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ACTE Announces the 2014 Nominated Awards


August 6, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and Board of Directors announce the 2014 Nominated Award winners for the ACTE Excellence Awards. This year, ACTE will award five nominated awards in the categories of Image, Lifetime Achievement, Merit, Carl Perkins Outstanding Service, and Business Leader. All candidates must be nominated by an ACTE member, and the winners must demonstrate the significant impact of their program, innovative approach, and leadership in CTE. These Award winners will be celebrated alongside the national Member Award finalists at the annual Awards Banquet—honoring individuals and organizations for their extraordinary contributions to the field—at CareerTech VISION 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 4, 2013, 7-9 p.m. CareerTech VISION is ACTE's signature event, with over 4,000 attendees, career and technical education (CTE) professionals from across the country, and over 200 workshops and sessions dedicated to improving the knowledge and capacity of CTE leaders.

The Image Award recognizes an entity demonstrating extraordinary contributions to the image of career and technical education. This year's winner is the NOCTI, a not‐for‐profit organization that has served as the nation's largest provider of technical skills assessments (TSA) spanning the full spectrum of CTE programs for more than 45 years. While working with the National Research Center for CTE, NOCTI researched and developed a professional development program (CTEDDI) that helps teachers use TSA data linked to state academic and technical standards to improve classroom instruction and increase student achievement.

The Lifetime Achievement Award winner for this year is Gary Wixom. As the assistant commissioner for the Utah System of Higher Learning from 1999-2011, Gary Wixom has given leadership to the Utah Electronic College, the development of Utah's concurrent enrollment program and the engineering and computer science initiative, has co-chaired the Utah Education Network Steering Committee, and has promoted two community colleges to the university level. Throughout his illustrious 43-year career as a CTE teacher and administrator, Wixom has enhanced the quality and availability of CTE offerings across Utah.

The Merit Award, honoring contributions to the improvement and progress of career and technical education, is bestowed to Joerg Klisch, Vice President of North American Operations for Tognum America. Klisch has worked to provide students with an invaluable apprenticeship opportunity, partnering with the Aiken County Career & Technology Center to launch South Carolina's first registered apprentice program for high school students. Klisch's model is based on a similar 30-year strong apprenticeship program in Germany that boasts a 100 percent graduation rate. Over the course of two years and the summer between, six mechatronics student-apprentices receive 1,000 paid hours of experience working alongside master craftsmen.

The Carl Perkins Outstanding Service Award, which honors individuals who have made outstanding meritorious contributions of state or national significance to the improvement, promotion, development, and progress of career and technical education, is awarded to Sandra Hemmert. As a CTE coordinator for Granite School District, Sandra Hemmert's work has brought Utah's CTE programs into the spotlight. She has helped secure several multi-million-dollar grants for the growth of CTE, firmly placing Granite District's CTE programs in the state's talent development pipeline. During her 34 years in the education field, Hemmert has played an important role in developing modern and effective CTE programs that meet students' needs.

ACTE also honors business leaders and organizations that have excelled in contributing to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of CTE. The 2014 Business Leader of the Year awardee is Gordon Davis. Gordon Davis is the founder and chairman of CEV Multimedia Ltd., the nation's leading producer of career and technical education materials. Founded in 1981, CEV is at the forefront of innovative educational materials, providing quality curriculum and educational resources for the subject areas of agricultural science and technology, business and marketing, family and consumer sciences, trade and industry, and career orientation. As a philanthropist, Davis has awarded more than 654 scholarships and has helped grow nine endowments, totaling $4.7 million combined since 1986, and has donated time, resources and funds to more than 27 CTE organizations on both state and national levels.

The ACTE Excellence Awards are sponsored by Cisco and Kuder. For more information on the Awards Banquet and Program, visit ACTE Excellence Awards page.

About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation's largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 25,000 members; career and technical educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others involved in planning and conducting career and technical education programs at the secondary, postsecondary and adult levels. ACTE provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information on career and technical education, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders.


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