Former Butte Central athlete, coach, teacher and principal Tim Norbeck was named the Montana SkillsUSA Administrator of the Year.
Norbeck, now the superintendent of schools in Boulder, received the award following the 46th Annual Montana SkillSUSA Leadership Conference, which was April 4-6 in Havre. He was selected from among the administrators of the 36 chapters present at the conference. Norbeck was nominated by the Jefferson High School chapter members and supported by advisors statewide.
Jefferson High School also won four medals in the competitions, with one student headed to Louisville, Kentucky, for the nationals.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in the nation’s classrooms.
Locally, Norbeck has shown tremendous support for CTE.
“In my previous teaching positions, the only time I ever saw the superintendent was at the first meeting of the school year, or when I entered the admiration building” said Dennis R, Andariese, veteran CTE teacher at Jefferson High School. “My colleague Dave Heinmann and I have always been appreciative of the support our program has received from Mr. Norbeck. Frequently he will tour our classes unannounced, viewing our students at work. Not every student is going to pursue a bachelor’s degree, and a computer is not going to do every job. It is important that students realize that CTE classes are also valuable. His frequent presence reinforces this.”
Since Norbeck arrived as superintendent at Jefferson High School, he has enabled dual credit CTE classes in architectural drafting, welding 2 and welding 3 in concert with Helena College.
Later this school year, he will be exploring the possibility of instituting dual credit classes in residential construction in conjunction with Highlands College in Butte. In this manner, students can receive college credit for these classes without making the long drives north or south.
All of those factors weighed into his selection as SkillsUSA Administrator of the Year.