Akron marketing teacher is national new educator of the year
Eric Mathews, Akron Public Schools marketing teacher, is the American Association for Career and Technical Education’s new career-tech educator of the year. He received the award during the association’s national conference in November.
Mathews became a teacher five years ago after nearly 20 years in private industry human resource management. His previous employers include Wendy’s, Ford Motor Company and Goodyear. As advisor for the student DECA organization and marketing program, he coaches students for state and national competitions. He led an initiative to teach global competencies and served on a team to help students obtain and retain jobs. He also has participated in the Aspiring Principal’s Academy with six weeks as interim assistant principal.
Ohio DECA, BPA selects new officers
Ohio DECA and the Business Professionals of America/Ohio Association, career-tech organizations designed for students in marketing and business programs, respectively, have 13 new state officers.
The seven DECA 2015 state officers selected on Nov. 18 are: Tyler Adkins, president, Western Brown High School (Mount Orab); Christy Wickiser, secretary/treasurer, Carey High School; Madison Kemp, executive vice president of community outreach, Milford High School; Brad Stubbs, executive vice president of leadership development, Lima Senior High School; Isaiah Brough, executive vice president of marketing, Fostoria High School; Evan Rymer, parliamentarian, Carey High School; and Brenna Franck, public relations representative, Penta Career Center/Oak Harbor High School.
The six Business Professionals of America state officers chosen on Nov. 19 are: Matthew Paluga, president, Northwest High School (Cincinnati)/Butler Tech; Michaela Frank, vice president, Stebbins High School (Dayton); Logan Emrich, secretary, Greenville High School; Brian Kurek, treasurer, Centerville High School; Caroline Moreno, Amelia High School Great Oaks; and Brenna McGovern, parliamentarian, Ellet High School (Akron).
For more information about Ohio DECA, go to www.ohiodeca.us/. For more information on Business Professionals of America, Ohio Association, go to www.ohiobpa.org/.
Autum Barry, a Project Lead The Way medical intervention teacher at Logan High School, is one of seven teachers nationwide to receive the National Teacher of Excellence award for 2014. Barry and the other six teachers received the honor during the Nov. 12 Project Lead The Way national summit in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Utica Shale Academy, located within Southern Local Schools in Columbiana County, is about to graduate its first student. Austin Sadler, the only senior in the academy, completes high school in several months with a diploma and three certifications for the oil and shale industry: Rig Pass, which is for safety; Drilling Instructors Training; and Well Controlled Certification.
Department announces $2.5 Million planning grant for Adult Career Opportunity Pilot Programs
Dr. Richard A. Ross, state superintendent of public instruction, is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for the development of Adult Career Opportunity Pilot Programs.
As many as five community colleges, state community colleges, Ohio technical centers or technical colleges around the state will receive up to $500,000 each in planning grant funds in fiscal year 2015 to develop their own Adult Career Opportunity Pilot Program.
The program, to be implemented in 2015-2016, will be designed to assist adults ages 22 or older in completing their high school diplomas while also earning an industry credential or certificate. The funds will be distributed geographically among five regions.
The application deadline is Nov. 21, 2014.
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