ACTE Announces Oklahoma Technical Trainer as National Award Finalist


September 15, 2021

Contact: Megan Kmiotek

ACTE Announces Oklahoma Technical Trainer as National Award Finalist


ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Matthew Shannon, Technical Trainer at Tulsa Technology Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the 2021 ACTE Region IV 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.


Matthew Shannon has served as a technical trainer for Business and Industry Services at Tulsa Technology Center for the past six and a half years. A former business owner, Shannon has 24 years of experience in manufacturing, welding, machining, mechanics, warehousing, and is an avid artist. Shannon is a certified welding inspector with the American Welding Society and teaches welding, shop math, safety, as well as shipping and receiving. He has a 100% pass rate for students who complete his training and achieve AWS national welding certification. Shannon works with nonprofit groups and directly with local businesses to train their employees to achieve certifications.


Shannon is one of five finalists for the 2022 national title. The national winner will be announced at the 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.