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IACTE/ACTE Media Tour October 2016 Press Release


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Joliet Township High School Main Campus , Chicago Public Schools Allied Health, Main Township High School East, Lyons Township High School, Rolling Meadows High  School and Harper College


October 3, 2016 

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka,; (703) 683-9312 

Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has announced a joint media tour in the Chicago metropolitan area with the Illinois Association for Career and Technical Education (IACTE). The two associations will visit six career and technical education (CTE) programs between Wednesday, Oct. 12 and Friday, Oct. 14. 

Members of the media, state legislators and local policymakers are invited to attend. The tours will provide firsthand insight into the innovative CTE programs in the Chicago area, information about pertinent state and federal CTE policy, and an opportunity to ask questions of representatives from both associations, school administrators, educators and students. Traveling to each stop on the tour will be: Cindy Stover, IACTE Executive Director and ACTE Region III Vice President; Alice Slager, IACTE 2nd Vice President; and Jarrod Nagurka, ACTE Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager. 

Details for all six events are below. You can also view the schedule in your browser by clicking hereRSVP to Jarrod Nagurka at

Full Schedule for Chicago Metro Area Media Tour 

Wednesday, October 12 

Maine Township HS East – Park Ridge

Time: 8:00AM

Address: 2601 Dempster St, Park Ridge, IL

Programming: Meeting with CTE Administrator and Superintendent. Tour of a variety of classes, including: computer integrated manufacturing, civil engineering, nursing and 3D animation. 

Lyons Township HS North – La Grange

Time: 1:00PM

Address: 100 S Brainard Ave, La Grange, IL

Programming: Tour of a variety of classes, including: auto fabrication, computer programming and aviation. 

Thursday, October 13 

Rolling Meadows High School – Rolling Meadows

Time: 8:00AM

Address: 2901 W Central Rd, Rolling Meadows, IL

Programming: Tour of a variety of classes, including: manufacturing & engineering, culinary & hospitality, entrepreneurship, health sciences. 

Harper College – Palatine

Time: 10:45AM

Address: 1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL

Programming: Tour and overview of variety of classes and programs, including a manufacturing course, along with dual credit and non-traditional programs. 

Friday, October 14 

Joliet Central HS – Joliet

Time: 7:20AM

Location: 201 E Jefferson St, Joliet, IL

Programming: Tour of a variety of classes, including: culinary arts, auto, engineering, 3D computer animation, photographic communications, health careers and computer repair. 

Saints Mary & Elizabeth Medical Center – Chicago

Time: 1:00PM

Programming: Tour and overview of the health academy program.

About ACTE:

The Association for Career and Technical Education 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.

IACTE/ACTE Media Tour November 2014 Summary

IACTE, in conjunction with ACTE, conducted a Media Tour through Central Illinois. The purpose of the Media Tour was to promote awareness of career and technical education, share success stories with the media and to inform the public how they can become more involved with their local CTE programs. The schedule was as follows:

November 4: 

  • Capital Area Career Center CISCO Program, Springfield, IL
  • Capital Area School of Practical Nursing, Springfield, IL

November 5: 

  • Regional Office of Career and Technical Education CEO Program, Springfield, IL
  • New Berlin Junior High School – Gateways to Technology, New Berlin, IL
  • Pleasant Plains High School – Project Lead the Way, Pleasant Plains, IL
  • Pana High School – CTE Department and Moon Buggy Competition, Pana IL

November 6

  • Parkland Community College – CTE Department and Early College and Career Academy
  • Urbana High School – CTE Department
  • Vermillion Vocational System at Danville Community College – Dual Credit Programs 
  • Vermillion Vocation System – NIMS Apprenticeship Program with ThyssenKrupp Presta

November 7

  • Princeville High School – CTE Department, Princeville, IL 
  • Woodruff Career & Technical Center - CTE Department, Peoria, IL 
  • Manual High School – CTE Department, Peoria, IL 

Five newspaper articles were published as a result of this tour, there was one television segment on Chanel 20 News in Springfield, IL, Sean Lynch, ACTE Media Manager, wrote daily blogs, developed a post-tour press release, and has a conference call after the tour with an agriculture show. On Friday, November 14, 2014, Cindy Stover and Sean Lynch were interviewed on, to discuss CTE in Illinois.

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Media Tour Press Release 2013

April 30, 2013

Illinois CTE Programs Offers Invaluable Career Training to Illinois Students

Alexandria, VA— Illinois offers invaluable career skills preparation and exploration opportunities to over 50% of all high school students in the state through career and technical education (CTE) programs that match the workforce needs and demands in Illinois and the national economy. On a recent outreach tour held with the Illinois Association for Career and Technical Education (IACTE) and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), a national organization dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers, journalists, industry leaders and state legislature and Congressional staff members had the opportunity to tour eleven schools across the state of Illinois, meet and speak with CTE professionals and students and see firsthand the positive impacts of CTE programs.

CTE programs are preparing Illinois students for success in both college and careers. Illinois’ graduation rate for all high school students is 82.3%, however, students enrolled in CTE in the state of Illinois have a graduation rate of 91% according to the most recent data from the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), Department of Education. In almost all CTE programs across Illinois, students graduate and go onto postsecondary education over 90% of the time compared to their peers not enrolled in CTE.

CTE programs in high schools across the state are providing career training in Illinois’ most in- demand fields. A recent report by Ernst & Young LLP found that Illinois and the Midwest “are critical contributors to the global biotechnology landscape” and ranks Illinois as a leader in the nation’s growing biotechnology industry. Illinois CTE programs offer high school students the only nanotechnology program, located at Wheeling High School in Wheeling, IL as well as the only photonics program, found in Lake County High Schools Technology Campus in Grayslake, IL, in the United States.

Partnerships with business and industry leaders are a key component to many Illinois CTE programs and also make the state unique in its offerings to students. In addition to the abundant internship, career shadowing and mentorship opportunities that can be found in Illinois CTE programs, Illinois is home to the only training facility of the International Union of Operating Engineers (I.O.U.E.); a 342,000 square foot space housing an indoor training area, almost 200 pieces of heavy equipment, 30 classrooms, construction material testing lab and a state of the art welding facility. Local high school seniors can participate in a year-long heavy equipment management program at no tuition cost to the student, just one example of the valuable opportunities through CTE and industry partnerships available to Illinois students.

“Illinois is on trend with the high-quality, workforce-connected career and technical education programs that are educating the country’s future workforce across the nation,” stated Ashley Parker, Media Relations Manager for ACTE, who toured schools from Chicago to Jerseyville with IACTE Consultant Cindy Stover in late April, “We know that all students need to be both college and career-ready to be competitive in the global economy and ready for career success. The programs found in the state of Illinois offer students opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in the career fields that can lead to whatever options work best for them; a job out of high school thanks to an industry-recognized credential they earned, a postsecondary training program at a technical or community college or a four-year university program.”

To learn more about the CTE programs in Illinois, please contact the Illinois Association for Career and Technical Education.

About ACTE

The Association for Career and Technical Education is the largest national association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. For 85 years, we have been committed to enhancing the job performance and satisfaction of our members, to increasing public awareness and appreciation of career and technical programs, and to assuring growth in local, state and federal funding for these programs by communicating and working with legislators and government leaders.

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