Lohnes Receives State Award for Leadership in Career and Technology Education
Release Date: 4/30/2009 8:29:25 AM
Marjorie Lohnes, Supervisor of Career and Technology Education for Carroll County Public Schools, has received the 2009 Outstanding Change Agent Award of Excellence presented by the Maryland State Department of Education, Career Technology and Adult Learning.
This award recognizes leadership for innovative change in state approved secondary career and technology education (CTE) programs. The change agent award is given to an individual or team with an innovative vision that has positively affected secondary career and technology education programs.
Under Lohnes’s leadership, Carroll County Public Schools has garnered a strong reputation for providing high quality CTE programs of study that result in graduates who are prepared for both college and careers. Over 65% of Carroll County’s career and technology education graduates are completing the requirements for entry into both college and careers.
The CTE program provides a variety of value-added opportunities for students, including participation in work-based learning, opportunities to earn college credit and/or industry-recognized credentials such as licenses and certifications, and participation in career technology student organizations. New programs such as the Academy of Finance and the Teacher Academy prepare students for a seamless transition from high school to college. An emphasis has also been placed on providing high tech opportunities in the engineering and biomedical fields as part of Project Lead the Way.
Lohnes has made significant contributions to many state-level initiatives and has participated as a member of the Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland CTE Task Force. During the 2008-2009 school year, Lohnes created an initiative to promote CTE with the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning and the Division of Library Development and Services in cooperation with Carroll County Public Libraries. This innovative project created increased awareness of the benefits of CTE to a broader audience. She developed the slogan “CTE – Don’t Go to College Without It” and coordinated with the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education to expand the local website that provides CTE program information to parents, students, and the broader community.
Lohnes has worked in the Carroll County Public School System for more than 36 years. Prior to becoming the Supervisor of Career and Technology Education, she served as a teacher and as Supervisor of Family and Consumer Sciences and Health.