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Grand Forks career and technical education programs receive state awards

Three programs recognized for excellence by the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education

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The Mark Sanford Education Center, headquarters of Grand Forks Public Schools. (Grand Forks Herald photo)
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GRAND FORKS – Three career and technical education programs in the Grand Forks public school system have been selected to receive the 2022 Director’s Awards of Excellence by the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education.

Selected for the recognition are the Business Education, Information Technology, and Health Sciences Education programs.

The awards were presented during the North Dakota Department of CTE Professional Development Conference last week in Bismarck.

The Business Education program was selected for increasing student enrollment through high-quality courses, such as the Microsoft industry certification opportunities for all students enrolled in the Microsoft Office courses; revitalizing the Future Business Leaders of America programs at Grand Forks Central and Red River high schools; and maintaining the professionalism that continues to be demonstrated by instructors Katie Chandler, Aaron Cummings, Shari Jerde, Trevor Lennon, Logen Letofsky, Dustin Norby, Theresa Ostgarden, Melissa Port and Megan Sullivan.

The Information Technology (IT) Education program at Grand Forks Central High School was honored for providing students with an educational experience that is engaging, up-to-date, relevant to the world of work, and foundational to a career in the IT field.


The program also was recognized for encouraging students to achieve industry-level certifications to verify their knowledge and skills as they continue developing their IT career pathway, and maintaining an active SkillsUSA chapter, in which students have been able to compete at the state and national levels.

Zachary Buchhop is the instructor in the program.

The Health Sciences Education program was recognized for increasing enrollment every year through the efforts of dedicated professional staff; having very active HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) chapters at Grand Forks Central and Red River high schools, which have provided the opportunity for students to receive awards at fall leadership, state and national conferences; and valuing the communication between district teachers, advisory board members and community partners.

The Health Sciences Education instructors are Katie Hatt Rokke, Linsey Naastad, Dani Rowekamp and Kari Satrom.

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