Tri-Rivers RAMTEC Instructor Mark Edington, who was named Ohio’s Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Postsecondary Teacher of the Year earlier this year, has been selected as the 2016 Region 1 Postsecondary Teacher of the Year. He will be one of five instructors nationwide vying for the 2017 National Award at the ACTE Excellence Awards Nov. 30th in Las Vegas, according to Larry Hickman, Tri-Rivers Chief Instructional Officer.
“This is quite an honor—a well deserved honor—for Mark,” said Hickman. “We are lucky to have his talents, experience and expertise in our RAMTEC Center. This award recognizes career and technical teachers and teacher educators who have demonstrated excellence and best practices in career and technical education at the postsecondary level.”
“Mark Edington’s dedication to career-technical education shows through his passion to share his knowledge with students,” says Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director. “In 2013, Edington came out of retirement to teach the new Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Training Program at Tri Rivers Career Center. As the only dual FANUC and Motoman-Yasakawa Certified Robotic Trainer in Ohio, he possesses unique skills that he has used to prepare his students for real-life situations.”
“Using a combination of theory and hands-on practice that he has learned throughout his career, Mr. Edington teaches students to react to real-world scenarios and cultivate problem-solving skills that will help them throughout their careers,” said Hickman. “Mr. Edington was one of the hosts of Ohio ACTE’s summer conference professional development program in 2016 and continually shares his knowledge with colleagues for the benefit of all Career Tech students.
“Over the last three years in his education career, Edington has provided 245 students with thousands of hours of training. He has been instrumental in helping to fill the skilled-labor gap, not only in his community but throughout the state, as he has provided training to instructors that will be sharing this knowledge at eight regional robotics & advanced manufacturing technology education collaborative (RAMTEC) career centers,” said Gardner. “His unique knowledge and willingness to come out of retirement to give his time to students shows his passion for career and technical education.”
The national postsecondary teacher of the year award, along with several other ACTE Excellence Awards will be announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers.
(Shown above with his wife, Linda, at the Ohio ACTE Awards ceremony.)