SALT LAKE CITY — A Granite School District teacher has received a national career and technical education award.
The Association for Career and Technical Education Board of Directors announced the 2014 Carl Perkins Outstanding Service Award winner, Sandra Hemmert, career and technical education coordinator for Granite District.
The award honors educators who have made meritorious contributions of state or national significance to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of career and technical education, according to the association.
Hemmert, who has spent 34 years as an educator, has helped secure several multimillion-dollar grants for the growth of career and technical education. She helped pioneer the BioInnovation Gateway, in which biomanufacturing students work with industry partners to solve real-world problems by developing new products. BiG has received state and national recognition and has been studied as a model by individuals from as far away as China.
Hemmert also spearheaded several CTE programs that serve young adults with disabilities and high school dropouts. Participants in these programs are guided through the transition to the workforce with hands-on vocational training, mobility training, social networks and one-on-one training on finding and retaining jobs.
Hemmert also developed an alternative route to licensure training program, which has been recognized as exemplary by the Utah State Board of Education. She worked closely to implement Granite's Technical Institute, which focuses on industry and certification skills that support further training and employment, and has grown its enrollment from 800 to 3,000 students in the past seven years.
Hemmert recently had a significant role in Utah's science, technology, engineering and mathematics initiative and has participated in focus groups that support statewide legislation.
The Association for Career and Technical Education is a nonprofit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers.
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