The NET project is committed to preparing students for the 21st century workforce through the promotion of gender neutral educational strategies and practices.
The Vanguard Award recognizes outstanding secondary and postsecondary level students who are enrolled in CTE programs that are not traditional for their gender. Since the Vanguard Student Recognition Award program was initiated by the Career Options Institute in 1993, more than 100 students enrolled in programs leading to nontraditional careers have been recognized.
For the 2007-2008 academic year, four secondary and two postsecondary nontraditional students currently enrolled in Career and Technical Education programs received the Vanguard Student Recognition Award at the Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators (ACTEA) conference in March 2008. The award includes a certificate and public recognition of the students as role models for others considering nontraditional careers.
Eligible students were nominated by faculty and staff of secondary and postsecondary nontraditional CTE programs throughout New York State. Of those nominated, six students were selected from 29 finalists to receive the Vanguard Award.