December 12, 2013

CTC associate dean receives career and technical education leadership award

UAA Community & Technical College Associate Dean Cathy LeCompte is the recipient of the 2013-2014 Alaska Association of Career & Technical Education (AACTE) Leadership Award. The association promotes and strengthens career and technical education for workforce development in Alaska.
Cathy LeCompte, CTC Associate Dean
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and College & Career Pathways
UAA Community & Technical College

The award is one of seven the association recognizes at its annual professional development conference each fall. Individuals are nominated by an association member and endorsed by three colleagues through letters of recommendation. Leadership award nominees are evaluated on their professional contributions, vision, efforts to improve career and technical education, and longevity of service.

In her role as the Community & Technical College’s associate dean, LeCompte administers the College & Career Pathways program which leverages strategic partnerships between educators, businesses, and the community to prepare high school students for college enrollment or workforce entry. Under her leadership, the college is working to build the framework to transform career pathways into dual-enrollment partnerships between the University of Alaska  and secondary schools, making it possible for students enrolled in career pathways courses to earn college credit while still in high school.

LeCompte’s past contributions to career and technical education in the state include development of the AACTE Leadership Institute. The institute offers training, mentoring, and guidance to career and technical education administrators across the state. She has also worked collaboratively with UAA and association partners to develop the state's vision for career and technical education through collaboration with the National Career Pathways Network.

LeCompte currently serves as a member of the AACTE’s board of directors.

Recommender Comments
"Cathy is one of our best CTE advocates in the state! … She has boundless enthusiasm and energizes all those who engage in our shared efforts through her can-do spirit and ease of engaging and helping others realize what is possible as an individual and a team!"

Carin Smolin,
President, Alaska Association of Career & Technical Education
CTE Coordinator, Juneau School District

"Cathy actively promotes career and technical education, builds collaboration between the university and school districts, and contributes to the economic development of our region by connecting students with educational career pathways to the workforce."

Karen Schmitt, Ph.D.
Dean, UAA Community & Technical College

"Through Cathy’s contributions to the field of career and technical education in Alaska, we are building systems that prepare youth for careers vital to our economy and the prosperity of our state. Her contributions include support for student-centered programs of study, leadership development of CTE professionals, and advocacy for CTE programs."

Kelly Donnelly, MPA
Professional Development Program Coordinator
UAA Community & Technical College