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Carthage Tech Center Director, Dr. Gage Tiller Named MCCTA Rising Star Award Winner

Posted Date: 9/25/23 (5:15 PM)

Carthage Tech Center Director, Dr. Gage Tiller Named MCCTA Rising Star Award Winner

Carthage, MO – In a prestigious recognition of his outstanding contributions to Career and Technical Education (CTE), Dr. Gage Tiller, Director of Carthage Technical Center (CTC), has been awarded the title of Rising Star for Missouri Career and Technical Education Administration for the 2023-24 school year. This esteemed accolade, presented by MCCTA, highlights emerging CTE administrators who have demonstrated exceptional innovation, uniqueness, and effectiveness in advancing career and technical programs.

Dr. Tiller's dedication to enhancing CTE programs, leadership within educational institutions, and unwavering commitment to educational excellence have set him apart as a deserving recipient of this prestigious award. However, the official announcement of his achievement will not be made until Monday at 9:30 am, ensuring that the recipient remains unaware of this honor until the designated time.

As a leader in educational institutions, Dr. Tiller has consistently displayed a strong commitment to the improvement of CTE programs. His transformative initiatives at Carthage Technical Center have included successful participation in Bond Campaign efforts, resulting in substantial expansions of CTE facilities and resources. Dr. Tiller's oversight of curriculum enhancements has ensured that students receive a comprehensive and industry-relevant education, leading to a significant increase in student internship opportunities.

Financial stewardship and compliance have also been a hallmark of Dr. Tiller's tenure. His responsible allocation of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) and collaboration with auditors to maintain fiscal transparency underscore his commitment to resource stewardship that benefits both students and the institution.

Dr. Tiller's dedication to program accreditation and quality assurance is exemplified by his role in the reaccreditation of the Practical Nursing program through the Council on Occupational Education (COE). This achievement reflects his determination to maintain the highest standards of quality in CTE programs, ensuring they meet the evolving needs of students and industry.

In addition to his leadership within educational institutions, Dr. Tiller has actively contributed to the broader CTE community as a two-time roundtable leader at the Missouri Council of Career and Technical Education (MCCTA) conferences. His insights on Technology in the Classroom and Adult Program Best Practices have demonstrated his commitment to thought leadership and knowledge sharing within the CTE field.

Dr. Tiller's community engagement extends beyond educational institutions into local communities. Serving as a Board Member and Board President of the Carthage Area United Way, a member of the Carthage Rotary Club, and a Board Member at the Innovative Industries Sheltered Workshop, he has made a significant impact on community well-being and development. His dedication to fostering connections between educational institutions and the community enriches the overall learning environment.

Dr. Gage Tiller's career in CTE has been characterized by a profound dedication to the field, tireless commitment to advancing educational excellence, and active engagement with the community. With strong communication skills, project management abilities, and a clear vision for the future of Career and Technical Education, Dr. Tiller is a true asset to the CTE community.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Gage Tiller on this well-deserved recognition as the MCCTA Carri Risner ‘Rising Star’  for Missouri Career and Technical Education Administration for the 2023-24 school year.