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Patrick Ainsworth and Four Others Receive CAEAA Awards

Posted on 02/01/2010

Patrick Ainsworth

The California Adult Education Administrators Association presented awards last week at the annual conference to five outstanding contributors to adult education. Dr. Patrick Ainsworth, Assistant Superintendent and Director of the Secondary, Postsecondary, and Adult Leadership Division at the California Department of Education, received the Visionary Leadership Award. Dr. Ainsworth led the development of the state board approved Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards, published in May 2005, and the CTE Framework, published in January 2007. He is the Superintendent’s Designee on the California Workforce Investment Board, Joint Boards Advisory Committee, and numerous other key groups.

Susan Handy

Susan Handy, Principal of Bakersfield Adult School, received the Lifelong Achievement Award. Ms. Handy is a driving force in adult education, not only by leading her staff of over 250 employees, but through her participation on the Field Partnership Team, ACSA Region 11 State Board Representative, and the Gender Equity Taskforce. Susan began her career as a Registered Nurse/Coordinator with the Kern County Health Department, and remains active in the healthcare field.

Sharon Brannon

Sharon Brannon, recently retired from Montebello Adult School, served in many capacities during her 30 years at Montebello, and was awarded the Lifelong Achievement Award not only for her work at Montebello, but for her service on numerous statewide committees such as the Technology Advisory Committee, Education Taskforce, CASAS Field Evaluation Team, and many more. She has been active in CAEAA, CATESOL, ACSA and CCAE. She served as president of CCAE in 2001-02, and as president of CAEAA 2005-09.

Rocky Bettar

Rocky Bettar, Principal of Rowland Adult and Community Education, received the Innovation in Adult Education Award. During his 20+ years at Rowland, Mr. Bettar has become "the glue that keeps the adult education community together; the mouthpiece through which all information is disseminated, and the link for reaching all interested parties." He fosters the dissemination of information not only through his extensive email list, but he also started a monthly breakfast for adult education administrators, and he and his staff coordinate the monthly ACSA regional luncheons.

Ed Morris

Ed Morris, Assistant Superintendent and leader of the Division of Adult and Career Education in the Los Angeles Unified School District, received the CAEAA Advocacy Award. Mr. Morris has actively planned for the future of adult education in California, and lobbied for funding and legislation to support the mission of adult education. He has generously shared his time and expertise with others in order to educate administrators on the history and future of adult education, and help others learn the skills and knowledge required to interact with the California Legislature regarding adult education issues.