For Immediate Release - February 11, 2010

Lieutenant Governor Murray Recognized as Legislator of the Year

Association of Career and Technical Education Presents Award at the State House

BOSTON, MA - Thursday, February 11, 2010 - Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray has been recognized by Region 1 of the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) as Legislator of the Year. During a meeting last week with members from the ACTE, Massachusetts Vocational Association (MVA), and Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA), ACTE Region 1 Representative Allen Vaughan presented Lt. Governor Murray with the award at the State House.

MVA nominated Lt. Governor Murray in recognition of his long record of strong support for vocational education. Over the last three years, Lt. Governor Murray has visited a number of vocational schools across the Commonwealth.

"I am honored to be recognized by ACTE as Legislator of the Year, and also appreciate our continued collaboration with MVA and MAVA," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "Vocational education and training provides our students with a hands-on approach to learning in fields such as STEM education, which will help advance our young people to become future leaders of the Commonwealth's innovation economy."

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(Pictured from left to right: David Papagni, President of MAVA; Donald Erickson; MVA Awards Chairperson; Donald Ayer, MVA President Elect; Lt. Governor Tim Murray; Allen Vaughan, ACTE Region I Representative; Irene Ashley, MVA President; William Ferraco, MVA Recording Secretary; Joseph Mullin, MVA Eastern Chapter Board; Marcus Ashley, MVA Executive Director; David Ferreira, MAVA Executive Director). Photo is courtesy of Eugena Ossi, Office of Governor Deval Patrick.

About ACTE

ACTE is a national organization of vocational and career education teachers, consisting of 30,000 members. The organization is divided into five geographic regions. Region 1 contains the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.



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