Minnesota Counselor Wins National Career Guidance Award
January 13, 2014
ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Association for Career and Technical Education announces Jayne Greeney Schill, a CTE/business-education partnerships/College Bound Program coordinator-counselor with the St. Cloud Area School District #742, as the winner of the 2014 ACTE Career Guidance Award, sponsored by Kuder Inc. As the winner of ACTE's Region III Career Guidance Award, Schill was one of five finalists competing for the 2014 national title. The ACTE Career Guidance Award recognizes school counselors and career development professionals who have made significant contributions in career and technical education programs in their communities and/or states. Schill was announced as the national winner during the ACTE Awards Banquet on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As a college undergraduate, Schill learned first-hand the importance of student guidance after discovering that her degree in accounting had launched her into a profession she had no passion for. Since then, Schill has applied her talents as a successful CTE/business-education partnerships/College Bound Program (CBP) coordinator/counselor. As the CBP coordinator, Schill transformed the program into a model incorporating different career academies in which academics, career exploration and college preparation were linked to specific career fields. After Schill noticed a large gender gap in the academies, she developed and implemented the SciGals program at two middle schools to promote STEM and digital media (DM) pathways for girls. In the past three years, 120 girls with an aptitude and an interest in STEM and DM have enrolled in those programs, which enabled them to further pursue high-tech, high-demand and high-wage jobs in those areas.
Schill's other projects include an annual family forum series to educate parents about financial literacy and postsecondary education planning, and an e-mentoring program for English language learners and special education students. Each year, she organizes a College, Community and Career Readiness Conference for ninth-graders in which students can choose from and attend 20 breakout sessions about different careers and receive insights and life experiences from members of the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce. Schill's superintendent said, "She has brought a level of enthusiasm to both our staff and students regarding new course offerings and future career goals."
The ACTE Awards Banquet was sponsored by Cisco, Kuder Inc., Stratasys, CEV Multimedia Ltd. Certiport, Successful Practices Network, and Yaskawa Motoman Robotics.
The Association for Career and Technical Education 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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