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Collie Wellshttp://assets.alsde.edu/sites/bios/Bios/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=379&RootFolder=/sites/bios/BiosCollie WellsCollie M. WellsInterim Deputy State Superintendent of Education, Career and Technical Education/Workforce Development Division​cwells@alsde.edu334-242-9113Mrs. Wells serves as the Interim Deputy State Superintendent for the Career and Technical Education (CTE)/Workforce Development (WFD) Division at the Alabama State Department of Education. In her role, she manages the staff and initiatives that focus on developing the talents and skills of students in classroom settings that are rigorous, progressive, and certified to industry standards. She also works closely with postsecondary education leaders, other state agency staff, and business and industry representatives to ensure the relevance of secondary CTE programs. Mrs. Wells advocates that CTE courses benefit all students; those going straight to work after high school as well as those who plan to attend 2 or 4 year colleges to continue their education. She believes it is important for students to explore career clusters, and be given the chance to find their passion - what they truly are good at. She feels that involvement in CTE and career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) helps students achieve leadership, career awareness, and community service experience. CTE and CTSOs prepare students to be college- and career- ready by providing core academic, employability, technical, and job-specific skills. Mrs. Wells joined the staff of the Alabama State Department of Education in 1998, where she has served as an Education Specialist and Education Administrator. Additionally, she has served as the State Advisor for Alabama FCCLA, Alabama FFA, and Alabama HOSA. Prior to 1998, Mrs. Wells taught Family and Consumer Sciences for 8 years in Decatur, Alabama, where she was selected Austin High School Teacher of the Year in 1995, and Secondary Teacher of the Year in 1997 for Decatur City Schools. In 2014, she was recognized as the Alabama ACTE Administrator of the Year. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida in 1990, and a master’s degree from Alabama A & M in 1996.

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