Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Members of the academic and workforce community recently gathered for the annual Virginia Career and Technical Education Creating Excellence Awards. The awards are given to institutions who promote best practices in education and recognize exemplary contributions to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. During the program, Mr. Harvey Crone, former director of the CCWA, was honored with an induction into the CTE Hall of Fame.

Mr. Crone’s impressive career in CTE spans nearly four decades, having worked in both secondary and postWorkforce Wednesdaysecondary institutions. One of his most significant achievements includes the establishment of the Educator’s Institute– a one-day conference to enhance successful career pathways from secondary to the workforce.

In his remarks Mr. Crone spoke about the importance of CTE in preparing students for a wide range of high-wage and high-skill careers.

“CTE partnerships created within the VCCS enable clear pathways for students to certifications and degree to prepare them for the skilled trades, health care and STEM occupations.”

During the luncheon, three of Virginia’s Community Colleges were also presented with the Postsecondary CTE State Awards. These awards are presented for programs that successfully promote and enhance career and technical education. The awards were presented to:

Eastern Shore Community College received the Community College Business and Industry Partnership Award Application for their partnership with NASA.
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Received the Community College Advisory Award for their Emergency Medical Services program.
Virginia Highlands Community College received the CTE Postsecondary Program Award for its administration of the Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program.

Pictured (l to r): Karl Cureton, Virginia Career Education Foundation Board; Randy Stamper, assistant vice chancellor, career pathways and workforce programs; Dr. Steve Staples, superintendent of public instruction with VDOE; Ann Holton, secretary of education; Harvey Crone; James Antonick, coordinator of Perkins'

Virginia's Community Colleges

Created more than 50 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 270,000 students a year in credit and workforce courses.

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