Vermilion Vocational Education Delivery System celebrates Career and Technical Education month

Vermilion County, Illinois – Students and faculty from throughout Vermilion County, Illinois joined others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career and Technical Education (CTE) MonthTM.  

This year’s theme is Celebrate Today.  Own Tomorrow! CTE Month provides CTE programs across the country an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE makes students college-and career-ready and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand career fields. 

VVEDS chose to celebrate Career and Technical Education month by honoring students and instructors from Vermilion County high schools.  

Student and Instructor of the month nomination forms were submitted throughout February from local principals, instructors, guidance counselors, and superintendents.  

A committee of VVEDS employees met to look over the nominations submitted and narrowed it down to one student of the month, one instructor of the month and 16 honorable mentions.  

In addition, the VVEDS staff would like to recognize the CTE department from one area high school.  

This year’s Career and Technical Education Month Student of the month was Waylon Conrad from Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School. Waylon received four nominations from four of his Career and Tech Ed instructors. 

Student honorable mentions went to Hannah Nibbe, College Express, Charlie Warner, Hoopeston-Area High School, Ryne McFadden, Jonathan Gilbreath, Victoria Howe, Brandt Williamson, Kyle Carrell and Andrew Rothery all from Westville High School.  

Career and Technical Education Month Instructor of the Month went to Dwight Lucas, College Express Graphic Design instructor. 

Instructor honorable mentions went to:  Jayne Hiatt, Bismarck-Henning High School, Doug Hunter, College Express, Bradley Curry, Danville High School, Dona Graham, Anita Kotcher, Wade Anderson, and Justin Howard all from Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School, Nina McDowell from Salt Fork High School and Jay Katavich and Kathleen Kash from Westville High School.  

In addition to the Student and Instructor of the Month nominations, VVEDS would like to recognize the CTE Department at Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School.  

Instructors Dona Graham, Anita Kotcher, Wade Anderson and Justin Howard received two nominations as a CTE Department.  

Please join VVEDS in congratulating all of the 2017 CTE Instructor and Student of the month nominees, winners and honorable mention recipients in a job well done.  


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fredbohannon wrote on April 21, 2017 at 5:04 pm

This makes me really proud of our kids!  <a href=""></a>

RobertWilliams wrote on October 06, 2017 at 5:10 pm

This is a fantastic event and clearly shows the importance of raising the students to be ready for a bright future. It always surprises me how students are always geared for high-paying, high-demand jobs, and there is no option for them to create high-paying, high-paying businesses that create the high-paying, high-demand jobs. It is a difference in mindset; however, regardless, this event was a success, and I know that many of these students and faculty deserve all the blessings they have attained, whether they enter into a tree service industry such as a technician or into an employee role, such as a professor. Regardless, keep on striving for excellence out there in Illinois. 

TruV13 wrote on February 25, 2018 at 8:02 pm

Congrads to all the students and instructors. I'm sure you did an amazing job and provided alot of value! Keep up the great work!