TRENTON, N.J. — The Association for Career and Technical Education members recently voted New Jersey Department of Agriculture education leader Nancy Trivette as President-Elect. Trivette has been a part of the NJDA’s Ag Education program for 23 years and currently is the leader of the state program for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Education and is the State FFA Advisor.
“This is a well-deserved honor for Nancy,” NJDA Secretary Douglas Fisher said. “She has long been a proponent of Ag Education in New Jersey and nationally. Her dedication and involvement have allowed her to build a foundation which ensures she will have a very successful term as ACTE President.”
Beginning on July 1, Trivette will serve three consecutive one year terms as the President-Elect, President and then Past President. The election was open to ACTE’s membership of 25,000 educators, administrators and other CTE professionals. ACTE is the national organization for all of career and technical education.
“I am extremely excited and humbled to serve as the ACTE President,” Trivette said. “I am committed to serving the organization with purpose, professionalism and passion. I am honored to have been elected and am looking forward to the opportunity to serve ACTE members nationwide.”
Trivette has been working in ag education and has been the State FFA Advisor since 1983, first with Rutgers University, then at the New Jersey Department of Education and she has been with the NJDA since 1995. She also has been the ACTE Agricultural Education Division Vice-President, the President of the National Council for Agricultural Education, the President of the National Association Supervisors of Agricultural Education, the ACTE Region I Vice President and is currently the National FFA Treasurer.
“Changes in our world, such as an ever-growing population and declining natural resources, over the next 40 years will continue to require Career and Technical Education leaders to be visionary, progressive and responsive,” Trivette said. “We must successfully prepare greater numbers of students for post-secondary education while ensuring their success and readiness for current and emerging careers. We must model and promote seamless transitions to post-secondary experiences and/or careers for all students.”
Under Trivette’s leadership, New Jersey currently has more than 2,500 FFA members who engage in personal, career and leadership development activities that challenge them to excel as they develop agricultural skills and competencies for the future. She has also been a leader in assisting schools to develop CASE, the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education. CASE is an instructional system that provides intense teacher professional development and curriculum that is changing the culture of agriculture programs. Learn more about FFA, CASE and New Jersey Agriculture Education at http://www.jerseyageducation.nj.gov/.
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, guidance and career development professionals 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. For more information about the ACTE, visit https://www.acteonline.org/.
— New Jersey Department of Agriculture