PITTSBURGH-Dr. Elizabeth DeChurch
Strenkowski, director of Admissions at CCAC Boyce Campus, has been
named the Pennsylvania School Counselor Advocate of the
Year by the Pennsylvania School
Counselors Association (PSCA). She was honored at the Recognition
Banquet of the 63rd Annual PSCA Conference, held in
Hershey, Pa., on November 29. PSCA members pointed to Strenkowski's
role in developing a college- and career-ready approach at CCAC
with numerous high schools in Allegheny County.
Strenkowski, who resides in
Murrysville, was nominated by Colleen Tortorella, school counselor
and department chairperson at Gateway High School. Tortorello
stated that Strenkowski "goes above and beyond what is
expected" and has long been an advocate for school
counselors in Allegheny County.
"She has always made myself as a
school counselor, and my students at Gateway High School, an
important part of the CCAC community," Tortorella wrote
in her nomination letter. "Over the years, she has become a
trusted colleague and a friend. She is not just an employee
but a genuine believer in the education community college provides
students. Liz has always been a vocal and active supporter of
school counselors and the school counseling
Among her many contributions,
according to Tortorello, Strenkowski has sponsored and hosted
college fairs, hosted the Allegheny County School Counselors
Association, collaborated with counselors, organized tours and dual
enrollment classes for high school students, attended numerous
conferences, visited high schools on a consistent basis,
facilitated placement tests, and much more.
"I have always been a true
advocate for the leadership role that school counselors have in
their school districts," said
Strenkowski. "Their direct communication with students has
been an integral part of the school counselor's job in supporting
them in all facets of their growth and development to build a
stronger workforce in our future economy."
Most recently, Strenkowski, who has
been with CCAC since 2000, took on the task of hosting the
first-ever Pennsylvania School Counselor Symposium, a joint effort
between PSCA and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, which
was held at CCAC Boyce Campus on November 2.
Strenkowski was formerly selected as
Teacher of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of
Distributive Education Teachers. She has served as president of
several state and national organizations in the secondary
education field, including the Pennsylvania Two-Year College
Association, the Pennsylvania Association of Distributive Education
Teachers and the National Association of Distributive Education
Teachers. She also continues her membership in many organizations
related to college admissions counseling and the Pennsylvania
Department of Education.
Photo: Dr. Elizabeth Strenkowski (at
right), director of Admissions at CCAC Boyce Campus, receives the
Pennsylvania School Counselor Advocate of the Year award.