FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2020
Contact: Megan Kmiotek
ACTE Announces Nebraska Professor as National Award Finalist
ALEXANDRIA, VA — Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Carol Erwin, Associate Professor at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska, as the 2020 ACTE Region V Teacher Educator of the Year. This award recognizes teacher educators who have demonstrated innovation in teacher education, leadership in improving career and technical education (CTE), and commitment to preparing teachers to deliver high quality CTE programs.
Carol Erwin is an Associate Professor at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. Erwin graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1999 with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education and earned her Master’s Degree in 2004 in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane College. Erwin completed her doctorate in Adult and Higher Education Administration from the University of South Dakota in 2018. She taught for 12 years in 7-12 FCS classrooms and advised FCCLA Chapters. She then took a position at Wayne State College teaching the Foods and Nutrition classes and working with the Family and Consumer Sciences Education majors. She has grown the FCS Education program at Wayne State College about 120% from 16 majors in the 2012-2013 year to 35 majors in the 2018-2019 year.
Erwin is one of five 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.