The new Board members were elected by members of the Association during its annual election process, November 20-December 20, 2015.
Among those elected is Valdosta High Schools's Brian Law to serve as Region II Vice President. Law will serve a three-year term beginning in July 2016.
Law will represent Region II of the country which encompasses the southern states: AL, FL, GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, VA, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Bahamas. He will serve CTE educators in these areas on the National CTE Board. Law will present issues and advocate for continued support for funding and policies to help CTE programs from elementary, middle, secondary and post-secondary settings.
Law is currently in his eleventh year as a school counselor for Valdosta High School. He serves as the school's parent involvement coordinator and public relations coordinator. Since 2009, Law has been an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology, Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy at Valdosta State University since 2009. Having served as a middle school teacher, counselor at all levels and college professor, Law understands the importance of preparing students for rewarding careers that they can embrace and become productive citizens.
When asked why he ran for the office, Law sums it up by saying, “It is because I ‘get it’. I get that all students need to be prepared with skills and careers that are afforded by CTE. I get that CTE is the backbone of the workforce in a growing economy. Many jobs are left vacant when we don’t help students to explore options for expanding careers that affect our everyday lives. We need students to be prepared to take the helm and lead in these advancing careers, and I ‘get it’ for my students.”
He thinks it is important to start career exploration in early grades and expose students to these CTE jobs so that they can declare pathways and graduate from high school with diploma and degree programs that will help them in their everyday lives and help them enter the workforce career ready.When asked about his goals, Law said, “It is not only about representing CTE educators, it is about the students.”
Pictured with Law celebrating this moment are students from four of the CTE Pathways that are offered at his school, Valdosta High School: Therapeutic Services, Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair, Graphic Communications, and Welding.
To learn more about ACTE's Board of Directors, please visit www.acteonline.org.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation's largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.