Jacquart Recognized at ACTE Annual Convention

Posted: January 6, 2003

Contact: Doug Anderson, doug.anderson@so.mnscu.edu, 651-201-1426

ALEXANDRIA, VA-The Association for Career and Technical Education announces that Mary Eagon Jacquart, a system director in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, was named the ACTE-McDonald's Outstanding Career and Technical Educator. She was recognized at the ACTE Annual Convention and Career Tech Expo on Dec.12 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The ACTE-McDonald's Outstanding Career and Technical Educator award is given to those other than full-time classroom or laboratory teachers. These individuals are providing or have recently provided significant contributions to professional associations and career and technical education programs in their respective communities or states.

Jacquart, of St. Paul, was recognized for her work as the system director of the Educational Grants Program for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Her major task is administering the Carl D. Perkins Applied Technology Act of 1998 for the state of Minnesota. Carl D. Perkins funds are awarded to local school districts with career and technical education programs, and to colleges within Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

This award reflects the leadership of Jacquart in promoting program quality, student access and student success within the many opportunities career and technical education offers. Career and technical education efforts are focused on student readiness for college, career exploration and links between Minnesota high schools, colleges and universities. She also works with related efforts in welfare reform and workforce and economic development.

Jacquart holds a Ph.D. in occupational and technical education from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., and her academic background includes guidance and counseling and home economics education.

With jobs requiring more than a high school education and increased skill levels today and in the future, career and technical education provides a path to lifelong learning through certificate programs, diplomas, degrees and customized training. The 34 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are located in 46 communities and serve 235,000 students per year in credit-based courses and another 130,000 in non-credit courses. With more than 3,500 education programs, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities provide many educational opportunities.

The Association for Career and Technical Education is the national association for the field of career and technical education. Now in its 76th year, ACTE's membership numbers more than 30,000 teachers, counselors and administrator at the middle school, high school and college and university levels.

Minnesota's 31 state community and technical colleges, and universities serve more than 430,000 students across the state.