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Cynde Jacobsen Receives AACTE "Promising Practices" Award

The AACTE Promising Practices Award focuses on partnership, promising practices, vision, longevity, and professionalism.

Cynde JacobsenCynde Jacobsen was nominated by the University of Alaska Southeast, School of Career Education. Reference letters were presented from Dr. Karen Schmitt, Dean, School of Career Education; Kay McCarthy, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, School of Education; and Marquam George, Associate Professor of Construction Technology, School of Career Education. Cynde has been a strong advocate of University Career and Technical Education in her role as Tech Prep Coordinator for Southeast Alaska. Cynde spends countless hours traveling the Southeast Region via ferry and plane to spread the word about the Tech Prep program and how beneficial it is to high school students and the University.

Dr. Schmitt wrote, “Cynde is a professional educator with extensive teaching experience in both secondary and postsecondary
systems in Alaska and the lower 48. This unique background, combined with Cynde’s energy and enthusiasm to support students and promote career and technical education have resulted in significant progress in building a regional Tech Prep program for UAS.”

Professor McCarthy stated, “[Cynde] is trustworthy and very responsive in her role as a liaison person for the statewide consortium, smoothing the way between career and technical education with higher education at the University level.”

Professor George wrote, “Cynde is extremely knowledgeable about the school districts in our region and has built great working relationships with the instructors and counselors throughout Southeast Alaska. In addition, Cynde has built working relationships with the UAS Registrar’s office to coordinate the registrations for high school students enrolling for Tech Prep courses. “

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