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ACTE Announces Minnesota Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Industry Education Alliance Manager as National Award Finalist


September 25, 2017 

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

ACTE Announces Minnesota Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Industry Education Alliance Manager as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career ad Technical Education (ACTE) announced Michael Lehn, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Industry Education Alliance Manager of Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) in St. Cloud, Minnesota, as the 2017 ACTE Region III Administrator of the Year. This award recognizes administrative CTE professionals at the school, district, county, state, or federal level who have demonstrated leadership in ensuring teacher and student success and have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and effective career and technical education programs. 

Michael Lehn brings 45 years of experience in the automotive service industry to his role as the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Industry Education Alliance Manager for Minnesota. Each year, Lehn assists Minnesota’s secondary/postsecondary automotive programs with National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) certification. Since 2002, Lehn has helped to establish 10 high school AYES partnerships throughout Minnesota, and is currently working with 4 additional NATEF accredited programs. Lehn leverages a network of over 100 business and industry contacts to monitor Minnesota’s AYES programs throughout the year, and through Automotive Technology 2000—an initiative founded by Lehn—garnered $8 million of donated equipment and supplies for qualifying programs throughout the state.

In addition to Lehn’s commitment to transportation programs, he has been a strong advocate for other career areas in Minnesota. As the director for Minnesota Project Lead the Way, Lehn expanded the project from 4 programs to over 100 middle/high school partnerships over a five-year period and worked with a private source to identify and disburse five $50,000 grants annually to participating Minnesota high schools. As the former project coordinator for the Technical Skills Assessment Initiative in the Engineering, Manufacturing, & Technology career field, Lehn continues to lead groups of high school teachers and college faculty in discussions on common core competencies and determining the list of state-approved technical skill assessments. Lehn directed the Transportation Workforce Listening Project – a statewide Minnesota State Colleges & Universities project to gather community feedback on higher education—which resulted in the establishment of a statewide Transportation Center of Excellence for Minnesota’s college transportation programs. “Mike’s warm personality, understanding of the auto industry and his ability to reach students, instructors and business and industry make him an invaluable resource,” says Patricia Serratore, President of NATEF/AYES. “I can’t tell you how many folks in Minnesota have told me what an impact he has made on their lives.”

Lehn 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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