Dr. Elizabeth McKinstry, AVUHSD Director of Career Technical Education (CTE), who oversees the District's career academies and pathways that prepare students for a wide range of future college and career options, was recently awarded two state honors for her support and work with staff, students and the community in providing local youth advanced learning and tools, as well as the knowledge and skills necessary for the jobs of tomorrow.
CTE is an educational approach that integrates rigorous academics with curriculum relevant to pursuing high-wage, high-skill and high-demand careers in various fields including health care, digital media, engineering, technology and public service. The AVUHSD is committed to providing its students a rigorous curriculum that enables them to develop the necessary academic, technical and work-related skills need to achieve their goals. CTE coursework is important in this mission as it provides hands-on, real-world experience.
McKinstry received the 2019 California Career Technical Education Administrator of the Year award from the California Association for Career Technical Education (CAACTE). The CAACTE organization is comprised of administrators, teachers, counselors, industry professionals, community and government representatives who facilitate all aspects of CTE that lead to preparing today's youth for future careers.
She also received the California HOSA Administrator of the Year award for her support of health career preparation. The Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) organization's mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. The District's 250 student and teacher members of HOSA includes the Health Career Academy at Palmdale High School, the Biomedical Science Academy at Eastside High School, the Biomedical Science Pathway at Littlerock High School, and the Dental Pathway at Antelope Valley High School.
"I am honored to receive these awards," said Dr. McKinstry. "I share these recognitions with the many dedicated educators, industry representatives and other members of the Antelope Valley community who support the ongoing work of our District to ensure all of our students are prepared for the ever-changing workforce of the 21st Century."