Outstanding achievement award bestowed on CATE director

August 11, 2012 by  

The South Carolina Association for Career and Technical Education (CATE) recently awarded Dr. Bob Couch, the director of technical and career education for the School District Five of Richland and Lexington counties in South Carolina, the Carl D. Perkins Outstanding Achievement Award. The Association is no doubt using poster printing and flyer printing to make educators, administrators, parents, and students aware of the award and of its appreciation of the vision and leadership that Couch has provided in his role with the South Carolina Department of Education over the past 14 years.

The award is in honor of the United States Representative of Kentucky, Carl D. Perkins, who authored a Vocational and Technical Education Act in 1984. The Act aims to ensure that the technical education in the US is improved in quality so that students are better prepared to graduate and make a suitable career choice, or go to college, and that the workplace is further developed competitively.

As a result of Couch’s efforts in education, South Carolina has become one of the leading states in implementing the Perkins Act, as well being known for its innovation in technology and career-motivated education.

According to Stephen Hefner, Superintendent of the School District Five of Richland and Lexington counties, Dr. Couch has been an important member of the district and very much deserves the award. He has been instrumental in developing the Center for Advanced Technical Studies, which is scheduled to open later this year with Couch at the helm.