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Announced by the Nebraska Career Education
ACTEN Award Winners
Jeremy Cowley, Director of the Career Center
Omaha Public Schools
ACTEN Administrator of the Year
Jeremy Cowley is the Program Director of the Omaha Public Schools Career Center. Mr. Cowley oversees 13 Career and Technical Education programs including over 600 students. Their mission is to connect today's students with tomorrow's careers by integrating real-world education with relevant experiences that engage students, community, and industry. Through this work, industry advisory boards were created or revitalized in all program areas. Cowley implemented industry shadow days twice per year for teaching staff. Shadow days allow teachers to identify new members for the advisory board as well as keep their skills sharpened for the classroom. Internship opportunities for students and staff have also been developed through these partnerships. Eighty-nine percent of Career Center students are placed in a job, attend college, or join the military.
One unique partnership that Cowley brought to the Career Center is through Gallup Strengths Center to identify entrepreneurial strengths in students. Students learn about their individual entrepreneurial strengths as well as participate in an internship. Over 300 Career Center students participate in the profile annually with seven students participating in the internship in the first year.
Cowley is involved in the advisory boards, numerous trade boards, and the Omaha chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry serving on the workforce development committee. Within OPS, he has served as the chairperson for the learning community. This year he fostered a relationship with Nebraska Loves Public Schools to help promote CTE month statewide. He currently serves as the president of the Association for Career and Technology Education of Nebraska.
Carmen Hall, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher
Omaha Bryan High School
ACTEN New Teacher of the Year
Carmen Hall is in her fourth year as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. During those four years, she has had to build her own curriculum, serve as a FCCLA adviser, and at her current school she is chartering a new FCCLA Chapter. Carmen’s teaching philosophy includes engaging students, building relationships with students, as well as providing students with a number of opportunities to grow as individuals, to learn, and to reflect. During her four short years of teaching, she feels her proudest moment was hosting a preschool for her Child Development course. Her students worked with young children, taught them appropriate age-level lessons, hands on activities, and planned snacks for the children.
Carmen is a member of ACTEN, ACTE, Family and Consumer Science Teachers of Nebraska (FCSTN), and the Nebraska Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NAFCS). She joined these organizations not only to gain a network of mentors, but also professional experience, leadership opportunities, and the chance to advocate for career and technical education. Carmen currently serves as the treasurer for FCSTN and is the FCS division representative for ACTEN.
Omaha Public Schools
ACTEN Member of the Year
DeLayne Havlovic currently serves as the Curriculum Supervisor in the Omaha Public Schools for business, marketing, information technology, and health sciences. He is responsible for district wide implementation and continual development of curriculum and career pathways for these disciplines. He provides instructional coaching, curriculum support, evaluation, and professional development for 125 BMIT and Health Sciences teachers. He assists with staff development, coordination of Perkins funds, chairs many committees, supports CSO advisers, and the list goes on.
DeLayne is a member of a variety of professional organizations. In these professional organizations he has served in many leadership positions. He has been the president-elect, president, and past president of ACTEN, and currently serves as the treasurer. He has attended the national ACTE conference, CareerTech VISION, and the National Policy Seminar. DeLayne has received the ACTE Administrator of the Year Award both on the state and regional level.
DeLayne has served on a variety of committees at the national level including, but not limited to the program director for the National Business Education Association (NBEA) Convention, the chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee for NBEA, and he currently serves as the Mountain-Plains Business Education Association Representative to the NBEA Executive Board. DeLayne has attended and served as a presenter for numerous conventions. As a fellow board member writes, “DeLayne epitomizes quality leadership and dedicated service in his daily responsibilities within Omaha Public Schools and especially in his service to ACTEN and career education in Nebraska.”