ACTE Announces Idaho Professor Faculty as National Award Finalist


September 15, 2021

Contact: Megan Kmiotek




ACTE Announces Idaho Professor Faculty as National Award Finalist


ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Ben Hamlett, Professor at College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho, as the 2021 ACTE Region V Postsecondary Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes the finest career and technical education (CTE) teachers at the postsecondary level who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and dedication to the improvement of CTE in their institution and communities.


Ben Hamlett started working with electronics when he was in Junior High, working at a local small company, repairing multi-meters and making electronic trainers. Hamlett got both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho and is a Professional Engineer in Idaho. Some of Hamlett’s certifications include Certified Solidworks Associate, National Institute of Metalworking Skills, CTE Advanced Occupational Specialist certification, FANUC certified instructor, Authorized OSHA 10- and 30-hour General Industry. Hamlett is currently a Professor and Program Manager of the Automation Engineering Technology program at the College of Southern Idaho teaching automation, controls, and electronics. Hamlett teaches students of all ages about robotics, PLCs, HMIs, CAD, instrumentation (level sensors, flow meters, light curtains, conductivity meters, etc.), different programming languages, industrial safety topics, etc.


Hamlett is one of five finalists for the 2022 national title. The national winner will be announced at virtual ACTE Awards Gala an award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The virtual event will take place on November 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The virtual Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.



About ACTE
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.