Events & Experiences

There’s something for everyone in CTE at VISION, a must-attend event for educators, industry representatives and business leaders. You’ll find four finite days of infinite professional development possibilities, prime networking opportunities and direct access to 4,000+ individuals representing all facets of CTE.

  • Renowned keynote speakers exploring new directions in CTE 
  • 300+ concurrent sessions covering every aspect of secondary and postsecondary CTE 
  • CareerTech Expo and interactive exhibitor workshops 
  • Career Pavilion providing essential resources on several CTE career pathways 
  • Wednesday workshops and tours offering insights into focused topics and CTE programming
  • Awards Banquet, a heartwarming and inspirational gathering of dedicated and passionate CTE professionals and supporters
  • STEM is CTE Symposium addressing access to STEM-related career paths through CTE programming for all students and especially for young women
  • Opportunities to connect, collaborate and build lasting friendships with CTE professionals from around the globe
View the conference brochure for a quick guide to VISION.

Keynote Speakers

Thursday Opening General Session  

Isaac Lidsky
Entrepreneur and Author

Sponsored by CEV Multimedia

This empowering entrepreneur brings an eclectic resume of accomplishments—from child television star and Supreme Court clerk to entrepreneur transforming a failing concrete subcontractor to a multi-million dollar construction services company. Isaac’s story is not what you expect – he did all of this as he was going blind. His personal journey taught him to live his life Eyes Wide Open, also the title of his new book. From his inspiring story, you’ll learn how to harness your strengths, overcome obstacles and cast your goals into sharp focus! 

Friday General Session: From Policy to Practice
Sponsored by Certiport
Tamar Jacoby
President & CEO,
Opportunity America
Scott Ralls, Ph. D
Northern Virginia
Community College
Stephen Pruitt
Commissioner of
Kentucky Department
of Education
Heather Justice
Executive Director, CTE, Tennessee Department
of Education
Charisse Childers
Director, Arkansas
Department of Career
More than a decade of attention and policy innovation at the federal, state and local levels has a produced a revolution in thinking about career and technical education – new ideas that can now be replicated across the country. This information-rich general session will feature a panel of state officials showcasing exemplary state CTE policies and practices—pioneering solutions for the challenges facing the nation's career educators.

Saturday Closing General Session  

Kayleen McCabe
Host of DIY Network's Rescue Renovation

Sponsored by Express Employment Professionals

You name it, she can build it! Licensed contractor and 2009 Stud Finder winner, McCabe will share her wealth of experiences to illustrate how CTE is truly art in the eye of the beholder. From concept to construction, she uses her unique combination of gutsy innovation and expert trade skills to tackle any home improvement project. As host of DIY Network's Rescue Renovation, this power tool ninja transforms project-challenged housing spaces into vibrant homes.  


Mobile App


Available for Download

Please also note that ACTE is going green and will no longer print a program guide. We will utilize our easy to use VISION app. The VISION app will allow you to set your own agenda, connect with speakers, receive critical alerts and thoroughly navigate VISION 2017. The app will be available to download in November and we will send all conference registrants notification once the app is available.

To download, search "ACTE CareerTech VISION" in the App Store for Apple or Google Play for Android. Once on-site, you will be able to connect to WiFi to access the app. The app uses 19.6 MB for storage. 

Career Pavilion


Bigger and better than ever, VISION’s Career Pavilion will feature CTE career pathways with representatives showcasing career opportunities and resources to help you get your students excited about their future career path. 

ACTE Awards Banquet


Join the most distinguished CTE professionals, programs and organizations in an evening of festivity, live entertainment and elegant ceremony at ACTE’s Awards Banquet on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Click here for more information.



So popular in 2016 that we're bringing the STEM is CTE Symposium back to VISION this year. STEM is CTE brings together education and business leaders from across the country to address access to STEM-related career paths through CTE programming for all students, especially for women who are still underrepresented in STEM fields. According to the Census Bureau's 2009 American Community Survey, women comprise 48 percent of the U.S. workforce but just 24 percent of workers in STEM fields. Half as many women work in STEM jobs as would be expected if gender representation in STEM professions mirrored the overall workforce. And, females hold only four percent of trade jobs in the U.S. leaving a gap in innovation and skills. Learn more about the sessions offered.

Tours & Workshops

Kick off your VISION experience with:

Companion Events


Postsecondary Sessions

VISION provides the postsecondary community with a venue for exploring multiple pathways to college and career readiness, networking with postsecondary CTE professionals and leveraging business and industry partnerships to enhance your CTE programs. Fifty sessions on the most current issues in postsecondary CTE will cover:
  • Business, industry and education partnerships and needs
  • Designing successful CTE teacher education programs 
  • Effective teaching strategies for adult learners
  • Re-skilling the middle-aged workforce
  • Promoting and attracting CTE student diversity
  • College and career readiness models
  • Teacher recruitment and retention 
View the complete postsecondary offerings at VISION.

Career Clusters

 ACTE and Advance CTE are pleased to offer sessions focused on career clusters and programs of study, a comprehensive framework for organizing high quality CTE programs and cultivating collaboration between secondary and postsecondary CTE. 


Accommodations & Event Venue

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
2800 Opryland Dr.
Nashville, TN 37214
Phone: 615-889-1000
Rate: Single/Double: $159 plus a $6 resort fee, 15.25% sales & occupancy tax and a $2.50 city tax
Mention ACTE’s CareerTech VISION when booking your room. 
Reserve your room online.

More travel details.

Future VISION Dates


  • VISION 2018: Nov. 28 – Dec. 1, San Antonio
  • VISION 2019: Dec. 4 7, Anaheim
  • VISION 2020: Dec. 2 5, Nashville


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More Resources:

Please be aware that registration for ACTE events is only available via ACTE’s website and

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors





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