FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2021
Contact: Megan Kmiotek
ACTE Announces South Carolina Work Based Learning Coordinator as National Award Finalist
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Kelli Lancaster, Work Based Learning Coordinator for Anderson Districts 1&2 Career & Technology Center in Williamston, South Carolina, as the recipient of the 2021 ACTE Region II Counseling and Career Guidance Professional Award. This award recognizes school counselors and career development professionals who have demonstrated commitment to connecting students with opportunities for success, shown innovation in career exploration and development, and have advocated for career and technical education (CTE) as a viable option for all students.
Kelli Lancaster has been involved with Career and Technology education for 29 years. She was a media broadcasting instructor for 20 years before taking the role of the Work-Based Learning Coordinator with the Anderson Districts 1 & 2 Career & Technology Center in Williamston, SC.
Lancaster is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BS in Business Management and her M.Ed. She received her National Board Certification Career and Technical Education in 2003. Lancaster was chosen as the 2018 Pendleton Region Career Specialist of the Year, 2018 South Carolina Career Specialist of the Year and the 2018 Anderson County Instructor of the Year. She holds a certification in CSP and GCDF. She has implemented the Microburst Learning EmployABILITY Soft Skills to all 20 programs at her career center and has completed the Master Certification Training Program through Microburst Learning.
Lancaster 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.
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.