RECOGNIZING OUSTANDING STUDENTS PURSUING CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS THAT ARE NONTRADITIONAL FOR THEIR GENDER
The Vanguard Award is administered by the New York State Nontraditional Employment & Training (NET) Program, Center for Women in Government & Civil Society, and is sponsored by the New York State Education Department through a Carl D. Perkins grant.
The award recognizes outstanding post-secondary level students who are enrolled in CTE programs that are nontraditional for their gender. Every year eight students are selected from institutions across the state. They are recognized in a public ceremony to bring visibility to their accomplishments. Vanguard Award winners are role models to other prospective students. Video taped interviews with each Vanguard Award winner are recorded and distributed to institutions to aid in recruitment and retention efforts.
VANGUARD AWARD PROCESS
Phase 1: Faculty/Staff Nomination of Students
Students must be nominated by faculty/staff of nontraditional CTE programs. In order to nominate a student, the student must be:
- Enrolled in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program that is nontraditional for their gender in a New York State post-secondary institution
Phase 2: Selection of Finalists
A Committee of the NET program staff and stakeholders will review all nominations. Nominees are rated and ranked. The top 16 nominees are selected. Finalists are announced through email. All nominators receive an email from the NET Program announcing the names of the Vanguard Award finalists, along with their institutions' names.
Phase 3: Submission of Essays by Nominees
All students selected as finalists will be contacted individually by email as will their nominators. Students are required to write an essay discussing their interest in nontraditional occupations and submit to the NET program. Guidelines of the essay will also be emailed to both the student and the nominator.
Phase 4: Selection and announcement of of Award Winners
The NET program Selection Committee reviews essays of the 16 finalists and select 8 award winners. Award winners and their nominees are notified and invited to the Vanguard celebration in May.
Phase 5: Vanguard Celebration
Award winners and their institutions are invited to the Vanguard Award celebration which is held in conjunction with the Annual NET Conference in May of each year. All award winners are interviewed. Videotaped interviews are placed on the NET website to inspire other prospective students to follow in their footsteps. The NET Project will issue a press release from UAlbany that reaches media outlets in the finalists and winners hometowns.
TIMELINE FOR VANGUARD AWARDS
First week of October - Vanguard Award applications open
Third week of November - Faculty/Staff nominations due
Second week of December - Finalists selected & notified
Third week of January - Students' essays due
Second week of February - Winners notified
First and second week of May - Video interviews recorded
Third week of May - Vanguard Award Ceremony
(Exact dates are announced for each year's award cycle)
Please complete forms and send by mail, email or fax to:
The Nontraditional Employment & Training Program
Center for Women in Government & Civil Society
University at Albany
State University of New York
Draper Hall 312
135 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
For further information, please contact Dr. Dina Refki at 518.442.5127 and at Drefki@albany.edu