By Max Hrenda
After approving a multi-million dollar construction project at the Tennessee Technology Center, the state of Tennessee has shown its approval for the center’s director, as well.
On May 9, Gov. Bill Haslam appointed TTC Director Dean Blevins to the Tennessee Advisory Council for Career and Technical Education. The council, which has 13 members serving six-year terms, serves as advisers for most government agencies that deal with education policy, such as the State Board of Education, Tennessee Board of Regents, and the General Assembly.
“It is very humbling to receive such an appointment from the governor,” Blevins said. “I certainly look forward to serving the state, and I look forward to working with all the folks involved with that.”
For Blevins, the appointment is the result of nearly 27 years working in CTE throughout Northeast Tennessee. In fact, that career began at the very facility that he now oversees.
“I started my career here, at the then-State Area Technical Vocational School,” Blevins said. “I taught here for six years, then moved up as a counselor, then had an opportunity to go away to Greeneville City Schools. More recently, I spent about 10 years at Kingsport City Schools as director of CTE.”