Each year, the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Education awards program recognizes professionals who have made made significant contributions to career and technical education programs.
And for the fourth year in a row, a member of the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology faculty and staff has been honored.
Vice President of Secondary Education MaryAnn Volders was named Administrator of the Year.
Though she is honored by the award, she said her success would not be possible without the help of others.
It’s an honor for me, but it’s all in thanks to the board and faculty. Because of them, they make coming to work easy.
“It’s an honor for me, but it’s all in thanks to the board and faculty,” Volders said. “Because of them, they make coming to work easy. It’s just an honor and hard for me to be on this side of things, but what everyone does is why I’m in this position.”
Volders was nominated by CPI President Richard Makin.
The nomination, he said, included five letters of support, including one from a student.
Volders has been with CPI for 9 years
Volders, of Tyrone, has been with CPI for nine years.
She worked at Tyrone Area School District prior to taking the administrative position at CPI.
“I honestly always thought I’d be in Tyrone,” she said. “I graduated from there and it was such a great place to work, but I also love CPI. It’s the kind of place that makes you proud, and I just hope I can live up to the standards and be the best I can be.”
The job brings something new every day, but Volders said even with occasional chaos, it’s worth it.
“You do everything,” she said. “You greet students, have to discipline, but at the same time, I could be working on a grant, walking through the building, observing things, interacting with students and teachers, and that all sets the tone of your day.”
But the most rewarding things about the position “is the small moments,” Volders said.
She said that a minute and half after she was notified that she won Administrator of the Year on May 6, a student came to her office and greeted her with a dozen roses.
“I feel like it’s moments like that why I do what I do,” Volders said. “Mother’s Day weekend was coming up, and it was a perfect ending to the week.”
CPI PA-ACTE award winners since 2013:
2013 PA-ACTE Program of the Year: Dental assistant, Mindi Tobias, instructor
2014 PA-ACTE New Teacher of the Year: Joe Luther, horticulture\ landscaping
2015 PA-ACTE Teacher of the Year: Ken Hassinger, HVAC
2016 PA-ACTE Administrator of the Year: MaryAnn Volders