As the 2016 year came to an end, NOCTI reached an important milestone—50 years of service to education. We took the opportunity to celebrate this event with our friends and partners while attending the ACTE VISION Conference in Las Vegas this past November. Thanks to all who attended to help us celebrate.
As we now enter 2017, we are looking forward to the challenges and opportunities the next 50 years may bring. Our board took the time to reflect on the past, but more importantly, plan for our future.
I feel fortunate to have been elected as the new chairman of the NOCTI Board of Trustees. I am looking forward to working with our partners and serving education in a new way. I would like to thank Mr. Mark Williams for his leadership and his hard work as our previous board chair. He will be a hard act to follow.
Our ever-growing group of partnerships continues to make a tremendous difference in the quality of Career Technical Education (CTE) programs nationwide. NOCTI has developed partnerships with the ALI (Automotive Lift Institute), PMIEF (Project Management Institute Educational Foundation), and ETA (Electronics Technicians Association) to name a few. We also enhanced or developed partnerships with several state education agencies including California where we are piloting our revised 21st Century Skills assessment, and in West Virginia where nine schools are participating in pre- and post-testing and new study guide pilot programs. In addition, we are developing customized assessments for Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Michigan, and New York. As you can see, NOCTI is all over the map and thousands of students are positively impacted on a daily basis by what we do.
This March, NOCTI and ACTE will be releasing the third in a series of books for new CTE instructors, Beyond Your First Year in CTE: 10 Additional Things to Know. This is a great tool for new CTE teachers and those still early in their careers.
I am delighted that the Board of Trustees (Our Team) has been further strengthened with the appointment of Dr. Peggy Kennedy, president and CEO of Minnesota State Community and Technical College, and Dr. Michael Harvey, professor at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, to the NOCTI Board of Trustees for a term of January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2020. Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Harvey add an extensive range of skills and knowledge to the board. I welcome them and look forward to working with them in the coming years.
Sadly, we must say farewell to two wonderful board members, Dr. Greg Belcher, director of Kansas Center for CTE at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, and Dr. Bryan Albrecht, president of Gateway Technical College in Wisconsin. They each completed their second term on the NOCTI Board of Trustees and will be stepping down. I wish them both well and thank them for all they have done to improve education, and particularly CTE.
Over the past twelve months, the sources and diversity of NOCTI's services have continued to expand, reflecting the success and credibility of our programs on the ground, which are generating interest from a wider audience both in education and industry. To build on this success, I am delighted to announce that we are planning an expansion of our current facilities to help meet the needs of our customers and accommodate our ever-growing staff.
Finally, I would like to thank our team at NOCTI for their dedication and hard work over the past years. I look forward to another busy and productive year ahead, and wish you all a very Happy New Year.
With very best wishes,
Chairman, NOCTI Board of Trustees
On December 31, 2016, Trustees Dr. Greg Belcher, Director of Kansas Center for CTE at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, and Dr. Bryan Albrecht, President of Gateway Technical College in Wisconsin, completed their second term on the NOCTI Board of Trustees. We appreciate Greg and Bryan's service on the NOCTI board.
In October 2016, the NOCTI Consortium of States elected Dr. Peggy Kennedy, President and CEO of Minnesota State Community and Technical College, and Dr. Michael Harvey, Professor at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, to the NOCTI Board of Trustees, for a term of January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2020.
Dr. Peggy Kennedy has served as president and CEO of Minnesota State Community and Technical College since 2011, and has over 25 years of experience in a community and technical college environment. She is a champion in the development and implementation of competency-based, multiple-program curricula and assessment at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Her work with business and industry partners has expanded and improved workforce training and development in both urban and rural regions. In addition to her dedication to CTE, Dr. Kennedy has authored and co-authored several publications.
Dr. Michael Harvey has served as a professor and director of the doctoral program in special education, and program manager of the director of exceptional needs licensure program at Ball State University since 2014, and has over 30 years of experience in special education. He holds multiple teacher and administrator certifications and is a member of several professional organizations, multiple editorial boards, and university, college, and department committees. In addition, Dr. Harvey has authored and co-authored several publications, manuscripts, and reports.
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Harvey. Their experience and leadership skills will be an asset to the NOCTI Board of Trustees.
The following officers were elected at the December 2016 NOCTI Board of Trustees meeting for a term of January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019: Mr. Russell Weikle, education consultant out of Applegate, California, was elected as board chair; Dr. Michele McFarlane, registrar at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho, was elected as vice chair; Dr. Dennis Harden, coordinator of Career and Technical Education at Missouri's Department of Education in Jefferson City, Missouri, was elected as secretary; Dr. Delmas Watkins, CTE director at DeKalb County School District in Stone Mountain, Georgia, was elected as treasurer; and former chair, Mr. Mark Williams, vice president for instructional development at Academic Development Institute (ADI), will serve as immediate past chair January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.