KACTE’s educational programs include individual student assistance and group professional development. The Carl Perkins Assistanceship Grant is for students entering or continuing postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) studies, the Michael A. McMillen Student Teacher Scholarships supports pre-service teachers pursuing their first student-teaching assignment, the Donnalie Stratton Middle School Summer Program Stipend supports middle school teachers attendance at the annual CTE Summer Program, the annual TALENTS Leadership Academy targets CTE classroom teachers, and the annual CTE Summer Program is the largest CTE-focused professonal development opportunity in Kentucky each year.

In 2019, KACTE initiated CTE Learn, an online professional development portal for CTE faculty and administrators. Check out this one-minute video. See below for more details.

CTE Learn Online Professional Development

Kentucky CTE Learn offers more than 170 self-paced online courses for CTE professionals. Whether you are looking for engaging professional development or a more convenient way to obtain continuing education credits and advance your career, our online courses are designed for you. Kentucky CTE Learn offers an array of topics that focus on effective and proven teaching and leading strategies. Our credit courses have been designed to support CTE institutions with a comprehensive, virtual professional development program. Go to to see the course catalog and enrollment information.

KACTE Seeks Courses for CTE Learn; Offers $500 Stipend


KACTE/KDE Principal Leadership Development Series

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The Carl Perkins Assistantship Grant annually provides two $500.00 grants, one to a high school senior pursuing CTE coursework at a postsecondary institution in Kentucky, and one to a current postsecondary CTE student continuing his or her studies at a Kentucky institution. The grant honors the memory of long-time Eastern Kentucky Congressman Carl D. Perkins, who chaired the U.S. House of Representatives Education Committee for many years and supported CTE. Among his successful legislative efforts was establishment of the Job Corps. Please click below for the application.

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Michael A. McMillen Student Teacher Scholarships are available for student teaching during the spring and fall semesters. A one-time scholarship of $500.00 will be awarded during the student teaching experience. Please click below for the application.

Spring Semester Deadline: October 1
Fall Semester Deadline: April 1


Professional Development Opportunities

KACTE is the logistics manager for the Annual Statewide Career and Technical Education Summer Program. Held over three days at the Galt House Hotel and Suites, Louisville, Ky., in July, it is the largest professional development opportunity for all Career and Technical Education administrators and teachers at all levels of instruction. Over the past decade, the program averaged 1,500 attendees and 70 exhibitors who participated in about 200 separate educational presentations for all CTE program disciplines. Please go to the Summer Program page for more information and registration details.

TALENTS (Teachers As Leaders — Empowering New Thinking Skills) Leadership Academy is a leadership development opportunity for CTE professionals. The Academy’s goals are excellence in the classroom, leadership at school, and advocacy within the community. The TALENTS Leadership Academy is conducted in three sessions that span the academic year and feature presentations on best practices for leadership skill development. Please go to the TALENTS page for more information and an application.

Please see the KACTE Action Schedule for lists of upcoming CTE activities.

AS AN AFFILIATE OF ACTE (the national Association for Career and Technical Education), KACTE members receive access to ACTE’s professional development opportunities. CTE Learn, ACTE’s online learning network offers over 150 self-paced courses for CTE professionals. Each course provides 4 hours of continuing education credits. Participants can enroll in any course at any time to meet their individual learning needs.

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