Connecting National Solutions to Local Challenges


Are you interested in making your organization better and want to improve the outcome for your students and community? Are you a forward-thinking visionary leader who is not afraid of change?

Learn more

Berryman Scholarship

The Dave Berryman Leadership Development Scholarship is awarded annually to two administrators in career and technical education.

Application Deadline is August 15th, 2020

Learn more


The Association for Career and Technical Education® is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers.

Learn more

Meet the Board

Our board members are devoted to provide leadership and advocacy in the promotion and development of career-technical education in the secondary and post secondary school systems.

Learn more

The annual conference co-hosted by the NCLA and the Administration Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education® (ACTE®) is specifically focused on the professional development for administrators of both secondary and post-secondary career and technical education programs and institutions.

  • October 7-9, 2020
  • Sea Crest Beach Hotel
  • North Falmouth (Cape Cod), Massachusetts

Registration Is Open!

Distinguished Service Award

About the Award

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals and organizations who have provided extraordinary service to Career Technical Education and NCLA. The recipient has made a significant and lasting impact on the field of Career Technical Education through their professional accomplishments and by having served in this profession for an extended period. They have also earned the respect and admiration of their colleagues.

This award is presented whenever a worthy recipient is identified. Presentation of the award takes place at the annual Best Practices Conference held in September.

Click here for nomination form

Previous Award Recipients

2019: Dr. Bryan Albrecht

2018: Ora Morgan and Thom Jones

2017: None awarded

2016: Janet Bray

2015: Doug Major

2014: Jeanette Capshaw

2013: Marilyn Jenkins

2012: Tom Friedemann and Tom Applegate

2011: Greg Pierce

2010: Robin White

2009: Gerry Paist

2008: Kay Martin

2007: Ken Gray

2006: Gene Callahan

2005: Darrell Parks

2004: Jim Stone

Reasons To Join
  • NCLA is curated. NCLA's professional development offerings are chosen with the utmost care and in-depth research to ensure that they are highly relevant, valuable, and meaningful to the specific field of CTE administration.

  • NCLA is all about innovation. NCLA members are always looking for fresh ways to improve the outcome for their students and communities, and NCLA makes it easier to discover the innovative resources that will make the difference.

  • NCLA is fun! The boutique-style, small-conference vibe of NCLA lends itself to personal connections that go beyond the norm. NCLA members are passionate about learning and growing together in active community.

Mission Statement

To provide information, professional development and networking to CTE administrators that result in excellence and innovation.


To contribute to the nation's economic prosperity through the promotion and development of excellence in career and technical education.