Ohio ACTE Division Awards WCCC Instructor
Warren County Career Center Advanced Technologies & Robotics Instructor Chuck Higgins is the 2017 Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education Special Needs Division Outstanding New Career & Technical Educator.
“In his third year of teaching high school Advanced Technologies & Robotics, Chuck is a natural in creating a positive climate in the classroom and his excitement for his program exudes over to his students,” Career Assessment Specialist Julie Green said. “His positivity is infectious in inspiring his students to excel in his classroom. He has the gift for patience and a sensitivity to students’ individual needs all the while fostering student confidence in the classroom. His inspiration has continued beyond the classroom as most of his former students have elected to continue in the field, and out of his first graduating class of spring 2017, 89 percent are either employment in this field or are pursuing a college degree.”
Mr. Higgins started working at the Warren County Career Center in 2012, where he taught the Adult Education Electromechanical PLC program. He worked with adult and high school staff to begin the first class of WCCC’s Advanced Technologies & Robotics program in August 2015. In two years, he has developed business and community partnerships that have contributed to the expansion of the WCCC RAMTEC Lab and given opportunities for his students in apprenticeships and job placement.
“I am truly honored to receive such an award,” Mr. Higgins said. “Every year I feel blessed to work with such great students with different backgrounds. Honestly, I was very surprised when I found out about receiving this award. I never would have even been considered of such merit if it were not for the support and guidance of the staff I work with.
“I love teaching this class to high school students. The best part is exposing them to new technology that they have never seen before. It is awesome to see their reaction once they can not only figure out what the technology does but how to apply it toward a new career.”