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Awards & Recognitions

The CACTA Awards program seeks to promote excellence in career and technical education by recognizing individuals in the following categories:

CACTA Administrator of the Year: CACTA member who has made significant contributions to the field of career and technical education, whose programs exemplify the highest standards, and/or whose institutions have conducted activities to help promote and expand career and technical programs.

CACTA Emerging Leader: Newer CACTA member who has shown growth and initiative in their CTE role. 

CACTA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion: CACTA member who is doing great work to ensure equitable access and support. 

CACTA CTE Champion: Industry leader, legislator or vendor who has contributed to the advancement of CTE.

CACTA Administrator of Year


2023 Winner:   Buck Webber

Assistant Principal, St. Vrain School District

CACTA CTE Champion

2023 Winner:   Bill Cherrington

Director of IT Services, Red Rocks Community College


CACTA Emerging Leader


  2023 Winner:   Ron Hruby

Director of CTE, Adams 14

CACTA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Champion 

  2023 Winner:   Sarah Heath

State CTE Director & Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

Past Winners 

2022: Mary Krisko, Peyton School District  

2021:  Kristi Weaver, Adams 12 Five Star Schools

  2020: Nikki Carter, Widefield School District  

Past Winners *Previously Friend of CACTA 

2022: Nikki Lester, zSpace  

2021:  Lisa Seaman, Workforce Manager for Construction Education Foundation

Past Winners 

2022: Tessa Gargano, FutureForward Washington Square Adams 12  

2021:  Jessica McAllister, Lewis Palmer

  2020: Jessica Bright, Cherry Creek Schools 

Past Winners 

2022: Chris Duran, FutureForward Bollman Adams 12   

This is a new award created in the 2022 school year.

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