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ACTE Announces Minnesota Career and Technical Education Specialist as National Award Finalist


Carrie_Hanson_HeadshotFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
September 25, 2017 

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

ACTE Announces Minnesota Career and Technical Education Specialist as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Carrie Hanson, Career and Technical Education Specialist of Alexandria Technical and Community College in Alexandria, Minnesota, as the recipient of the 2017 ACTE Region III Career Guidance Award. This award recognizes school counselors and career development professionals who have demonstrated commitment to connecting students with opportunities for success, shown innovation in career exploration and development, and have advocated for CTE as a viable option for all students. The Career Guidance Award is sponsored by the U.S. Army.

Carrie Hanson serves as the Career and Technical Education Specialist, which includes being secondary and college Carl D. Perkins coordinator at Alexandria Technical and Community College in Minnesota. In this role, Hanson works closely with high school teachers and college faculty in the Runestone Carl D. Perkins consortium to address standards-aligned, integrated curriculum; sequencing and articulation; and student assessment through the development and implementation of Rigorous Program of Study and State-Approved Programs of Study. Hanson is responsible for several consortium-wide events, including a “Sneak a Peek” event held in January that provides over 350 sophomores with the opportunity to participate in a hands-on learning experience in two of 16 different college programs; the “Engineering & Manufacturing Summer Camp” each June for 15-20 incoming 9th grade students; and the National Fluid Power Association’s Action Challenge for eighth graders. When funding declined in 2014, the popular Regional Career Exploration Day was cancelled. Hanson was able to work with Alexandria School District #206 to make it possible for the other member districts in the region to become a part of District 206’s Ninth Grade Career Expo. 

Hanson also serves on the Steering Committee for the Online College High School (OCHS) Program: a regional initiative that offers introductory college Career & Technical, as well as Minnesota Transfer courses to qualified students in grades 9-12 across the state. The program, of which Alexandria Technical and Community College is a participant, boasts over 1,500 registrations in more than 40 college course selections for this academic year alone. Hanson has provided CTE leadership since the program’s inception and has helped to lead the committee in offering new program pathways and redesigning the OHCS website to include advising tools related to career development.  “I am grateful that Carrie is our CTE leader and advocate,” says Wendy Watts, Business Teacher at Alexandria Area High School. “In my 31 years of teaching, I have never met a more dedicated person.”

Hanson is one of four 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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