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Pellock Honored for Work in Career and Technical Education

Dr. Cynthia Pellock has been named the 2008 Outstanding Career and Technical Educator by the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education.

by Pamela Batson (July 2008)

Pellock_sml.jpgDr. Cynthia Pellock has been named the 2008 Outstanding Career and Technical Educator by the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education (PA-ACTE). She is the associate director of the Professional Personnel Development Center (PPDC) in Vocational Technical Education and an assistant professor in the College of Education.

Pellock was presented the award during the Pennsylvania Career and Technical Education Annual Conference in Lancaster, Pa., June 23-25, 2008. In addition, the PPDC was given a plaque at the conference by the Pennsylvania Department of Education Bureau of Career and Technical Education recognizing Penn State for 30 years of service to the field of career and technical education (CTE). Pellock has also been selected to present at a workshop in November in conjunction with a conference held by the Department of Education Bureau of Career and Technical Education.

David Monk, dean of the College of Education, said of Pellock and the PPDC, “I don’t think there’s ever been a time when work in this area is more important to the field and it is very gratifying to see Cynthia receiving the kind of recognition her and her colleagues so richly deserve."

Before coming to Penn State, Pellock worked as the director of the Upward Bound Program and assistant professor in Academic Support Services at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She also has been an administrator of a county agency for older Americans, served as director of a community volunteer program, and was a social worker with a residential treatment facility for abused and troubled adolescents. She holds an M.S.W. with a concentration in community organization from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development from Penn State. Her doctoral emphasis included studies in policy analysis.

“I am lucky to be at Penn State where I have been surrounded by CTE leaders and where I have had the resources, opportunities, and visibility that rise from this institution, “ said Pellock of her work. “I am also fortunate that our state’s Department of Education continues to support professional development for CTE teachers and administrators. It is gratifying that educators in the schools we serve appreciate the work we do.”

PA-ACTE is the state affiliate of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). According to their Web site, ACTE "is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers."