Milton Hershey School Teacher Granted Education Award for Excellence

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Milton Hershey School

Established in November of 1909 by entrepreneur Milton Hershey and his wife Catherine, the Milton Hershey School provides a cost-free education and home life to students from low income families. Milton Hershey School delivers instruction through a team of experienced teachers, among the recipient of a Printing Industries of America (PIA) 2015 Education Award for Excellence, Michael DeAcosta.

Mr. DeAcosta serves as a graphic arts teacher at the school and possesses over 25 years of experience in print education. He began teaching there in 2002 and directs the Career/Technical Education program, which prepares students for postsecondary education by allowing them to focus on one of the 11 career pathways within the graphic communications field. His accomplishments include successfully leading efforts to receive accreditation for the program through the PrintED, an initiative administered by the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation. PIA will present DeAcosta with the Education Award for Excellence at the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) 68th Annual Technical Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, in March 2016.

The Educational Awards of Excellence honor educators in the graphic communications field for their outstanding leadership and contributions to the preservation of the future of the graphic communications industry. Recipients of the award also include educators whose leadership correlates to a significant program, project, or accomplishment within their academic community. The PIA is open to nominations not only nationally but also for graphic communications instructors worldwide.

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