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ACTE Announces Oklahoma Assistant Superintendent as National Award Finalist


September 25, 2017 

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

ACTE Announces Oklahoma Assistant Superintendent as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Carol Colwell, Assistant Superintendent of Autry Technology Center in Enid, Oklahoma, as the recipient of the 2017 ACTE Region IV Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes CTE professionals for their leadership on behalf of ACTE, their innovations in CTE and their contributions to the field over an extended period of time.

A product of career and technical education, Carol Colwell has developed a rich perspective on CTE from her various roles in education across her 30-year career. After enrolling in business education at Central Technology Center as a high school senior, Colwell was inspired to become an educator herself and returned to Central Tech to teach business and computer education. Since then, she has served as a trainer for customized training in business & industry, assistant director of a statewide truck driver training program, director of full time programs, and currently serves as assistant superintendent at Autry Technology Center.

A distinguishing factor of Colwell’s legacy in all her roles has been her commitment to empowering those around her through leadership education and opportunities. As an advisor for Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), she encouraged her students to be active participants in every aspect of the student organization and pushed her chapter to national level competitions several times. As an assistant superintendent, Colwell has continued to foster an environment that encourages her staff to experiment with new approaches to student-centered learning and grow their leadership capacity. Jeanette Capshaw, Deputy Superintendent at Moore Technology Center, says, “Carol is an intelligent, dedicated, passionate educator who represents the best based on outstanding service to career and technical education in the state of Oklahoma.”

Colwell’s leadership experience in the CTE community is extensive: she served as President of Oklahoma ACTE from 2014-2015, has served on the Executive Committee for the Oklahoma Career Technology Administrators Council, and served as an officer of Instructional Leaders. In addition, through organizations such as the Lions Club, Meals on Wheels, Bridges, Leadership Norman, Leadership Moore, and Leadership Greater Enid, she has contributed her time and guidance to multiple fundraisers, donation drives, landscaping and remodeling projects, and welfare initiatives for seniors, animals, and homeless students in her community.

Colwell 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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