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OkACTE's History

Since 1929, the Oklahoma ACTE (formerly the Oklahoma Vocational Association) has provided members with the resources they need to enhance their skills. With over 3,900 members, Oklahoma ACTE is recognized as a dynamic educational leadership organization. Oklahoma ACTE works with its national affiliate, the Association for Career and Technical Education, to help its members stay on the cutting edge of education, family, workplace and community development. Oklahoma ACTE’s members are the backbone of career and technology education and workforce education policy development in Oklahoma.

Membership:From National to State

OkACTE is a state affiliate of the Association for Career & Technical Education, ACTE. ACTE is the largest national education association of thriving professionals dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. OkACTE has a unified membership with ACTE, meaning every OkACTE member hold state and national ACTE membership simultaneously and benefit from involvement at both local and national levels. 

As an ACTE member, you are automatically a member of one of five geographic regions. Oklahoma is a member of Region IV along with the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas. These regions were established to support state associations in providing opportunities for members to get involved at the state and national levels. Each year, regions host their own conferences to provide members with professional development, leadership development and networking opportunities closer to home. 

Your ACTE membership also includes a division. The divisions represent the content area focus and/or special interest group of the member. The divisions provide a specific identity to career and technical educators beyond their state or region; members are also identified by the type of career and technical education they provide or represent. These divisions are also included in your OkACTE membership and are represented on state level. 

Within each state, every division has ACTE voting delegates; the number is pro-rated for membership, for example: 

  • • Agricultural Education - 2 delegates 

  • • Education Services– Special Populations (ESSP) - 1 delegate 

  • • T & I Education - 2 delegates 


Divisions have an impact on ACTE through voting delegates and organized states such as Oklahoma that meet and caucus prior to the ACTE Delegates Assembly have a major impact on many issues. 

*example: the vote to increase ACTE dues and have an ongoing dues increase based on the consumer price index statistics - did not pass after Oklahoma delegates voiced their opinions. 

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