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Three Career and Technical Education Programs Receive State Awards

News Release                                                                 

For Immediate Release

August 12, 2022

Three Career and Technical Education Programs Receive State Awards

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Three programs in Grand Forks Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) program have been awarded the 2022 Director’s Awards of Excellence by the North Dakota Department of CTE.

The Business Education program (instructors Katie Chandler, Aaron Cummings, Shari Jerde, Trevor Lennon, Logen Letofsky, Dustin Norby, Theresa Ostgarden, Melissa Port, and Megan Sullivan) was selected for increasing student enrollment through high-quality courses, such as the Microsoft industry certification opportunities for all students enrolled in the Microsoft Office courses; revitalizing the FBLA programs at Grand Forks Central and Red River high schools; maintaining the professionalism that continues to be demonstrated by the program’s instructors.

The Information Technology (IT) Education program at Grand Forks Central (instructor Zachary Buchhop) was honored for providing students with an educational experience that is engaging, up-to-date, relevant to the world of work, and foundational to a career within the IT field; encouraging the opportunity to achieve industry-level certifications to verify student knowledge and skills as they continue developing their IT career pathway; maintaining an active SkillsUSA chapter, where students have been able to compete at the state and national level.

The Health Sciences Education program (instructors Katie Hatt Rokke, Linsey Naastad, Dani Rowekamp, and Kari Satrom) was recognized for growing enrollment each and every year through dedicated and professional staff; having very active HOSA chapters at Grand Forks Central and Red River high schools, which have provided the opportunity for students to receive awards at fall leadership, state, and national conferences; valuing the communication between district teachers, advisory board, and community partners.

The awards were presented at the North Dakota Department of CTE Professional Development Conference, held August 8-10 in Bismarck.