2017-05-19 / Schools

Pathfinders awarded for innovation

Recipients played role in career, technical education

VC Innovates recently presented its Pathfinder Awards to this year’s most innovative educators, business and community partners for their support of career and technical education.

The 25 award recipients selected by each of the education partner school districts as well as 12 business and community partners were recognized at a luncheon at the Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo.

The honorees have all played a role in bringing career and technical education opportunities to the students of Ventura County.

The local winners are:

Community College— Moorpark College: Ed Garcia

High Schools—ACE Charter

High School: Todd Gernheuser

Conejo Valley Unified School District: Daniel Bell

Moorpark USD: Ray Hebel

Oak Park USD: Susan Allen

Oxnard Union High School District: Jan Quilantang

Simi Valley USD: Tammy Harter-Hohensee

Ventura County Office of Education Career Education Center: Justin Riege

Middle Schools—Conejo Valley Unified School District: Paul Hanson

Moorpark USD: Nathan King

Rio Elementary School District: Hugo Guzman

Simi Valley USD: Dan Shuster

Business Partners—Agriculture and Natural Resources: Henry Gonzalez, Ventura County Agriculture Commissioner

Arts, Media and Entertainment: Michael Fusco, Warner Bros. Tours

Aviation/ STEM: Phillis Thrower, Naval Base Ventura County

Building and Construction: Nick Deitch, Main St. Architects and Planners

Business and Finance: Josh Sarfaty, Aerotek

Energy, Environment and Utilities: Michele Newell, Aera Energy LLC

Engineering: Diego Ruvalcaba, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Health Science and Medical Technology: Adriene Stefansen, American Medical Response

Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation: Jim Cathcart, Four Seasons Westlake Village

Manufacturing and Product Development: Mike Pettit, County of Ventura

Public Services: Sgt. Cecil Valenti, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office

Transportation: Ken Duttweiler, Duttweiler Performance

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