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UAlbany Center for Women in Government Program Names NYS Students as Vanguard Award Winners

Award Recognizes Outstanding Students Choosing Non-Traditional Gender Careers

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 6, 2012) – Seven New York state students were named winners of the Vanguard Student Recognition Award administered by the New York State Nontraditional Employment & Training (NET) Project, a program of the University at Albany’s Center for Women in Government and Civil Society.

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The Vanguard Award encourages high school and college students who are enrolled in career paths that are nontraditional to their gender.

The Vanguard Award is given annually to high school juniors and seniors and college students enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that prepare them for careers that are nontraditional for their gender, such as women studying carpentry and men training to be nurses.

For the 2011-12 year, the winners were chosen from among 21 finalists from a total of 85 nominated students studying for careers in the following sectors: architecture and construction; automotive; early childhood education; health care; pre-engineering, information technology and hospitality.

The 2011-2012 Vanguard Award winners:

  • Claire Casto, CISCO Computer Technology, Ulster County BOCES
  • Daniel Doherty, Early Childhood Education, Eastern Suffolk BOCES
  • Brett Sutherland, Cosmetology, Orange-Ulster BOCES
  • Katherine Matthews, Autobody, Putnam/Northern Westchester Counties BOCES Technical Center
  • Victor Lopez, Nurse Assisting, Eastern Suffolk BOCES
  • Ashley Smith, Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, Monroe Community College
  • Mehgan Pradia, Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, Monroe Community College

Open to all NYS students enrolled in CTE programs that are not traditional for their gender, Vanguard award recipients must be nominated by faculty or staff at the schools and colleges they attend.

The Vanguard Student Recognition Award is coordinated by the New York State Nontraditional Education and Training (NET) Project, Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, and the New York State Education Department.

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