ACTE STEM Parent is an annual subscription program that lets families launch a STEM LifeJourney mentor for their student providing a year-long STEM career exploration experience on your mobile device.
Revolutionary apps delivering industry mentors to you and your student
Leading Global Companies like Tesla and Cisco nominate one or more of their people to become LifeJourney mentors
The mentor's career journey is an interactive web experience called LifeJourney
Students experience the employability skills needed to pursue that career
Students can change mentors and understand how to connect their passion to their future
Understand Your Student by comparing your responses on short enjoyable exercises about career personality, career values, top companies to work for, and employability skills mastery

Techniques Magazine

Connecting education and careers
Emerging trends and innovative techniques for engaging students
Provides stakeholders like parents with analysis and objective reporting to stay informed
Written by career and technical educators
8 issues a year

STEM SmartBrief & STEM Parent Newsletter

STEM career news and activity
Daily snapshot of STEM with news from Forbes Education, EdTech Magazine and other leading sources
Learn unique STEM curriculum
Delve into discussions of STEM
Created by SmartBrief in partnership with ACTE

STEM Parent Webinar Series

Focused on educating Parents on CTE educational and training pathways
Educating parents on CTE career opportunities

STEM Parent Conferences

2019 State and National Parent Conferences
Resources and education for parents to help their children’s career choice
Get a 1 Year Subscription to the ACTE STEM Parent Program to Help Your Student Explore Their Future $99.99

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ACTE STEM Parent is a new Parent Program designed to further engage parents in their students' career choices by educating parents on "New Collar" technology careers. The program involves a new technological approach that begins a journey shared between you and your high school or college-aged student as you guide them through some of the most important milestone decisions that will shape the next 30 years of their lives.

STEM Parent is a personal career management platform that helps parents develop a pathway for their student to the most in-demand careers in STEM. Along your journey together you’ll discover things you didn’t know about your student passions, principles and personality traits. And you’ll give them a valuable tool to explore in-demand STEM careers like sustainability, cybersecurity, data science and more with mentors from iconic companies including Tesla, Lockheed Martin, Cisco, and others. Help them find their passion.

The ACTE STEM Parent Program will also include access to ACTE's publications such as the award-winning Techniques Magazine and ACTE's STEM Smartbrief newsletter, as well as programs, webinars, and conferences that educate parents on how to support their children's STEM pursuits.


Helping You Excel at Guiding Your Student

STEM Parent consists of an interactive web application for students called MyCareerJourney and a connected mobile app for parents called STEM Parent.

Using the MyCareerJourney app, your high school or college-aged student is immersed in a multi-year interactive experience exploring and test-driving some of the most in-demand careers in STEM. The connected STEM Parent mobile app for parents keeps families notified of their son or daughter’s progress and favorites.

The connected MyCareerJourney and STEM Parent technologies help families excel at guiding their student through six of the most important milestone decisions of the high school and college period that will affect their student’s life for the next 30 years: Understanding their passion, test-driving future careers, selecting an industry mentor, building skills not taught in school, selecting a college major, landing the right internships.

Your student will discover the brands they feel most passionate about working for, what they value most in a career, their mastery of soft skills so important to employers, and career personality traits that help match passions to careers. You’ll experience a shared insight comparing your views of how you think your student would respond in these areas against your student’s own actual inputs.


A new STEM Mentor Each Month – Test Drive Their Careers

Give your student the gift of mentorship. Each month your student will be introduced to a new LifeJourney mentor and test drive their careers. Leading global companies nominate one or more of their people to become LifeJourney mentors. The mentor’s career journey is an interactive web experience called a LifeJourney enabling the student to experience the soft skills and hard skills needed to pursue that career. Students can change mentors and understand how to connect their passion to their future.

Industry Leading Mentors



83% of students find people working in professional fields to be the most helpful source of advice for college major selection but only 20% get advice from these professionals. It's time to update the advising process and look for more ways to give students opportunities to 'try on' jobs.

Major Influence: Where Students Get Valued Advice on What to Study in College
Gallup and Strada Education Network

Two-thirds of twenty-somethings struggle to launch after college. One-third (the “sprinters”) launch successfully. Internships are the difference. 80 percent of sprinters interned at least once in college. 75 percent of the others did not.

There Is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow
Jeff Selingo

Students of parents who were provided with information on how to effectively convey the importance of STEM scored 12 percentage points higher on the math and science ACT and were likely to be more interested in pursuing STEM careers.

Utility-value intervention with parents increases students’ STEM preparation and career pursuit
Christopher S. Rozek et al, Jan. 17, 2017, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Parents are the most influential figures in students’ decision to pursue STEM.

STEM Perceptions: Student & Parent Study - Parents and Students Weigh in on How to Inspire the Next Generation of Doctors, Scientists, Software Developers and Engineers
Harris Interactive, Commissioned by Microsoft


Understanding in high school what decisions I needed to make to be successful was the most important thing I did.
Tim North Graduating College Senior Class of 2017
Starting my son’s journey and giving him a mentor was one of the most important investments I’ve made in his future.
Donna Moore Parent of College Sophomore
Personal Career Management and student Journeys are now just as critical as our kids’ college education.
Phil Santorelli Parent of High School Junior


The Association for Career and Technical Education (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.

ACTE STEM Parent is powered by LifeJourney, an ACTE trusted partner.


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