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Published August 26, 2013, 02:31 PM

Grand Forks schools technology program claims award from ND Career & Technology Education Department

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Grand Forks Public Schools’ Technology & Engineering Education program was recently awarded the 2013 Director’s Award of Excellence by the North Dakota Department of Career & Technology Education.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Grand Forks Public Schools’ Technology & Engineering Education program was recently awarded the 2013 Director’s Award of Excellence by the North Dakota Department of Career & Technology Education.

The competitive award signifies that the Technology & Engineering Education program is the best in the state at both the high school and collegiate level. Areas highlighted in the award included the implementation of Project Lead the Way, development of a wind energy curricular unit, curriculum work to align to the state standards and benchmarks and increased enrollment in the high school elective courses.

Project Lead the Way is a leading provider of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum across the United States. Currently, Grand Forks is the only school district in North Dakota that has Project Lead the Way programs at both the middle and high school levels.

“The instructors are very deserving of this award as it recognizes their efforts in providing a relevant, hands-on and engaging curriculum to students,” said Eric Ripley, Director of Career and Technical Education for Grand Forks Public Schools. “Last year, other school districts from around the state spent time visiting our Technology & Engineering Education classrooms to learn more about the design of our program.”

Instructors in the Technology & Engineering Education program include: Nate Carlson, Jerome Gunderson and Paul Strande (Grand Forks Central High School), Tim Schwanz (Nathan Twining Middle School), Troy Bazey and Grant Ness (Schroeder Middle School), Scott Edman and Rick Linback (South Middle School), Tony Bina, Pat Compton and Gary Mrazek (Red River High School), and Ben Moen and Aaron Schauer (Valley Middle School).

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