ACTE Excellence Awards Gala

The ACTE Excellence Awards recognize those individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to CTE, programs that exemplify the highest standards and organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand CTE programs. Award winners serve as inspirational leaders to ACTE: they embody the core values of serving their students and being committed to CTE. All ACTE Excellence Awards are presented at the ACTE Awards Gala in conjunction with ACTE’s CareerTech VISION. 

2019 ACTE Awards Gala 
December 4 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Anaheim, CA


Don’t miss the Awards Session at VISION on Thursday, December 5
Excellence Awards 101: A Comprehensive Overview of the Awards Process From Start to Finish


Awards Gala Keynote Speakers

ACTE Excellence Awards Teacher of the Year: Liz Dinkins
ACTE was honored to award Ms. Dinkins one of ACTE’s most prestigious titles, National Teacher of the Year at the 2018 ACTE Awards Gala. This year, we are excited to have Ms. Dinkins on stage again as the keynote speaker, to help celebrate this exciting evening honoring the best in CTE. Please click here to read more about Ms. Dinkins accomplishments as a Graphic Communications Instructor at Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City, OK.

Casey Sacks, Ph.D.
Casey K. Sacks is the deputy assistant secretary for community colleges in the office of career, technical, and adult education at the U.S. Department of Education. She provides leadership for initiatives supporting career and technical education, adult education, correctional and re-entry education, and community colleges. These initiatives collectively serve over 25 million students each year.

Prior to assuming the role of deputy assistant secretary, Sacks served as the vice chancellor for the West Virginia Community and Technical College System. In West Virginia she led a statewide guided pathways
initiative, expansion of apprenticeship and work based learning programs, developed customized workforce training for employers, and served as acting chancellor.

Before that, Sacks served as the assistant provost for academic programs and innovation with the Colorado Community College System. During her tenure there, Sacks led two TAACCCT grants, statewide redesign of developmental education, redesign for credit for prior learning, and development of online and blended delivery for career and technical education programs in energy and manufacturing.

Sacks is an active Rotarian, frequent host mom for exchange students, and avid equestrian. She received her bachelor's degree from Colorado State University, a masters from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and doctorate from Bowling Green State University.

At the 2019 Awards Gala, ACTE will recognize the national finalists and winners of the ACTE Excellence Awards:

ACTE Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Express Employment Professionals  ACTE New Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Goodheart-Willcox Publishers
ACTE Career Guidance Award ACTE Teacher Educator of the Year
ACTE Administrator of the Year, sponsored by Goodheart-Willcox Publishers ACTE Lifetime Achievement Award
ACTE Postsecondary Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Goodheart-Willcox Publishers ACTE Business-Education Partnership of the Year
ACTE Carl Perkins Community Service Award ACTE Champion for CTE Award

In addition, the following awards will be presented at the event:

2019 CareerSafe Safety Educator of the Year, sponsored by CareerSafe
2019 ACTE Student Trophy Design Contest Winner, sponsored by Stratasys

Reserve a Table

ACTE is offering a limited number of sponsorship opportunities to support the ACTE Excellence Awards program and VISION 2019 Awards Gala. The companies and organizations that support the ACTE Excellence Awards are not only supporting ACTE, but actively recognizing and celebrating the best in career and technical education. If your business is interested in sponsoring the 2019 ACTE Awards Gala please contact Jim Waterhouse  

Awards Gala Essentials

About the Awards GalaThis dinner and awards presentation recognizes the best CTE educators in the country. The national winners and finalists of the Member Awards will be recognized, as well as the national Impact Award winners.

When and Where:  Wednesday, December 4 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. during ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2019.

Attire: Come dressed for a night of elegance and excitement in your cocktail attire, for a night you won’t soon forget, honoring the best in CTE. 

Menu: Attendees can view the menu here.

Ticket sales will end on November 22.


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