NEA State Official Wins Nat'l Award for Work in Career Education

May 31, 2016

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A Blytheville native has won a national award for her work in advancing the state’s Career Technical Education programs. 

Arkansas Department of Career Education Director Dr. Charisse Childers was awarded with the Advance CTE 2016 Star of Education Rising Star Award.  According to a press release, the award is given to “state CTE Directors who display unequivocal dedication to and engagement with the goals and overall mission of Advance CTE.” 

Advance CTE is one of the longest-standing national non-profits that represent state leaders across the nation responsible for secondary, postsecondary, and adult Career Technical Education. Talk Business and Politics reports Childers was appointed as the director by Governor Asa Hutchinson in January 2015. 

While in office, she helped to pass Act 892 which better aligns workforce development programs with the skills needed by employers in the state. 

Childers is also a graduate of Arkansas State University.