Rep. Jesse Young honored by local educators, named ‘Legislator of the Year’

Rep. Jesse Young, R-Gig Harbor, was named 'Legislator of the Year' by the Great Northwest Chapter of Washington Area Vocational Administrators (WAVA) – a professional association of career and technical education directors. He received the award and met with career and technical education (CTE) directors in Bremerton.

“I have been a long-time supporter of career and technical education, and I am especially honored to receive this award from a group of educators whom I have built a strong working relationship with during my time in the Legislature,” said Young. “Supporting a robust CTE curriculum and preserving these opportunities for students is paramount to growing our economy. My work in the IT sector proves it is no longer good enough to teach students to code with blinders on. We need a holistic approach to educating students that fosters their innovative spirit, and provides them with the flexibility and skills to compete for jobs of the twenty-first century. I believe we help achieve this by better integrating CTE and STEM opportunities across the state. I remain committed to supporting CTE teachers and directors who help so many students reach their full potential.”

Linda Hupka, Director of Career & Technical and STEM Education for the Bremerton School District presented Rep. Young with the award.

“The 'Legislator of the Year' award is granted to a legislator who has promoted and supported the efforts and value of CTE within the legislative processes and venues throughout the state,” said Hupka. “Although Jesse is new to our district, we believe he has demonstrated an interest in trying to learn as much as he can about the needs of our schools, and specifically, Career and Technical Education.”

The Great Northwest Chapter of WAVA is comprised of school districts from Peninsula to North Kitsap and into Jefferson and Clallam counties.


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