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Release Date: 4/13/2018 Contact: Office of Communications, 443.809.5908

BCPS director to receive regional honor for leadership in career and technology education

Douglas Handy
TOWSON, MD. - Douglas H. Handy, director of career and technology education and fine arts for Baltimore County Public Schools, will be honored with the Jim Hanneman Memorial Award for the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Region I.

Handy was selected for the award from a pool of distinguished nominees representing 19 states in the northeast and mid-Atlantic. The award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the improvement, promotion, development, and progress of career and technical education (CTE) within the region.

The honor will be presented during the awards ceremony of the ACTE Region I Conference. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 19, from 5 - 7 p.m., at the Community College of Baltimore County Dundalk campus.

Handy has been the BCPS director of the Office of Career and Technology Education and Fine Arts since August 2017. Prior to that, Handy served in the Office of CTE as coordinator (from July 2014 - July 2017) and a curriculum supervisor (from July 2008 - June 2014).

Under Handy’s leadership, from school year 2014 to school year 2017, enrollment in BCPS CTE programs has increased 46% (from 11,274 students to 16,475 students).

Last school year (2017), the CTE office:


  • Developed a five-year plan that will result in all 10 Maryland Career Clusters being represented in all geographic areas of the county and all high schools offering at least three different CTE programs.
  • Partnered with the BCPS Office of Magnet Program and Lifebridge Health to launch the school system’s first health science careers middle school program at the Northwest Academy of Health Sciences.
  • Expanded five CTE programs of study to additional sites: Academy of Health Professions - Randallstown High; Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness - Perry Hall High; Interactive Media Production - New Town High; Project Lead The Way Biomedical Sciences - Perry Hall High; and Teacher Academy of Maryland - Woodlawn High.
This school year, the CTE Office began working with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity to implement the Program Improvement Process for EquityTM (PIPE), with the goal of removing barriers and providing equitable access for students who seek to enroll in CTE programs. In addition, all but two high schools - and several middle schools - now offer one or more computer science courses. The remaining high schools will offer computer science courses by SY2022.

Next school year, the Pathways in Technology Early College (P-TECH) High School at Dundalk High School is scheduled to enroll its first cohort of students.

In recognition of its excellence, in 2015, the Office of CTE earned the Outstanding CTE Marketing Campaign award from the Maryland State Department of Education. In 2013, Handy received the Outstanding Local Supervisor Award from the International Technology and Engineering Educators’ Council for Supervision and Leadership. He served as president of the Technology and Engineering Educators Association of Maryland during the 2010-2011 school year, and he received that organization’s Leadership Award in 2010.

Before joining BCPS, Handy was a CTE specialist with the Maryland State Department of Education and a teacher in Howard County Public Schools. Prior to embarking on a career in education, he worked as a manufacturing process engineer for six years.

Handy, who lives in Baltimore City, holds a Maryland educator certificate with technology education and administrator I and II endorsements; a Master of Science degree in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in administrative leadership from McDaniel College; and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University.

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