ACTE Announces Minnesota Articulation Coordinator as National Award Finalist

September 23, 2019

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka, 703-683-9312

ACTE Announces Minnesota Articulation Coordinator as National Award Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Ginny Karbowski, Articulation Coordinator at College High School Partnership in Shoreview, Minnesota, as the recipient of the 2019 ACTE Region III Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes career and technical education (CTE) professionals for their leadership on behalf of ACTE, their innovations in CTE and their contributions to the field over an extended period of time. For the first time ever at the Awards Gala, ACTE will be inducting all five Lifetime Achievement national finalists into the new ACTE Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors the leadership of CTE professionals who have made enduring contributions to CTE throughout their career.

Karbowski has contributed her time and expertise to CTE for nearly 50 years. She began her CTE career in the Anoka-Hennepin District teaching home economics at Coon Rapids High School (1971-1974) and Blaine High School (1975-1993).  In 1993, she was hired to lead CTE in the district, first as the Tech Prep Coordinator for 3 years and then CTE programming, staffing and curriculum for 14 years. In addition, she was the driving force behind the creation, building, and management of Secondary Technical Education Program (S.T.E.P.) – a CTE high school located on the Anoka Technical College campus in Anoka. From 2010-2017, Karbowski joined the state CTE leadership team at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities as Program Director of CTE pathways. She embraced the challenge to implement Minnesota’s Perkins IV Programs of Study and Technical Skill Attainment Initiative for 26 Perkins consortia in over 1,000 high schools and 32 two-year colleges. Since 2017, Karbowski has led an articulated college credit initiative for CTE educators at high schools and two-year colleges in the Minneapolis region.

Karbowski is one of five finalists for the 2020 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Gala, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, December 4, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2019 in Anaheim, CA. The Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox, CareerSafe, 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.