Posts Tagged ‘State Directors’

Georgia Implements Career Clusters for all Secondary Schools, AP Article Says

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Georgia is overhauling its high school curriculum and looking to Career Clusters â„¢ as a tool to prepare all students for college and career, according to a recent Associated Press article.

Implementing Career Clusters ™ is part of an effort by State Schools chief John Barge, who said the state was forcing some students to drop out of school because they couldn’t identify relevancy of what they learned in school with what they wanted to do when they began their careers, the article said.

The new plans will make Georgia among the first states in the nation to require students to enroll in a Career Clusters ™ program in order to graduate from high school, said Dean Folkers, deputy executive director at the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. The consortium has helped states like Florida, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Colorado implement career training programs in the past few years, he said.

“Many states use career clusters, but Georgia is taking it another step,” Folkers said. “It’s not about redoing career technical education for those kids. It’s about embracing it for all and realizing we all are ultimately preparing for a career and college is a vehicle to get there.”


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Please Welcome New Kentucky State Director Dale Winkler

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

NASDCTEc is pleased to announce new State Director for Kentucky, Dale Winkler.
Before joining the Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet earlier this month, Winkler earned his Bachelor of Science in accounting (1994), Certification in Business Education (1996), and Master of Arts in Education (1999) from Cumberland College. In 2002, he completed a Rank I in Educational Leadership and Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. In May 2010, Winkler graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership Studies.

Dr. Winkler is a product of career and technical education. He started as a high school student in the business and office program at KY-Tech Madison County. He was involved in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and eventually became the Phi Beta Lambda State President while attending college. Over the course of his career, Winkler gained valuable experiences by serving as a classroom teacher in a local high school and area technology center, state academic consultant for business and marketing education, state service coordinator for federal programs, and KY Tech principal.

When asked for his top goals in his new position, Winkler said “my first goal is to facilitate a steering committee charged with the task of developing a statewide plan to implement a new model of secondary career and technical with an emphasis on innovation, integration of core academics, 21st-century skills, project-based learning, and the establishment of full-time CTE programs. Another goal is to help administrators and CTE teachers better understand the college and career readiness measures recently adopted by the Kentucky Board of Education.”

NASDCTEc offers a warm welcome to Dr. Winkler, who can be reached at

By Ramona in Advance CTE Announcements, Advance CTE State Director

Meet John Fischer, NASDCTEc Region I Representative

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

“Meet Your Board Member” series continues…

In order for our members to know the individuals who serve them at the national level, NASDCTEc is presenting a blog series called “Meet Your Board Members;” today we are featuring John Fischer, Region I Representative, and State Director of Vermont. Region I encompasses Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

John FischerJohn’s official title is Director, Secondary and Adult Division, Integrated Support for Learning. His office is based out of Montpelier.

According to the VT website, career technical education (CTE) in Vermont is delivered through a system of regional career centers aligned with high schools within each region. The CTE staff at the department provide technical assistance and support for program improvement, new program design, state and federal grant compliance and high school transformation initiatives related to CTE. Programs of Study are organized in alignment to the National Career Clusters Model.

Mr. Fischer joined the Vermont Department of Education in 2006, working with VT’s regional CTE centers and high school renewal initiatives. He became the State Director in August 2008. Prior to that, he worked in NH in the university system and the community/technical college system for 20 years, serving as the Provost and Vice President. John can be reached at

By Ramona in News

Please Welcome New State Director Theresa Vendrzyk Kough, DE

Friday, March 25th, 2011

The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) is pleased to announce Theresa Vendrzyk Kough has begun her new duties as the Director for Title I and Career Technical Resources within the College and Workforce Readiness Branch, effective October 11, 2010. Ms. Kough brings in-depth expertise in federal and state program administration, extensive experience with agency policies and procedures, and an extensive IT systems background. 

Ms. Kough has been employed at the Department since January, 1995.  In that time she has worked in the Career, Technical and Title I Resources work group, Curriculum Development work group, School Improvement work group and as the Director of the Technology Management and Design work group. She has worked as state program manager for both state and federal programs and provided technical assistance to districts on the use of federal and state funds.

In addition, prior to working at the Department Ms. Kough was employed by the New Castle County Vocational and Technical (NCCVT) School District and was an active participant in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) reform initiative High Schools That Work.  She was highly involved in the planning and implementation of the reform effort at both the district and school level.

She brings a combination of managerial skills, program management skills, data systems management experiences and experience in school and district restructuring to her new position.

NASDCTEc welcomes Ms. Kough to the State Director family!

By Ramona in Advance CTE Announcements, Advance CTE State Director

Meet June Sanford, NASDCTEc Past President

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

“Meet Your Board Member” series continues…

In order for our members to know the individuals who serve them at the national level, NASDCTEc is presenting a blog series called “Meet Your Board Members;” today we are featuring June Sanford, Past President.

 June SanfordJune Sanford joined the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) in 1999 as an education consultant for school-based School-to-Career and Cooperative Work Education programs. She serves as State Director of Career Technical Education and Perkins Program Manager responsible for grant administration, performance accountability data, state-wide program monitoring, and implementation of the Connecticut Career Clusters/Pathway Initiative. June co-chairs the CSDE partnership team for the High School, College, and Workforce Alignment and is a state representative for the five-state New England Secondary School Consortium, League of Innovative Schools Committee, dedicated to student success. In addition, June co-leads the CSDE initiative for the Student Success Plan legislated under the Connecticut Plan for Secondary School Reform.

On the national level, as Connecticut State Director of Career and Technical Education since 2003, June currently serves as Past President of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. During her tenure as President, a new Vision for Career Technical Education was established by the Association, “Reflect, Transform, Lead:  A New Vision for Career Technical Education”, focused on the preparedness of students for college- and career-readiness.

Before joining the State Department of Education, June was a secondary education teacher for business, marketing, cooperative work education, and social studies, an advisor for DECA and the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and grant administrator. She holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Post University and a M.S. degree in Business Education from Central Connecticut State University. Prior to becoming a secondary education teacher, she was employed in Corporate Human Resources for Timex Corporation as a Compensation Analyst and Benefits Accountant…June has learned how to “take a licking and keep on ticking”.

When asked her goals while in office, Ms. Sanford said her goals were “to assist the NASDCTEc to establish an agenda and policies to bring CTE to the forefront of education and make public an understanding of the importance of CTE as preparation for all students to be successful in life and in the global economy.”

We thank Ms. Sanford for sharing her personal insight and goals for our organization. She can be reached at

By Ramona in Advance CTE State Director, News

Meet NASDCTEc Secretary-Treasurer Marie Barry of New Jersey

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

In order for our members to know the individuals who serve them at the national level, NASDCTEc is presenting a blog series called “Meet Your Board Members;” today we are featuring Secretary-Treasurer Ms. Marie Barry, from New Jersey.

Ms. Barry is currently director of the Office of Career and Technical Education at the New Jersey Department of Education.  In this capacity she administers all activities and plans related to the Carl D. Perkins Education Improvement Act and serves as the state director for career and technical education for secondary and postsecondary CTE programs.  She is also a member of the department’s cross-divisional team addressing secondary education transformation, and, specifically, provides leadership for the pilot program on the development of personalized student learning plans.

Ms. Barry has served in various capacities at the NJ Department of Education since 1999.  She has coordinated the High Schools That Work Initiative, administered initiatives related to career development and school counseling and coordinates with workforce development entities to promote articulation between education, the business and labor communities and other stakeholders.  During her tenure in the NJ DOE, Ms. Barry has also been responsible for the administration of programs related to career and technical student organizations.  She served as the liaison with the office of Special Education on issues related to developing plans and policies to promote the successful transition of special education students under the School-to-Work initiative.   

Ms. Barry currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association for State Directors in Career and Technical Education Consortium and serves as the State Director liaison to the FFA and ACTE Board of Directors.   In the past she has also served on the executive committee of the National Association for Workforce Improvement and the New Jersey School Counselor Association. She represents the Commissioner on the State Employment and Training Commission and the Governors School Board of Overseers.

Prior to joining the department, Ms. Barry worked as a career counselor and specialist where she served youth and adults in the community. She designed programs to address the varied career development needs of students, the entering workforce, displaced workers and incumbent workers.  She is a certified school counselor, a national certified counselor and a certified rehabilitation counselor.  Ms Barry holds a Bachelors degree from Rutgers University and a Masters in Education from Seton Hall University.

In reflecting on her office, Ms. Barry stated “It is an honor to be serving in this leadership position in such a critical time for career and technical education.  It is my goal to enhance the awareness of the potential of CTE to positively impact on our entire educational system.  To do this, it is imperative that we focus on evidence and outcomes that demonstrate success and strengthen our collaboration with our multiple partners in education and workforce development.  With the launch of the new vision, State Directors across the nation have a unique opportunity to elevate CTE to a new level and promote it as a vehicle for success for all students.”

We thank Ms. Barry for sharing her personal insight and goals for our organization. She can be reached at

By Ramona in Advance CTE State Director, News

NASDCTEc Welcomes New Virginia State Director Lolita Hall

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce Lolita Hall has begun her new duties as Career and Technical Education Director, effective January 3, 2011. Ms. Hall brings in-depth expertise in career technical education (CTE) program administration, extensive experience with agency policies and procedures, and experience with assessment and accountability in the division of student and school improvement assessment to the Department.

Lolita has worked for the VDOE since 1990 when she started as a state supervisor of vocational home economics education.  In her ten years in the CTE office, she provided leadership and coordination for the vocational special needs programs, development of the performance standards and measures for secondary CTE programs, High Schools that Work program, and served as a program improvements specialist.  In the latter role, she coordinated the Comprehensive School Improvement Institute for academic and CTE teachers and administrators, helped develop the state plan for secondary CTE, and worked with the development of accountability and monitoring processes and procedures for local CTE improvement plans.

 Lolita has served in the VDOE’s assessment division as team lead for the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test implementation.  Her various responsibilities have included implementation of the NAEP testing program, monitoring local SOL assessment procedures, resolving test irregularity issues, redesigning SOL testing materials, and maintaining the master schedule for student assessment.

The Virginia Department of Education and NASDCTEc wish her great success in her new role as CTE director. Ms. Hall can be reached at

By Ramona in Advance CTE State Director, News

Montana Welcomes New State Director John Cech

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

The Montana Board of Regents is pleased to announce Dr. John Cech as new state deputy           commissioner for two-year and community college education for the Montana University System, effective January 1, 2011.

As deputy commissioner, Cech will be responsible for coordinating statewide educational programs at the two-year and community college level, administering federally-funded career and technical education programs, leading efforts in extended learning, online delivery, adult education, dual-credit, pathways with Montana’s secondary schools, and outreach.  Cech will lead coordination, system wide collaboration, and workforce development efforts among the five colleges of technology in Billings, Butte, Helena, Missoula and Great Falls and two-year college programs in Bozeman, Havre, Dillon, Hamilton and Lewistown.   He will also work with the state’s three independent community colleges in Kalispell, Miles City and Glendive that coordinate curriculum with the Board of Regents.

Cech also plans to collaborate with the state’s seven sovereign tribal colleges on planning two-year programs, grants and transfer programs.  Cech will also direct the final 3½ years of the high profile College!Now initiative funded by the Lumina Education Foundation.

Cech, 48, has been dean and campus CEO of the Montana State University Billings College of Technology since 2002. Before that, he was a faculty member and dean at Rocky Mountain College in Billings.

NASDCTEc wishes Dr. Cech all the best in his new position as State Director for Montana.

By Ramona in Advance CTE Announcements, Advance CTE State Director

Announcing Loretta Costin, Florida New State Director

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

loretta6-OriginalLoretta Costin was named the Chancellor for the Division of Career and Adult Education, Florida Department of Education in July 2010.  Loretta had been serving as Vice Chancellor and then Interim Chancellor of Career and Adult Education from April 2008 to June 30, 2010. 

Ms. Costin brings years of Career Technical Education experience to her new role. During her 19 years with the Department of Education, Loretta has served in various capacities, including the Director of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (2002-2004); Director of the Division of Workforce Development Education (2000-2002); Bureau Chief, Program Improvement and Accountability (1997-2000);  Director, Standards, Benchmarks and Frameworks (1994-1997); Program Director, Marketing Education (1990-1994); and Program Specialist, Marketing Education (1985-1990).   Prior to becoming an education administrator, Loretta taught Marketing Education at Rutherford High School in Panama City, Florida.

We welcome Loretta Costin as Florida’s new State Director. She can be reached at

By Ramona in Advance CTE Announcements

NASDCTEc Welcomes Dr. Kathy D’Antoni as New State Director of West Virginia

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Kathy DAntoniNASDCTEc wishes to welcome Kathy D’Antoni as State Director of West Virginia. Dr. D’Antoni moved into her new role upon the retirement of Dr. Stanley Hopkins, who served for many years.  Dr. D’Antoni was recently named the Assistant State Superintendent of Schools, Division of Technical, Adult and Institutional Education with the West Virginia Department of Education.  Dr. D’Antoni has a wealth of knowledge and strong presence within the career technical education community. She was formerly the Vice Chancellor of the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education. She obtained her doctorate degree from West Virginia University in Higher Education Administration.  Dr. D’Antoni began her career in education as a teacher.  In 1975, she left the education field to participate in a family owned business in Myrtle Beach, SC.  She returned to education in 1992 and worked with the Tech Prep initiative at Marshall University and later as the State Director for Tech Prep.  She served as interim president of West Virginia State Community and Technical College in 2008. 

 Dr. D’Antoni has worked extensively with curriculum alignment and curriculum development projects.  She is the past president of the National Association for Tech Prep Leaders and sits on the advisory board for the League of Innovation’s SAIL initiative and Marshall University’s teacher education program.  Currently, she is chair of the Seamless Education Committee for West Virginia’s Vision Shared initiative. 

 Dr. D’Antoni has also been named to oversee the area of Institutional Education Programs at the state level, which led to the renaming of West Virginia’s Division within the Department of Education to the Division of Technical, Adult and Institutional Education. Please welcome Dr. D’Antoni to our organization. She can be reached at

By Ramona in Advance CTE Announcements