ALEXANDRIA, VA (PRWEB) November 02, 2012
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) have entered into a formal partnership to share resources, research and work collaboratively as a unified voice supporting education that prepares individuals for the jobs in today and tomorrow’s economy.
ACTE represents more than 25,000 members, including teachers, counselors and administrators at the middle school, high school and postsecondary levels. NCATC is comprised of over 170 member institutions providing customized training in highly technical areas. Both organizations are focused on connecting the education and business communities to ensure the education and training aligns with the needs of the workplace. The partnership will result in greater resources and tools to education faculty and administration and also provide a stronger voice for programs that are the avenue for job growth and economic development.
“ACTE is very excited about the collaboration with NCATC. Our common goals and objectives will enable our organizations to more effectively connect education with the workplace and enhance the understanding by policymakers as to the value of career and technical education,” said Jan Bray, Executive Director of ACTE.
“NCATC has strategically partnered with the best of the best in Advanced Technology Center training systems, tools, and curriculum over the past decade. It is long over due that NCATC partners with one of the premier career and technical education associations – ACTE – to bolster both of our members value and benefits in the workforce and economic development needs of America,” said Craig McAtee, Executive Director of NCATC.
ACTE strongly supports and encourages career and technical education (CTE) providers, including NCATC members, who are striving to connect education and business to ensure a strong, competitive workforce is being developed to meet the needs of the American economy.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. It provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 25,000 members, including teachers, counselors and administrators at the middle school, high school and postsecondary levels.
Founded in 1988, the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC), is an Affiliated Council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), that supports Advanced Technology Centers (ATC) within community and technical colleges, school districts and communities across the country. An ATC is a commitment of persons and resources in the effort to reach, enhance and add value to business. ATCs specifically target the business and industry groups within a community to provide customized training in highly technical areas and support economic development through partnerships with small, medium, and large businesses to deliver training and certifications in areas such as advanced manufacturing, mechatronics, construction, nanotechnology, biotechnology, photonics, and many other technology fields.