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IACTE/ACTE Media Tour October 2022

IACTE/ACTE Media Tour October 2022 Press Release


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O'Fallon High School, The CAVE, Belleville West Campus, Carbondale High School, Southeastern Illinois College, Mt. Vernon Township High School, Salem High School, Alton High School and Collinsville Area Career Center.

Illinois ACTE, National ACTE to Conduct Tour of Southern Illinois CTE Programs

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has announced a joint media tour in Illinois with the Illinois Association for Career and Technical Education (Illinois ACTE). The two associations will visit nine career and technical education (CTE) programs between Monday, October 3 and Thursday, October 6.

The current program schedule is below, and includes stops at innovative CTE programs at the secondary and postsecondary level. All times are CST.

Members of the media, state legislators and local policymakers are invited to attend. This program tour will give attendees the chance to learn more about CTE programming at the secondary and postsecondary level. It will underscore the important role CTE plays in preparing Illinois students for careers of their choice in the 21st century workforce, as well as in supporting the needs of businesses and industries across Illinois.

  • 10/3/2022:
  • 8:15 - 10:30 a.m. - O'Fallon High School, 600 South Smiley St., O'Fallon, IL 62269 | Programs: Digital Marketing & Social Media, Information Technology, Business & Finance, Computer Programming/Cybersecurity, Broadcast/Video Production, Early Childhood, Drafting & Engineering, and Welding
    • 11:00 a.m. - CAVE (Center for Academic and Vocational Excellence (Belleville District #201), 7645 Magna Dr., Ste. 1, Belleville, IL 62223 | Programs: Culinary, Welding, Machining, Construction, Automotive
    • 2:00 p.m. - Belleville West Campus, 4063 Frank Scott Parkway West, Belleville, IL 62223
  • 10/4/2022:
  • 8:25 - 11:25 a.m. - Carbondale High School, 1301 E. Walnut St., 
    • Carbondale, IL 62901 | Programs: Tech for Success, Electrical Trades, CAN, Multimedia, Exterior Carpentry, Culinary, Cooperative Education, Intro to Education
    • 1:30 p.m. - Southeastern Illinois College, 3575 College Rd., Harrisburg, IL 62946 | Programs: Outdoor Wildlife management, Powersports Maintenance, High School CTE Academy (diesel and welding certifications)      
  • 10/5/2022:
  • 8:30 a.m. - Mt. Vernon Twp. High School, 11101 Wells Bypass, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 | Programs: Auto, Manufacturing, Fire Science, Construction, Ag, Engineering, CNA, BioMed, Childcare, Culinary Arts
    • 1:00 p.m. - Salem High School, 1200 N. Broadway Ave., Salem, IL 62881 | Programs:  Agriculture, Automotive Mechanics, Business, Construction Trades, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Occupations, Industrial Technology, Manufacturing
  • 10/6/2022:
  • Alton High School, 4200 Humbert Rd., Alton, IL 62002 | Programs:  Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources,  Architecture and Engineering, Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Graphic Design, Automotive Technology, Business, Management and Administration, Computer Networking and Programming, Construction, Culinary, Textiles, Early Childhood Education, Welding
    • Collinsville Area Career Center, 2201 S. Morrison Ave., Collinsville, IL 62234 | Programs: Automotive Technology, Autobody Repair, Construction, Culinary Arts, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity, Early Childhood Education, Engineering, Industrial Electronics, Health Science, CNA, Machining, Welding   

To accommodate our invited guests, RSVPs are required. To confirm your attendance at any of the tour stops, please email Jori Houck at 

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, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals 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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