GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Eric Ripley, executive director of career and technical education and technology, has been selected to receive the Outstanding Direct Support Provider of the Year award from the North Dakota Association for Career and Technical Special Needs Education (NDACTSNE) association.
The award recognizes administrative or non-classroom persons who have made a major contribution to the development and/or growth of CTE Special Needs Education.
Ripley was nominated for the award by Rachael Richter, a vocational resource teacher at Red River High School).
“During the time I have known Eric, I’ve come to see that he is an incredible advocate for CTE in general, as well as relating to special populations,” Richter shared in her nomination letter. “He has been instrumental in helping my Resource Education program come together over the last several years. He has been very willing to allocate part of his budget for things like new student tables, presentation equipment, classroom storage, supplies, and other necessities to enhance student learning and support. The support and advocacy he provides are unparalleled and greatly appreciated by teachers and students alike.”
The award was presented to Ripley at the North Dakota Department of CTE Professional Development Conference, held August 8-10 in Bismarck.