The Michigan Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education has selected four 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.
Catilynn Fogarty (Digital Media Production, Mesick HS) was awarded with the 2016 Excellence Award. Catilynn attended the Breaking Traditions awards ceremony at the Library of Michigan in Lansing on May 12, 2016.
Amanda Aldrich (Automotive Technology, Lake City HS), Jacqueline Castro (Applied Construction Technology, McBain HS) and Julianna Mannor (Digital Media Production, Brethren HS) were awarded with Certificates of Recognition.
State Superintendent Brian Whiston noted that all the award recipients “are preparing themselves to enter a career that will benefit them individually while benefitting Michigan through a more diverse workforce. By pursuing careers that are 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 2015-16 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