JOLIET – Joliet Township High School Director of Career and Technical Education Dede Woodard was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award at the 87th Annual Illinois Association for Career & Technical Education Conference in Springfield.
The honor is awarded to an individual who was dedicated to the purposes of career and technical education over an extended period of time including improvements of CTE programs, fostering leadership, providing professional development, develop partnerships, and promotes legislation that positively impacts CTE.
Woodard is in her final year as district curriculum director of career and technical education at JTHS, where she has served the students and community of Joliet for 29 years, 11 of them in her current role. Before to entering the world of CTE, she was a leader in special education, holding a variety of leadership positions and earning many honors.
Woodard has been coordinator of various programs and grants, including pupil personnel services from 2003 to 2007. She was also dean of students for four years and is a member and leader in various committees, boards and teams in District 204 and in our community.
A small sample of her involvement includes JJC Nursing Advisory Committee, JJC Dual Credit Advisory Board, JJC Area Planning Committee, Will County CED/TRMA Education Committee, Will County Success Institute Planning Committee, Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, Joliet Area Transition Planning Committee, School-To-Apprenticeship Advisory Board, JTHS Curriculum Coordinating Council, Strategic Planning Team, District Improvement Team, Staff Development Committee, District Leadership Team and Technology Committee.
JTHS participation in the conference also included a presentation from teachers and counselors titled “Individualized Career Planning for All Students: College & Career Ready,” “The Office 365 Classroom” and “Clay In The Classroom And Other Great Ideas.”