Trade and Industrial Education Division Report

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Trade and industrial education prepares people for careers in a variety of trades, including carpentry, masonry, electrical and construction management; heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; computer-aided drafting and manufacturing; automotive technology; and cosmetology. Division members are instructors of these subjects at high school and two-year college levels as well as university professors who prepare these teachers.

Purpose

The Trade and Industrial Education Division was created to:

* Promote at the national level the philosophy and objectives of trade and industrial education.

* Influence national policy affecting trade and industrial education.

* Cooperate with organizations that support the philosophy and objectives of trade and industrial education.

* Offer greater visibility to the problems and challenges of trade and industrial educators.

* Promote and recognize the growth of trade and industrial education teachers in their professional development.

* Promote the involvement of labor and management in trade and industrial education programs and services.

* Cooperate with federal and state authorities in promoting high standards and developing sound practices in trade and industrial education programs and services.

* Promote growth and development of Skills USA as an integral part of trade and industrial education programs and services.

* Provide national meetings of trade and industrial educators and consultants for an exchange of ideas for the promotion, improvement and expansion of trade and industrial programs and services.

TIE Division Establishes Its Strategic Plan for FY 05

These activities support the goals of the ACTE Strategic Plan. (Additional information supporting such areas as objectives/strategies, activities, timelines, responsible parties, completion dates and budgeted amounts is included in the Trade and Industrial Education Division Annual Report.)

Focus Area of Plan: Professional Competency

Goal One: Increase member awareness of the ongoing changes in career and technical education (CTE) and their impact on the profession. …