization?
* Offer a collective, strong voice
* Access to relevant and current information
* Recognition of profession
* Provider of professional development
* Trusted access to wisdom
* Is your voice on issues that are important to you
* Facilitates your networking needs with colleagues across the state on different issues
* Keeps you current professionally
* Protect your livelihood
* Keep current on the latest information and techniques
* Network with experts across the state
* Be part of your professional group
“Washington ACTE’s mission is to support our members in providing high
quality CTE opportunities for all students in Washington State.”
WA-ACTE CORE PURPOSE
To provide leadership and services to our members as they prepare students for lifelong career success.
We accomplish our Purpose by Providing Members:
- Quality professional development
- Advocacy and promotion of Career and Technical Education
- Advancement of policy and legislation
- Networking and communication
- Continuous quality association improvement
Advocacy: WA-ACTE believes that the field of Career and Technical Education needs a strong voice at the local, state, and national level to support its importance to students and to promote public awareness of the value of CTE in education and the economy.
Lifelong Learning: WA-ACTE embraces the concept of lifelong learning and recognizes how CTE creates a foundation for students to understand its importance in a rapidly changing environment.
Collaboration: WA-ACTE understands that it cannot accomplish its purpose without the strong support and partnership of other individuals and organizations who share in its vision.
Accountability: WA-ACTE supports the concept of accountability and encourages members to demonstrate their active contributions to all learners.
Service: WA-ACTE encourages the individual commitment of its members to the organization and the profession of Career and Technical Education, through professional service and support.
Diversity: WA-ACTE values diversity among its members and students and actively works to increase the diversity among its members.