FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2019
Jarrod Nagurka, ACTE
Nicole Reitz-Larsen Named ACTE Champion for CTE
ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce Nicole Reitz-Larsen, educator at Salt Lake City School District in Salt Lake City, Utah, as the ACTE Champion for CTE. The ACTE Champion for CTE award recognizes education leaders, business and industry executives, celebrities and thought leaders who support and champion career and technical education (CTE) programs as a vital part of developing a prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce.
Nicole Reitz-Larsen is both a local and national teacher leader. In Utah, she leads week-long teacher workshops where she not only models best teaching practices for computer science, but also introduces computer science in a way that teachers new to computer science feel comfortable taking new courses and experienced teachers expand their knowledge base and toolkits of strategies. On a national level, Ms. Reitz-Larsen travels the nation facilitating workshops around computer science with an inquiry based approach that is culturally relevant and makes connections to real world experiences and careers.
Ms. Reitz-Larsen also focused on policy and change as an outreach member of Code.org, where she traveled state-by-state talking with superintendents, district leaders, administrators, counselors and teachers about the importance of computer science and how vital it is to provide all students the opportunity to have it as part of their schedules. Ms. Reitz-Larsen believes computer science is a foundation for everything in our daily lives including health, agriculture, medicine, weather, fashion, art, entertainment and business. Ms. Reitz-Larsen has also served on several local and national boards that promote computer science curriculum standards and frameworks.
Ms. Reitz-Larsen will be recognized alongside other national ACTE award winners on Dec. 4, 2019, at the annual ACTE Awards Gala during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2019 in Anaheim, CA. VISION is ACTE’s signature event, with more than 4,000 CTE professionals from across the country in attendance. For more information on the Excellence Awards and the Awards Gala, visit https://www.acteonline.org/awards.
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.