FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2019
Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
ACTE Announces South Carolina Career Specialist as National Award Finalist
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Jessica Galati, Career Specialist at Berkeley County School District in Goose Creek, South Carolina, as the recipient of the 2019 ACTE Region II Career Guidance 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.
As a Career Specialist, Galati is committed to connecting students with opportunities for success, showing innovation in career exploration and development, and is a huge advocate for CTE as a viable option for all students. For the last three years, she has worked with the Berkeley County School District with students in grades 3-12 to provide successful career guidance through classroom lessons, lunch and learn sessions with local employers, an after school career explorers program, various career field studies trips, and constantly promoting the high school CTE and youth apprenticeship programs through local employers and Trident Technical College.
Galati is an expert in workforce development and recruitment processes, and she possesses a deep understanding of what local employers are looking for when hiring and the issues and challenges facing students. She helps to put all of this together to educate students to help them get hired for the in-demand jobs in the Charleston, South Carolina, area as well as meet the needs of local employers.
Galati’s experience prior to working with the Berkeley County School District includes 10 years of active duty military service in the United States Navy, recruiting and workforce development for South Carolina’s Department of Employment and Workforce and as a Lead Career Coach with the non-profit organization Palmetto Youth Connections. Galati has achieved the following certifications and educational degrees: Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from Walden University, Master of Business Administration (Concentration in Human Resource Management) from Strayer University, Bachelor of Arts from Thomas Edison State University, and has been a Certified Global Career Development Facilitator since 2014.
Galati 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.
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.