Tolsia High School CTE Simulated Workplace Honored with National Award

June 23, 2014

Hugh Roberts
Tolsia High CTE Carpentry Teacher Hugh Roberts

(PHOENIX, AZ) — A West Virginia career and technical education (CTE) program was honored with the "Excellence in Action" award at the 2014 Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education: The National Career Clusters Institute in Phoenix, Arizona on June 16.

Tolsia High School's Carpentry Program (Wayne County) is one of six CTE programs across the nation to receive the award. Programs were selected based on their unique, inventive and effective approaches to stimulating student learning, raising student achievement, offering extensive work-based learning experiences and increasing students' postsecondary and career prospects through career-ready skills. The program won in the Architecture and Construction Career Cluster for its highly successful integration of its existing program of study into an innovative Simulated Workplace.

Tolsia carpentry teacher, Hugh Roberts, was also honored for his instrumental role in the award winning work-based learning and career guidance program of study. "It's more a reflection of our program and school than me," Roberts said. "I wouldn't be able to do it without these students." Roberts will be featured in a national publication and receive a banner for his school.

The West Virginia Department of Education's (WVDE) Simulated Workplace is an initiative created by the Division of Technical, Adult and Institutional Education to enhance CTE programs across the state by bringing together numerous businesses, post-secondary institutions, Workforce West Virginia and educators. Simulated Workplace creates a classroom environment that mirrors a professional workplace and integrates ongoing career counseling services into students' overall program of study.

"Simulated Workplace added a whole new dimension of personal responsibility and accountability for the students in the Tolsia High's CTE program," said Dr. Kathy D'Antoni, Associate State Superintendent of Schools Division of Technical, Adult and Institutional Education Services. "Instructor Hugh Roberts and the students deserve the national Excellence in Action award and recognition for their hard work and successfully living up to the high expectations of the program. High quality programs such as Tolsia Carpentry/Rebel Construction are leading the way in improving both the practice and perception of CTE."

Details about Tolsia Carpentry/Rebel Construction Simulated Workplace and the Excellence in Action Award can be found at For more information, contact the Communication Office at (304) 558-2699.

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