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ACATEC Students are Breaking Traditions

Students from the Allegan County Area Technical and Education Center (ACATEC) were honored recently with the Michigan Department of Education’s Breaking Traditions Award. Statewide, 65 high school students and 10 college students received the awards. Three of those winners are from Allegan County.

profile photos of the three student winners

(Picured left to right: Cody Veldhouse, Hope Lambert, and Karley Wray)

The Michigan Breaking Traditions 2021 Merit Award went to Cody Veldhouse of Hopkins High School. Cody was in the Health Care Science Foundations Program.

The Michigan Breaking Traditions 2021 Certificate of Recognition was awarded to two students; Hope Lambert and Karley Way, both from Allegan High School. Hope was in the Engineering Technologies Program and Karley was in Engineering/Architectural Design Program.

“These 75 students overcame perceived barriers to achieve success in career and technical education programs that are nontraditional to their gender, which makes them role models for their peers who may be considering similar career paths,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice.

Awards criteria included:

  • Completion of a CTE program nontraditional to their gender;
  • Enrollment in a Michigan high school, career center, or post-secondary program this year;
  • Nomination by a teacher, counselor, administrator, or other staffer employed by the student’s school or career center;
  • Satisfactory academic standing, acceptable citizenship, and disciplinary history; and
  • Contribution to awareness of nontraditional careers through successful participation in a variety of programs and activities.

“We are very proud of Cody, Hope, and Karley,” said ACATEC Principal Rich Okoniewski. “They exemplify the type of students we have here at the Tech Center and we look forward to seeing where their chosen career paths will take them.”

Author: Tom Scheidel, Allega Area ESA