Weber State College has won a major national award for vocational-technical education from the U.S. Department of Education.

Before leaving office, former Secretary of Education Lauro F. Cavazos selected Weber State to receive a 1990 Secretary's Award for its program in radiological sciences. The program provides instruction in radiography, nuclear medicine, ultrasound and radiation therapy.Cavazos called Weber State's program a "shining example" of vocational-technical education. He said the program is "essential to ensure that America's work force has the knowledge and skills necessary to compete in the 21st century."

The radiological sciences program at Weber State involves some 130 students. The students provide clinical and educational services to 24 hospitals in Utah and surrounding states.

"This is an outstanding honor for our students and faculty," said Reed M. Stringham, dean of allied health sciences at Weber State. "It means that our program has been identified in Washington as a model for the rest of the nation to follow."