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ACTE Announces California Administrator as National Award Finalist

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September 25, 2017 

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


ACTE Announces California Administrator as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Jillian Johnson-Sharp, Administrator of Central Orange County CTE Partnership in Santa Ana, California, as the 2017 ACTE Region V Administrator of the Year Award. 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.

As the administrator of Career Technical Education Partnership (CTEp) at the Orange County Department of Education, Jillian Johnson-Sharp has passionately advocated for the development of rigorous and competency-based CTE curriculum, programs of study, and innovative projects that inspire and excite students and teachers. At CTEp, Johnson-Sharp’s priorities encompass new curriculum development, integration of state academic and career-technical standards, collaboration with local community colleges to articulate dual-credit courses, management of local advisories, and initiating and building regional partnerships for innovative projects with wide-reaching influence. CTEp serves three unified school districts (USDs) of Orange County (OC): Santa Ana, Garden Grove and Orange. Thanks to the  Johnson-Sharp's efforts directing the CTEp team, these densely-populated districts, with high percentages of socioeconomically disadvantaged students, have benefited from world-class CTE programs and projects even before their less diverse, more affluent neighbors. 

Johnson-Sharp has introduced several innovative contests that have created a county-wide network of business professionals, educators at the K-16 level, private businesses, and non-profit organizations, and helped align engineering and other STEM-related curriculum across districts. Johnson-Sharp also spearheaded the introduction and establishment of new technologies, such as 3D printing, into her districts, and subsequently launched the OC Maker Challenge, an integrated STEM design competition in which students are challenged to design and build, or significantly repurpose, a product that will solve a problem, need or want. The Challenge has grown from a handful of participants to an expansive, county-wide, prestigious contest currently hosted by Chapman University with over 3,000 students in grades 7-14.  Diana Schneider, former Senior Director at CTE, says, “In my 26 years of experience in Career and Technical Education, I have found Jillian to be one of the most highly qualified administrators with whom I have ever worked.”

Johnson-Sharp 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.

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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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