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Terry Holliday Named 2016 ACTE Champion of the Year


August 6, 2015

August 6, 2015
Contact: Sean Lynch
slynch@acteonline.org, (703) 683-9312

Terry Holliday Named 2016 ACTE Champion of the Year

ALEXANDRIA, VA - The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and its Board of Directors announce the 2016 ACTE Champion of the Year: Terry Holliday, Commissioner of Education for the Kentucky Department of Education. The ACTE Champion of the Year award recognizes individuals and entities, from within or outside the Association, for the highest meritorious contributions to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of career and technical education (CTE).

In 2010, Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday surprised the state's CTE professionals when he eliminated the Division of Career and Technical Education in the Kentucky Department of Education and replaced it with a new Office of Career and Technical Education. The shift marked one of Holliday's first steps towards fulfilling his promise to elevate CTE in Kentucky. Holliday championed a number of initiatives in support of CTE, including the passage of the Career Pathways Act in 2012; funding for an additional 35 CTE teachers and the creation of a collaborative career academy; and the creation of several task forces to address issues related to dual credit, sector strategies, and career readiness. In 2012, CTE was added to overall school accountability indices for the first time through the inclusion of College and Career Readiness requirements. Under Holliday's leadership, the number of students judged 'career ready' in Kentucky has increased ten-fold, and the graduation rate for CTE concentrators is more than 98 percent.

Upon his retirement on August 31, Holliday will leave a legacy of leadership in and dedication to CTE that spanned decades and left a lasting impression in the field. Holliday's work as President of the Council of Chief State School Officers has added to CTE's growing recognition and relevance within the educational community. He established and chaired a task force on improving career readiness that developed an influential report, Opportunities and Options: Making Career Preparation Work for Students. Holliday has testified before the U.S. Senate HELP Committee on the effectiveness of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waivers and has met with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to argue for ESEA waivers, effective educator evaluation systems, and the importance of state flexibility to improve their educational systems. Holliday is serving a four-year term on the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the "Nation's Report Card." He also served on the National Commission on Accreditation of Educator Preparation task force. Dexter Knight, Principal of Jessamine Career and Technology Center, says, "Dr. Holliday's commitment to CTE as well as college and career readiness for all students in our state has been a driving force in CTE educational reform in Kentucky."

The ACTE Excellence Awards promote excellence in CTE by recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the community, programs that exemplify the highest standards and organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand CTE programs. Holliday will share his insights on his work with the Council of Chief State School officers and the Southern Regional Education Board during a preconference workshop at ACTE CareerTech VISION 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and will be honored for his contributions alongside ACTE's full slate of award winners at the annual ACTE Awards Banquet  on November 19, 2015. CareerTech VISION is ACTE's signature event, with more than 3,000 attendees, career and CTE professionals from across the country and more than 300 workshops and sessions dedicated to improving the knowledge and capacity of CTE leaders. For more information on the Excellence Awards and the Awards Banquet, visit https://www.acteonline.org/awards.

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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