PIQUA — Twenty years ago when Scott Naill began teaching HVAC at the Upper Valley Career Center, Piqua, he did not expect to be invited to the White House as an award winning and nationally recognized representative of Career and Technical Education. Midmorning on Tuesday, June 29, that is exactly what Naill and an elite group of educators will do as they participate in a Department of Education organized event titled Celebrating Innovations in Career and Technical Education. Over the course of the day, the White House will showcase student projects and lead discussions with education leaders, business and industry representatives, and policy makers on how effective CTE programs can be replicated and expanded. First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver keynote remarks.
Naill received the invitation almost two weeks ago and is still amazed by the honored. He says, “I am very excited and honored to share the great things CTE is doing to help provide high skills, high wage opportunities for students in our local communities. Ohio is on the cutting edge and forefront with providing pre-apprenticeships and qualified workers to help with our economic development and growth.”
In April of this year the Upper Valley Career Center HVAC program was awarded the National Excellence in Action Award in the Architecture and Construction Career Cluster, sponsored by National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education in Washington D.C. It was this recognition which prompted Naill and other Excellence in Action Award winners’ invitation to the White House.
Naill credits the award and the White House invitation to the meaningful working partnerships between the Upper Valley Career Center and local business and industry. “This is a great testament of our local advisory committees working together with our programs. Their input allows us to create a win/win for our students and the community.”
Naill was an experienced HVAC professional when he joined the staff at Upper Valley Career Center twenty years ago. He has since earned a B.S. in Education, Workforce Development/Career and Technical Education and a M.S. in Educational Leadership. Through the years he has also furthered his personal and professional involvement with the HVAC industry by working summers as a project manager for Rieck Services or the Habegger Corporation. Naill is a native of Springfield, Ohio where he graduated from Springfield Clark Career Technology Center and Kenton Ridge High School. He and his wife Toni and their son Evan remain in the Springfield area.