WVDE Educator to Receive National Award

June 18, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The Technology Student Association has chosen a West Virginia Department of Education educator as the sole 2007 recipient of the Honorary Life Member Award, the highest award given by the organization.  

Alta McDaniel, who is lead coordinator for the engineering and technical cluster and state adviser for the West Virginia Technology Student Association, will receive the prestigious award on June 25 in Nashville, Tenn., during the national TSA conference. McDaniel has worked for the West Virginia Department of Education since 1985, spending much of that time working with TSA.  

“This is a very significant award in the world of career and technical education,” said Gene Coulson, executive director of the Office of Career and Technical Education. “Alta is a very dedicated educator deserving of such an award.”  

The Honorary Life Member Award recognizes individuals who have given above and beyond the call of duty to TSA for a minimum of five years and is expected to continue contributing to the organization. These individuals can be alumni, business leaders, chaperones or anyone else that continually helps the student organization.  

The Technology Student Association is a national, nonprofit organization for middle and high school students with a strong interest in technology. Since TSA was chartered in 1978, more than 2 million students have participated.  

Its mission is to prepare students for the challenges of a dynamic world by promoting technological literacy, leadership and problem solving skills, resulting in personal growth and opportunities.  

For more information contact Gene Coulson at (304) 558-3897, or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.  

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