Eric Ripley, executive director of career and technical education for Grand Forks Public Schools, has been selected as the vice president-elect of the administrative division for the Association for Career and Technical Education.

The ACTE is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and young adults for successful careers.

The purpose of the association’s administrative division is to inform members of current plans, policies and issues of the organization and their implications for the development and improvement of career and technical education.

The division also develops and promotes high professional standards among the membership and expands professional interactions with other ACTE divisions, agencies, organizations and institutions, as well as provides opportunities for professional growth for division members.

During the coming school year, Ripley will shadow the vice president of the administrative division and then begin his three-year term in July 2021.

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“It’s an honor and a privilege to be in that type of role -- it's a board of directors position,” Ripley said. “I will hopefully have a positive impact on career and technical education. I hope to bring things we’ve done in North Dakota to the national level; I think we’re doing some things really well.”

“Eric Ripley has been a leading career and technical education advocate at the local, state and national levels,” said Superintendent Terry Brenner in a news release. “His passion for creating alternative academic and career pathways is evidenced by his leadership with CTE colleagues and administrators across the district and region.”

Ripley “has been a leader with the Northern Valley Career Expo for high school students as he collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to propel CTE opportunities forward,” Brenner said. “(His) selection as a national leader is an acknowledgment of his CTE leadership career.”

About 25,000 educators, administrators and other CTE professionals in ACTE’s membership were eligible to participate in the election.