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TCAT among nation's best

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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The Computer Information Technology program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology/Shelbyville was one of six programs nationwide to win the inaugural "Excellence in Action" awards from the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc). From left are Mike Miller, Dawn Babian, TCAT director Ivan Jones and Steve Mallard.
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The Computer Information Technology program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology/Shelbyville was one of six programs nationwide to win the inaugural "Excellence in Action" awards from the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc).

The awards were presented last week in Phoenix, Arizona.

"These programs of study were selected based on their uniquely inventive and effective approaches to stimulating student learning, raising student achievement, offering extensive work-based learning experiences, and increasing student postsecondary and career prospects," according to a news release.

Honor appreciated

"The IT field is changing daily," said TCAT's lead CIT instructor and IT manager Steve Mallard, "and by having a program that is flexible,

business, industry and students ultimately benefit from this flexibility. Winning the Excellence in Action award from the National Career Clusters Institute is an honor and shows the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville is on track with industry demands."

"It is an honor to be included as a member of the CIT team," said Dawn Babian of TCAT. "... The CIT program has long been an outstanding source of talent for business and industry providing job applicants with not only a theoretical understanding of Information Technology but also the real-world, hands-on experience to get the job done effectively. As a graduate of the program, I have first-hand knowledge of its efficacy and success."

"A lot of work is put into making a program that serves students and industry in the Information Technology field," said instructor and assistant IT manager Mike Miller. "It's an honor to receive this prestigious award."

Other winners

TCAT received the award in the Information Technology Career Cluster. The other winners of the Excellence in Action winners:

l Tolsia High School Carpentry Program, Fort Gay, West Virginia (Architecture & Construction Career Cluster)

l Union County Academy for Performing Arts, Scotch Plains, New Jersey (Arts, A/V Technology & Career Cluster)

l Medical Sciences Program, Bollman Technical Education Center, Thornton, Colorado (Health Science Career Cluster)

l Jack E. Singley School of Law and Public Service, Irving, Texas (Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Career Cluster)

l Innovation Academy for Engineering, Environmental, and Marine Science, Foy H. Moody High School, Corpus Christi, Texas (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Career Cluster)

Excellence

"These Excellence in Action award winners are incredibly successful," said NASDCTEc Executive Director Kimberly Green, "graduating their students at above-average rates, building strong business and community partnerships and setting a course to increase students' attainment of postsecondary credits and degrees and industry-recognized credentials. These high-quality programs of study are leading the way, improving both the practice and perception of CTE."