From pioneering a collaborative model for growing a local STEM workforce, to cultivating the next generation of veterinarians, to strategically and systematically elevating and improving career readiness across a state, this year’s Image Award winners have made an irrefutable impact on students and educators in their communities and across the country. These groups and individuals exemplify the qualities of true leadership from the business, industry and education communities. We are proud to showcase their accomplishments and recognize them for their contributions to career and technical education.
2016 ACTE BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
Director of Global Corporate and Community Engagement
Patty Nation has led Xilinx’s vision to help transform science and technology education in the 21st Century through the Xilinx Educational Ecosystem (EE²): an integrated, articulated grant process that supports linked learning and career pathways focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The model, which relies on dedicated partnerships between educators, community leaders, corporations and non-profit organizations, currently impacts more than 8,200 students across four countries… Read more…
2016 ACTE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Global animal health company Zoetis has demonstrated a long-standing and extensive record of support for CTE through both financial and in-kind contributions to student and teacher organizations. Zoetis contributes more than $1 million annually to FFA and its chapters, and since 2013 has been the flagship sponsor for the National Association of Agricultural Educators’ (NAAE) Communities of Practice, a networking site for agricultural educators… Read more…
2016 ACTE CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Commissioner of Education (Retired)
Kentucky Department of Education
Terry Holliday has placed CTE at the forefront of educational reform initiatives in Kentucky. During his tenure, a new Office of CTE was created in the Kentucky Department of Education and CTE was added to overall school accountability indices for the first time. Nationally, Holliday’s work as President of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has added to CTE’s growing recognition and relevance within the educational community… Read more…
Do you know a business leader, organization or CTE champion who deserves recognition? Learn more about the ACTE Impact Awards and how to nominate here.
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