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Jerde Receives NDACTE Award

News Release                                                  

For Immediate Release                                                               

August 17, 2020

Jerde Receives NDACTE Award

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Shari Jerde, the business education and family and consumer sciences teacher at Community High School, has been selected to receive the Carl Perkins Community Service Award from the North Dakota Association for Career and Technical Education (NDACTE).

The award recognizes individuals who have used CTE to make a significant impact on their community and demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote student involvement in community service.

Jerde continually identifies and implements cross-curricular projects, partnering with community employers, and uses her classroom and skills to give back to the community through service projects.

In fall 2019, Jerde worked with her fashion design students and spearheaded a project to design, develop, fabricate, and install custom-built adaptive Halloween costumes for two students who use wheelchairs within the school system. The result was a Cinderella-themed carriage with lights and a Star Wars TIE Fighter.

“Shari believes strongly in connecting her classroom to the larger Grand Forks community and looks for opportunities to have service projects completed by her students. In addition, Shari supervises a Cooperative Work Experience program in the summertime, where students are utilizing their classroom skills while being employed in a variety of community businesses,” said Eric Ripley, executive director of career and technical education and technology at Grand Forks Public Schools. “She is well deserving of this recognition for her above and beyond efforts!”

The state award recipients were announced at the North Dakota Career and Technical Education professional development virtual conference, which was held on August 10.