Picture – Dawn Babian, Network Administrator, Steve Mallard, IT Manager and Lead Instructor and Mike Miller, Asst. IT Manager.and CIT Instructor.
The Computer Information Technology program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville will be recognized at the White House along with other Career Technical Education winners of the 2014 “Excellence in Action” award on June 30, 2015.
The Obama Administration and White House will be recognizing the programs at a convening, Celebrating Innovations in Career and Technical Education which will be hosted at The White House on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.
The CIT program and other CTE winners will be recognized with a select group of other education leaders. Business and industry partners, exceptional student leaders and Administration officials, will be present to celebrate the latest advancements in career and technical education (CTE). The program along with other winners will be recognized for its achievements on innovative CTE coursework and practices.
At the federal level, the White House and the U.S. Department of Education have collaborated to support innovative programming that combines integrated academic and technical content, strong employability skills, and work-based learning opportunities that connect learning to real-life career scenarios. Effective CTE programs aligned with college- and career-readiness standards, and the needs of employers, industry, and labor, are growing across the country. This convening will honor innovators such as the CIT program and “Excellence in Action” winners.
“Once again, it is an honor for the Computer Information Technology program at the TCAT-Shelbyville, under the leadership of Steve Mallard, to be recognized for its achievements on innovative CTE coursework and practices by the White House. Steve and his team of Mike Miller, CIT instructor and Dawn Babian, Information Technology Technician, continue to stay ahead of the technology and the skills needed to prepare students for a long term career in the Information Technology field. Their passion for excellence in instruction for the program, maintaining the proper infrastructure of technology at the institution and their support for other faculty to utilize technology in the classroom, is unsurpassed in the state of Tennessee. Their dedication and commitment to meet the needs of employers, industry and labor in all thirteen of the TCAT-Shelbyville programs demonstrates the merit of the recognition”.
– Ivan Jones Director of TCAT-Shelbyville
Recognized as “Excellence in Action” award winner, the Computer Information Technology program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology represents the best Career Technical Education (CTE) has to offer. This program of study was selected based on its uniquely inventive and effective approaches to stimulating student learning, raising student achievement, offering extensive work-based learning experiences, and increasing student postsecondary and career prospects, as described in Reflect, Transform, Lead: A New Vision for Career Technical Education.
National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium Executive Director Kimberly Green said, “These Excellence in Action award winners are incredibly successful – graduating their students at above average rates, building strong business and community partnerships and setting a course to increase students’ attainment of postsecondary credits and degrees and industry-recognized credentials. These high-quality programs of study are leading the way, improving both the practice and perception of CTE.” -2014 quote on “Excellence in Action” winners
The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) also honored the award recipients at the 2014 Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education: The National Career Clusters Institute in 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Career Technical Education (CTE) provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. In total, about 12.5 million high school and college students are enrolled in CTE across the nation.