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Nebraska Career Education Conference
"Skills for Lifelong Learning, Earning, and Living"

Excellence in Nebraska Career Education Awards Program

Sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education

Nebraska Excellence in Career Education Awards Program

The Nebraska Department of Education is proud to sponsor the annual Excellence in Career Education Awards to recognize outstanding Nebraska Career Education programs and outstanding partnerships. These awards will be presented each June at the Nebraska Career Education Conference in Kearney, Nebraska. They will be presented in cooperation with the Association for Career and Technical Education of Nebraska's recognition honoring outstanding Nebraska career education instructors.

Award winners will be notified in advance and are required to be present to receive their award. Criteria and application details for the awards are explained before. Suggestions for deserving nominees must be submitted by Wednesday, April 17, 2017 by completing the Google form located at any of the following links.

Questions may be directed to Gregg Christensen, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 402.471-4337.

Selection of Awardees
Awards will be determined by an internal selection team composed of Nebraska Department of Education Career Education specialists.

Award Categories

Elaine Stuhr Leadership and Advocacy Award
This award is open to any teacher, counselor, administrator, community member, businessperson, or legislator who has demonstrated sustained and outstanding statewide leadership and advocacy for Nebraska Career Education. The leadership and advocacy must have been at a level beyond a specific community or institution and spanned a significant portion of his/her professional career.
The Individual selected for the award must have made significant in advancing the mission of Nebraska Career Education to enhance lifelong learning, earning and living skills and knowledge. Other considerations include:

  • Passion for career education
  • Outstanding leadership and guidance in creating an environment conducive to career education
  • Contributions to Nebraska career education over a sustained period of time
  • Making a very real difference for career education students and career education programs
  • Perseverance in overcoming obstacles and challenges to offering quality career education opportunities for youth and adults (K-20)
  • Advocacy for Nebraska Career Education

Distinguished Partner Award
This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding collaboration and outreach to support the advancement of Nebraska Career Education. The award honors a person who has demonstrated a personal commitment and outstanding support for NCE that is "above and beyond" what his/her job or business requires. The award recognizes individual efforts and initiative that reaches beyond an individual organization, agency, school or community. The recipient of this award must have demonstrated:

  • Commitment to the mission and goals of Nebraska Career Education
  • Collaboration and involvement with groups, agencies, businesses, and/or educational organizations to expand opportunities for quality career education
  • Active engagement in efforts to enhance understanding of the benefits of quality career education for all Nebraska citizens (youth and adults)
  • Sustained participation in area/regional/statewide activities whose purpose is to support, improve, and expand Nebraska Career Education

Outstanding Business Partner Award
This award is designed to recognize a business or a partnership group that has made significant contributions to the success of Career Education at a statewide level. This may include support for a career field or career education in general.
Outstanding Career Education Programs Awards

This award is designed to recognize the outstanding achievements of career education programs in middle schools, high schools and postsecondary institutions that help students achieve their academic and career goals. The focus of these awards is to recognize programs that have effectively used the Nebraska Career Education Model to guide efforts in Career Education. An individual programs within a school/college or a school/college as a whole are eligible for this award. One award for each of the following will be presented:

  • Outstanding Middle School/Junior High Program
  • Outstanding High School Program
  • Outstanding Postsecondary Program

Outstanding Career Education Programs Awards
This award is designed to recognize the outstanding achievements of career education programs in junior high/middle schools, high schools and postsecondary institutions. An individual instructional program within a school/college or a school/college as a whole are eligible for this award.

Criteria for this award include:

  • Instructional programs aligned to the Nebraska Career Education Model
  • Programs that demonstrate quality areas such as:
    • Student achievement in both career and academic arenas
    • Innovative instruction based on a state model program of study
    • Leadership and personal development through career technical student organizations
    • Effective implementation of career guidance and work-based learning
    • Alignment to Nebraska's workforce needs and economic priorities
    • Community engagement

One award for each of the following will be presented:

  • Outstanding Middle School/Junior High Program
  • Outstanding High School Program
  • Outstanding Postsecondary Program
  • Outstanding Rule 47 Career Academy

 Nebraska Career Technical Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award

About the Award

  • CTSO State Advisors facilitate the nomination process for their particular CTSO.
  • Purpose is to recognize CTSO Advisors who do an outstanding job managing their chapter and developing members
  • This award is in recognition of advisors and the outstanding things that they do to impact the lives of CTSO members, develop leadership and employability skills in members and manage/facilitate the Career Technical Student Organization with which they work!  While student and chapter competitions and awards will be considered, the primary focus is on the knowledge and skills they use as the advisor of the CTSO.
  • One advisor of the year for each CTSO will be selected each year.
  • Each will receive $250 cash award & recognition.
  • All advsors of the year will be recognized during the NCE Conference in June
  • Winners are to be submitted by each CTSO State Advisor for inclusion in the conference by April 30, 2017 to Gregg Christensen. 

Previous Award Winners:

2016
Elaine Stuhr Leadership and Advocacy – Dr. Michael Chipps, Northeast Community College
Distinguished Partner Award –
Not awarded in 2016 (Linda Black, NE Department of Economic Development deferred award until 2017 due to work schedule conflict)
Outstanding Business Partnership Award –
Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., USA
Outstanding Junior High/Middle School Program Award –
Westside Middle School
Outstanding High School Program Award –
Cody-Kilgore Unified Schools
Outstanding Postsecondary Award –
Northeast Community College Health and Wellness Division
Outstanding Rule 47 Career Academy Award -
Boone Central Schools

CTSO Advisors of the Year
DECA – Matthew Maw, Lincoln Southeast
Educators Rising – Nadine Reyes, Omaha Burke High School
FBLA – Dawn Friedrich, Wausa High School
FCCLA – Mallory Gregory, Waverly High School
FFA – Dusten Bruss, Wilber Clatonia Public Schools
HOSA – Marge Keep, Lincoln East High School
SkillsUSA – Diane Livingston, North Platte High School

 

2015
Elaine Stuhr Leadership and Advocacy - Ken Spellman, Omaha Public Schools
Distinguished Partner Award - Tony Jesina, Farm Credit Services, Omaha; Vic Larsen, Vic's Popcorn, Omaha
Outstanding Business Awards - Nebraska Financial Education Coalition; EducationQuest; Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce; Colombus Chamber of Commerce-Drive for Five
Outstanding New and Innovative Program Award - Agronomy Academy, Centennial, York and Seward High Schools
Outstanding Career Education Program with Positive Partnerships Award - Papillion-La Vista High Ability Learner Junior High
Outstanding Middle School Program Awards - Arlington Public Schools; Westside Middle School Career Education
Outstanding Secondary Program Awards - Hastings High School; West Boyd High School; Wausa Public Schools
Career Student Organization (CSO) Advisor of the Year - Brett Forsman, Grand Island SkillsUSA

2014
Elaine Stuhr Leadership and Advocacy - Dennis Headrick, Southeast Community College
Distinguished Partner Award - Al Haiar, Bernina Sewing Center, Omaha; Donlynn Rice, Nebraska Department of Education
Outstanding Business Awards - Embassy Suites and Courtyard by Marriott, La Vista; IBEW Local 22/NECA, Omaha
Outstanding Career Education Program Awards - Dundy County Stratton High School; Career Pathways Institute, Grand Island Senior High School; Urban Agriculture and Natural Resource Academy, Bryan High School, Omaha
Career Student Organization (CSO) Advisor of the Year - Kurk Shrader, Elmwood-Murdock FBLA

2013
Elaine Stuhr Leadership and Advocacy - Ann Masters, Retired Nebraska Department of Education Administrator
Distinguished Partner Award - Ken Glendenning, Ken Glendenning Photography; Catherine D. Lang, Nebraska Departments of Economic Development and Labor; Teri Sloup, Nebraska Department of Education
Outstanding Business Awards - Oriental Trading Company (Angela Drew), Papillion-La Vista; Stuart's Flowers and Produce (Clarence and Bill Stuart), Schuyler
Outstanding Career Education Program Awards - Kearney High School; Plattsmouth High School; Papillion-La Vista and Papillion-La Vista South High Schools
Career Student Organization (CSO) Advisor of the Year - Shawna Koger, Arlington High School

2012
Elaine Stuhr Leadership and Advocacy - Marilyn McGahan, Retired Vice President and CEO of Mid-Plains Community College
Distinguished Partner Award - Kay Oestmann, Southeast District Health Department; Meshelle Ferguson, Cooper Nuclear Facility-NPPD
Outstanding Business Awards - Five Points Bank, Papillion, NE; Community Medical Center, Falls City, NE; ConAgra Foods, Omaha, NE
Outstanding Career Education Program Awards - Papillion La Vista High School Business Internship Program; Scottsbluff High School Career Education Programs
Career Student Organization (CSO) Advisor of the Year - Charmain Satree, SkillsUSA Advisor, Lincoln North Star High School

2011
Elaine Stuhr Leadership and Advocacy - Fred Meyer, Retired Nebraska State Board of Education
Distinguished Partner Award - Jim Linderholm, Alfred Benesch & Company
Outstanding Business Awards - Omaha Storm Chasers, Papillion, NE; The Industrial Company (TIC), Centennial, CO; The Alley Rose, Kearney, NE; Nebraska Public Power District, Columbus, NE
Outstanding Career Education Program Awards - Papillion La Vista School District Academy Program; Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools

2010
Elaine Stuhr Leadership and Advocacy - Dr. Rachel Wise, Building Bright Futures
Distinguished Partner Award - Robert Bartee, UNMC; Ted Harshbarger, Peru State College; Jennifer Jones, The Gallup Organization; Dena Stevenson, TierOne Bank
Outstanding Business Awards - NMC, Inc., Performance Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge LaVista, Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Texas Roadhouse Omaha, Washington County Bank
Outstanding Career Education Program Awards - Kiewit Middle School Career Planning, Lincoln Public Schools Health Sciences Program, Papillion-La Vista School District Mock Interview Program

2009
Elaine Stuhr Leadership and Advocacy - Jean Brown
Distinguished Partner Award - Jessica Kolterman, Linda Lichtenberg, Mary Lynn Reiser, Senator Arnie Stuthman
Outstanding Business Awards - Nebraska 4-H, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Home Builders Association of Lincoln, Hy-Vee
Outstanding Career Education Program Awards - Blair High School Career and Technical Education Department, Lincoln Public Schools – Entrepreneurship Focus Program, Mid-Plains Community College Career Services/Outreach Career Education Programs, Nathan Hale Middle School Career Education, Bryan Senior High School Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (TDL) Program

2008
Elaine Stuhr Leadership and Advocacy - Dr. Lavern Franzen
Distinguished Partner Award - Jennifer Clark, Beth Haas, Jann Rouzee
Outstanding Business Awards - BAE Systems, Box Butte General Hospital, Brehmer Manufacturing, Cengage LearningGood Samaritan Hospital, Union Pacific Railroad
Outstanding Career Education Program Awards -Norfolk Public Schools

2007
Elaine Stuhr Leadership and Advocacy - Dr. Marge Harouff
Distinguished Partner Award - Joan Modrell
Outstanding Business Awards - Metro Omaha Builders Association, Tri-V Tool and Manufacturing Company, Woodhouse Ford-Chrysler-Jeep-Eagle,
Outstanding Career Education Program Awards -Aurora Public High School Business Department, Papillion-LaVista Schools Cooperation BEST, Winnebago Public Schools Careers Program

2006
Elaine Stuhr Leadership and Advocacy - Senator Elaine Stuhr
Outstanding Business Awards - Associated General Contractors-Nebraska Building Chapter (AGC-NBC), Becton Dickinson-Holdrege, Davis Design, Nucor Detailing Center,
Outstanding Career Education Program Awards - Kimball High School Career Education Program, Omaha North High School Engineering Magnet Program, Omaha Public Schools Career Center—Automotive Technology Program, Omaha Public Schools Career Center—eBusiness Program

 

The Nebraska Department of Education is proud to sponsor the annual Excellence in Nebraska Career Education Awards. Awards are presented in four categories:

 

Individual Awards

 

Ø Distinguished Partner Award

Ø Elaine Stuhr Leadership and Advocacy Award

 

Organization/Program Awards

 

Ø Outstanding Business/Industry Partnership Awards

Ø Outstanding Nebraska Career Education Program Awards

 

Awards will be presented at the 2009 Nebraska Career Education Conference Opening Session on Wednesday, June 10, 2009. The Excellence in Nebraska Career Education awards will be presented in cooperation with the Association for Career and Technical Education of Nebraska (ACTEN) awards honoring outstanding Nebraska career education instructors and students.

The NCE Conference is sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Education, Nebraska Career Education and in cooperation with the Association for Career and Technical Education of Nebraska