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

Award recognizes outstanding students who choose career paths not traditional for their gender

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

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The Vanguard Award recognizes students who choose career paths not traditional for their gender.

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 19, 2010) -- Seven New York State students were named winners of the University at Albany Center for Women in Government and Civil Society's Vanguard Student Recognition Award. The award acknowledges outstanding secondary and postsecondary students enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that prepare them for careers not traditional for their gender, such as women studying automotive technology and men involved in early childhood education.

Since the Vanguard program was initiated in 1993, more than 100 students enrolled in nontraditional CTE programs have received the award.

For the 2009-10 academic year, the seven awardees were selected from 24 finalists representing nine employment sectors aerospace, architecture and construction, automotive technology, defense and security, early childhood education, healthcare, hospitality, pre-engineering and technology and communications.

The 2009-2010 Vanguard Award winners are:

 Allan Barry, nursing, Suffolk Community College
 Elizabeth M. Jones, security and law enforcement, Orleans Niagara BOCES
 Casey Andrew Murphy, pre-nursing, Dutchess County BOCES
 Michael Myers, early childhood development, Rochester Educational Opportunity Center
 Monika Nowak, architecture, NYC College of Technology
 Krystan Panzone, automotive technology, Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES
 Daphnie Telemaques, computer technology, Rockland BOCES

Vanguard Award winners will be honored at a breakfast on Feb. 26, 7:30 a.m., at the Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators (ACTEA) annual conference, Desmond Hotel, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, N.Y.

The Vanguard Award is 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. The NET project is committed to preparing students for the 21st century workforce through the promotion of gender neutral educational strategies and practices. The NET Project, is funded through a grant from the NYS Education Department.

The Center  for Women in Government and Civil Society is a cornerstone of women's leadership development, an academic research center, and a policy think tank which generates knowledge and provides analysis on issues facing women and girls.

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