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ACTE Announces Oklahoma Industrial Coordinator as National Award Finalist


September 13, 2016

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

ACTE Announces Oklahoma Industrial Coordinator as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Richard Lowe, industrial coordinator for Canadian Valley Technology Center in Chickasha, Oklahoma, as the 2016 Region IV Administrator of the Year. This award recognizes career and technical education (CTE) administrators, program specialists/coordinators, and other CTE personnel who have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and effective career and technical programs. 

As the industrial coordinator at Canadian Valley Technology Center in Chickasha, Oklahoma, Dick Lowe brings together instructors, presenters, and industry experts to provide the needed training for the business and industry segment of the community. These partners looks to the center for training, consultation, and assistance in developing long-term goals for expansion of new product lines. One of Lowe’s programs developed tools to help local companies better understand and operate within the language and culture of their Latino employees; another drew upon a demonstration with live horses and trainers to teach the relationship building blocks between management, the workforce, and peers at all levels. Lowe’s industry trainings and programs have helped companies save hundreds of thousands of dollars through greater employee efficiency and retention rates, and several have been duplicated and recognized with awards for their innovative approaches to improving organizational management. 

Lowe’s desire to be a small catalyst for success of the companies, citizens, and the economy in the area is well recognized, and he is often called upon to provide advice and leadership to community organizations. He serves on the boards of the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce, Pocasset Lions Club, Salvation Army, and has served as Secretary and President of the Oklahoma PACE/ CBITS Divisions. Lowe’s leadership on behalf of his division has resulted in the launch of several successful new projects and programs and a more stable financial foundation for the division. Currently Lowe is serving as the State President for the Oklahoma ACTE and also a candidate for the ACTE vice president of the PACE division. Angie Lewis, Director of Business and Industry Services at Canadian Valley Technology Center, says Lowe’s “work ethic motivates others to understand their role in assuring success as a contributor for the greater good… His enthusiasm for making improvements and making circumstances better is contagious.”   

Lowe 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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