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Oklahomans Win National CareerTech Posts

Four Oklahomans recently were elected to national offices in the Association of Career and Technical Education. ACTE is the nation’s largest not-for-profit education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers.

The newly elected Oklahomans are President-Elect Jim Comer, industrial coordinator, and Trade and Industrial Education Division Vice President -Elect Jeff Johnson, Automotive Services instructor, both from Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Oklahoma City. Also, Region IV Vice President-Elect Lorri Carlile, Family and Consumer Sciences Education teacher, Morrison, and New and Related Service Vice President Claire Zevnick-Cline, instructional development specialist with the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, Stillwater.

Comer will serve a one-year term as president-elect beginning July 2010, a one year term as president during  2011-2012, followed by one year as past president from 2012-2013. He previously has served on several state and national committees, including the National Policy, New Ideas, Public Information and Political Action/Legislative Committees.

Carlile will represent Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas as Region IV vice president starting in July 2011. Zevnick-Cline will begin her term July 2010 and Johnson will begin July 2011. The elected members of each region and division will serve three year terms.

“Oklahomans can be proud of the leaders representing the state’s Career and Technology Education efforts at the national level,” said Patrick McGregor,” executive director, Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education.  “Our CareerTech system is recognized as one of the finest in the country. With strong leadership at the state and national level we will continue to serve Oklahomans well with high quality education and training.”

ACTE provides advocacy, public awareness and access to information, professional development and tools that enable members to be successful and effective leaders. Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 27,000 members including teachers, counselors and administrators at the middle school, high school and postsecondary levels.


Jim Comer Jeff Johnson

Jim Comer                                              Jeff Johnson

Lorri Carlile Claire Zevnick

Lori Carlile                                                Claire Zevnick-Cline

Written by: Paula Bowles

Publish Date: April 13, 2010

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