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STATE OFFICE HONORS REGIONAL VOCATIONAL DIRECTOR

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Leon W. Stewart, south-central Utah regional vocational director, has been honored with his selection as the state's Secondary Applied Technology Director of the Year. The recipient is chosen by the Utah State Office of Education and the Department of Applied Technology Education.

He is responsible for vocational programs in Sevier, Wayne, Piute and Garfield counties and works at the Sevier Valley Applied Technology Center in Richfield. The award is presented to the regional director whose activities have made a great impact on applied technology programs during the year.Stewart developed what he calls a "Hands-on Day" program, an inservice for secondary teachers in the Sevier School District. He promoted the idea of helping those who counsel students to become more informed about job prospects and preparation requirements.

He has been instrumental in establishing comprehensive programs in Wayne, South Sevier and Escalante high schools for guidance counselors to help students make better career choices. Courses have also been developed in middle schools that give students insight into technology careers.

Stewart noted that new computer labs in high school business departments and remodeling projects have upgraded vocational offerings. A new machine shop at Richfield High School and a nurse's aide program at Wayne High School will further expand job preparation for students, he said.

The award recipient has been regional vocational director since 1988. He taught in junior highs and middle schools for 12 years.

Stewart has been a member of the Central Region Planning and Coordinating Committee; the State Advisory Council for Vocational; and the advisory committee for the Sevier Valley Applied Technology Center.