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Vol.  45, No. 18                    

March 8, 2011

State Education Officials Honor 10 “Tech Prep” Students of the Year


State education officials honored 10 high school students as Tech Prep Students of the Year in a ceremony held
March 4 in Jefferson City.  The honorees, their career programs and schools are:

Heart of Missouri Technical Education Consortium

              Kori Sproat, Agriculture and Business

              Warrensburg Area Career Center and Warrensburg High School

Mid-Missouri Tech Prep Consortium

              Brady Middlecamp, Computer Information Systems

              Eldon Career Center and Eugene High School

Mid Rivers Tech Prep Consortium

              Brandi M. Spangler, Health Sciences

              Pike-Lincoln Technical Center and Clopton High School

North Missouri Tech Prep Consortium

              Katelyn Addison, Business Education

              North Central Career Center and South Harrison R-II High School

Northeast Missouri Tech Prep Consortium

              Kayli Hyatt, Agriculture

              Moberly Area Technical Center and Moberly High School

Northwest Missouri Tech Prep Consortium

              Jacob Thompson, Fire Science/EMT

              Fort Osage Career & Technology Center and Fort Osage High School

Ozarks Tech Prep Consortium

              Amy L. Jarman, Graphic Design

              Dallas County Career Center and Humansville High School

Southeast Missouri Regional Tech Prep Consortium

              Ryan P. Hampton, Electrical Technology

              UniTec Career Center and Farmington High School

St. Louis Area Tech Prep Consortium

              Danielle Brockes, Business Education

              Parkway North High School

Western-Southwestern Missouri Tech Prep Consortium

              Stacia Baker, Child Development

              Crowder College Technical Education Center and Neosho 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 Elementary and Secondary 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.