Wednesday, March 21, 2018

CVTC’s Sullivan Honored as Tech Ed Leader

Statewide organization presents Leadership Award

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Jeff Sullivan, dean of skilled trades and engineering at Chippewa Valley Technical College, has been honored as an Outstanding Career and Technical Education Leader by the Wisconsin Association of Career and Technical Education (WACTE).

Sullivan was presented with the award for a person other than a classroom instructor who has made significant contributions to career and technical education, at the 2018 WACTE Professional Development Conference March 15 in Middleton.

Sullivan’s nomination for the award came as a result of major accomplishments by CVTC faculty and staff that advanced career and technical education initiatives, particularly in connecting the technical college with area high schools. Among these were:

  • Implementation of a National Science Foundation advanced manufacturing grant at four rural high schools
  • Implementation of a mobile manufacturing lab program bringing CVTC lab facilities to rural schools
  • Incorporation of a workforce development program with Phillips Medisize in Menomonie
  • Development of a summer career and technical education teacher training program
  • Addition of new programs, including embedded certifications valuable to employers
  • Creation of dual credit academy programs in technical education subjects with area high schools

“Jeff Sullivan possesses the vision, competence, initiative and drive that has had led to many improvements for our students, area K-12 students, educators and employers,” said Dr. Julie Furst-Bowe, vice president of instruction at CVTC. “His commitment to students is exceptional.”

Sullivan is the former career and technical education coordinator for the Menomonie School District. He was recognized by the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2015 as one of five emerging leaders for the CTE Executive in Residence program.