- OUTSTANDING BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS
- FINANCIAL COUNCIL INCORPORTATED / JOHN D. HAUSERMAN
- Partnership with Howard County Public Schools
- OUTSTANDING CTE PROGRAM
- ACADEMY OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS PROGRAM
- Carroll County Career and Technology Center
- OUTSTANDING CHANGE AGENT
- MURRAY PARKER
- Western School of Technology and Environmental Science
Baltimore County Public Schools
- DISTINGUISH SERVICE AWARD
- SUSAN E. GARRETT
- Harford County Public Schools
- OUTSTANDING CTE MARKETING CAMPAIGN
- DEPARTMENT OF COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS AND INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS (CCRIP)
- Prince George’s County Public Schools
- OUTSTANDING BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS
- MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL / PAGE PETRY
- Partnership with Montgomery College & Montgomery County Public Schools
- OUTSTANDING CTE PROGRAM
- CYBERSECURITY DEGREE PROGRAM
- Frederick Community College
- OUTSTANDING CHANGE AGENT
- PROFICIENCY CREDIT INITIATIVE
- Anne Arundel Community College
- DISTINGUISH SERVICE AWARD
- FRAN LEIBFREID
- Allegany College of Maryland
2016 CTE Awards of Excellence
The Maryland CTE Awards of Excellence program is sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education. It is an annual event recognizing business partnerships, outstanding programs, change agents, distinguished service and CTE student organizations.
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 award honors one local chapter of a CTE 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 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. 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.
OUTSTANDING BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS — CTE PROGRAM
FINANCIAL COUNCIL INCORPORTATED / JOHN D. HAUSERMAN
Partnership with Howard County Public Schools
The partnership between Financial Council Incorporated and the Academy of Finance in Howard County Public Schools benefit and enrich the students, teachers, and local community. John Hauserman is a 17 year veteran in the field of financial planning. A major part of his focus throughout his career has been to give back to the community.
Mr. Hauserman has created the Retirementquest.com website which provides basic financial education to the general public, is the Baltimore region CFP ambassador, and is a member of the Academy of Finance advisory board. Mr. Hauserman has mentored students, offered internships, provided scholarships, conducted workshops and presentations, and worked closely with school staff and advisory board members reviewing and resolving curriculum and board administrative issues.
Thanks to his efforts students graduate with a strong knowledge of career opportunities in the field of finance, the ability to create financial plans for their future, and to make good financial decisions. He has created life-long mentor connections for the students within the industry of their interest by connecting students with community members. He has exposed students to unique experiences through his own mentorships and his monetary support eases the financial burden for students going to college.
For the teachers, Mr. Hauserman brings his expertise to the classroom offering alternative methods of learning and a deeper understanding of financial issues that are current and applicable. He supports curriculum goals of the program by reviewing curriculum and aligning it with industry, and offers giveaway prizes for special occasions. As an advisory board member Mr. Hauserman has also increased advisory board membership by introducing new members to the board and mentoring board members.
OUTSTANDING CTE PROGRAM - SECONDARY
ACADEMY OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS PROGRAM
Carroll County Career and Technology Center
The Carroll County Career and Technology Center Academy of Health Professions (AHP) program prepares students in a broad base of health professions. The AHP also incorporates academically rigorous projects, problem-solving activities, and expanded opportunities for certifications and internships.
The expanded focus of the program has provided more options for students. Currently, the approved options include: certified nursing and geriatric assistant; dental assistant; certified clinical medical assistant; medical records coding; pharmacy technician; physical rehabilitation; and surgical technician. Each option includes at least one added value for students depending on their pathway. The value-added may include: college credit or industry certifications (such as Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, or Certified Pharmacy Technician). Credentialing examinations and work-based learning through clinical experiences and internships ensures students academic and technical preparation for the chosen health professions.
Increased enrollment in the CCMA pathway led to the purchase of another electrocardiogram (ECG) machine, additional phlebotomy equipment, a spirometry machine, a cardio suite with a Holter monitor, an autoclave and a SimPad for the simulation mannequin. Surgical technology students benefit from the autoclave as well as an electric operating room· table. Physical rehabilitation students are learning about new ultrasound joint therapy machine, while the CCMA students will soon measure cardiac stress on an ECG stress test system.
The graduates of this program get a jump start on a career in health care and college courses. For example, in partnership with Carroll Community College, AHP students may also attend certification classes for dental assisting, pharmacy technology and medical records coding at the college.
OUTSTANDING CHANGE AGENT - SECONDARY
Western School of Technology and Environmental Science
Baltimore County Public Schools
As principal of Western School of Technology and Environmental Science, Murray (Buddy) Parker III is leading innovative change. His vision for CTE and his focus on academics has created a positive teaching and learning environment. Mr. Parker became Principal of Western Tech in 2011, and since that time has advanced CTE programs and student success.
Mr. Parker has refocused the school so that CTE programs and academics are both a priority. His long-term goal is to ensure that each Western Tech graduate is ready to compete in a global society by creating a school that matches a first-rate academic foundation with rigorous CTE programs. The changes Mr. Parker has initiated over the past five years have been positive for CTE, and have benefitted students, the school, its community, and other stakeholders.
Students and parents are excited about attending Western Tech. Applications are on the rise as well as the academic achievement of current students. For the class of 2015, HSA Data shows that 100% of Western Tech students passed Algebra I, 100% passed English, and 99% passed Biology. Western Tech continues to show progress with regards to SAT. From 2012 to 2015, the composite mean for the class rose from 1450 to 1498. From 2012 to 2015, AP Performance (overall pass rate) was up 15.8% points from 65.4% to 81.2%. Enrollment in capstone work experience continues to grow from 20% of the class of 2012 to 40% of current seniors in the class of 2015, reinforcing the importance of Western Tech’s CTE programs and the visibility of its students in the workplace.
The administration, faculty, and staff are committed to the unwavering belief that college and career readiness go hand-in-hand. Hard work and collaboration result in each Western Tech graduate being fully prepared to meet the demands of the 21st century. Under Mr. Parker’s leadership, Western Tech earned Maryland Blue Ribbon status in 2013 and National Blue Ribbon status in 2014.
DISTINGUISH SERVICE AWARD - SECONDARY
SUSAN E. GARRETT
Harford County Public Schools
Ms. Garrett started her career in Harford County in 1974 as a Home Economics teacher at Joppatowne High School. She remained in this position until 1992 when she became the Supervisor of Home Economics. In 2000, Ms. Garrett saw her position shift to the Supervisor of Family and Consumer Science and then as CTE Director for Harford County Public Schools.
Under the leadership of Ms. Garrett, the Family and Consumer Science (FACS) programs expanded to include ProStart certification, the Teacher Academy of Maryland and multiple college articulation opportunities. As CTE Director, Ms. Garrett expanded CTE offerings by adding Pre-Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Academy of Finance and the development of the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program. The Homeland Security program was the first program of its kind in the state of Maryland and has served as a national model.
The evolution and development of CTE programs has continued with new programs at Harford Technical High School including Cyber Security, Computer-Aided Machining and High Performance Manufacturing, and the Academy of Health Profession. Ms. Garrett also played a key role in the development and implementation of the Natural Resources and Agricultural Science CTE program at North Harford High School.
The CTE programs in HCPS have received numerous state and national recognition under the direction of Ms. Garrett. The benefits of her leadership and passion for CTE programs will continue to enrich the students of HCPS for many years to come. We cannot think of a more deserving recipient of the Distinguished Service award, then Ms. Susan E. Garrett.
OUTSTANDING CTE MARKETING CAMPAIGN - SECONDARY
DEPARTMENT OF COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS AND INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS (CCRIP)
Prince George’s County Public Schools
The Prince George’s County Public Schools’ Department of College & Career Readiness and Innovative Programs’ marketing efforts have increased community awareness of CTE programs. As a result of this comprehensive outreach and marketing of CTE programs, a higher number and more diverse group of students are benefitting from CTE programs.
The CTE Marketing campaign includes; a dedicated website, links on other school system sites, custom brochures for each of 12 career academies, videos, and a range of social media outlets. Marketing efforts have similarly benefitted relationships with business partners. During meetings, representatives from local businesses are informed about the benefits of providing an internship or job shadow to an academy or CTE student, in addition to other ways that they could support career academies.
One key strategy for marketing CTE has been the shift from paper applications to online applications. This has improved the awareness and enrollment of students to CTE programs. The link to the online application now has a place on the PGCPS website and it is successful in gaining the attention of parents who are visiting the website for a multitude of reasons.
Events are one of our most significant marketing tools. CTE representatives attend school-based events to showcase CTE programs. CTE programs are also included in Back to School Nights, academic fairs, middle school articulation nights, and PARCC nights. During the District-wide academic fair, students from CTE programs demonstrate their career skills. Additionally, the campaign includes posters and fliers at all middle schools and high schools, as well as postcards sent to all student households.
OUTSTANDING CTE PROGRAM - POSTSECONDARY
CYBERSECURITY DEGREE PROGRAM
Frederick Community College
Dr. Andy Yao’s goal was to build the Cybersecurity degree under Computer & Information Science (CIS) program at Frederick Community College (FCC). This was in response to the demands from the cybersecurity job market, both statewide and nationally.
To ensure alignment to current industry standards and to signal the preparation of graduates, the Frederick Communiy College cybersecurity program aligns to several professional certifications, including CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and Certified Information System Auditor (CISA). Students have access to a range of stackable certifications to show progress.
To develop the program, Dr. Yao secured a $731,613 TAACCCT grant from DOL to fund this new program as well as the building of Cyber & Network labs necessary to deliver the program courses. The Cyber & Network labs use a combination of workstations and cloud-based technology to prolong the lifetime of the classroom equipment and to allow the remote access by students and faculty.
Dr. Yao also practices “active advising” and creates an academic profile/plan for every cybersecurity student and most other CIS students. Dr. Yao also hosted two Cyber Days to raise the awareness and interest of cyber technologies and cybersecurity for high school students.
As a result, enrollment for the CIS program grew 35% between Spring 2015 and Spring 2016 from 888 to 1,206. The number of CIS adjunct faculty jumped from 11 in Spring 2014 to 33 in Spring 2016. FCC is now looking for more space or larger classrooms in order to accommodate the growth in CIS program. The “active advising” enabled 94% of CIS students to complete Spring 2016 class registration by 12/31/2015, a month before Spring 2016 semester started.
OUTSTANDING BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS — CTE SYSTEM
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL / PAGE PETRY
Partnership with Montgomery College & Montgomery County Public Schools
Marriott International’s business partnership with the ITF helps students prepare to be future Information Technology (IT) professionals by: establishing a network of industry volunteers to guide and support the educational programs; providing scholarships for students to further education in the IT fields; increasing internship opportunities; and creating occasions where students can interact with IT professionals for career-enriching experiences.
As an employer, Marriott International creates an environment that inspires its associates to engage with the community with standards of service excellence, which in turn contributes to their personal success and that of the company. These exceptional Marriott employees are the links between the business and the community. Page Petry is the Chief Information Resources Officer with Marriott’s headquarters in Bethesda, and is an important link between Marriott and the ITF, its associated AOIT, and the computer science programs.
Ms. Petry served as a volunteer on the AOIT board of directors for a number of years prior to its merging with the ITF, where she now serves as co-president. As a board member, she represents Marriott as an industry advisor, participates in program activities, and initiates all charitable donations from Marriott. Just one example of the success of her efforts is the number of scholarships for Montgomery County students. Page Petry worked with Marriott to provide over $32,000 in scholarships in recent years.
In addition to the diverse job opportunities, CTE graduates who have benefitted from the Marriott partnership have been accepted into rigorous colleges, such as Princeton, University of California Berkley, and Carnegie Mellon. Today’s students in Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery College are very fortunate to have so many resources available through the generosity of outstanding business partnerships such as Marriott International.
OUTSTANDING CHANGE AGENT - POSTSECONDARY
PROFICIENCY CREDIT INITIATIVE
Anne Arundel Community College
Anne Arundel Community College in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools implemented a Proficiency Credit Initiative to enhance the value of college credit earned in high school. The term "proficiency credit" was chosen to identify earned college credit; however, the credit is also referred to as "transcripted credit."
Since FY 2000, the college has awarded articulated credit for successful completion of a high school CTE program. However, students often faced challenges in successfully transferring articulated credit to four-year institutions. The goal of the Proficiency Credit Initiative was to replace articulated credit with proficiency credit that would have an associated letter grade. The letter grade for the college credit would have higher valuation and potential acceptance in transfer by four-year colleges and universities. The streamlined process of earning proficiency credit would add value to the high school CTE program and create a system where students, teachers, and college faculty would jointly partner for student success.
The proficiency credit initiative provides high school students a college transcript listing the course for which they have earned college credit. Within two weeks of taking a proficiency assessment, each student receives a Grade Results Letter, along with next-step suggestions. This quick turnaround of results provides encouragement for students to register for a college course while still in high school. To date, 581 proficiency assessments have been taken by high school students, and 476 (82%) have been successfully completed with a grade of C or higher and posted to the AACC transcript. To date, 52% of AACPS high school students receiving proficiency credit have enrolled at AACC in the fall following high school graduation.
DISTINGUISH SERVICE AWARD - POSTSECONDARY
Allegany College of Maryland
Fran Leibfreid of Allegany College has a history of exemplary service to the college and to the state. Mrs. Leibfreid has been with Allegany College since 1982, and in her 34 years at the college has served as the Director of Nursing, Interim Vice President of Instructional Affairs, and for the past three years Associate Dean of Instruction. In her current position she is responsible for the development, implementation, and assessment of new CTE courses and programs, as well as, the revisions and upgrades needed to keep these CTE programs relevant to the job market.
As the lead for the CTE Perkins annual plan, she works closely with all CTE Program Advisory Committees continuously improve and update programs to the standards set by employers. As a result, Allegany College has expanded program offerings in core business areas and established new programs in emerging technologies, such as Cybersecurity and Health Informatics.
Mrs. Leibfreid has worked tirelessly with our CTE faculty to develop needed CTE programs to for the local and state job market. She has helped maintain several programs that were going through major staffing changes, and worked diligently to train new faculty who have backgrounds in practicing in their skill area, but have never worked in a teaching environment. Her leadership in this area is notable and greatly appreciated by the entire college community.