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The ACTE Image Awards recognize groups and individuals from the education, business and industry communities that enhance career and technical education by contributing to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of CTE. Individuals or entities (from within or outside ACTE) that have contributed to the success and promotion of CTE, thereby positively impacting the image of CTE, are eligible recipients of these awards. While there is no membership eligibility restriction for applicants, all must be nominated by an ACTE member.* 

All nominations are due May 1 and are reviewed directly by the national ACTE Awards Committee. The Board of Directors approves of the selections in July. 

There are three Image Awards:

ACTE Business Leader of the Year  for leaders and executives from the business community who contribute to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of CTE
ACTE Business of the Year for businesses and organizations that contribute to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of CTE
ACTE Champion of the Year for any individuals or entities that contribute to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of CTE

All ACTE Image Awards use the same application form. You can download a copy of the application requirements here. (Note: this is not an application form. All applications must be submitted electronically on the online form.) Also, be sure to check out our tip sheet for nominators: Writing a Strong Nomination.

Click here to submit a nomination!

Evaluation Criteria
All candidates are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Significant accomplishments related to CTE that have contributed to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of CTE.
  • Actions that have enhanced the growth and quality of CTE.

(Note: considerations for the above can extend to sponsored programs, publications, financial support, and other activities.)

For more information on how applications are scored, please see the ACTE Image Awards Scoring Rubric. More information about awards committee procedures can be found in the National Committee Guiding Principles

For more information on the ACTE Excellence Awards, the Awards Banquet, past winners and winner recognition, visit the ACTE website. If you have questions about the awards or submitting an application online, visit our Help page or contact ACTE staff at awards@acteonline.org

*Candidates for the ACTE Excellence Awards may nominate themselves for an award or be nominated by a third party. Non-winning candidates may be re-nominated for the same or another Excellence Award the following year. Winning candidates at the national level may not be nominated for the same or another national ACTE Excellence Award within 3 years of their win.