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Boehland wins three awards for career and technical education

Photo provided Sue Boehland show one of her three awards she's gathered in the previous year.

Sue Boehland, past Freshwater Education Area Learning Center director and Central Lakes Perkins coordinator, has received three awards this last year that recognized her at the state, regional and national level for outstanding work with Career and Technical Education (CTE).

The first was the Outstanding CTE Administrator award presented in May 2010 at a Minnesota Association of Career and Technical Administrators (MACTA) conference in Duluth.

The second was the 2010 Region III (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin) Outstanding Career and Technical Educator award that was announced at the Region III Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) conference in June 2010. As the winner of the Region III award, Boehland then went on to compete for the National Outstanding Career and Technical Educator award. This award was announced at the National ACTE annual convention in Las Vegas in December 2010. As one of five finalists vying for the national award, Boehland was presented her 2010 Region III Outstanding Career and Technical Educator award. The winner of the National award was Jeanette Chapshaw from Norman, Okla.

Boehland's third award was received at the November 2010 Minnesota Association for Career and Technical Education (MnACTE) conference in Plymouth, Minn., where she was awarded the 2010-2011 Outstanding Career and Technical Educator.

Boehland has an extensive list of accomplishments in her 42 years in leadership within CTE. She began her career in CTE in 1968 as a teacher of home economics at Staples High School. Today, not only is she the current director of CTE programs at Freshwater Education District, but she is the Carl D. Perkins regional coordinator for 23 Minnesota independent school districts and the president of MnACTE. Boehland was the director of Freshwater Area Learning Center for the past 19 years, which serves at-risk youth and provides career planning, exploration and training to support students at all academic levels. Sue is currently the state president for Minnesota Association for Alternative Programs. Boehland has successfully written and managed approximately 150 grants, exceeding $5 million for the benefit of students, staff and programs for CTE and at-risk programs during her tenure with Freshwater, some of which include the Carl D. Perkins and School-to-Work grants. She also collaborated in successful regional grant-writing activities with four other northwestern Minnesota Perkins consortia to bring Math-in-CTE, Reading-in-CTE and other initiatives to a larger population of CTE staff and students.