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Nassau BOCES healthcare student named finalist for statewide award

Julie Christodoulo of Herricks High School  
Julie Christodoulo of Herricks High School.

Julie Christodoulo of Herricks High School, a student in the Personal Trainer and Exercise Medicine course at Nassau BOCES Barry Tech, was recently a finalist in the coveted Vanguard Award. Julie is one of only 16 finalists statewide for the award, which will be presented this spring to the top eight contenders.

The Vanguard Award is presented by The Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators (ACTEA) to students breaking new ground in career and technical education. The award is ACTEA’s way of recognizing exceptional students who are following academic and career paths that defy conventional gender roles.

ACTEA advocate for students enrolled in programs that prepare them for nontraditional careers. They help to set instructional standards for all New York State CTE programs through continual curriculum development. ACTEA works to improve education through leadership, advocacy, policy influence, guidance and technology.

“Students like Julie are the future of the American workforce,” said Barry Tech Principal Laurie Harris. “At Barry Tech, it is our goal to teach our students the skills they need for employment and to give them direction for college. But we’re also creating thoughtful, knowledgeable leaders who will contribute to the advancement of equity in the workplace.”

“Congratulations to all of our nominees, and to their teachers, mentors and counselors,” wrote Ina Refki, Executive Director of the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society at the University at Albany, in her letter announcing the finalists. “The support of CTE teachers, counselors and administrators is critical for ongoing recognition of nontraditional students throughout the state.”