Welcome to SCACTE!

The Value of Membership

* Offer a collective, strong voice
* Access to relevant and current information
* Recognition of profession
* Provider of professional development
* Trusted access to wisdom

The Benefits of Belonging

* Is your voice on issues that are important to you
* Facilitates your networking needs with colleagues across the state on different issues
* Keeps you current professionally

Why Join Your Organization?

* Protect your livelihood
* Keep current on the latest information and techniques
* Network with experts across the state
* Be part of your professional group


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President’s Message

Brooks Smith, PresidentIt’s an exciting time for Career and Technical Education in South Carolina!  Many of our state’s current educational initiatives validate the relevancy of our CTE programs.  Educational initiatives like the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate, WorkKeys for all students, an increase in state vocational EIA funds for equipment and materials, a new emphasis on soft-skills, and the growth of internships, apprenticeships and work-based learning all demonstrate the importance of CTE in the Palmetto State.  

Our career-specific classes enable students to not only develop the job ready technical skills that provide pathways to meaningful and financially rewarding careers, they also provide the skills identified by employers as most lacking and needed; the professional soft-skills that all careers require.  Our classes enable students to find the career pathway that they enjoy before they begin their financial investment at a two or four year college.  

 As we continue to grow our efforts this year within CTE programs, we need to work collaboratively to support our student organizations. These Career and Technical Student Organizations provide the leadership and competitive technical skill opportunities that enhance all of our CTE programs.   

We also need to work collaboratively to support each other.  CTE instructors often enter the classroom coming directly from industry.  While work based experiences provide our students with the real world expertise and knowledge we want for our programs, these teachers need support from others who have similar work based expertise working with students in a public school setting.  Our collaborative support for one another as Career and Technical Educators is important as we elevate the value of our programs for all students.   

As we work collaboratively this year to support our CTE programs, student organizations, and each other, there is no better way to join forces than to be part of a professional organization.  Please consider not only joining SCACTE, but your CTE specific branch of our organization as well.  This year our goal is to provide real value to being part of our organization.  We will not only provide comradery and support conferences like our successful Education and Business Summit provided this year, but we will also support you on the front lines with all the challenging issues you face each day.   

As your new SCACTE president I want our organization to provide meaningful resources and support for what you do for CTE students.  Please complete future surveys and questionnaires that will enable us to improve our efforts as your professional organization.  From Perkins funding to classroom safety and management, we want you to be successful with your CTE programs and to love what you do each day for students. Together let’s make this a great year for CTE in South Carolina!  

Brooks Smith
SCACTE President


SCACTE Award Winners 2017

Lifetime Achievement: Pat Earle-Chesterfield County

Administrator of the Year: Tana Lee- Berkley County

TOY: Ruthayn Burdette- Chester County

Guidance of the Year: Michele Cooper Lucas- Lexington County

Carl Perkins Award: Helen Margaret Register- Greenville County

Business Leader of the Year: Angela Gordon

Business of the Year: Greenwood Mills

Advocate of the Year: Senator Tim Scott


2017 Award Winners
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L-R: Dr. Meghan McPhail, Award Chair; Tana Lee, Angela Gordon, Michele Cooper Lucas, Ruthayn Burdette, Pat Earle, Dr. Beyonka Wider, 2017 SCACTE President
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