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Program of the Year Awards


The State Division of Professional-Technical Education Awards Program is designed to showcase the
best-of-the-best programs in Idaho's high schools, technical colleges, and short-term training institutions.



Nomination Process

Programs and individuals will be recognized and presented with their awards at the annual Professional-Technical Education Summer Conference.

Monetary awards will be presented to winners for program enhancement. These funds may be used for supplies, equipment, or other materials to enhance the program; it cannot be expended for personal use.


PTE is streamlining the Awards Nomination process, and in lieu of the previously-used Phase I forms, nomination invitations will be sent from PTE to a top percentage of programs as determined by data-driven parameters.

Secondary and postsecondary nominees will be notified no later than February 15. Nominated programs are then invited to complete a "Nomination Follow-Up Request" form to provide additional information regarding the specific program. These forms are need to be submitted electronically and received in the IDPTE office by March 15. Submit paperwork to the awards chairperson.

A panel will review all submissions and make award determinations shortly thereafter. All nominees will be notified of their status, and program winners will be asked for additional program photos to aid in the presentation of the award during the PTE Summer Conference.

Award Categories

  • Secondary Program of the Year
  • Postsecondary Program of the Year
  • Special Program Award
  • Distinguished Service Award

Award Guidelines

The purpose of the Professional-Technical Education Awards Program is to recognize and honor exemplary professional-technical education programs.

Depending on the award applied for, to qualify for an award the program may be required to:

  1. Have an active and functioning local advisory committee.
  2. Be accessible to all individuals regardless of race, sex, age, culture, handicap, religion or ethnic origin.
  3. Be an active Tech-Prep program with a signed written agreement between the secondary and postsecondary institutions.
  4. Include student leadership organization activities as an integral part of the program.
  5. Cite specific elements of the program that set this program apart from other programs in the same field.
  6. Incorporate specific strategies for involving industry.
  7. Implement curriculum that aligns to PTE and State academic standards, and is maintained in accordance with the changing needs of business and industry.
  8. Have program staff engaging in professional development that is benefiting the overall program.
  9. Encourage nontraditional students to participate in the program.
  10. Be endorsed by the State Division of Professional-Technical Education Program Manager.