(Bradenton, FL—September 24, 2012) Mary Cantrell, PhD, has been selected to receive the Champion of Farmworkers Award from the Mexican-American Council, Inc. (MAC) Board of Directors and the Florida Department of Education Farmworker Jobs and Education Program.
She is being acknowledged for her support and commitment towards improving the lives of migrant farmworkers in the State of Florida, for her “tireless and unwavering commitment to improve the lives of migrant farmworkers through education, jobs and advocacy.”
Dr. Cantrell has been the director of Manatee Technical Institute since 1996. Her commitment to farmworker education and employment spans more than a decade. Through her leadership, MTI hires more Farmworker Education Program trained farmworkers per year than any other employer in the region. Since 1998, MTI has provided on-the-job training and work experience to more than 260 farmworker clients and has hired 30 farmworkers who have completed the on-the-job training and/or work experience on campus.
The Awards Recognition program is scheduled for Thursday, September 27 at the Florida Farmworker Jobs and Education Program’s Annual Conference in Tampa.
About Manatee Technical Institute
Manatee Technical Institute is a postsecondary career and technical education center under the School District of Manatee County offering over 40 career preparation programs. It is fully accredited by the Council on Occupational Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The mission of Manatee Technical Institute is to meet and exceed our community’s training and educational expectations. MTI is a 2007 Tampa Bay Business of the Year, and its students have won more SkillsUSA medals than any other school in the nation for the past nine years.