Colleen C. Caputo, associate professor and home economics teacher educator in the department of family and consumer studies at the University of Utah, has been named Outstanding Vocational Educator for the Northwestern Region of the United States.

Caputo is the only vocational teacher educator at the U. and has served as a consultant to Kenyatta University in Kenya, East Africa. She has been a faculty member at the University of Utah since 1976 and has served as a department chairwoman. She was instrumental in gaining university and regents' approval for the interdisciplinary home economics graduate program.Those with information for this column are invited to call Wil Grey, Douglas D. Palmer or Chuck Gates at the Deseret News, 237-2100.