About The Organization

At the March 2008 General Membership meeting, the PAVESNP membership voted to change the name of the Association from Pennsylvania Association of Vocational Education Special Needs Personnel (PAVESNP) to Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Education Special Populations (PACTESP).

PACTESP – In the Beginning

The Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Education Special Populations (PACTESP), formerly PAVESNP, has a long history of serving special needs students. Wayne Grubb, formerly with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, participated in an American Vocational Association (AVA) (now Association for Career and Technology Education) workshop in 1976 in Houston, where he saw a need for a state organization to share ideas and programs, both statewide and nationally. A meeting of 37 persons interested in organizing a state association of vocational education special needs personnel was held at Host Farm, Lancaster, on June 20, 1977.

PACTESP received its charter from the National Association of Vocational Education Special Needs Personnel (NAVESNP) on December 4, 1977, during the AVA Convention in Atlantic City. The presentation was made by Roger Sathre, NAVESNP President, and present to receive the charter were Sheila Feichtner, PACTESP President and Mike Lynes, Treasurer. In December 1977, PACTESP became affiliated with the Pennsylvania Vocational Association (now Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technology Education).

On January 29-30, 1978, the first PACTESP MidWinter Conference was held at the Treadway Inn in Grantville with over 100 participants. This meeting became the precedent for the PACTESP Board and members to become actively involved in federal and state legislation, to lead national trends and to encourage successful and innovative vocational programs. Regional and national involvement was also established during the first year.

The Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Education Special Populations (PACTESP), formerly Pennsylvania Association of Vocational Education Special Needs Personnel (PAVESNP), has a long history of serving special needs students in Pennsylvania.  From the first organizational meeting held June 1977 until today, PACTESP members continue their impact through an ongoing commitment to academic and occupational achievement for ALL students.

PACTESP Celebrates 40 Years

On March 5, 2017, the Association celebrated its 40th Anniversary as part of the PACTESP Mid-Winter Conference.

At the “Cheers to 40 Years” celebration dinner, the past presidents pictured below were in attendance.

Past Presidents

Seated:  Carla Thimons, Lenape Technical School (1998-00); Diane Sobolewski, PaTTAN, retired (2004-06); Anita Beckett, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology, retired (1995-96); Eleanor Bicanich, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1982-83); Lynore Eisman, School District of Philadelphia, retired (2002-04)

Standing:  Larry Baughman, Venango Technology Center, retired (1993-94); Janet Woods, PENNCREST School District, retired (1981-82); Wendy Chalmers, SUN Area Technical Institute (2010-12); Ruth Liebold, Steel Center for Career and Technical Education (2012-16)

Pictured to the right:  Wayne Grubb, Founding Member, Pennsylvania Department of Education, retired (1977-79); Patricia Hannon, Capitol Area Intermediate Unit 15 (1987-88); Joanne Cashman, Shikellamy School District (1988-89)

PACTESP Celebrates 35 Years

On January 29-30, 1978, the first Mid-Winter Conference was held at Grantville, PA.  On March 4, 2012, the Association celebrated its 35th Anniversary as part of the PACTESP Mid-Winter Conference at the Hotel Hershey.  Connie Wolfe, Past President, and Deborah Handschue, Past Board Member, planned the event.  Each attendee received a program and souvenir mug.  Past presidents in attendance were:

 

Seated:  Eleanor Bicanich, Penn State Greater Allegheny (1982-83); Patricia Hannon, Capitol Area Intermediate Unit 15, retired (1987-88); Wendy Chalmers, SUN Area Technical Institute (2010-12); Connie Wolfe, Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, retired (1986-87)

Standing:  Carla Thimons, Lenape Technical School (1998-00); Brenda Kauffman, Lancaster-Lebanon IU, retired (2006-08); Diane Sobolewski, PaTTAN, retired  (2004-06); Lynore Eisman, School District of Philadelphia, retired (2002-04); Susan Witmer, Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School, retired (2000-02); Kenneth Deitmen, PaTTAN (1990-91)

PAVESNP Celebrates 25 Years

25th Group Photo

Seated:  Connie Wolfe, Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, retired (1986-87); Carla Thimons, Lenape Technical School (1998-00); Anita Beckett, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology, retired (1995-96); Patricia Hannon, Capital Area Intermediate Unit 15, retired (1987-88).

Standing:  Eleanor Bicanich, Penn State Greater Allegheny (1982-83); Marjorie Blaze, PA Department of Education (1989-90); Marjorie Eckman, Pittsburgh Public Schools (1997-98); Donald Foellner, Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School (1980-81); Wayne Grubb, Founding Member, Pennsylvania Department of Education, retired (1977-79); John Polto, retired (1996-97); Larry Baughman, Venango Technology Center, retired (1993-94); Kenneth Deitmen, PaTTAN (1990-91); Susan Witmer, Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School, retired (2001-02).