FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2020
Contact: Megan Kmiotek
ACTE Announces Missouri Construction Technology Instructor as National Award Finalist
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Lorin Curtis, Construction Technology Instructor at Franklin Technology Center in Joplin, Missouri, as the recipient of the 2020 ACTE Region III Carl Perkins Community Service Award. This award recognizes individuals who have used career and technical education (CTE) to make a significant impact on their community and demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote student involvement in community service.
Lorin Curtis is the current Construction Technology Instructor at Franklin Technology Center (FTC) in Joplin, MO. He is in his eleventh year in this role. Prior to embarking on his professional teaching career, Curtis served for almost 30 years in the United States Army as Sergeant First Class, where he trained soldiers in construction-related occupations.
At FTC, he teaches not only carpentry skills, but also embeds life skills into his curriculum. His students leave prepared for life. Curtis does not do his work for recognition, but comes to school wanting to instill respect, honesty, dignity, responsibility and service in his students.
Curtis was named the Joplin Teacher of the Year and Franklin Technology Center Teacher of the Year for 2019. During his service in the U.S. Army he was the recipient of multiple awards and ribbons which showcase his dedication to service to his country.
Curtis is one of four finalists for the 2021 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Gala, an award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Thursday, December 3, during ACTE’s Virtual CareerTech VISION 2020. The Virtual Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox, CareerSafe, and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.
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.