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ACTE Announces Ohio Education Program Specialist as National Award Finalist


September 25, 2017 

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

ACTE Announces Ohio Education Program Specialist as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Tracy A. Campbell, Education Program Specialist for Trade and Industrial Educational at the Ohio Department of Education in Columbus, Ohio, as the 2017 ACTE Region I Postsecondary Teacher of The Year. This award recognizes the finest career and technical education teachers at the postsecondary level who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and dedication to the improvement of CTE in their institution and communities

“In 1992, Tracy Campbell made the decision to leave the workplace and bring his skill set to education,” explains Judy Ennis, Regional Coordinator for Owens Community College in Ohio. “And that proved to be a decision that had and continues to have a positive effect on hundreds of students and employers.” Campbell became faculty Chairman of Transportation Technologies at Owens Community College after many years working his way up through various roles beginning as a student worker at the college and returning to teach after several years in collision repair and other automotive industry areas. Campbell’s expertise and reputation allowed him to grow corporate partnerships with industry giants such as Caterpillar Corporation, John Deere, and General Motors, who sent their new hires to Campbell’s classes for training they could trust. Furthermore, these companies provided the school with their latest equipment so that once the students finished training they could step into their roles work-ready.

In his role as Department Chair, Campbell has worked toward furthering the granting of articulation agreements between CTE schools and colleges. He has served as the Evaluation Team Leader for the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) to award new or re-accreditation to secondary and postsecondary programs. He has served on thirteen secondary and post-secondary advisory committees, which he finds critical to help students meet their goals through CTE programs. He was also instrumental in Ohio’s Career-Technical Credit Transfer (CT)2 process in 2005. Due to his excellent reputation across the state of Ohio with his peers, college administrators, business and industry leaders, and students, the Ohio Department of Education recently asked him to join them as a Program Specialist for Trade and Industrial Education in the Office of Career-Technical Education. In this new position, he continues to expand his impact on students, schools and industries in growing a workforce assisting the Ohio and nation-wide economy.

Campbell is one of five finalists for the 2018 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, December 6, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Awards Banquet is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, the US Army, CareerSafe, 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, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals 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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