Dr. Tracy Beard
& Technical Education Center
- Principal at Washington Career & Technical Education Center for the last 12 years.
- 32 years experience in education as a teacher, assistant principal and principal.
- PhD in Career and Technical Education from Louisiana State University.
- Member of LaACTE/ACTE – Administration division for the past 12 years. Served on the board for LaACTE. Served as President-elect, President (2009-2010), and Past President of LaACTE.
- Served on Region IV Policy Committee 2013-16.
- Served on Region IV Awards Committee 2016-present.
- Presently represent Region IV on ACTE Nominating Committee.
- Annually attend ACTE VISION and Region IV Conferences for past 12 years.
- Member of LaACTE/LaVHET – 7 years
- Big Cane Baptist Church – member, Sunday School teacher, treasurer
- St. Landry Cattlewomen – member, treasurer
- Delta Kappa Gamma – member
- Married to Hals Beard for 35 years – 5 daughters and 8 grandchildren
Hello and greetings from the Northern Part of Louisiana, Shreveport. I have been in higher education for 12 years and have worked with students in all areas of the career and technical aspects of our workforce: Medical, IT, Business, CADD, Criminal Justice and Pharmacy. I am the Academic Dean for Remington College-Shreveport Campus and deal daily with the students and community to get the Employers on board to the fact that not all students are destined to a four-year degree college and that the workforce of the future will come from the Career and Technical School arena. I have been active with SkillsUSA through the High Schools serving on the Board for the past few years.
Technical skills are as important as book but so many trades these days are a lost art due to our educational system, as a whole, only looking at one part of learning! We need the bricklayers, electricians, welders along with the accountants and lawyers. I would like the opportunity to continue in my state of Louisiana to get the word out that CTE is here to stay!
I was born and raised in Louisiana gaining my Masters in Accounting from La. Tech University. I was asked to teach an accounting class at a career college and that really opened my eyes that with a little bit of knowledge and a willingness to work a diploma certificate or an associate degree can get you into a field and your hands-on learning maybe just what an employer needs.