The award honors innovative and effective Career Technical Education(CTE) programs across the nation.
The IT program of study exemplifies excellence in providing relevant work-based learning opportunities through sustained partnerships with education, community and industry leaders; integrate rigorous academics; meet college and career readiness standards; and have demonstrated substantial evidence of student success and achievement.
The program is dedicated and passionate about creating seamless transitions to both college and careers. In fact, learners in A&M Consolidated High School's Information Technology program can earn up to 15 college credits through dual enrollment courses offered through a partnership with Blinn College.
"Technology is ubiquitous, and the mere existence of the Information Technology career cluster helps to shape growing minds to harness critical thinking skills in the 2lst century,” said Bart Taylor, AMCHS Information Technology Teacher. “Information Technology is evolving and will become a core skill that is needed in all trades. It's not about what Information Technology can do, but what we do with Information Technology."
The success of the program is clear. Since 2000, the IT program has helped over 130 students earn their A+ certifications, over 25 students earn their Network+ certifications and two students have earned their Security+ certifications. Last year, all of the IT graduates earned an industry-recognized credential.
"The programs of study that we are honoring today all share a steadfast commitment to the highest expectations for CTE," said Kimberly Green, Executive Director of Advance CTE. "This dedication to quality and excellence leads to strong learner outcomes, creating opportunities for a lifetime of career and education success. Today's honorees serve as national models of what high-quality CTE looks like and can achieve."
Representatives of the program will accept the honor at an award luncheon as part of the Advance CTE Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. Learn more about both award-winning programs of study and the Excellence in Action award here.
A&M Consolidated Information Technology teachers include Patrick Powell, Diane Rister and Bart Taylor.
About Advance CTE
State Leaders Connecting Learning to Work is the longest-standing national non-profit that represents State Directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across all SO states and U.S. territories. Established in 1920, Advance CTE supports visionary state leadership, cultivates best practices and speaks with a collective voice on national policy to promote academicand technical excellence that ensures a career-ready workforce.