While we are not changing the basic principles of our discipline, we are emphasizing the scientific and technical foundations of our profession — so that everyone will come to understand that there is more to what we do than gears and gas or wood and nails. At the suggestion that the National Association for Trade and Industry Educators (NATIE) take the lead role, we met with the National Association of State Supervisors for Trade and Industrial Education (NASSTIE) and determined that the two groups should merge. This unified organization will help us increase participation in the representative Trade and Industry (T&I) groups, concentrate our resources, and develop mutually beneficial programs that will ultimately serve more people across the nation. In August 2005, elected officials from NATIE and NASSTIE met in Orlando to decide how to bring about a merger of these two organizations. The initial plan developed a set of bylaws to govern the new organization, with a new name, that would speak more effectively for all T&I educators. The two groups officially formed ASTS in June, 2006 at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City. This was a proposal for change. We believe it was greatly needed to become more effective as a national voice for our programs. We welcome your input and observations and are looking to involve all interested groups to help grow and provide direction for the new organization.
- Now that we have completed our first ten years, your ASTS Board of Directors wants the next ten years to be even bigger and better. This is your Organization. ASTS needs every member teachers, administrators, and industry to be an advocate for the organization.
- We want to showcase our partners and their training and information opportunities.
- We would like all teachers who are members to send us their favorite lesson plans so we can make them available for new and experienced teachers to use in their classrooms.
- We also want to let all educators know about our National Certified Career & Technical Educator Program (CCTE) for CTE teachers.