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Leading Edge Celebrating CTE's Power INCREASINGLY, CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) IS BEING RECOGNIZED AS LeAnn Wilson an important part of education, both by policymakers and business and industry. February is CTE Month,® and this time of year affords a critical opportunity to further emphasize the value CTE brings to the nation. The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) stands committed to ensuring that CTE and career readiness remain at the forefront of the education dialogue. We also stand committed to the idea that all students across the nation should have access to high-quality CTE programs. As we begin to see barriers between CTE and academic courses diminish, a large number of stu- recognizing the value that CTE has to increase student academic achievement and high school graduation rates. And more employers are looking to CTE to meet the critical need for an investment in our workforce to narrow the skills gap. As the saying goes, there is strength in numbers. With our community expanding, our voices are stronger, allowing for increased support for the funding of career and technical education programs. And that is a reason to celebrate! ACTE continues to advocate at the national level for the resources and policies necessary to ensure that all students are college- and career-ready. Perkins reauthorization hearings have begun and have included the testimonies of powerful voices in CTE, such as former ACTE President Bryan Albrecht. Work also continues on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Higher Education Act reauthorizations, and grants from the new Department of Labor Youth CareerConnect program will soon be awarded. A part of my job that I enjoy tremendously is visiting CTE programs in action. It is exciting to witness opportunities for deep, engaging and relevant learning. To see the sparkle in students' eyes as they share their accomplishments is both rewarding and inspiring. I want to extend a special thank you to CTE educators, guidance counselors and parents all over the country who join us in celebrating all student accomplishments. Thank you to the business and industry community which recognizes and values the power of CTE. And to all the CTE students, we celebrate you. LeAnn Wilson ACTE Executive Director 6 Techniques February 2014 MANAGING EDITOR Margaret Mitchell / ACTE STAFF CONTRIBUTORS Stephen DeWitt / Alisha Hyslop / Brian Jenkins / DESIGN AND PRODUCTION MANAGER Sabrina Yen / ADVERTISING ACCOUNT SALES REP Tom Minich / Mel Katz / ADVERTISING COORDINATOR Jim Waterhouse, Techniques Magazine 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 Phone: 800-826-9972 ext. 332 Fax: 703-683-7424 PUBLISHER Association for Career and Technical Education LeAnn Wilson, Executive Director HOW TO CONTACT ACTE Call toll-free 800-826-9972 MEMBERSHIP SERVICES Techniques magazine is just one of the benefits of joining ACTE. Call 800-826-9972 or visit to learn more. TECHNIQUES EDITORIAL Contact Margaret Mitchell by phone at 703-6839339 or by e-mail at To submit letters to the editor or to send article queries or manuscripts, e-mail to, or mail to Editor, Techniques, 1410 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314. Information on writing for Techniques is available at REPRINTS, COPY PERMISSION, BACK ISSUES ACTE members seeking permission to copy limited quantities of articles from Techniques, please contact or fax your request to Gina D'Angelo at 800-826-9972,, or fax 703-683-7424. For non-members and large quantity copy permission requests, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center, 978-750-8400. For reprints and permissions, contact The YGS Group at 800-501-9571 ext 100 or email For back issues, please contact ACTE member services at 800826-9972. Members may access the contents of all issues of Techniques from September 2002 forward, on the ACTE website, Online access is subject to prevailing copyright protections and prior written permission from ACTE is required for all reprints and copies. Members can request an additional copy of Techniques for missing, lost or damaged copies, but fulfillment of this request cannot be guaranteed after 90 days from issue date. Copyright 2014 by the Association for Career and Technical Education Inc. The views expressed by Techniques do not necessarily represent an official position of ACTE. Acceptance of ads for publication in the magazine does not imply endorsement of advertised products by the Association.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ACTE Techniques February 2014

Leading Edge
Classroom Connection
Leadership Matters
Capitol View
Q and A
Celebrating CTE's Successes
Celebrating One of CTE's Strongest Advocates
Hell Hath No Fury Like a Tornado Spawned
Rebuilding With Education
Making CTE Work Through CTSOs
The Power of CTSOs
A Recap of ACTE's CareerTech Vision 2013
Using Tests to Improve Student Achievement
Ground Source Heat Pumps: From Green to Gold
Inside ACTE
Career Curve

ACTE Techniques February 2014