Livingston Educational Service Agency Career & College Readiness Coordinator National Finalist for the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Counseling and Career Development Professional Award
Howell, MI: The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Laura Saline, Career and College Readiness Coordinator for Livingston Educational Service Agency, as a National Finalist for the Counseling and Career Development Professional,
The ACTE Counseling and Career Development Professional Award recognizes the finest Career and Technical Education (CTE) educators at the middle and secondary school levels who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students, and dedication to improving CTE in their schools and communities.
As the Career and College Readiness Coordinator for Livingston ESA, Laura has shown her commitment to working with students K-12 in Livingston County through her membership on districts’ school leadership teams, which support career and college goals for students. Additionally, she supports districts in including MCAN’s (Michigan College Access Network) CollegeBound MI activities, including FAFSA Completion and financial readiness, and grant writing to support college and career exploration. She connects with the workforce in partnership with Livingston local area chambers, MI Works, and economic development boards. Most recently, Laura has joined the LAHRA (Livingston Area Human Resource Association) board as the Workforce Readiness representative.
Laura is passionate about building partnerships with community and industry leaders, local districts, MI Works SE, Ann Arbor Spark, Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN), and post-secondary partners, and has increased work-based learning opportunities for CTE students and enhanced advisory membership and participation. She leads several groups, including local district Lead Counselors and the Financial Readiness Action Team (FRAT), to work on Career & College Readiness initiatives as a Local Career and College Access Network (LCCAN) Ambassador and provides county-wide counselor professional development.
Laura works with CTE teachers and students throughout Livingston County to increase connections with industry partners, including company tours, job shadowing, and internship opportunities. She has also created an education and employer group on LinkedIn, which connects students, employers, and educators. Laura provides workshop opportunities to students in CTE programs on creating and using a LinkedIn profile, résumé writing, interview preparation, and other career exploration tools.
Michelle Radcliffe, Executive Director for Livingston ESA Career Development, said she is “thrilled for Laura to be a national finalist for the counseling and career development award. Her passion, dedication, and community relations are unmatched, and our students in Livingston County benefit every day because of Laura's work.”