Virginia Governor’s CTE Exemplary Standards Award Program
Veterinary Assistant Program is 12th Governor’s Award Recipient
VCEF Board members join ANNE HUDSON in recognition of the Veterinary Assistant program for receiving the 2014 Virginia Governor’s CTE Exemplary Standards Award. Shown left to right, Elizabeth Sandoz, Dr. Tom Brewster, Cynthia Balderson, Anne Hudson, Chad Ratliff, Dr. Emily Richardson, and Randy Stamper.
The 2014 Governor’s Award winner is the Veterinary Assistant Program at The Pruden Center for Industry and Technology, serving Isle of Wight County and the City of Suffolk.
Students in this program gain impressive skills, not just in their subject matter but across disciplines. Emphasis on STEM concepts, current events, field trips, and online research help enrich daily classes. Outstanding partnerships with local vets and agencies provide guest speakers, access to state of the art equipment and internships for students.
Graduates of this program go on to Licensed Vet Tech programs, vet school, to college to major in related fields, work in local vet offices, or for the City Animal Control. They serve as resource speakers after graduating and stay in touch with their teacher. Employers of these graduates say they have more knowledge and skills than other job applicants and are proud of their history with the program.
The site team agreed that overall strengths of the program are a passionate teacher, student centered instruction with a high rate going into the field, and support of industry.
Anne Hudson, program instructor, is an exemplary teacher, displaying extraordinary passion for her subject, care and concern for the success of every student and instilling in them a high level of passion and professionalism. She is a role model not only for her students but also for fellow teachers, leading the way by learning new teaching strategies and then leading her fellow staff members in implementation. She has been instrumental in curriculum development at the state level and participates in externships to keep her skills current. When asked what would you change about this program: one answer heard again and again was “Clone Anne Hudson and add more classes.” While the curriculum is daunting, the students love it and are serious about their learning and their futures. The theme of the Pruden Center is “Skilled to Soar” and the Vet Assistant graduates have certainly proven their ability to soar with the knowledge and skills they gained.
The program will receive a $5,000 cash award for program improvement funded by the Dominion Foundation.
Link to the award winning portfolio https://w.taskstream.com/ts/hudson138/VeterinaryAssistantProgram
2014-2015 Governor’s Awards Forms and
|August 15, 2014||Nominations Due (see above for links to form and instructions)|
|January 15, 2015||Documentation must be posted to Web site through TaskStream account
(No paper documentation required or accepted)
|January – March||Documentation Review|
|April||Exemplary Programs Identified|
HOUSE OF DELEGATES, January 31, 2014
See Darryl Holland, Agriculture program at Magna Vista High School, Henry County, 2013 winner of the Virginia Governor’s Award for CTE Exemplary Standards, introduced at the House of Delegates.
Thanks to Delegate Kenneth Plum and his staff for making this possible and to Josh Quintero at Blair Marketing for capturing the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUPZRc4f8iw (While the video quality streamed that day is not to our usual standard, the audio is GREAT!)
2013 Winner Announced at Creating Excellence Awards Ceremony, June 13
While many school divisions struggle to maintain career and technical education programs, Henry County added a third teacher to the agriculture program at MagnaVistaHigh School. High student demand for Agriculture courses is only part of what makes it an exemplary program that exceeds the standards. Numerous awards have been won by the FFA members at the local, state and national levels, affirming their excellent preparation in the classroom. The program has been recognized six times through Creating Excellence.
Agriculture at MagnaVista High School gives students skills that lead many to lucrative careers but it gives every student knowledge, skills, and habits that will be useful every day in their roles as citizens and family members. This program goes beyond the prescribed curriculum by tapping into the interests of students in engaging, participatory ways. Interdisciplinary connections are inherent throughout the program and become a natural way of learning. FFA events and competitions, industry credentials, internships, job shadowing, and a new dual enrollment agreement are other key aspects of this program but passion for learning and mutual respect are its hallmarks.
VCEF president, Dr. Emily Richardson, shared these remarks during the awards ceremony: Seven programs were nominated for 2013 and two completed the rigorous online portfolio. Of the two outstanding programs submitted, only one met the criteria for a site visit. A team visited the site to see the program in action and interview students, graduates, administrators, parents, and employers.
Some of the program completers credit the agriculture program for keeping them in school and don’t know where they would be today had they not had that experience. Students learn financial skills - in a real way – for example, applying for loans in high school to fund livestock projects. They learned cultural aspects through a Japanese exchange teacher program in agriculture. Workplace readiness skills – punctuality, dependability, communication, networking, respect for self and others, leadership, action plans – are emphasized. The agricultureprogram graduates take with them more than practical agricultureknowledge and skills, as important as they are . . . . they are better equipped for their roles as parents and community leaders. The agriculture program honored today joins an elite group of eleven other programs to receive this distinction.
While we recognize the program, we know there would never be an exemplary program without an exemplary teacher! Darryl Holland is the consummate teacher, displaying extraordinary care and concern for the success of every student and instilling in them a high level of passion and professionalism. He is described as a role model, a father figure, and someone who loves the program and goes above and beyond the normal job description. In HenryCounty dictionaries, if you look up agriculture, they expect you to see a picture of Darryl
Holland! We always ask every stakeholder group: What would you change about this program? Answers this year ranged from “Nothing” to “You can’t improve on perfection!” to “Provide
more funding so more students can experience this program.”
In addition to banners for the school and classroom, the winner received a $5,000 cash award for program improvement funded by the Dominion Foundation. Celebrating with Darryl were his wife Lillian, his parents, school board chairman, CTE administrator, principal and some special friends. CONGRATULATIONS!
View all winners from Creating Excellence program Excellence Program2013 web
VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES, February 1, 2013
See Beverly Card, Teacher Cadet program at Mount Vernon High School, Fairfax County, 2012 winner of the Virginia Governor’s Award for CTE Exemplary Standards, introduced at the House of Delegates. Nice plug for CTE Month, too.
Thanks to Delegate Kenneth Plum and his staff for making this possible and to Josh Quintero at Blair Marketing for capturing the video.
2012 Winner Announced at Creating Excellence Awards Ceremony, June 14
Teacher Cadet encourages high school students to explore a career in education. The course includes over sixty hours of internship experience and the practicum creates partnerships with feeder schools. Students debate the role of a teacher, analyze teaching techniques, write lesson plans, and teach lessons to small groups or entire classes. Seminars allow students to share and reflect on their experiences. Completing this program and compiling a portfolio are first steps on the path to becoming a professional teacher.
Graduates from Teacher Cadet enroll as education majors; earn dual credit at Shenandoah University; the National Occupational Career and Technical Institute (NOCTI) Education and Training exam; and earn the Career and Technical Education (CTE) diploma seal. The instructor spends extra time coordinating internships and evaluations. The program is exemplary because of the dedication and passion of the students, mentors, partnerships, and instructor. As adults, these students will be better prepared to communicate, parent, lead, and teach. Students develop essential skills that will last a lifetime in both their personal and professional lives.
In addition to banners for the school and classroom, the winner received a $5,000 cash award funded by the Dominion Foundation to be used for program enhancement.
Pictured, left to right: Dr. Emily Richardson,VCEF; Cynthia Balderson, Dominion
Foundation; Beverly Card, Mt. Vernon High School;
Del. Ken Plum, VA House of Delegates; Beth Downey, CTE Admin.
Dr. Emily Richardson commented at the awards ceremony: Eleven programs were nominated for 2012 and five completed the rigorous online portfolio. Of the five outstanding programs submitted, only one met the criteria for a site visit. It was my privilege to lead the site visit team and see this year’s winning program in action and interview students, graduates, administrators, parents, and employers. While we recognize the program, we know there would never be an exemplary program without an exemplary teacher! Beverly Card is the consummate teacher, displaying extraordinary care and concern for the success of every student and instilling in them a high level of passion and professionalism. Her graduates who go into education as a career will take with them a standard for teaching that all teachers should have! Not only that, they will be better equipped for their role as parents and community leaders. The Teacher Cadet program joins an elite group of ten other programs to receive this distinction.
See VA Dept. of Education Press Release and link to photos at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/news/news_releases/2012/jun15.shtml
Link to The Teacher Cadet winning portfolio https://w.taskstream.com/ts/card6/Teacher_Cadet_2012
2011 Winners Introduced in the Virginia House of Delegates
The Honorable Kenneth Plum, member of the Virginia House of Delegates, introduced the 2011 Governor’s Award winners at the opening of the House of Delegates session on Thursday, January 19, 2012. Present for the introductions were representatives from Dominion whose Foundation funds the cash awards.
Links to 2011 Winning Program Portfolios: See what made them winners
If you are a nominee for the 2012 awards, going through a local review, or a local program seeking improvement you will want to visit the Web sites of the 2011 winners’ portfolios. The three 2011 exemplary programs join the ranks of the 2009 and 2010 program winners for a total of nine exemplary CTE program in Virginia. Please note that each year of the awards the Arlington Career Center has had a program recognized at the state level as an exemplary program.
Banners for the schools and the classrooms were presented during the Virginia Department of Education’s Creating Excellence Awards ceremony, June 16, 2011. VCEF gratefully acknowledges the Dominion Foundation for funding the cash awards of $5,000 to each winner for program improvement. Thanks are extended to the program reviewers, the site teams,and the local administrators. Congratulations to the 2011 winners!
Animal Science , Arlington Career Center.