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ACTE Announces Georgia Pre-Engineering Instructor as National Award Finalist



October 11, 2016

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

ACTE Announces Georgia Pre-Engineering Instructor as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announces Leon Grant, a pre-engineering instructor at Marietta City Schools in Marietta, Georgia, as the recipient of the 2016 Region II Carl Perkins Community Service Award. This award recognizes educators who have used career and technical education (CTE) to make a significant impact on a community/humanitarian cause through leadership in programs and activities that promote community involvement. This award was named in honor of the late Congressman Perkins, and is designed to recognize individuals who have demonstrated the same humanitarian concerns exemplified by Congressman Perkins.

Leon Grant has taught pre-engineering in Paulding and Marietta City schools systems for the past 16 years. Under his leadership, Marietta City Schools has established a world-class pre-engineering program that has obtained international industry certification. Grant has challenged his students with various engineering projects that have led them to compete in and win contests at the local, regional, state, national and international levels. Under his guidance, his students have received grants from Lemelson/MIT, have applied for patents, sold designs to major corporations, and started limited liability corporations. Grant has been active in promoting STEM in middle and elementary schools, has trained other teachers on STEM education, and developed a STEM mentoring program and a Civil Engineers Club.

Grant’s students have recently received national attention for the Haiti Container Building Project: a multi-year design/build/transfer project for a five-acre community center which will address the lack of sustainable energy, clean water, internet connectivity, and education opportunities in L’Arbre, Haiti. Under the guidance of industry professionals, Grant’s high school students will build a 20’ x 24’ container CTE classroom and 40’ x 50’ workshop area for the center on Marietta High School’s campus, and will then prototype various technologies involved in the container buildings, such as solar energy, water harvesting, satellite internet communication, aquaponics, solar cooking, and plastic recycling. Under Grant’s leadership, the project has built strong partnerships with numerous organizations, businesses and postsecondary institutions. Marcellus Pitts, CEO of Pitts-Fowler Enterprises, says: “The question is often asked, what does the future hold for the youth of today with all that is going on in the world? I can honestly say that because of the impact of Leon Grant, their future is bright and filled with endless possibilities.”

Grant 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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