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CTC Students Receive Michigan Breaking Traditions Awards

posted May 20, 2015, 10:35 AM by Jennifer Gaffke

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education has selected three students from the Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center to receive a Breaking Traditions Award.  The awards were established to recognize outstanding students who have been successful in Career and Technical Education programs that are nontraditional for their gender.


Emily Corwin (Engineering Technology, Lake City HS), Chelsea Galloup (Agriscience, Manton HS), and Leah Lewis (Public Safety, Grayling HS) were awarded the “Michigan Breaking Traditions 2015 Merit Award.”  They were nominated by their instructors, Mr. Josh Fenner, Mr. Mark Johnson, and Mr. Michael Mendenhall, respectively.  Emily, Chelsea, and Leah attended the awards ceremony at the Library of Michigan in Lansing on May 13, 2015.


State Superintendent Mike Flanagan noted that all the award recipients “are preparing themselves to enter a career that will benefit them individually and benefit Michigan by increasing diversity in our state’s workforce.  By their determination and dedication to pursuing careers in an area nontraditional for their gender, they are role models for peers who may be considering such a career path.”


To qualify for consideration, a student had to meet these criteria:

• Be completing a Career and Technical Education program that is nontraditional for his/her gender

• Be enrolled in a Michigan High School or Career Center program during the 2012-2013 school year

• Be nominated by a teacher, counselor, administrator, or other personnel employed by the student’s school or career center

• Have satisfactory academic standing and acceptable citizenship and disciplinary history

• Have made a contribution to awareness of nontraditional careers through successful participation in one or more of the following activities:

-Exemplary completion of a program considered nontraditional for the student’s gender

-Successful competition in a program-related event or contest

-Participation in a Career and Technical Student Organization

-Active recruitment of other students into programs nontraditional for their gender

-Mentoring other students in Career and Technical Education programs nontraditional for their gender

-Significant contributions to the student’s specific Career and Technical Education program