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ACTE Announces Ohio Guidance Counselor as National Award Finalist


September 13, 2016

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka 
jnagurka@acteonline.org, 703-683-9312 


ACTE Announces Ohio Guidance Counselor as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Tracy Hetrick, guidance counselor at Miami Valley Career Technology Center in Englewood, Ohio, as the 2016 Region I Career Guidance Award winner. This award recognizes guidance counselors and career development professionals who have made significant contributions to advocate, educate and communicate the value of CTE as a viable career option to a variety of audiences in their communities. The Career Guidance Award is sponsored by the US Army.

As a guidance counselor at Miami Valley Career and Technology Center in Englewood, Ohio, Tracy Hetrick has developed a reputation as a positive and patient resource for students. She has served in a variety of positions during her many years of counseling and is known for her ability to push students to succeed while maintaining a calm and caring demeanor. Hetrick is a long-time and constant advocate for CTE, making sure that her students and their parents are mentored about the variety of opportunities that exist and helping guide them toward areas that meet their interests and abilities.

Hetrick has taken great strides to provide stronger support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students at the center. Through working with the center’s diversity committee, she has created a broader and more open forum for dialogue with minority students. A compassionate advocate for equality, Hetrick has made it a personal mission to ensure that all students feel their voices are heard and that they have a safe space to discuss their issues without fear of judgment. “Mrs. Hetrick is one of the most kind and patient individuals I have ever worked with,” says Kelly Herzog from Miami Valley Career Technology Center. “[Her] positive attitude is contagious and ensures that students are always comfortable talking with her.”

Hetrick is one of five finalists for the 2017 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 30, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Awards Banquet is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, the US Army, CareerSafe, Certiport, Stratasys, and International Baccalaureate. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.


About ACTE 
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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