Maine CTE Director recognized by DECA

This month in Tennessee, Maine’s State Director of Career and Technical Education will be honored as the 2016 Maine DECA Association Administrator of the Year. Meg Harvey is recognized for, among many things, her passion for Maine’s youth through Career and Technical Students Organizations (CTSO).

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Maine DOE’s Career and Technical Education Director Margaret (Meg) Harvey

Harvey has been an integral part of CTE for close to three decades promoting student learning and helping them prepare for career pathways. In recommending Harvey for the award, New Hampshire and Maine DECA Chartered Advisor Lisa Delampan says, “Meg works with educators, students, families, and administrators to advance lifelong teaching and learning. This is a national recognition of an administrator who you feels goes far and beyond for your State in DECA, and that is Meg.”

Harvey’s courage and tenacity in keeping DECA vibrant in Maine was mentioned in Oxford Hills DECA Advisor Wendy Robichaud’s recommendation letter. Todd Fields, director of the Westbrook Regional Vocational Center offered his comments to the selection committee. “The similarities between Meg and DECA’s attributes and values; Competence; Innovation; Integrity; and Teamwork are remarkable. While Meg is certainly a competent and compassionate State CTE director, she uses teamwork and innovation to help all CTE students and programs to reach their full potential.”

Extending congratulations is Capital Area Technical Center Director James Holland who says, “I always appreciate and notice your enthusiasm, knowledge, and heart felt advice when you work with directors and instructors. You are one of the people that keep us on course and moving forward.”

Acting Commissioner of Education Bill Beardsley says, “Meg Harvey is playing a central role in expanding career readiness in Maine’s K-12 education, including a new career pathway towards a proficiency-based diploma, accreditation of CTE students into college through Bridge Year and dual enrollment initiatives. We are pleased Meg is being nationally recognized by DECA. It is an honor well deserved.”

DECA was founded in 1946 with a mission to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. You can read about last year’s recipients here.