FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 2018
Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
ACTE Announces Alabama Career Coach as National Award Finalist
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Lindsay Jordan, Career Coach, as the recipient of the 2018 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 CTE as a viable option for all students.
As the career coach for Elmore County Schools, Jordan’s primary responsibility is to connect students with opportunities for success. She promotes access and equity to career and technical education programs by offering career development services and activities that are appropriate for students’ age and education level, and she assists in coordinating and promoting CTE and college and career events for Elmore County Schools.
Jordan’s coordinated and sequenced career development plan for students begins in the eighth grade, when she sets time each fall to assist middle school counselors and students in developing their education plans. Jordan focuses on information about high school course options with ninth grade students, particularly the availability of CTE courses at ECTC. Specific offerings for upperclassmen often include more in-depth career information through classroom speakers and field trips, investigating postsecondary options, and individual advising sessions involving college/career information, job market trends, college and job applications, and financial aid assistance.
In addition, she integrates knowledge and skills in authentic learning sessions by engaging students in budgeting simulations that portray actual central Alabama jobs, salaries and expenses to allow students to experience real-life money-management scenarios.
Jordan is one of 5 finalists for the 2019 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, November 28, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2018 in San Antonio, TX. The Awards Banquet is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, the US Army, 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.