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For Immediate Release
June 5, 2006
Contact: Charles Pyle
Director of Communications
(804) 371-2420
Julie Grimes
Public Information Officer
(804) 225-2775

Awards Given for Career and Technical Education
Business, Industry Partnerships & Others
Recognized for Contributions

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the Virginia Advisory Committee for Career and Technical Education (VACTEA), and the Virginia Community College Systems today recognized the outstanding work of business and industry representatives for promoting career and technical education (CTE), as well as the efforts of educators in providing exceptional instruction and positive outcomes for students. Forty-seven Virginia Career and Technical Education Creating Excellence Awards were presented in several categories.

Kim Black and Pam Hogmire of Robert E. Aylor Middle School in Frederick County received the 2006 State Group Award for outstanding contributions, and Angela Rigney of Tunstall Middle School in Pittsylvania County earned the 2006 State Individual Award.

Additional winners were as follows:

Advisory Council/Committee Community College Awards

  • Blue Ridge Community College ’s Career Showcase Advisory Committee for its “Career Pathways Showcase”
  • Central Virginia Community College ’s Region 2000 Tech Prep Consortium for hosting one-week career-exploration summer academies
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College ’s Viticulture and Enology Advisory Council for providing a middle-management training program for vineyard owners and managers
  • Giles County Technology Center for evaluating and improving course offerings and hiring a career counselor

Advisory Council/Committee School Division or Joint Technical Center Awards

  • Norfolk Public Schools Career and Technical Education Advisory Council for efforts to increase and strengthen Norfolk’s CTE programs
  • Essex County Career and Technical Education Advisory Council for its job-shadowing/mentoring initiative
  • Fairfax County Public Schools Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee Business Partnership Subcommittee for its Web portal linking public and business community volunteers willing to support school programs
  • Jackson River Technical Center Skills Advisory Council for organizing a job expo/resource fair.

Business and Industry Partnerships Community College Awards

  • J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College for hosting 24 school teams during an ethics forum
  • Virginia Beach Public Schools Federal Credit Union for updating the financial skills curriculum to increase financial awareness
  • Franklin Southampton Charities for its financial support initiatives designed to ease the shortage of nurses and nursing education
  • Chesapeake Public Schools for a program to assist paraprofessionals in becoming highly qualified and completing coursework toward an associate degree in early childhood education
  • A-1 Boat Tops for allowing information technology (IT) students and instructors to develop a video case study for the company
  • Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association for providing financial support to students attending week-long healthcare-shadowing camps
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College ’s Viticulture and Enology Program for courses to increase the number of qualified vineyard workers
  • Blue Ridge Community College for receiving the U.S. Department of Labor’s Community-Based Job-Training Grant
  • Yorktowne Cabinetry for selecting Danville as the site for a new plant

Business and Industry Partnerships School Division or Joint Technical Center Awards

  • Hanover High School CTE Business Partners for assisting the health and electronics occupations specialty centers at Hanover High School
  • James Godwin, director of human resources of Bon Secours Richmond, for providing clinical facilities enabling more than 1,100 Henrico County Public Schools students to graduate from the School of Practical Nursing
  • New Horizons Educational Foundation for promoting CTE programs and providing scholarships for CTE, science and technology students
  • Hair Cuttery and Ratnerco Corporation for hosting the “Holiday Hair Competition” with Woodbridge High School’s cosmetology department
  • Maria Paslick of SAI Engineering for involvement from 2000-2003 as a board member of the School-to-Work Grant
  • IT Team of Business Partners for supporting the IT program at Battlefield High School in Prince William County
  • Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department for its involvement in Fairfax County Public Schools’ fire and emergency medical sciences course
  • Patrick Henry Elementary School and Alternatives for Parenting Teens Day Care for providing internships and hands-on experiences for Arlington high school students interested in childcare and elementary education careers
  • Arlington Virginia Federal Credit Union for opening a branch at the Arlington Career Center that is operated by students in the banking, finance and investments class
  • Existing Industry Development Committee of the Winchester/Frederick Economic Development Commission for sponsoring a multifaceted career awareness program
  • Milwaukee Iron Inc. for offering on-the-job experience to Lynchburg Public Schools CTE students
  • Rockingham Memorial Hospital for providing Spanish classes to its employees through the Massanutten Technical Center’s adult education department
  • JENFAB Inc. for assisting Jackson River Technical Center students in meeting welder qualifications necessary for certification
  • Karl A. Kalber of Marion Mold and Tool for his pioneering support and promotion of CTE and the Smyth Career and Technology Center since 1988

Region 1 Individual Award

  • Tabatha M. Williams of Fairfield Middle School, Henrico County Public Schools, for enhancing the “Make It Your Business” course

Region 1 Group Award

  • Pamela V. Holley and Ruth Matthews of Deep Run High School, Henrico County Public Schools, for guiding students in teaching personal financial skills to adults in a low-income community

Region 2 Individual Award

  • Team teachers Jane Best and Carole Dixon of Franklin High School, Franklin Public Schools, for designing a community awareness project focusing on childhood obesity

Region 2 Group Award

  • The Apprentices of Franklin High School, Franklin Public Schools, for the ACS Powers Program that provides employment training to lower-income students

Region 3 Individual Award

  • Kaye Pennock of Stafford High School, Stafford County Public Schools, for assisting students in creating and marketing a faculty clothing line

Region 3 Group Award

  • Suzanne Campbell, Pat Dyson and Joe Harper of King William High School, King William County Public Schools, for setting up a countywide career fair for students

Region 4 Individual Awards

  • Douglas Goulla of Arlington Career Center, Arlington Public Schools, for providing instruction leading to emergency medial technician certification

Region 4 Group Awards

  • Kim Black and Pam Hogmire of Robert E. Aylor Middle School, Frederick County Public Schools, for their agricultural education program

Region 5 Individual Award

  • Jerry Ridgeway of Turner Ashby High School, Rockingham County Public Schools, for assisting third-grade science teachers with modules about simple machines

Region 5 Group Award

  • Career Counselor Susan Cash and Career Tech Teachers of Heritage High School and E.C. Glass High School, Lynchburg Public Schools, for allowing students to jazz up a car and raffle it for money to purchase CTE textbooks and as a donation to Lynchburg’s education foundation

Region 6 Individual Award

  • Angela Rigney of Tunstall Middle School, Pittsylvania County Public Schools, for connecting Standards of Learning (SOL) across subject areas through a project that provided handmade pens to military personnel stationed overseas

Region 6 Group Awards

  • Erna Bivens, Eva Jirout, Sandra Beyers, and Kagan Rice of the Roanoke County Career Center, Roanoke County Public Schools, for aiding students in the creation of electronic slideshows related to mathematics SOL

Region 7 Individual Award

  • Rusty Warren of Carroll County High School, Carroll County Public Schools, for encouraging volunteerism through the rough construction of four homes that were shipped to families impacted by Hurricane Katrina

Region 7 Group Award

  • J.B. Gardner, Elizabeth Becker, and Fred Mitchell of Carroll County High School, Carroll County Public Schools, for their interactive lesson integrating CTE with academics through the use of crime scene investigation techniques

Region 8 Individual Award

  • Christopher Clarke of Park View High School, Mecklenburg County Public Schools, for teaching business lessons based on the television show, “The Apprentice”

Region 8 Group Award

  • Joseph Kuhn, Deborah Talley, Juanita Gordon, Elaine Rice, Natalie Coronas, Wendy Ezell, Louise Puryear, Austin Puryear, Ben Webb, Harrell Bagbey, and Wayne Talley of Park View High School, Mecklenburg County Public Schools, for the schoolwide marketing program showcasing the school’s programs to the local business community

Members of the Virginia Advisory Committee for Career and Technical Education include Craig Balzer of Balzer and Associates, Theresa Bryant of Tidewater Community College, Johnny Cates, Virginia Auto Dealers Association, Franklin D. Harris of Southside Electric Cooperative, Parker Johnson, Accomack County School Board, Dr. Brenda Long of Stafford County, Caroline Martin of Nurseworks, Mike Mills of American Woodmark Corporation, Toney Rigali of Virginia Pipe Trades Cooperative, Judy Sorrell of Shenandoah Valley Regional Program, Dr. Daisy Stewart, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences/Virginia Tech, and Ray Tate of Old Dominion Glass Company.