2022 National ACTE Counseling and Career Development Professional Award Winner

December 1, 2021
Contact: Megan Kmiotek


ACTE Announces South Carolina Work Based Learning Coordinator as 2022 National Award Winner


ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Kelli Lancaster, Work Based Learning Coordinator for Anderson Districts 1&2 Career & Technology Center in Williamston, South Carolina as the 2022 National ACTE Counseling and Career Development Professional Award winner. 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.

Kelli Lancaster has been involved with Career and Technology education for 29 years. She was a media broadcasting instructor for 20 years before taking the role of the Work-Based Learning Coordinator with the Anderson Districts 1 & 2 Career & Technology Center in Williamston, SC.

Lancaster is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BS in Business Management and her M.Ed. She received her National Board Certification Career and Technical Education in 2003. Lancaster was chosen as the 2018 Pendleton Region Career Specialist of the Year, 2018 South Carolina Career Specialist of the Year and the 2018 Anderson County Instructor of the Year. She holds a certification in CSP and GCDF. She has implemented the Microburst Learning EmployABILITY Soft Skills to all 20 programs at her career center and has completed the Master Certification Training Program through Microburst Learning.

Lancaster was one of five finalists for the 2022 national title. The national winner was announced at the ACTE Virtual Awards Gala, recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event took place on November 30, prior to the start of ACTE’s Hybrid CareerTech VISION 2021. The Virtual Awards Gala was sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, CareerSafe, Goodheart-Willcox 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.