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ACTE’s CareerTech VISION

ACTE’s CareerTech VISION is highly regarded as the premier annual event for secondary and postsecondary career and technical education (CTE). Soon, educators, business leaders, industry professionals and students will arrive in Phoenix, Arizona, to engage with community members and learn and grow together. From Nov. 29–Dec. 2, 2023, attendees will be challenged to consider new technologies and new ways of thinking. You will embrace old friends and meet new colleagues.

It’s time for CTE to shine! At the CareerTech Expo, on stage preparing to moderate a panel discussion, or in the audience at a general session. We recall how ACTE’s Past President Scott Stone said his students knew he’d bring home many new ideas. There’s truly something for everyone! Join us for four days of professional development on high-quality CTE in the Valley of the Sun.

CTE Levels Up at VISION

Meet your featured keynote speakers! Morris Morrison is a world-class entertainer, author and show host. He became interested in building stronger, kinder, focused human beings after being orphaned as a child in New York City — then again as a teen — when a doctor’s words changed his life forever. Global leaders partner with Morrison to help their people overcome disruption in the name of growth. He helps bring families and teams closer; build fearless, focused leaders that drive change; and make organizations more impactful through personal ownership and service.

Jon Petz is a best-selling author and motivational keynote speaker on performance and the power of human connections. He will share his passion and energy for performance, purpose and impact with VISION attendees to strengthen their capacity for success in life, business and careers. Petz is a former sales and marketing executive as well as a tech entrepreneur. He is also a professional magician! This one-of-a-kind combination brings relevancy, experience and understanding to the real-world challenges and opportunities we face in our professional pursuits.

Partnerships drive CTE success.

ACTE and its partners share a dedication to CTE. At ACTE’s CareerTech VISION, with ongoing support from NOCTI, the Credential Corner provides helpful tools and resources for training the future workforce, sharing various models, resources and best practices for instruction and credentialing learners. Conference attendeeds continue to share positive feedback about the experience. Each year, there are stories of valuable connections made to foster learner success and support for educators.

Imagine being a first-time attendee at the VISION conference or a new CTE instructor. There are so many intriguing presentations, a vast amount of networking opportunities, and many exhibitors to visit and learn from. For first-time visitors and those interested in credentialing, the Credential Corner is a great place to visit. Ask questions, peruse information and learn from industry partners. This new knowledge will prove helpful as you explore the rest of the CareerTech Expo.

Think about the administrator tasked with exploring high-quality, high-value credentials for CTE programs at their site. The Credential Corner partners can help you understand what makes a credential valuable to hiring managers. They can also share examples of the importance of data in making program and classroom improvement decisions.

Awards celebrate the best of CTE.

Any reason to get dressed up is a good one! The ACTE Awards Gala, happening Nov. 29, will recognize those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to CTE, programs that exemplify the highest standards, and organizations that seek to promote and expand CTE programs. Award winners serve as inspirational leaders to ACTE.

And our CTE students get their turn in the spotlight as well. In 2023, ACTE hosted its eighth annual Student Trophy Design Contest, sponsored by Stratasys. The winning design — which served as a template for the national trophies to be presented at the Awards Gala —was submitted by Madison Adams, a sophomore at Advanced Technologies Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada. The trophies reflect CTE’s role in preparing students for 21st century careers, and they harness the power of collaboration between CTE and business and industry partners. For her winning entry, Adams received a $1,000 scholarship, and Advanced Technologies Academy received a one-year lease of a 3D printer, courtesy of Stratasys.

What to do

  1. Stroll along Roosevelt Row to enjoy the vibrant street art.
  2. Find a moment of peace at The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix.
  3. Play a round of golf at the Encanto 18, the third-oldest course in Arizona.

Where to eat

  1. The Breakfast Club
  2. The Pemberton, a food truck park!
  3. The Kettle Black

What to see

  1. Desert Botanical Garden, at Papago Park
  2. Taliesen West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home
  3. Goldfield Ghost Town

ACTE’s CareerTech VISION

Visit our website for the most up-to-date conference information, and to register!

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