Becoming an advocate is one of the most important actions you can take to secure the future of CTE. ACTE has developed a wide variety of tools to assist you in your advocacy activities, keep you informed and promote ongoing support for CTE. The tools here provide step-by-step directions and examples that will help you reach out to policymakers at the local, state and federal levels, as well as your community and the media.
Texas Fact Sheet
Download a printable one-page document with Texas CTE facts including delivery, funding, enrollment, performance statistics and profiles of exemplary programs.
ACTE Advocacy Toolkit
Becoming an advocate is one of the most important actions you can take to secure the future of CTE. Access a variety of tools to assist in your support.
Who Represents Me
Find current districts and members of the Texas Senate, Texas House of Representatives, the Texas delegation to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and the State Board of Education.
ACTE Policy, Advocacy and Research Publications
ACTE® has produced a number of resources for CTE professionals to use in local, state and federal advocacy efforts and public outreach for CTE.
About Career and Technical Education
Career and Technical Education (CTE) integrates core academic skills, employability skills and technical job-specific skills and includes postsecondary and workforce partnerships enabling clear pathways to certifications and degrees. CTE educates students for a range of career options through 16 Career Clusters and over 120 programs of study.
In Texas, 8 out of 10 high school students are enrolled in CTE. High school students that take two or more courses for three or more credits graduate at higher rates and perform better than their peers. For the 2014-2015 reporting period, students completed 30,889 dual credit workforce courses and earned 35, 141 industry recognized credentials. CTE concentrators graduated at a rate of 95% - 10 percentage points higher than their peers.
The Texas Education Agency manages the Five-Year State Plan for CTE and monitors instructional quality through rigorous accountability measures. CTE is funded by state appropriation and federal grant funds from the Carl Perkins Act. Perkins funds are distributed to support secondary 70% and postsecondary 30% education.
CTE instructional settings include comprehensive high schools, magnet schools, stand-alone CTE facilities, technical and community colleges. Accountability measures include academic and technical skill attainment, coherent course sequence enrollment, dual credit completion and industry-recognized credentials.