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CTE's Trish Huggins Honored as NYS Work-based Coordinator of the Year

WECA Award Trish Huggins
Trish Huggins (center) with MaryPat Grafstein, President of NYS WECA and Donna Stonis, 2nd Vice Pres

OU BOCES CTE is proud to announce that Patricia “Trish” Trask-Huggins, CTE work-based learning coordinator, was recently named 2017 Work-Based Coordinator of the Year by the Work Experience Coordinators Association (WECA) of New York State.  Trish was honored at the annual WECA conference held at the end of March in Albany.  She was nominated by the WECA membership and chosen out of several nominees by the WECA Board of Directors. 

Trish has spearheaded the Career & Technical Education Center’s long-standing practice of providing students opportunities for real-world learning by partnering with an ever-growing number of local businesses in the mid-Hudson region.  Under Trish’s leadership, CTE cultivates its relationships almost daily with local industry partners. She says: “I’m passionate about the Work-based Learning Program; it is my priority 24-7.  I work hard to cultivate a culture of cooperation within the school and to network out in communities as well.  This cycle of success – where students are engaged and learning is relevant, and the feedback in school and the business community is positive –makes the program flourish.”