Kaitlin Reich, a Criminal Justice major from Utica, has been selected to receive the Vanguard Award, which commends outstanding students enrolled in career and technical education programs that are not traditional for their gender.

Reich was nominated by Troy Little, director of Law Enforcement Programs at Mohawk Valley Community College. She is one of eight awardees selected from a pool of more than 50 strong nominations. The award ceremony will be held in Albany this April, where winners will be presented with a certificate and receive public recognition as role models for others considering nontraditional careers.

The Vanguard Award has been conferred upon post-secondary nontraditional students since its inception in 1993. The Vanguard acknowledges and commends outstanding students who are enrolled in career and technical education programs that are not traditional for their gender. The Vanguard Award is administered by the New York State Nontraditional Employment & Training Project, Center for Women in Government & Civil Society, and is sponsored by the New York State Education Department through a Carl D. Perkins grant.

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