Silver Spring, MD – ACTE and Advance CTE released the following joint statement in response to Scott Stump's confirmation as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE).
"OCTAE serves an important purpose within the career and technical education (CTE) system, providing support for CTE programs all across the country and administering roughly $1.2 billion annually through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The Assistant Secretary is also the face of CTE at the national level, advocating for it across the Department of Education and federal government.
"The critical role OCTAE and its Assistant Secretary play in CTE makes us all the more excited by Scott Stump's confirmation. Stump has spent his life’s work in CTE, including beginning his career as an instructor and eventually serving as the Associate Provost for Career & Technical Education at the Colorado Community College System charged with implementing CTE in the state. Additionally, he represented state leaders of CTE as president of Advance CTE. His impressive track record makes him eminently qualified for this position. We look forward to working with him and are grateful for both his nomination and the bipartisan support he received in the Senate.
"We also want to thank Dr. Michael Wooten for his service as Acting Assistant Secretary. We look forward to continuing to work with him as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges."
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.
About Advance CTE
Advance CTE: State Leaders Connecting Learning to Work is the longest-standing national non-profit that represents State Directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across all 50 states and U.S. territories. Established in 1920, Advance CTE supports visionary state leadership, cultivates best practices and speaks with a collective voice on national policy to promote academic and technical excellence that ensures a career-ready workforce.