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ACTE Announces Oklahoma Precision Metal Fabrication Instructor as National Award Finalist


September 13, 2016

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



 ACTE Announces Oklahoma Precision Metal Fabrication Instructor as National Award Finalist 

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Justin Nisbett, precision metal fabrication instructor at Meridian Technology Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma, as the 2016 Region IV New Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes CTE teachers with 3-5 years’ experience (at the middle, secondary or postsecondary level) who have made significant contributions toward innovative and unique career and technical education programs and shown a professional commitment early in their careers. 

A precision metal fabrication instructor at Meridian Technology Center, Justin Nisbett has implemented program improvements that have resulted in increased enrollment, retention, placement and student engagement in learning. Heavily involved in hands-on learning through community activities, Nisbett’s students have welded ramps and guardrails for handicapped accessibility and outfitted the local News 9’s tornado chase vehicle with dashboard grills and customized fabrication. His students work on real projects for clients where they interact with customers, estimate, design, and complete a fabrication project from start to finish. Nisbett helps his students learn the business side of the profession in each of these areas, as well as the importance of performing preventive maintenance on equipment.

Nisbett is heavily invested in building and maintaining relationships with the local business and education council. Through these interactions, Nisbett has been able to leverage several equipment additions for his program, ensuring his students are learning how to use the latest, most sophisticated and widespread industry equipment. He recently hosted district SkillsUSA competitions and had several top place winners. In 2014, Nisbett was selected by Meridian to co-lead a partnered fellowship program with Oklahoma State University and the U.S. Department of State designed to provide international students insight on American entrepreneurship and manufacturing techniques. This partnership involved hosting a Kenyan student in his class, a unique experience not only for the guest student but for the other class members, many of whom had never met or interacted with international students. DeAnna Little, Director of Instruction for the Trade and Industry Small Learning Community at Meridian, says, “Justin is an inspiring educator, helping students learn life-changing skills and going above and beyond the curriculum standards.”

Nisbett 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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