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ACTE Announces Georgia Counselor as National Award Finalist

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October 11, 2016   

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


ACTE Announces Georgia Counselor as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Monica Crenshaw, a counselor at Colquitt County High School in Moultrie, Georgia, as the 2016 Region II 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 a counselor at Colquitt County High School (CCHS), Monica Crenshaw works diligently on developing new ways to help foster healthy, productive young adults. Driven by a strong belief that all students have potential to succeed in their chosen field with the right exposure to opportunities, ideas and encouragement, Crenshaw has worked to expand these opportunities through school-sponsored trips to colleges, career training seminars, and specialty round-table discussions. Crenshaw often gives her own free time to help students, attending college open houses on the weekends to support aspiring first generation college students and their families and giving up her spring break to accompany a group of prospective student military service recruits to Parris Island for a Marine boot camp experience. At school, Crenshaw brings a level of consideration and care to each individual student she works with, not only getting to know their motivations but taking the time to learn about CTE programs of study and the options that are available to her students. 

When it comes to contributions to the school and community, Crenshaw is not only a leader but a ‘gap- filler’ who will contribute above and beyond her expected job duties. At the local level, she is regularly involved in the startup of new programs and has also worked with state leaders to provide input on the new capstone project being implemented in all Georgia public high schools. “Ms. Crenshaw is an extraordinary school counselor who takes the time to get to know her students,” says former student QuenTavious Alford. “She does not put limits on what a student can or cannot do.”

Crenshaw 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.  

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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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