At ACTE’s National Work-Based Learning Conference, the Work-Based Learning/Apprenticeship Section and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) formally announced Tony Trapp, Work-Based Learning coordinator for the Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua, Ohio, as the 2022 Seamless Work-Based Learning Professional of the Year. The purpose of this award is to recognize a work-based learning (WBL) professional who has demonstrated overall contributions to student success through community engagement, leadership roles, student organizations, WBL classroom innovations, and WBL advocacy.
After 15 years as an educator in the HVAC program, Tony Trapp was named the Work-Based Learning/Apprenticeship coordinator for Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua, Ohio, a position he has held for the past 10 years. As a result of his dynamic leadership, the program has grown exponentially and now serves nearly 200 students annually. Tony has built strong partnerships with business and industry. He hosts an outstanding and active advisory committee, composed of employers from a six-county area. As the Work-Based Learning/Apprenticeship coordinator, Tony works with employers to hire students meeting stringent criteria during their junior year in a career and technical program. He oversees the students in their school-to-work placements, allowing them to “earn while they learn”. In addition, he works with industry mentors, lab instructors, legislators, parents, and students to ensure student-employer opportunities and success. Tony’s efforts to establish and increase state-recognized pre-apprenticeship programs have led to opportunities to present at numerous national, state, and regional meetings. He is in demand for his knowledge and expertise. In 2017, he was one of eight national programs selected by the USDOE Office of Career Technical Education to highlight best practices in connecting CTE and apprenticeship opportunities. Also in 2017, Tony was able to implement an International Partnership with a sister school in Hannover Germany where they have an ongoing German/American career technical apprenticeship exchange program set in place.
The 2023 Seamless Work-Based Learning Professional of the Year Award application window will be open in the fall of 2022. Congratulations again to Tony Trapp!