Joliet West Drafting Instructor Dave Popek Honored for Exceptional Career & Technical Education
April 27, 2017 11:39 AM
On April 19, Joliet West High School drafting instructor Dave Popek was honored at the Three Rivers Education for Employment (TREES) School-to-Apprenticeship (STA) Parent/Student Dinner.
He received a standing ovation for his multiple years of service to this program and to Career and Technical Education.
As the School-to-Apprenticeship Coordinator, Dave Popek has empowered students to qualify for the School-To-Apprenticeship, a program for juniors who are interested in a career within the construction trades. The program includes rigorous academic and technical preparation during high school. Students that are selected are eligible to be placed out in the field over the summer for a paid work experience.
Another example of his great service has been his success in leading the Drafting students to advance and participate in state competitions for several years.
He also has spoken at the De-ICE Mini Conference to showcase the digital learning experiences he incorporates into the curriculum. This year he gave a presentation titled “Rubber Band Car Redesign: An Engineering Graphics Project”.
JTHS is proud of Dave Popek’s dedication to fostering an engaging, rigorous, and relevant classroom environment over his many years of drafting instruction.
About the Three Rivers Education for Employment (TREES)
TREES (Three Rivers Education for Employment System) is located in Joliet, Illinois. TREES is one of 56 Education for Employment (EFE) Systems established by the Illinois State Board of Education to administer and coordinate secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE). The major responsibility of an EFE System is to provide both staff and curriculum development for member schools. The TREES Joint Agreement includes 24 high schools, 2 Area Career Centers and Joliet Junior College.
Pictured (left to right): Neal Kauffman, STA/TREES Coordinator, and Dave Popek