Press Release: Maryland State Department of Education Honors Excellence In Career And Technology Education

Top Secondary and Postsecondary Programs Recognized

For Immediate Release                                                   Contact: William Reinhard, 410-767-0486

Baltimore, MD (April 22, 2014)

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) today will honor outstanding performance in secondary and postsecondary Career and Technology Education (CTE) at the 2014 Awards of Excellence at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel.  The event gets underway at 5 p.m.

Speakers and award presenters include Assistant State Superintendent for Career and College Readiness Katharine Oliver and Dr. Mary Kay Finan, Maryland State Board of Education. Dr. Finan will be serving as master of ceremonies.

Maryland’s Career and Technology Education Awards of Excellence program is sponsored by MSDE.  The annual event recognizes outstanding programs, student organizations, change agents, business partnerships, distinguished service, and national award winners. 

This year’s award winners are:

  • Outstanding Business Partnership – Secondary – Volvo Group Trucks, Partnership with Washington County Public Schools
  • Outstanding Business Partnership – Post Secondary – ARINC, Partnership with Anne Arundel Community College
  • Outstanding Career and Technology Education Program – Secondary – Manufacturing and Machine Technologies Program, Carroll County Career and Technology Center
  • Outstanding Career and Technology Education Program – Post Secondary – STEMM Technical Middle College Program, Hagerstown Community College
  • Outstanding Change Agent –  Secondary – Greg Solberg, Frederick County Public Schools
  • Outstanding Change Agent – Postsecondary – Student Success Initiative, School of Health Professions, Wellness and Physical Education, Anne Arundel Community College
  • Outstanding Career Technology Student Organization – DECA State Officer Team
  • Distinguished Service Award – Secondary – Linda S. Brown, Lead Culinary Arts – ACF Instructor, Easton High School, Talbot County Public Schools
  • Distinguished Service Award – Postsecondary – Dr. Thomas Loveland, Professor, CTE Programs, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

The business partnerships award is presented to a business that has established a strong working partnership with a secondary or postsecondary institution in order to support, promote, and improve CTE programs. The results of this partnership benefit the school, community, and business.

Outstanding CTE programs at the high school and community college levels are judged in four areas: program description, learner outcomes, program outcomes, and integration with systemic reform. The change agent award recognizes leadership for innovative change in CTE programs and focuses on goals of change, the change process, and overall results. The CTE career technology student organization (CTSO) award honors a CTSO student leadership organization for providing growth opportunities to its members and emphasizing educational and career development of chapter members as a result of participation in the organization’s activities. 

The distinguished service award honors individuals who have demonstrated a high level of leadership, vision, and achievement in career and technology education. The Innovations in CTE award honors individuals using innovative future-focused strategies that keep CTE on the cutting edge.

For more information on individuals or groups receiving awards or to contact winners, please call Patricia M. Mikos, Division of Career and College Readiness, MSDE, at 410-767-0186.