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Virginia ACTE is dedicated to expanding relevant and rigorous CTE programs, enhancing leadership among its members, influencing public policy for the benefit of CTE students and professionals, and developing a competitive workforce in the commonwealth of Virginia.

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2020–2021 Policy Issues in Brief

View the full 2020–2021 Issues and Solutions for CTE to see solutions to these issues.

  1. Virginia ACTE supports funding to sustain the CTE Resource Center, to replace its obsolete data structure and website, to support its mission of providing free resources for the development of CTE curricula, and to continue its support of the commonwealth’s CTE educators.
  2. Virginia ACTE supports funding that would enable school divisions to hire work-based learning (WBL) coordinators to increase WBL opportunities for students and align these opportunities with the Profile of a Virginia Graduate.
  3. Virginia ACTE supports funding for meaningful, industry-recognized standards, assessments, and credentials for CTE programs, staff, and students.
  4. Virginia ACTE supports continued priority funding for CTE classroom lab equipment and program improvements to prepare students for a competitive workforce and postsecondary education.
  5. Virginia ACTE supports increased efforts by Virginia’s colleges and universities to develop and, where they already exist, strengthen undergraduate and graduate teacher-preparation programs in CTE.
  6. Virginia ACTE supports funding for the Governor’s STEM Academies and Governor’s Health Sciences Academies, which prepare students for in-demand, high-wage, and high-skill careers in Virginia.

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