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Bill Ruth Award Winner Named

April 30, 2018 3:39 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

Barb Wagner was named the 2018 Bill Ruth Award Winner from the Ohio ACTE PACE Division on April 10 during the PACE Annual Conference Bill Ruth Awards program.  Longtime adult director at Upper Valley Career Center, Barb passed away July 13, 2017.
Barb started out as a Home Economics teacher, after teaching for several years and serving as K-8 and High School Principals, she became the Director for Adult Workforce Education at Greene County Career Center in Xenia. After serving at Green County she became the Adult Division Director at Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua.  Barb retired in 2017 with the intention of (as Barb put it; focusing on organic heirloom gardening, raising chickens, wide open spaces and spending time with her family). She was always a great advocate for Adult Workforce Education and shared her talents and expertise by being an active member of many committees for OACTE-PACE, the Ohio Board of Regents, and ODHE, according to her colleagues.  Barb was an inspiration to students, staff and colleagues and is greatly missed by everyone who knew her.


Scott Nail, Adult Director at Upper Valley Career Center (right) and Barb Wagner's husband accepted the Bill Ruth Award at the April 10 Bill Ruth Award Program.




Other Award winners honored:
OACTE-PACE Division - Pacesetter Award:
Recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership or innovative program achievements through service to Ohio ACTE.
2018 Awardees:
Tiffany Thayer, Financial Aid Officer, Ehove Career Center
Recognized for her willingness to step forward and guide the financial aid and student service groups at the annual spring and summer conferences. She goes above and beyond for both her school’s financial aid recipients and her fellow financial aid peers. The work she does to coordinate and pull together the financial aid training at our conferences demonstrate her leadership and are very much appreciated as they help make all our programs stronger.

Lauren Massie, Adult Director, C-TEC Career and Technology Education Centers
As a new Adult Director, Lauren was recognized for taking a lead on getting our Ohio Technical Center’s in front of our legislatures. Her knowledge of the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Higher Education have proved very helpful in the work of defining OCTs. Her leadership in legislative initiatives, and active participation in the PACE conference planning, combined with her willingness to share best practices with colleagues; demonstrate her commitment to service for Ohio ACTE. She provides a positive example for customized training, career programs and secondary partnerships that help strengthen and support Adult Career and Technical Education throughout Ohio.

OACTE-PACE Division – Distinguished Service Award:
Recognizes an individual who has made the highest contribution to improvement, promotion, development and progress of career technical and adult education.
2018 Awardee:
Tiffany Thayer, Financial Aid Officer, Ehove Career Center
Tiffany was recognized for the professional commitment that she has shown throughout the years in assisting the PACE Division members. She is always present at conferences and has ideas that contribute to the success of Ohio Technical Centers. She keeps up-to-date and is constantly aware of changes that affect our work and shares that necessary information with other members throughout the state.


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