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Professor of Workforce Education Retires after 20 Years at Penn State

After 20 years in the Workforce Education Department, Professor Kenneth Gray has retired.

By Katlyn McGraw (March 2007)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – After 20 years in the Workforce Education department at the Penn State College of Education, Professor Kenneth Gray has retired.

Gray is a national authority on high school and postsecondary pre-baccalaureate career and technical education. He is also an expert on transitioning youth into the workforce.

Additionally, Gray is regularly quoted in national media and is the principle author of Other Ways to Win: Creating Alternatives for High School Graduates and Getting Real: Helping Teens Find Their Future. He was also awarded the 2002 Dare to Lead Award from the International Leadership Network for his efforts to encourage alternatives to baccalaureate education.

“I am particularly proud of the fact that I consistently champion the kids from the academic middle,” said Gray. “There are other ways for these teens to win other than going to a University.”

Prior to his career at Penn State, Gray was the Superintendent of Schools for the Vocational Technical High School System in the state of Connecticut. He also has experience as a high school English teacher, guidance counselor, and vocational director.

Gray earned his B.A. in Economics from Colby College, his M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from Syracuse University, and his Ed.D. in Vocational Technical Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

In his retirement, Gray would like to remain professionally active and move to Arizona. He plans to visit his former students around the world and get another dog.