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Introducing Eric Suhr, NASDCTEc Region II Representative

In order for our members to know the individuals who serve them at the national level, NASDCTEc is sharing a blog series called “Meet Your Board Members;” today we are featuring Eric Suhr, Region II Representative. Region II encompasses New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Eric Suhr is currently Bureau Chief for Education Programs -Career and Technical Education and Team Leader for the CTE Team in the Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Field Services within the New York State (NYS) Education Department. This twelve person unit provides oversight for all CTE activities at the middle and secondary levels in NYS. New York Career and Technical Education is committed to providing high-quality CTE opportunities for all students. New York State’s CTE delivery system consists of over 1,100 CTE providers, serving over one million students in school districts, BOCES, and postsecondary institutions. CTE studies are organized in New York in the following content areas: Agricultural education, Business & Marketing education, Family & Consumer Sciences education, Health Occupations education, Technology education, Trade, Technical & Industrial education. The CTE Unit is a major effort in school reform and the raising of academic standards for all students. The CTE team monitors State and Federal funds to assure that they are properly expended and provides technical assistance to school districts and BOCES. The CTE team also oversees activities in Perkins grant administration, Civil Rights, Workplace Learning, and Driver Education.

Eric’s previous assignments have been in the Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and Office of Workforce Preparation and Continuing Education on the Adult Education Team. Before coming to the Department, under contract with the Research Foundation of CUNY to help implement the Regents Action Plan providing curriculum development and in-service activities for occupational education teachers throughout NYS, and was a Technology Education teacher for six years.

Eric has been involved in educational endeavors since 1980 in support of improving education for all students in New York State.

When asked for his goals as a Board Member, Eric said “As a Board member I would like to share what we are doing in NYS CTE as it relates to implementation of the Common Core Standards and involvement in Race to the Top initiatives. Additionally, our overarching goal in NYS is to provide greater access to CTE opportunities for all students. We hope these efforts will be recognized as our State Board of Regents considers revisions to NYS graduation requirements.”

NASDCTEc appreciates Eric’s service to the Board. Eric can be reached at esuhr@mail.nysed.gov.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

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