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Robyn Marshall's direct (technical assistance and test site administrator and student registrations): 404-994-6534 (

Tim Withee’s direct (administrative):  404-994-6535 (

Ken Potthoff’s direct (immediate issues, assessment policy and general testing questions):  404-994-6538 (

Darren Morris's direct (general testing questions): 804-543-6094 (

Dana Wilson’s direct (billing, ordering, and contracts): 404-994-6536 (

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SACS main line: 404-679-4500 Receptionist
SACS: 404-679-4501 Auto Attendant


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CTECS provides industry-based resources and services for the improvement of career technical education and workforce development instruction, assessment, certification, and delivery.


CTECS strives to close the gap between education, workforce development, and actual careers by becoming the premier provider of high-quality, industry-based resources.

Our Competitive Advantage

CTECS boasts a forty-year history of operating a consortium of states for which members pool efforts to develop competency-based career and technical education resources that are validated by business, industry, and labor. CTECS works to find connections between partners and members of our consortium and encourages the exchange of knowledge and resources collaboratively. CTECS successfully facilitates a complete occupational analysis system whereby data is collected from incumbent workers for the specified occupational area. This creates a vast repository of assessment and training tools that are readily available to new community members. But our true competitive advantage is established by our ability to customize assessments and services to meet individual member and partner needs.

Work History

CTECS has had the pleasure of working with numerous federal and state agencies to promote the systematic research, development, and implementation of competency based career-technical education and training.

Secondary and Adult Education
43 member states since inception, including the current members:
  • California
  • Idaho
  • Kentucky
  • Maine 
  • Nevada
  • Oregon 
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • US Department of Labor
  • US Department of Education (OVAE)
  • United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC)
  • US Federal Bureau of Prisons
Industry and Associations
  • National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) 
  • Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA)
  • Florida Automobile Dealers Association (FADA)
  • Florida, Brevard Public Schools, Maritime Transportation Associate 
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)
  • National Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NASAFACS)
  • National Academy Foundation (NAF)
  • Southern Regional Education Board of Education (SREB)
  • Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG)
  • Great Basin College
  • American Technical Education Association (ATEA)
  • Idaho Apprenticeships and Postsecondary

Meet the Team

CTECS operates with a small central staff augmented by a highly experienced cadre of consultants, who are assigned to projects based on the specific needs of the project. Both staff and consultants have all conducted and/or managed large-scale research, development and programmatic activities in career and technical education. Each team member is highly skilled in working with state, local, and national level management teams and their stakeholders to reach consensus on the concepts and designs under consideration.

Executive Director
Timothy Withee

Tim has been with CTECS since 2001. He has extensive experience in the development of curriculum and assessment. He has managed the program and assessment development for three statewide systems. He has also worked with national organizations such as FBLA, NAF, and LIUNA to review standards, develop curriculum, and develop recommendations and implement assessment delivery systems.

Deputy Executive Director
Ken Potthoff

Ken has worked in education for the past 20 years, which includes work in standards and assessment, curriculum development, project management, and the teaching of writing, literature, and film studies at the university level in the United States and in Shanghai, China.  He was an instructional designer with the Career and Technical Education Consortium of States (CTECS) for 10 years and became the Deputy Executive Director of CTECS in 2012.

Computer Applications Specialist
Robyn Marshall

Robyn has a 30-year history with CTECS. Over the years, she has worn many hats. Currently, Robyn's responsibilities are primarily IT related. She provides technical support for the online testing system, E-SESS, working with test site administrators and student registration for our assessments. Robyn also maintains CTECS in-house systems, updates software applications, performs desktop publishing and graphics work, and edits the website.    

Executive Assistant
Dana Wilson

Dana joined the staff in 2007and now manages the financial and administrative functions of the organization.  With a strong knowledge of accounting accrual systems, Dana has been responsible for transactional accounting for the last seven years. In addition, to Dana’s financial responsibilities, she also plans the annual CTECS Board of Trustees and the Community of Practice Meetings and assists with the planning process of numerous conferences. Prior to CTECS, Dana worked for the City of Atlanta as the Chief Council Aide to Councilman Lamar Willis. Dana holds her Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration and Urban Studies from Georgia State University.

Instructional Designer
Darren Morris

Darren joined CTECS in 2014 and brought 14 years of curriculum writing and editing experience from CTE Resource Center, the curriculum center that works closely with the Virginia Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education Services. Darren was the lead editor for the Workplace Readiness Skills revision project until he moved to CTECS and assessment development.

Organizational Structure

CTECS Board of Directors
The Board of Directors provides each member state an equal opportunity for input regarding the critical issues and policies affecting the consortium and help to identify our annual program of work. One Board member is elected to chair the Board.

CTECS Community of Practice (COP) Liaisons
Each member state designates a COP Liaison who is responsible for the dissemination of CTECS products and operates as a point of contact beyond the member’s Board representative.

CTECS Executive Director
The executive director reports to the CTECS Board of Directors, which is made up of one representative from each member state.

CTECS Central Office Staff
Staff coordinate the development and dissemination of all CTECS products and services and provide technical assistance and customer service to CTECS partners and members.