There’s something for everyone at ACTE’s CareerTech VISION, a must-attend event for educators, industry representatives and business leaders. You’ll find four packed days of high quality professional development possibilities, prime networking opportunities and direct access to thousands of individuals representing all facets of CTE.

  • Renowned keynote speakers exploring new directions in CTE 
  • 300+ concurrent sessions covering the complete spectrum 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
  • Opportunities to connect, collaborate and build lasting friendships with CTE professionals from around the globe

Keynote Speaker

Thursday Opening General Session
Jenna Hager
Best-Selling Author
Contributing Correspondent, NBC's Today
Chair, UNICEF's Next Generation
Editor-at-Large, Southern Living Magazine

Sponsored by CEV Multimedia 

Passionate about literacy and education, Hager has seen firsthand how a small change can make a large difference in a single life. As chair of UNICEF’s Next Generation and a former teacher in Baltimore, Maryland, Hager shows how lives can be transformed with compassion, community support and educational opportunities. Author of The New York Times bestseller Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope, Hager is the daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.

Saturday General Session
Patrice Banks
Founder, Girls Auto Clinic

Sponsored by Find Your Grind

Passionate about innovation, technology and STEM education, Banks provides the perfect blend of energy, credibility, humor and a refreshing realness to motivate audiences to action, beckoning them to break down barriers, find their purpose and achieve greatness.

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.

Career Tech Expo


The vibrant gathering place for CTE professionals, CareerTech Expo features 200+ companies offering the largest and latest collection of CTE products and services, exhibitor workshops, live demonstrations and a wealth of networking opportunities.

STEM is CTE Symposium


Join education and business leaders from across the country to address access to STEM-related career paths through CTE, and why it’s important for all students, especially for women who are still underrepresented in STEM fields. 

Postsecondary Sessions


Covering an array of topics especially for the postsecondary career and technical educator, VISION offers numerous sessions that address secondary to postsecondary transitions; multiple pathways to college and career readiness; how to map academic research into real-world applications; leveraging business and industry partnerships and more.

View the complete postsecondary offerings at VISION.

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 Nov. 28. 

Tours & Workshops

Kick off your VISION experience with:

Check back for workshop and tour details!

Perkins V at VISION

Join Us for Insights into Perkins V and Essential Implementation Information at VISION

ACTE's CareerTech VISION will offer an extended pre-conference workshop as well as sessions within the event program and a session at our STEM is CTE Symposium on the new Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). Prepare for Perkins V at VISION with updates on the implementation process, opportunities for engagement, and information on new state and local requirements that will impact you.

Pre-conference Workshop
An In-depth Look at Perkins V: Moving Toward Implementation
Nov. 28, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Cost: $200 and includes a copy of Perkins V: The Official Guide

VISION Sessions
What You Need to Know About Perkins V: An Overview of Implementation
Nov. 29, 4:30–5:30 p.m. and repeated Nov. 30, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

ACTE Legislative Update
Nov. 29, 3:15–4:15 p.m.

ACTE's High-quality CTE Framework and the Perkins V Local Needs Assessment
Nov. 30, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

STEM is CTE Symposium Session
Equity and Access in Perkins V
Dec. 1, 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Companion Events

Information coming soon on these companion events, enriching your experience at VISION:

Future VISION Dates


VISION 2019: Dec. 4 7, Anaheim, CA
VISION 2020: Dec. 2 5, Nashville, TN
VISION 2021: Dec. 1 – 4, New Orleans, LA


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