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Unification of Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) with the state's association spearheaded in part by Oregon ACTE President Deborah Barnes, who teaches at the Sabin-Schellenberg Professional Technical Center

A teacher in the North Clackamas School District helped unify the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) with the state's association.

Deb BarnesSpearheaded in part by Oregon ACTE President Deborah Barnes, who teaches at the Sabin-Schellenberg Professional Technical Center, the state association is now officially unified with the national body. A merger recently was formalized under the leadership of Barnes, the Oregon ACTE Board of Directors and Oregon ACTE Executive Director Tom Goodhue.

"Oregon ACTE is building a strong foundation, after some years of challenges, and a significant part of building that foundation is our new partnership with ACTE," Barnes said. "Becoming a new unified state gives us additional resources for our members, enables us to have folks working alongside our board to expand our opportunities, and strengthens a key association with professionals who can work with us to share the importance of having CTE in Oregon."

As a result of the unification, Oregon ACTE members now can simultaneously join both their state and national professional membership associations. Additionally, Oregon ACTE and its members gain access to ACTE professional development resources, federal public-policy advocacy and leadership opportunities.

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