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ACTE Announces Oklahoma Organizational and Instructional Coordinator as National Award Finalist



September 13, 2016

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


ACTE Announces Oklahoma Organizational and Instructional Coordinator as National Award Finalist 

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Donna Metcalf, organizational and instructional coordinator for Kiamichi Technology Center in Wilburton, Oklahoma, as the recipient of the 2016 ACTE Region IV Lifetime Achievement Award. This 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. 

Donna Metcalf began her career in CTE in 1972 as a business education instructor for economically disadvantaged adults at Western Technology Center Area. In 1978, the Oklahoma Department of CTE hired her to develop industry-specific curriculum for short-term adult programs. During her 34 years at the department, she started the business and industry services and human resources divisions; assisted two state directors with legislative coordination and creation of several technology center districts; coordinated Oklahoma's dropout recovery programs; coordinated student services for roughly 1,500 inmates and juvenile offenders at skills centers; facilitated strategic planning for 18 technology centers, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, the Oklahoma Office of Central Services and the Oklahoma Alliance for Manufacturing Excellence; was the Oklahoma Department of CTE representative for the OkACTE Administration Division, OCLA/NCLA and the Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers for 14 years; coordinated professional development opportunities for Oklahoma's technology center superintendents and board members; and coordinated field services for 29 technology center districts.

In 2012, Metcalf joined the Kiamichi Technology Center district as their first organizational and instructional development coordinator. In this role, she spearheaded strategic planning for all ten Kiamichi campuses. Metcalf helped start a video history of Kiamichi Technology Center, coordinated curriculum approval each year with the Oklahoma Department of CTE, encouraged integration of learning management systems, coordinated accreditation visits, worked with cooperative alliance agreements, organized professional development opportunities, created several small learning communities and facilitated the implementation of Southern Regional Educational Board's Technology Centers That Work program and training for the new Oklahoma accreditation model which includes  Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. Donna has been elected to numerous leadership positions over her tenure and received many awards. “Donna is a legendary CareerTech leader in Oklahoma,” says Pat McGregor, retired Executive Director of Oklahoma ACTE.

Metcalf is one of four 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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