Purpose of Award: The Vanguard Award is administered by the New York State Nontraditional Employment & Training (NET) Project, 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 Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that are not traditional for their gender. A nontraditional career is an occupation where one sex comprises fewer than 25% of the total employed.
Award Period: For students enrolled in a CTE program in the 2019-2020 academic year
Application Due Date: November 21, 2019
Project Description: A Committee of the NET program staff and stakeholders will review all nominations and select the top 16 nominees as finalists. All students selected as finalists will be contacted individually by email as will nominators. Finalists are required to write an essay discussing their interest in nontraditional occupations and submit to the NET program. The NET program Selection Committee reviews essays of the 16 finalists and select 8 award winners. The announcement of awardees will be on February 12, 2020. Vanguard award winners and their guests are invited to the Vanguard Award Celebrations and NET Conference to their honor in Albany, New York in Spring 2020. All travel expenses and accommodations are covered by the NET program. All award winners will also be interviewed. Videotaped interviews will be placed on the NET website to inspire others to follow in their footsteps. The NET Program will issue a press release from UAlbany that is picked up by media outlets in the finalists and winners hometowns.
Eligible Applicants: Students must be nominated by faculty/staff of nontraditional CTE programs. The student must be: (1) Enrolled (2019-2020 school year) in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program that is nontraditional for their gender. (2) Enrolled in a post-secondary institution.(3) Attending a NYS school and is a NYS resident.