Magazine article Techniques

ACTE's Next Generation of State Leaders

Magazine article Techniques

ACTE's Next Generation of State Leaders

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On March 3, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) celebrated the conclusion of its first State Leadership Training Program. Twenty-six emerging and current state association leaders received certificates of completion, having attended 18 hours' worth of training in stale association management. Their completion of this program is a testament to their dedication, commitment and passion for career and technical education (CTE) and the growth of our country.

History and Mission

ACTE and its affiliated state associations share a primary obligation of serving the lifelong professional needs of their collective memberships by delivering or providing access to products and services of the highest quality, as well as communicating directly with their respective members. This partnership between ACTE and its affiliated state associations is crucial to providing the maximum level of service and benefits to the individual ACTE member and to the CTE field at large.

In 2010, the Leadership Development Task Force was appointed the task of expanding ACTE's leadership development programs. The task force focused its work on developing a program to assist state association leaders in their leadership development. The State Leadership Training Program was formed in July 2011 to provide an avenue to further develop current state association leaders while also engaging and educating emerging leaders within the state associations.


The State Leadership Training Program's work is conducted in conjunction with ACTE events. Over the past two years, more than 50 state association leaders participated in these sessions. During the meetings, the participants undergo leadership training in addition to specific instruction in association management.

The framework for the program is based upon the quality association standards (QAS), an annual benchmark for state associations to evaluate their programs, services and organization. The QAS covers the key aspects of association management, ranging from finances and bylaws, to programs and marketing. By using the QAS as the structure for the program, participants become familiar with the essentials of association management and are able to apply the concepts they learn about to their own state association. The instruction is facilitated by subject matter experts from ACTE's slate associations, stall or partners.

Each state is asked to select two individuals to participate in the State Leadership Training Program. A current leader--defined as a current or past state officer--is asked to participate with an emerging leader from the state. Ideally, the emerging leader has an interest and desire to become involved in leadership at the state, regional and/or national level.

Next Cohort

ACTE will continue the State Leadership Training Program, and the U.S. Army has partnered with ACTE to support this program in 2013-14. A new cohort will be formed over the summer and fall, with events starting at ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2013, December 4-7, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada. More information about the new cohort can be found on the State Leadership Training webpage at

In an effort to further support the State Leadership Training Program, the U.S. Army has begun hosting a webinar series ACTE members to demonstrate the learner-centric, collaborative approaches and best practices that enable Army soldiers to become adaptive, 21st-century leaders. The first webinar took place April 23, and the next one is scheduled for May 28. As one of the premier leadership institutions in the world, the U. …

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