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ACTE Approved as New Name for AVA

Magazine article Techniques

ACTE Approved as New Name for AVA

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In an effort to mold its image around the portrait of modern workforce education, the American Vocational Association has changed its name to the Association for Career and Technical Education.

On Dec. 13, the Assembly of Delegates at the association's annual convention in New Orleans approved the name change 333-67--an 83 percent favorable margin! The name change took effect immediately. The wide margin of approval "is certainly an unmistakable and clear mandate for action," says Bret Lovejoy, ACTE's executive director. "Not only did we gain support for changing the name, but we had the right name."

The association began researching a possible name change four years ago in response to members' concerns about negative perceptions of the term "vocational." Many parents, students and business people continue to see "vocational" education as low-level training for students who are not going to college, says ACTE's President Laura Ward.

"Educators have tried for years to change the perception of the word `vocational' but have failed," Ward says. "Many state and student organizations had dropped `vocational' from their titles a long time ago. [ACTE officials] knew that changing the association's name was the best thing we could do to improve the image of the association and of the field."

ACTE President-Elect Abigail Reynolds, a state supervisor of business education in West Virginia, says the new name is "a very positive move for our association [that] reflects what we're actually doing. …

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