- OUTSTANDING Business partnerships
- Atlantic General Hospital
- Worcester Technical High School
- OUTSTANDING CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION PROGRAM
- Biomedical Sciences Program
- Bel Air High School
Harford County Public Schools
- OUTSTANDING CHANGE AGENT
- Ann Johnson
- St. Mary’s County Public Schools
- Distinguished Service
- Garnette Hines
- Interactive Media Production Instructor
Talbot County Public Schools
- OUTSTANDING CTE MARKETING CAMPAIGN
- Office of Career and Technology Education
- Baltimore County Public Schools
- Outstanding Career technology student organization
- SkillsUSA – Frederick County Career and Technology Center
- Frederick County Public Schools
- OUTSTANDING Business partnerships
- Comfort Inn Shady Grove / Vira Safai, Owner
- Partnership with Montgomery College
- OUTSTANDING CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION PROGRAM
- Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
- Harford Community College
- OUTSTANDING CHANGE AGENT
- Robin Shusko
Program Manager, Police Science
- Frederick Community College
- Distinguished Service
- Jack McLaughlin
- Community College of Baltimore County
2015 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 — SECONDARY
ATLANTIC GENERAL HOSPITAL / MICHAEL FRANKLIN
Partnership with Worcester Technical High School
One of the most challenging parts of teaching is developing lessons and projects that give students authentic opportunities to extend and apply what they’ve learned. It is through meaningful business partnerships, as with Atlantic General Hospital (AGH), that students have the opportunity to see how their knowledge can be applied to the real world.
In the Fall 2014, AGH provided a challenge for the Pre-Engineering and Biomedical Science classes at Worcester Technical HS. Students were asked to develop a way to safely bring telemedicine to regions struck by Ebola.
Recognizing the need for doctors in the affected areas, Atlantic General Hospital and students looked to telemedicine for a solution. Telemedicine would allow doctors from thousands of miles away deliver treatment via a medical worker wearing an audio/video transmission device. However, decontaminating these devices has proven problematic due to their delicate nature and simply replacing them after use has proven to be an expensive and inefficient option.
Students were given one month to develop not only a working prototype but also the procedures that could be used to don and doff the equipment to ensure that the risk of exposure was limited. Students researched multiple audio/video transmitting devices. Ultimately, they hit upon a design that not only met the objectives but was a fundamentally simple solution: a smartphone. The students shifted their focus to developing a helmet that could mount the smartphone inside of the personal protective equipment designed by the biomedical students.
Students presented their designs for the helmet, the personal protective equipment, and the procedures for donning and doffing each piece of equipment to members of the hospital’s board. As a result, student have demonstrated their ability to develop the knowledge and skills needed to tackle real world challenges.
OUTSTANDING CTE PROGRAM - SECONDARY
Bel Air High School
The Biomedical Sciences Program, started at Bel Air High School in 2008 as one of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) pilot schools, and is one of 11 Career and Technology Education programs that Harford County Public Schools. This program is critical because the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board has identified occupations like medical scientists and pharmacy technicians as two of the top 15 occupations in Maryland projected to grow the fastest between 2008 and 2018.
The Bel Air High School Biomedical Sciences Program encourages students to think creatively about the medical problems that face our world today through rigorous, hands-on, problem based activities in which they learn to collaborate with one another to research solutions. Students selecting the Biomedical program are provided a week-long STEM summer immersion program to prepare them for the academic and technical rigors of the program. Throughout the program, students are provided with the opportunity to receive academic and technical supports afterschool in order to increase their overall achievement.
The average Biomedical Sciences student graduating from Bel Air High School receives 98,000 dollars in scholarship money (offered) versus the average Bel Air High School senior that receives 59,000 (offered). Since 2011, 159 students have been awarded certificates of completion and honor stoles at a specialized ceremony. The four graduating Biomedical Sciences classes have garnered over 11.4 million dollars in scholarships and all students have gone onto postsecondary institutions. Many graduating seniors also earned college credit through Stevenson University.
Graduates of the program continue their exceptional achievements as they continue their studies. For example, a graduate of the Biomedical Sciences Program was published as a first author in the Journal of Genetic Medicine for his work on Wilson disease, another graduate is working with the U.S. Army to get the work from his senior project patented, and another had her senior project idea adopted by the pediatric oncology department of Johns Hopkins University.
OUTSTANDING CHANGE AGENT - SECONDARY
Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center
St. Mary’s County Public Schools
An important part of any CTE program is the opportunity for students to explore career options and to learn about work through internship experiences. At the James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center in St. Mary’s County, Ann Johnson serves as the Internship Liaison and creates these opportunities for every CTE program offered.
To support a range of career exploration opportunities, Ann Johnson coordinates an Interview Fair scheduled for three different days. Students from every Forrest Center program participate in this experience and Ms. Johnson provides support as they prepare for the interview and in applying for work.
The Interview Fair provides students an opportunity to practice their skills and to get feedback from members of the business community. In addition to supporting students in the job application process, Ms. Johnson also facilitates internships for upper level CTE students. This requires constant contact with business and community partners to develop work-based learning opportunities based on a student’s career interests.
As a result, 6o community professionals conducted in excess of 250 interviews with CTE students. Although the interviews are designed to be a practice activity, the interviewers are told that if they have job openings and wish to hire one of the students based on their interview. Several students were able to procure employment as a result of last year’s fair and a total of ten employers stated that they are looking to make employment offers at this year’s fair.
Ann works tirelessly to expand work-based learning opportunities so that all students have the opportunity to explore careers and to learn first-hand the expectations of a career field. The business community support garnered by Ms. Johnson strengthens CTE programs and promotes college and career readiness.
DISTINGUISH SERVICE AWARD - SECONDARY
Easton High School
Talbot County Public Schools
Garnette Hines has been an instructor for Talbot County Public Schools for nine years and has been instrumental in providing a rigorous and relevant curriculum to students in a range of courses and most recently in the Interactive Media Production program at Easton High School. Ms. Hines strives to integrate meaningful, real-world projects throughout the curriculum as a way to engage students and advanced their preparation for college and careers. She also stresses the importance of students earning industry certifications as a way to demonstrate success.
As a result, her students have received national and state-level recognition. Recently, her Interactive Media Production students’ Love Yourself Campaign project was highlighted in the February publication of the Easton Savvy. Her students have produced numerous award-winning posters (also on display at this ceremony) and videos for the county as well as the logo used by Talbot County Public Schools. Just a few of the many examples of her students’ outstanding work include:
- A National Scholastic Art and Design Award Finalist;
- Student work featured at the State House in Annapolis;
- A Living Legacy Poster Contest Award Winner;
- Posters for the Annual Frederick Douglass Day held in Easton; and
- Graphic and logo design for the Talbot County Multicultural Festival
Garnette Hines completed her BA at Tufts University and her Master of Arts degree at Gratz College. She holds Advanced Professional Teaching Certification in both Art and Special Education. Ms Hines has also demonstrated outstanding performance in her career as she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Easton High School 2014 Teacher of the Year, the 2014 Brewster Merrill Technology Award Honoree, and honored by the Board of Education for community involvement in the launch of the New Digital Lab at the Academy of Art Museum, Easton, Maryland.
OUTSTANDING CTE MARKETING CAMPAIGN - SECONDARY
OFFICE OF CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION
Baltimore County Public Schools
Initiated during the 2014-2015 school year, the Baltimore County Public Schools CTE marketing campaign has contributed to the field of CTE at the local, state, and national levels by clearly communicating to all stakeholders - students, parents, educators, industry partners, and other community members - the value-added components of CTE programs. The overriding message is that CTE programs of study prepare students for high wage careers and provide opportunities for free college credit and/or industry certifications along the way.
The marketing materials include a full-color, printed brochure; a website; a promotional video; a Twitter account; two vertical banners; and a two-panel, table-top display. A customized logo, designed by one of BCPS Interactive Media Production teachers, is a common thread throughout the marketing materials. The website http://www.bcps.org/offices/cte/ includes the promotional video, a downloadable version of the brochure, and information on post-secondary opportunities through the Community College of Baltimore County. Launched in August 2014, the Twitter account @CTE_BaltCoPS has 156 followers, including Maryland CTE (@Maryland_CTE)!
Making informed choices about their high school program of study will prepare students for success in further education and in preparation for rewarding careers. The CTE marketing campaign has provided a means for communicating the benefits of CTE to a wide array of stake holders and supports students and families in making these important choices.
The CTE office staff has distributed brochures to elementary and secondary principals, teachers, students, and counselors. Our Twitter account enables us to network throughout the county, state, nation, and world. Student enrollment for the 2015-16 school year will be an indicator of the effectiveness of the marketing campaign at this stage.
OUTSTANDING CAREER TECHNOLOGY STUDENT ORGANIZATION
SKILLSUSA—FREDERICK COUNTY CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CTR
Frederick County Public Schools
The Frederick County Career and Technology Center (CTC) is one of the most active SkillsUSA chapters in Maryland and has outstanding record of student leadership and career development. In the past few years, five of the SkillsUSA State officers were elected from this chapter. Recently, the local chapter officer team was honored to be invited to represent ALL SkillsUSA chapters at the 45th Anniversary celebration at the SkillsUSA National Headquarters.
In addition to the many recognitions and awards, the Frederick CTC chapter was highlighted as a model chapter by the National SkillsUSA Executive Director as he toured Eastern European countries to promote SkillsUSA. The presentations included a virtual video of the Frederick SkillsUSA’s technical programs and the infusion of SkillsUSA’s professional development model. This virtual presentation was created by a SkillsUSA TV Multimedia student, Maria Olney.
Chapter members have also received recognition at the National Championships and Conference, including a National Technical Honor Society scholarship and the President’s Silver Award for Service. The chapter was also the recipient of a $10,000 Lowe’s Grant to develop a life size board game for elementary and middle school students to explore the career training opportunities at the Frederick CTC.
The greatest testimony to the impact membership and participation in this chapter’s SkillsUSA organization has come from the many student alumni who continue to support student participation through volunteer time as judges for competitions, guest speakers, and financial support for fundraising and mentors in the community.
OUTSTANDING BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS — POSTSECONDARY
COMFORT INN SHADY GROVE HOTEL / VIRA SAFAI
Partnership with Montgomery College
The partnership between the Hospitality Management program at Montgomery College and Comfort Inn Hotel - Shady Grove has resulted in numerous opportunities and career advancement for students. As students progress through the program, they complete a series of food and hotel classes along with management training essential for career success. Comfort Inn-Shady Grove and the Managing Partner, Vira Safi, provide high quality internship and employment opportunities throughout the program sequence. Students benefit from this partnership both inside the classroom and in the worksite.
Vira Safi has 27 years experience in the hospitality industry and serves on several boards and civic organizations in Maryland, including the Maryland Tourism Development Board and the Montgomery County Public Schools Hospitality and Tourism Career Cluster Advisory Board. As an active advisory board member, he ensures the hospitality and tourism programs incorporate the highest industry standards and provide students with a wide range of career options.
The Comfort Inn Shady Grove is a Platinum Award & multiple Gold Award recipient for hospitality, by Choice Hotels International. Under Mr. Safai’s leadership, the hotel has a three diamond rating by AAA and a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. The Comfort Inn – Shady Grove is also recognized as an outstanding business in Montgomery County and recognized as a Maryland Green Travel Partner.
As a result of this partnership, students have greater access to industry experience and graduates of the program have a wide range of employment opportunities as well as the management skills to advance in their career.
OUTSTANDING CTE PROGRAM - POSTSECONDARY
INFORMATION ASSURANCE AND CYBERSECURITY
Harford Community College
Harford Community College’s Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (IAC) degree program is designed to prepare students for entry into the high-demand field of information technology security. As a growing career field, there are tremendous opportunities for those entering the workforce and for current IT professionals to upgrade their skills.
Upon successful completion of the IAC program, students will be able to: apply software patches to operating systems and applications; assess a computer system’s security vulnerabilities; use standard software tools to detect attempted security breaches; and implement computer network security defenses. The IAC program includes a rigorous course of study that prepares students to earn a credit bearing degree, as well as one or more industry-recognized credentials, including Security +, Network +, and CCNA certifications.
The successful strategy of the program is to provide contextual hands-on learning experiences. The courses are designed to incorporate labs, projects, and teamwork where the students assemble network equipment, test network configurations, assess network vulnerabilities, and troubleshoot problems. A major emphasis for faculty in the IAC program is to facilitate student success and degree completion. Specific efforts include boot camps, study sessions, special industry guest speakers, and career advising to encourage degree completion for entry into the cyber field.
Business partners who are members of the Curriculum Advisory Committee, as well as adjunct faculty, have supported student internship experiences as well as expanded course development. Cyber faculty have also developed assessments of work experience to provide options for credit of prior learning, advancing the degree completion and advancement of the current workforce.
OUTSTANDING CHANGE AGENT - POSTSECONDARY
Frederick Community College
Upon completion of the Police Science program at Frederick Community College (FCC), cadets of the Police Academy are awarded an Associate of Applied Science in Police Science. Originally, this program was developed to serve the Frederick community. As the current program manager, Robin Shusko has worked to enhance the program to expand opportunities and to include all Maryland law enforcement officials who are graduates of any Maryland police academy certified by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions.
A degree in Police Science will prepare Maryland law enforcement officials to meet the challenges of a complex, global society through quality, accessible, lifelong learning. The ever-growing population of our state requires increasing numbers of law enforcement officials to be skilled at communicating, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and cultural awareness in order to be effective in support of public safety. The key to creating and maintaining this type of professional law enforcement official is education.
The Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions ensure the quality of law enforcement and correctional services through the establishment and enforcement of standards and the facilitation and delivery of training, education and prevention programs. MPCTC requires that officers accurately complete over 500 learning mandates to become certified as a police officer in the State of Maryland.
The expansion of this program to all Maryland law enforcement officials who are graduates of a Maryland police academy will give those officials the opportunity to continue their education and attain a two-year degree. Graduates completing the requirements for this degree will receive the same degree as police recruits who complete the program during their training at their respective policy academy. By completing their degree, graduates will be better situated for promotion and career advancement.
DISTINGUISH SERVICE AWARD - POSTSECONDARY
Community College of Baltimore County—Catonsville Campus
Jack McLaughlin, is an outstanding individual who has demonstrated a high level of leadership, vision, and achievement in CTE. For the past 23 years, Jack has been actively involved in improving CTE programs at the community college level, and helping to shape CTE across the State. Jack became an Associate Professor in Computer Science at CCBC in 1984, and advanced to Associate Dean of Career Programs in 1992, and served as Dean of Business & Social Science from 1992-2002. During this time, he began his long-time association with the Perkins Grant proposals and CTE program development. In 2002, Jack was appointed Department Chair in Computer Science, Engineering & Information Technology, and continued crafting the Perkins plan for the CTE programs at CCBC. In addition to CTE program development and grant administration, Jack and his colleagues at CCBC have supported all aspects of CTE programs and opportunities.
As he progressed in his career, Jack received an Outstanding Teaching Award, a Distinguished Program Award, and Faculty Award for Excellence. As the CTE program coordinator, Jack provided support to all CTE faculty through professional development opportunities, program advisory groups, and through on-going data collection and analysis.
Jack is a strong partner with the school system as well – supporting numerous articulation agreements that facilitate student transition into higher education. Although anchored at the Community College of Baltimore County, Jack has supported articulation agreements that apply statewide and advance students from K-12, to CCBC, and onto 4-year colleges and universities.
Jack is a strong advocate for students at the college and in his community. In the development of the college’s plan, he strives to create more opportunities for faculty and students and supports program innovation. In his community, Jack has held a very successful golf tournament for 12 years in honor of his son, Jay. The tournament raises scholarship money for student athletes from Catonsville High School where Jay was a student.