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Virginia CTSOs Celebrate CTE Month, Learn to Lobby Legislators

Magazine article Techniques

Virginia CTSOs Celebrate CTE Month, Learn to Lobby Legislators

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STATE PRESIDENTS REPRESENTING VIRGINIA'S CAREER AND TECHNICAL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS (CTSOs) participated in the Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education (VACTE) professional leadership seminar held January 15-16 in Richmond, Virginia. During the event, students were given an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of legislation concerning career and technical education (CTE). They were introduced on the floors of the House of Delegates and Senate, and were present for a CTE Month Proclamation signing and meeting with Gov. Timothy Kaine. The conference began with a workshop during which students were given the talking points about CTE bills to be introduced in the legislature. They were also coached by a professional lobbyist about the protocol when approaching legislators in person and through correspondence.

According to Joshua Cline, Phi Beta Lambda state president of Virginia Future Business Leaders of America, "The VACTE conference was a great experience for me. I was able to meet and network with my elected state officials. It was great to see the legislative process, from lobbying to a session of the House of Delegates, up close at a personal level."

Besides the opportunity to meet with legislators and discuss pertinent policy, Delegate Matt Lohr, a former FFA national officer, conducted a session with the students on how to leverage their role as state officers. Delegate Lohr also discussed the power of advocacy and the importance of making time for civic responsibilities. …

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