The newly-formed Hamilton County Center for Career Achievement has named Carrie Lively its founding director. The Hamilton County Economic Development Corp. says the appointment will help create a shared cross-community program to support Certified Technical Education programs for the county’s six school districts.

“Carrie was chosen because she is uniquely qualified to lead the HCCCA based on her vast experience,” said Hamilton Heights School District Superintendent and center coordinator Dr. Derek Arrowood.

Lively will work as an employee of HCEDC through its operating agreement with Hamilton County Tourism Inc. Earlier this month, the Hamilton County Council agreed to support the initiative with a $425,000 grant for two and a half years, when the HCCCA will become autonomous.

The organization says Lively will focus on four key goals of the initiative, which include expanding CTE offerings, developing a marketing and enrollment plan, piloting the HCCCA beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, and supporting Hamilton County employers.

“She comes to the program with a history of establishing successful public-private partnerships,” said Hamilton County Economic Development Corp. Vice President of Workforce Attraction Michael Thibideau. “Connecting educators to employers will be key to making this a successful and vibrant program.”

The organization says Lively comes to the position with more than 15 years’ experience in secondary education, including 11 years of school administration, national CTE policy leadership, and knowledge of Indiana’s CTE programming.

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