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State awards presented to high school careers program

Sun River — The Oregon Association for Career and Technical Education (OACTE) named Lee Kounovsky of Churchill Alternative High School (Eugene 4J) as its Educator of the Year and gave South Eugene High School the Les Adkins Award for Career Guidance Excellence. Both awards were presented at this year's OACTE Annual Conference.

2006 Outstanding Career and Technical Educator
Lee Kounovsky"Lee is an educator who truly cares about students. He teaches in an alternative school and acknowledges the students are not underachievers or failures, but students who are not suited for the traditional high school setting. He sets high expectations for his students, then proceeds to provide a variety of learning strategies that help them meet these expectations.

Lee is respected by his colleagues. He is part of Lane Community College's Dual Credit Program in Construction Technology, Applied Engineering/Drafting and Apprenticeship Trade Skills Fundamentals. He has been involved with the Regional Technical Education Consortium on the planning and design committee since the beginning, working through all of the large and small problems that are a part of any systems change. He provides valuable input.

Lee is very involved in his community as well as in education, serving on the Creswell School District School Board. Instead of complaining about action not being taken, he gets involved and is part of the solution. He is a father of four children and still finds time to take an active role in parenting with his wife." — Kristin Gunson

2006 recipient of the Les Adkins Award for Career Guidance Excellence
South Eugene Career CenterJocelyn LaMar, School to Work Coordinator and key member of the Career Development Team, accepted the award for South Eugene High School's Career/Counseling Services and School-to-Work Program. She, along with the Career Center Coordinator, four counselors, a 21st Century Coordinator, and a team of over 60 parent volunteers, oversee the career-related graduation requirements and deliver guidance services to 1,700 students. Together, the School-to-Work Program and the Career Center expose students to postsecondary options, provide resources and information, assist with post high school planning, and encourage students to pursue education and training at whatever level.

The range of services offered by the Career Center and the School-to-Work Program is broad, from offering a school-wide career symposium day and supporting internships and service-learning, to overseeing specific career development requirements at each grade level. Community involvement is a key to their success and the delivery of services is exemplary due to the close partnership between the staff and volunteers. LaMar has been a guiding force in the Career Center since the early 1990s, directly helping students, supporting staff, and acting as an ambassador to the local business community. The Career Center volunteers (mostly parents) have been critical in promoting the importance of educational planning for all students and enabling the school to achieve many of its career-related objectives by staffing a busy career center.