Thomas Olivo Leadership Award:
The New York State Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators established the Thomas Olivo Leadership Award for each of the six ACTEA Zones in New York State.
This award was named in honor of C. Thomas Olivo, who was the New York State Education Department’s Director of Vocational Education in 1966, when VICA (now known as Skills USA) was established. Dr. Olivo had the foresight to see the value of instituting a youth organization for students enrolled in secondary trade, industrial, technical and health occupations. He advocated developing leadership skills through participation in career oriented student organizations, a goal that ACTEA continues to support today.
Students receiving this award are honored with a $500 scholarship from ACTEA.