Dr. Dennis Headrick, vice president for instruction at Southeast Community College, is the recipient of the 2014 Elaine Stuhr Leadership and Advocacy for Career Technical Education Award.
The award is presented to one individual each year who exemplifies the leadership that Sen. Stuhr provided for career technical education in Nebraska. The award was presented by the Nebraska Department of Education.
Headrick received the award at the opening session of the Nebraska Career Education Conference on June 4 in Kearney.
Richard Katt, state director of Nebraska Career Education, offered congratulations to Headrick.
“We appreciate the work Dennis has done at SCC, SENCAP (Southeast Nebraska Career Academy Partnership), PFI (Partnerships for Innovation) and in general his leadership and support for quality career education in Nebraska,” Katt said.
Headrick said he appreciated the recognition.
“I’m very honored and humbled to receive this award,” he said. “I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to work with a lot of great people on projects that provide opportunities for schools, colleges and ultimately students. No project is successful without the help of a lot of people working together toward a common goal. I’ve just been fortunate to be a part of that and hopefully to provide a little leadership along with way.”
Headrick’s noteworthy work of late is representing SCC in its partnership with Lincoln Public Schools on The Career Academy being constructed on SCC’s Lincoln Campus. The facility, scheduled to open in August 2015, will feature career-related classes that match the specific employment and job needs of the community. It will provide opportunities for students who are planning to go on to college, or who are looking into more immediate careers and employment, helping them plan for their lives after high school.
Broad career fields are agriculture, food and natural resources; business, marketing/management and entrepreneurship; communication and information technology; health sciences; human sciences and education; skilled and technical sciences; welding; engineering; and construction trades.
Headrick also has served on numerous technical committees and boards, including:
· The Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force, a statewide group focusing on entrepreneurship education, services and resources. Headrick chaired this group for many years in which a curriculum was developed statewide that has become a model across the nation and utilized by other colleges. Many national presentations and international requests have been made as a result of this group.
· Chief Instructional Officers, Nebraska Community Colleges – For the past 20 years, Headrick has been a part of this group. He has served as chair many times and has witnessed many changes in membership and activities. It continues to be a strong statewide group that services the community colleges well in all academic areas.
· Partnership for Innovation, a statewide group that provides leadership for the utilization of a portion of Carl Perkins funding. Having served as the chair of this group as it was formed, the group hired a director, established an organizational structure, developed policies/procedures, and a plan of work to proceed. This group continues to function as it grows and matures.
· National Council of Instructional Administrators – Headrick is a member of this national board representing academic administrators across the country. This board is an affiliated board to the American Association of Community Colleges and provides guidance, resources and support on higher education initiatives. Headrick was involved in establishing and presenting the first workshop for Aspiring Academic Leaders and continues to provide leadership to the board.