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ACTE Announces North Carolina Career and Technical Education Director as National Award Finalist

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Christy CheekFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
October 12, 2017

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


ACTE Announces North Carolina Career and Technical Education Director as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Christy Cheek, Career and Technical Education Director of Buncombe County Schools in Asheville, North Carolina, as the recipient of the 2017 ACTE Region II Carl Perkins Community Service Award. This award recognizes individuals who have used CTE to make a significant impact on their community and demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote student involvement in community service. 

“Christy Cheek commands the utmost respect from students, parents, her colleagues, and the entire business community,” says Janice Blunt, owner of Strategic Communications for the Public Sector. As the CTE director for Buncombe County Schools, Cheek has spearheaded partnerships that have improved student learning opportunities and strengthened the local community and workforce pipelines. As a member of the planning team for Students@Work Week, Cheek coordinates a four-day event that exposes more than 800 middle school students to 45 local businesses. Cheek has also been instrumental to the county’s “Virtual Job Shadowing” initiative, which partners with local businesses to film short videos that give students a glimpse into careers across a variety of fields. One of Cheek’s major accomplishments in recent years involved working on the development of a STEM-themed high school in the county. As part of the leadership team, she worked closely with local and state government authorities, business and industry organizations, and higher education institutions to secure funding, curriculum, and other resources.

Cheek has also helped foster stronger partnerships between the county and Mission Hospital, the largest employer in the area, and the Asheville Homebuilder's Association, which provides support and mentorship for students working on the “Playhouse Project.” This project allows students from five high schools to design, build, and furnish a different-themed playhouse each year, and design the marketing plan to sell tickets. Furthermore, Cheek has been involved with the Biltmore Company’s sponsorship of the annual Career Pathways Student Leadership Academy and EdGE (Educating Generations of Employees) program. During the year-long EdGE program, students visit the Biltmore Estate and shadow employees across various positions in the hospitality industry. The program has been recognized as a model work-based learning program, and has both been featured by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and won an award from the National Association for Tech Prep. These workforce efforts are designed to provide engaging hands-on opportunities for students in their communities and promote career pathways for students’ success.

Cheek 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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