Sharyland ISD CTE Program and Two Community Members Recognized with 2020 CTAT Award

Sharyland ISD CTE Program and Two Community Members Recognized with 2020 CTAT Award
Posted on 12/02/2020
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Each year the state Career & Technical Association of Texas (CTAT) grants several awards to each of the twelve CTAT areas across the state recognizing individuals or entities from the education or business and industry communities who enhance career and technical education (CTE) by contributing to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of CTE, thereby positively impacting the image of CTE. Sharyland ISD received a total of three awards this year. A couple of these awards honor two of Sharyland ISD Partners in Education for the impact they have made in the Sharyland ISD Career and Technical Education programs. The third award recognizes the Sharyland ISD Law & Public Safety CTE program for representing best practices in CTE through community partnerships, sustained excellence, and innovation. The three award recipients are as follows: Mr. Trung Nguyen, community member, was awarded the Business-Education Partnership Award; Gorge M. Rubio, community member, was awarded the Champion for CTE Award, and the Sharyland ISD Law & Public Safety Program was awarded the CTE Showcase of Excellence Award. Congratulations to the three 2020 CTAT Award recipients.

Trung Nguyen is a Plant Manager at Royal Technologies in Mission, TX.  Nguyen was awarded the Business-Education Partnership Award.  This award was created for business and education leaders who understand that economic livelihood is linked to the success of career and technical education CTE programs. It recognizes the partnerships that have been created between at least one educational institution and at least one business or industry representative group within the last five years and designed to support high-quality CTE programs. Partnerships should have made a measurable or significant impact on student achievement and on the development of the local community and economy.  “Mr. Nguyen is very deserving of this community partner award due to his investment, membership, and financial support that he has provided to our STEM programs across Region One. He mentors a few students after school throughout the school year and also hires students during the summer to gain internship experience at the plant. Not only does he speak with students about how things work at the plant, but he also shares his story and shares his love for family and letting kids be kids. He is refreshing in that he wants to be sure we allow children to plan, not just work.” stated Orlando Montalvo, Science and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering Teacher, and FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Sponsor at Sharyland High School.

George M. Rubio is an Attorney at Rubio & Associates, PLLC in McAllen, TX. Rubio was awarded the Champion for CTE Award.  This award was created to recognize education leaders, business and industry executives, and thought leaders who support and champion CTE programs as a vital part of developing a prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce. These awards showcase outstanding champions, from local leaders to national figureheads, who have leveraged their influence to expand, improve, and promote CTE.  “Mr. Rubio has constantly aided our Criminal Justice program by volunteering his time to serve as a career mentor for our students and advise and coach our competitive Mock Trial Team.  For the past five years, Mr. Rubio, has fostered a partnership between local district and county judges that he has helped to establish to aid our students and provide them with a variety of experiences and feedback.  Additionally, he has also helped to advise and coach our two-time State Qualifying and recent Regional Champion Mock Trial team.  Mr. Rubio has created an exceptional partnership with our program.” Stated Robert Barbosa, Mock Trial Advisor, History Teacher, and Department Chair for Sharyland High School.  Rocio Montemayor, Sharyland High School CTE Counselor also added, “I witnessed his ability to inspire confidence in students, assuring them that anything is possible with determination and perseverance.”

The Sharyland ISD Law & Public Safety Program was awarded the CTE Showcase of Excellence Award.  This award is for any district/program that represents best practices and excellence in CTE through community partnerships, sustained excellence, innovation, transferability, cost effectiveness, student impact, and/or membership/activities.