May 2, 2018

Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center Students Receive Breaking Traditions Award

Students from the Eaton RESA (Regional Education Service Agency) Career Preparation Center have received the Breaking Traditions Award from the Michigan Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education. 

The goal of this award is to recognize students for surpassing obstacles and stereotypes to achieve success in career and technical education programs. The award is broken down into three tiers, Excellence, Merit and Certificate of Recognition.

Emily Newborn, a senior from Eaton Rapids High School, has been named a recipient of the Breaking Traditions Excellence Award which is the highest level of recognition. Emily’s nomination stems from her active participation in the Animal Science and Zoo Management Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center program. Emily won the Merit Award last year.

Rachel Robinson from Potterville High School received the Merit Award for her participation in the Auto Technology program. Katianna Shaft from Charlotte High School received the Merit Award for her participation in the Law Enforcement Program. Taylor Sharp from Grand Ledge High School received the Merit Award for her participation in the Welding and Machining Technology Program and Grace Stephens from Grand Ledge High School received the Merit Award for her participation in the Heavy Equipment Repair and Operations Program.

Additionally, Alexis Vedder from Grand Ledge High School who participates in the Wilson Talent Center Aviation Academy Program received the Certificate of Recognition.

 “These annual Breaking Traditions Awards recognize high school students who have demonstrated success in CTE programs that are nontraditional to their gender,” State Superintendent Brian Whiston said. “As we continue to focus on building greater talent here in Michigan, it is important to overcome perceived barriers and recognize the efforts of these students and the programs that helped them. These outstanding students are preparing themselves to enter a career that will benefit them individually and benefit Michigan by increasing diversity in our state’s workforce.” Whiston said. “We again raise up the accomplishments of students who stand as role models for peers who may be considering such a career path.”

“Congratulations to these students for their outstanding work and dedication to advancing themselves in these fields which are nontraditional to their gender,” said Eaton RESA Superintendent Cindy Anderson. “The Career Preparation Center offers a wide range of opportunities to students seeking career advancement and we are pleased that students are eager to pursue these opportunities based on their interests.”

To find out more about the Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center, visit www.eatonresa.org/cpc.