Association for Career and Technical Education Awarded Silicon Valley Community Foundation Grant

Grant will jumpstart production of career and technical education micro-documentary series

Alexandria, Virginia – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) today announced that it will begin production of a series of micro-documentaries about career and technical education (CTE) programs in new and emerging fields, which has been made possible in part by the Cisco Networking Academy, through a corporate-advised grant fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

“I want to express my gratitude to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Cisco Networking Academy for their recognition of the power that these documentaries will have for America’s educational institutions,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “With these organizations’ support, ACTE will be able to share true stories from across the country that will inspire students to pursue their career goals through CTE. I appreciate the commitment to our nation’s students and educators that the Silicon Valley Community Foundation has displayed through this award.”

“Cisco is proud to support ACTE’s work on CTE and STEM initiatives,” quoted Joni Blakeslee, Sr. Manager, Cisco CSR, Networking Academy U.S./Canada. “This documentary series will have a powerful impact on students considering technology education and careers, including IT and networking, which are fields with an increasing demand for skilled professionals. The Cisco Networking Academy program is part of Cisco’s corporate social responsibility initiatives on education.”

The documentaries, which will be produced and directed by a team from ACTE over the course of the next year, will incorporate testimonials from students and educators about their experience with CTE programs. The documentaries will spotlight CTE programs that have a particular connection to 21st century workforce technologies, and will span a wide range of careers including IT, healthcare and other STEM fields. ACTE will distribute the documentaries to its members and others from the CTE community, and will use them as a platform to educate students about the valued, high-wage career opportunities available to them. The first set of “microdocs” will be highlighted in a Kickstarter campaign to develop a community-funded repository of CTE video resources.

The series will be an example of ACTE’s continued commitment to raising awareness of CTE’s role in building America’s future workforce and economic competitiveness. ACTE strives to build support for CTE programs and professionals that are preparing students for the careers of the 21st century.

About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.