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CareerTech Awards of Excellence

The CareerTech Awards of Excellence consists of five prestigious awards. Nominations will be solicited annually from CareerTech’s customers and stakeholders.

CareerTech’s customers are our students and organizations that we serve. Our stakeholders include ODCTE personnel, field personnel (comprehensive high schools, technology centers, colleges) and personnel from other agencies with whom we partner to fulfill our mission.

A committee representing a cross-section of CareerTech evaluates nominations and selects recipients. Recipients will be recognized in several different ways:

  • Excellence in Customer Focus - nominated by customers and stakeholders who are not ODCTE personnel
  • Excellence in Teamwork - nominated by customers
  • Excellence in Innovation - nominated by customers and stakeholders
  • Rising Star - nominated by customers and stakeholders
  • Unsung Hero - nominated by customers and stakeholders

Excellence in Customer Focus

The Excellence in Customer Focus award recognizes a state staff member who demonstrates concern for meeting  customer (students and organizations) and stakeholder needs in a manner that provides satisfaction for the customer.

Nominations will be accepted from customers served by the CareerTech System and stakeholders who are not ODCTE personnel.

  • Consider the impact on the external customer when taking action, setting policies or carrying out job tasks.
  • Involve customers in the decision-making or problem-solving process.
  • Work to remove barriers that get in the way of giving customers top-notch service.
  • Refer customers to the appropriate department or employee to solve specific problems then follow up to ensure the customer was taken care of.

Excellence in Teamwork

The Excellence in Teamwork award recognizes a state staff member who demonstrates the ART of customer care – Attitude, Respect, Time – developing cooperation and collaboration while leading or participating in a group and working toward solutions that generally benefit all involved parties.

Nominations will be accepted from customers served by the CareerTech System.

  • Model respectful treatment of others with a consistent spirit of teamwork and cooperation.
  • Are willing to make commitments and keep promises in pursuit of team goals.
  • Demonstrate interest and concern for other team members and team objectives.
  • Give credit to and recognize others who contribute.

Excellence in Innovation

The Excellence in Innovation award recognizes a state staff member with creative ideas that improve the CareerTech System's ability to support customer and stakeholder performance.

Nominations will be accepted from customers and stakeholders served by the CareerTech System.

  • Work to improve any area of agency operations.
  • Identify creative solutions that make a significant and positive difference.
  • Take action to improve or enhance products and services, avoiding problems.
  • Display a high level of curiosity and translate it into new approaches to solutions, turning adversity into opportunity for improvement.

Rising Star

The Rising Star award recognizes a state staff member who has grown substantially in his or her role within a relatively short period of time. Nominee should be employed less than 5 years.

Nominations will be accepted from customers and stakeholders served by the CareerTech System.

  • Initiate, coordinate and/or accomplish a complex activity within or on behalf of the CareerTech System.
  • Affect internal and/or external customers through action.
  • Are recognized as potential CareerTech leaders.
  • Show professional commitment through innovative contributions.

Unsung Hero

The Unsung Hero award recognizes a state staff member who – behind the scenes – goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Nominations will be accepted from customers and stakeholders served by the CareerTech System.

  • Improve the CareerTech experience for students, co-workers and internal/external customers.
  • Take action when an opportunity arises to assist others.
  • Perform necessary tasks that are often taken for granted by those who benefit.
  • Use innovative methods to solve problems.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations are now closed for the 2013 Award year.  Please check back in June, 2013 for award recipients.

Customers (students and organizations served by the CareerTech System) and stakeholders (ODCTE personnel; CareerTech System personnel, including those at comprehensive high schools, technology centers; and college and personnel at partner agencies) may submit nominations.

Selection Committee – A committee representing a cross-section of CareerTech will select the award recipients from the nominations.