A primary goal of schools is to turn out productive members of society. One way in which students can succeed later in life is to have the skills necessary to obtain gainful employment. Thus, career technical education is a crucial component of public schools. One exemplary leader in this area is Peggy Velarde, director of CTE for Ventura COE and ACSA’s 2013 Career Technical Education Administrator of the Year.
ACSA recognizes that over the past several years, career technical education has become an increasingly important policy discussion in the state. ACSA is a strong supporter of CTE, and has been working to create a coordinated effort among all stakeholder groups on this important issue. ACSA convened a working group to develop a comprehensive policy document, and ACSA's CTE position paper is the result of this effort. It has been distributed to all stakeholders and ACSA is frequently asked to present the contents of this paper before various policymaker groups.
ACSA members and staff have also been busy testifying before the State Board of Education and working with legislators and policy makers to craft regulations that are based on the recommendations of the CTE position paper. ACSA is also busy encouraging more CTE adminsitrators to become involved in the association as well as in local and statewide lobbying efforts.