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Former CTE Department Chair from Darien, Illinois named national ACTE award finalist

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September 12, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, VA - The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Gary Hutchinson, a retired CTE department chair at Hinsdale South High School, in Darien, Illinois, as the winner of the 2014 ACTE Region III Lifetime Achievement Award. The ACTE Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the contributions and distinguished accomplishments of members who have been identified with the work and purposes of the Association for Career and Technical Education over an extended period of time.

Recently retired as the CTE Department chair at Hinsdale High School in Darien, Illinois, Gary Hutchinson has been an advocate for business education and CTE for the past 35 years. Hutchinson, who holds a doctorate in education, has taught more than 15 different business courses, worked in four school districts (six different high schools), completed extensive curriculum work and contributed to national publications throughout his career. He has served on the Illinois Business Education Association Board in different roles, including president; filled two terms as Illinois ACTE president; served on numerous committees at the local, state and national levels; and is currently serving as the vice president of the ACTE Business Education Division. He has presented at numerous CTE conferences, and he has also been the recipient of many awards for his exceptional work in the business education and CTE fields.

Hutchinson leaves behind a legacy of innovation and dedication in his professional career. In addition to creating the district's first truly online course (Consumer Economics), Hutchinson established a National Business Honor Society chapter, taught computer skills to deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and supported the inclusion of AP Accounting at Hinsdale, which is now a pilot school for the program statewide. Hutchinson served as a visiting professor at Southern Illinois University, and he has provided input to the state Board of Education on its CTE Curriculum Revitalization Initiative. Hutchinson's guidance as a veteran teacher made him an invaluable resource at Hinsdale. "His leadership at the high school level has been profound for the field of career and technical education," says Marcia A. Anderson, professor emerita at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. "Gary's work ethic, combined with a captivating intellectual level and a professional commitment, definitely makes him the type of faculty member we all aspire to have as a colleague."  

Hutchinson is one of four finalists for the 2015 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, November 19, during ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Awards Banquet is sponsored by Kuder, Certiport, and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our website.  

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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, guidance counselors 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.

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