Ohio ACTE OATFACS Division Award Descriptions
The Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the Career, Technical and Adult Education profession through its Awards Program. Nominations are accepted in seven different categories, including two Awards to recognize non-educators who have contributed and/or promoted Career Technical Education through their activities.
Nominations for the following Ohio ACTE Awards are open to any Ohio ACTE member in good standing, which means annual dues
must be paid and up to date. Nominations must be submitted electronically to Dova Zak, OATFACS award Chair, no later than
The purpose of this award is to recognize educators who have made the highest meritorious contributions to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of Career and Technical Education.
Teacher of the Year Award
The purpose of this award is to recognize teachers who are providing outstanding career and technical education programs for youth and/or adults in their respective fields and communities. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs that are serving to improve and promote career and technical education.
Outstanding Career and Technical Educator
The purpose of this award is to recognize career and technical educators, other than full-time classroom/laboratory teachers, who have recently provided or are currently providing significant contributions to professional associations and career and technical education programs for youth and/or adults in their career fields, communities and/or states. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs; and/or improvement, promotion, research or development of programs related to career and technical education.
Outstanding NEW Career and Technical Teacher
This award is meant to encourage new teachers to remain in the profession. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs and have shown a professional commitment early in their careers.
Outstanding Professional in Community Service
The purpose of this award is to recognize educators with significant accomplishments and outstanding leadership in programs and activities that promote community involvement. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward training, motivating, and inspiring their peers and students to become involved in programs and projects that benefit their communities.
Image Award (non-educators eligible)
The Image Award recognizes individuals who have brought positive attention to the career-technical and adult education fields, thereby enhancing the image of career-technical and adult education and career and technical educators.
Distinguished Service Award
The purpose of the Distinguished Service Award is to encourage and recognize superior teaching and/or other professional commitment within each Division of Ohio ACTE. These Awards are presented to individuals in each division who have made the highest contributions to improvement promotion, development and progress of career technical and adult education. Each Division selects its Distinguished Service Award recipient.
Champion for Family and Consumer Sciences
To recognize a person (nonmember), business, company, government (local, state, federal) or community-based agency or a representative there of (outside the FACS profession), who has exemplified extraordinary support and concern for Family and Consumer Sciences and NATFACS.
Award of Merit
To recognize a member* (must have been a member of ACTE and NATFACS for a minimum of 10 years) who has made significant contribution to Family and Consumer Sciences, and/or ACTE, and/or NATFACS who is considered to be an outstanding leader in the field.
To recognize a member* (ACTE and NATFACS) who is a Family and Consumer Sciences Education classroom teacher for outstanding marketing endeavors and promotional ideas for the continued development and enhancement of Family and Consumer Sciences Education.