Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals and organizations who have provided extraordinary service to Career Technical Education and NCLA. The recipient has made a significant and lasting impact on the field of Career Technical Education through their professional accomplishments and by having served in this profession for an extended period. They have also earned the respect and admiration of their colleagues.

Nominations closed as of March 1, 2019.

2018 Recipient Thom Jones:
Thom Jones Award Winner

Thom Jones and NaviGate Prepared have been ardent supporters of NCLA and its mission to Synergize CTE Administrators Nationwide. Thom has consistently provided speakers and services for NCLA conferences and local school districts to create an awareness of school safety issues and solutions to keep our schools and students safe. A former principal and teacher with more than 19 years of experience in the Ohio school system, Thom Jones has an extensive knowledge in school operations and security needs. During his time as principal in three award-winning school districts, Jones established a long history of exemplary leadership. While he was principal of Dublin’s (Ohio) Willard Grizell Middle School, the school was the only Ohio middle school designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School in 2009.

2018 Recipient Ora Morgan:
Ora Morgan Award Winner

With over 30 years in Career and Technical Education Ora Morgan has demonstrated tremendous leadership on the local state and national levels. Serving as the Chief Financial Officer at two technology centers, she insured proper fiduciary practices were practiced by all and that all the “T”s were crossed and the “I”s dotted

Ora has willingly accepted leadership roles in the Oklahoma state association serving as President of the Administration Division and was instrumental in designing professional development programs for current and aspiring school business managers. She was the recipient of the coveted Arch Alexander Leadership award which is given annually to one outstanding educator in her home state of Oklahoma. Ora served nine years on the NCLA as director, president elect, president and past president.

Mission Statement

To provide information, professional development and networking to CTE administrators that result in excellence and innovation.


To contribute to the nation's economic prosperity through the promotion and development of excellence in career and technical education.