Who We Are

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.  Advance CTE was formerly known as the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc).

Advance CTE's vision is to support an innovative CTE system that prepares individuals to succeed in education and their careers and poises the United States to flourish in a global, dynamic economy through leadership, advocacy and partnerships. 

Our mission is to support visionary state leadership, cultivate best practices and speak with a collective voice on national policy to promote academic and technical excellence that ensures a career-ready workforce. 

In early 2016, Advance CTE underwent an organizational rebrand to better reflect our membership and reaffirm our core values.

Look around this section's subpages for more on the work of Advance CTE, the CTE Vision, get to know our board of directors and staff, locate contact information for State CTE Directors and learn more about member benefits and how you can join today.