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ACTE Announces Montana School Counselor as National Award Finalist


September 13, 2016

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



ACTE Announces Montana School Counselor as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Tina Boone, school counseling department head at Skyview High School in Billings, Montana, as the 2016 Region V 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 the school counseling department head at Skyview High School, Tina Boone has made significant strides to educate counselors across the state about the value of CTE. Boone was one of the first high school counselors to take a leadership role in Montana’s Rigorous Programs of Study (RPOS) counselor project: a highly visible, U.S. Department of Education initiative of which Montana was one of six pilot states. Boone committed her school’s counselors to use sophisticated planning software to guide students toward career and school pathways. To build greater awareness among counselors of the value and rigor of CTE programs, she organized a four-day, 800-mile bus trip to five two-year colleges with 26 counselors from RPOS-affiliated high schools. She then negotiated a full day of the Montana School Counselors Association (MSCA) conference to be dedicated to learning about CTE careers and their benefit to students. Currently, she is working with BillingWorks to build an on-line platform for students to connect with business for work-based learning opportunities.

Boone has successfully developed and implemented a high school career and college readiness curriculum; a district-wide K-12 counseling leadership board to rewrite/review counseling curriculum with a focus on college and career readiness; an affiliation with Office of Public Instruction to address career development; and guidance advisory meetings to connect with community leaders and parents. A recognized leader in Montana, Boone is regularly contacted by state government officials to comment on the role of counselors in CTE. In 2013 she was elected by her peers to be on the board of MSCA; that same year, she became the first counselor to join the Montana ACTE board of directors. Danette Cerise, Associate Principal at Skyview High School, says, “Mrs. Boone is a champion of great causes.”

Boone 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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