Vol. 44, No. 24

Director, Public Information

March 18, 2010


State Education Officials Honor 9 “Tech-Prep” Students of the Year

State education officials honored nine high school students as Tech-Prep Students of the Year in a ceremony held March 5 in Jefferson City.  The honorees, their career programs and schools are:

Jefferson County Tech Prep Consortium

  • David Jenkins, Welding and Advanced Carpentry
    Jefferson College Area Technical School and Fox Sr. High, Arnold

Mid-Missouri Tech Prep Consortium

  • William Ivie, Auto Collision
    Eldon Career Center and Morgan Co. R-I High School, Stover 

Mid-Rivers Tech Prep Consortium

  • John J. Haake, Welding
    Lewis and Clark Career Center and St. Charles High School

Northeast Missouri Tech Prep Consortium

  • Nancy Jackson, Agricultural Communications
    Macon Career & Technical Education Center and Macon High School

North Missouri Tech Prep Consortium

  • Odessa Hart, Health Services Technology
    Northwest Technical School and Maryville High School 

Northwest Missouri Tech Prep Consortium

  • Sarah Wolf, Fire Science, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
    Ft. Osage Career and Technology Center and Blue Springs High School

Southeast Missouri Regional Tech Prep Consortium

  • Staci DeVore, Culinary Arts
    Cape Girardeau Career & Technical Center and Delta High School, Delta

St. Louis Area Tech Prep Consortium

  • Melissa Georgevitch, Health Occupations
    Pacific High School 

Western-Southwestern Missouri Tech Prep Consortium

  • Keith Maxwell, Computer Programming and Computer Integrated Manufacturing Carthage Technical Center and Carthage High School

Students were selected on the basis of their commitment to career and technical education, academic achievement, involvement in school or community activities, leadership abilities, and their involvement in student organizations related to their career interests.

“Tech Prep” focuses on academic and career education to prepare young people for postsecondary training in a technical field. All Tech-prep students take part in so-called “2+2” programs, in which they take career-oriented classes during 11th and 12th grades, then move directly into related studies at a community college, a technical school, or an apprenticeship program.

There are 12 regional tech-prep “consortiums” in Missouri, coordinated by the Department of Education. Each consortium involves local high schools, area career and technical centers, community colleges and representatives of business, industry, and labor.  The groups work to coordinate curriculum, academic standards and policies, and articulation agreements so that students are able to move smoothly from high school into postsecondary studies.

For more information, contact Don Walker, director of tech-prep programs for the Department of Education at 573-751-8465.