Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education (GACTE) is a state affiliate of the national Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) organization. GACTE encourages and organizes teachers to become a part of a collective voice that can influence issues and policies that impact career, technical, and agricultural education (CTAE). As a member, teachers can network with each other and gain important and helpful tips and techniques as well as participate in professional development at local, state and national levels.



GACTE’s vision is to advocate for career, technical, and agricultural education, which is an important part of the total education system of Georgia. We are committed to enhancing the job performance and satisfaction of our members and to increasing public awareness and appreciation for career, technical, and agricultural education programs.



The mission of GACTE is to provide educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce by providing a wide range of CTAE opportunities for teachers and students.


Professional Development
GACTE encourages career development, professional involvement and leadership among its membership for the betterment of CTAE.


Program Improvement
Fostering excellence in career, technical, and agricultural education.


Policy Development
Advocating local, state, and federal public policy to benefit career, technical, and agricultural education.


Public Relations
Promoting career, technical, and agricultural education to the general public and business/industry partners.


Student Leadership
Providing opportunities for student success in developing leadership and workforce skills through career and technical student organizations (CTSO’s). These organizations provide the conduit for students to compete in their respective CTAE fields with other students from around the state and nation.


Uniting career, technical, and agricultural education interests of GACTE with the Georgia Department of Education, Technical College System of Georgia, Board of Regents, other state agencies and business/industry partners and representatives.


GACTE is governed by a 24 person board of directors comprised from elected representatives of each program area for CTAE. The Executive Committee leads the board and is made up of the President, President-Elect, Past-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.



Our annual Summer Leadership Conference is our biggest event. The conference is open to all members and is held at the Classic Center in Athens.



At our annual conference, we recognize teachers for outstanding individual performance as well as outstanding program performance. The process of being an awards recipient begins with open nominations. Then once nominees are received and their criteria is verified, their names are then forwarded to the awards committee for their division. Each division committee reviews all nominations and selects one for each category. These selections are then forwarded to the state awards committee who makes the final decisions on award recipients. The annual awards categories are as follows:

  • Postsecondary Teacher of the Year

  • Administrator of the Year

  • New Teacher of the Year

  • Teacher of the Year

  • Career Guidance Award

  • Carl Perkins Outstanding Service Award

  • Policymaker of the Year Award