On March 20-21, I was thrilled to be a part of the 50th ATEA National Conference in Chattanooga, Tenn. The conference attendance was approximately 1,000. It was a great showcase for Board of Directors’ President James King and the Tennessee Technology Centers (TCC) technical education system. James spoke to the opening and awards sessions and highlighted the many successes of TTC. The system is a national model for postsecondary retention and completion. I was the keynote speaker for the ATEA awards luncheon on the 21st and also presented a report on the Harvard Pathways to Prosperity Conference in a concurrent session. James King and the TTC System also presented several awards to outstanding educators and supporters. The highlight of the awards presentation was the Outstanding Student Award. I was very proud to see this prestigious award presented to Mary Kamuiru, an esthetics student at The Tennessee Technology Center in Chattanooga and SkillsUSA’s national college/postsecondary secretary. Along with the new award and a chance to speak to the ATEA audience about her path to success, Mary was also thrilled to win a brand new car – a 2013 Chevy Spark. TCC has made the new car presentation an annual tradition for the outstanding student.
Video highlights from the conference are here: www.youtube.com/user/AmericanTechEdAssoc/featured