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ACTE Announces South Carolina Director as National Award Finalist


October 11, 2016

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

ACTE Announces South Carolina Director as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Sherri Yarborough, director at R.D. Anderson Applied Technology Center in Moore, South Carolina, as the 2016 Region II 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. 

Sherri Yarborough has been involved in CTE for over 30 years and has served as the Director of R.D. Anderson Applied Technology Center in Moore, South Carolina since 2004. The center serves over 2,200 students from three school districts in Spartanburg County and offers over 50 CTE courses in 12 different Program Areas. During her tenure, student enrollment at the center has increased over 200%; course offerings have expanded to offer dual credit in seven programs of study to over 2,000 students in the last seven years; and the center expanded its facility for the first time in over 30 years. Yarborough has written and received nearly $200,000 in grants to bring new technology to her center and develop new programs to meet the demands for manufacturing jobs in the local community. For ten consecutive years, her center has earned the title of “Palmetto Gold,” the highest recognition a center can receive in South Carolina for performance and closing the achievement gap.

Yarborough has served as Secretary and President for South Carolina CTE Administrators and is a member of the local Chamber of Commerce. She has served on numerous committees and groups, including the advisory council for the South Carolina State Director of CTE and “Ten @ the Top,” an economic & entrepreneurial vitality task force for upstate South Carolina. She serves as a mentor for new administrators in CTE and traditional high schools and has received numerous accolades for her contributions and achievements. “I haven’t seen a school leader with the amount of drive and energy that Sherri exhibits in the area of career and technology education,” says Darryl Owings, Superintendent, Spartanburg County School District Six. “She is a credit to the education profession and CTE programs and initiatives.”

Yarborough 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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