State education executive, an alumna, to be featured Feb. 26

Baird to speak for Career and Technical Education Executive in Residence
​Jerry Poling | February 20, 2019

An alumna who works for the state Department of Public Instruction is the 2019 Career and Technical Education Executive in Residence at UW-Stout.

Sara Baird, assistant director for the DPI’s career and technical education division, will speak from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in room 110 of Jarvis Hall Science Wing. Admission is free.

As part of the CTE Executive in Residence program, Baird also will meet with students, faculty and staff throughout the day.

Sara BairdBaird has two degrees from UW-Stout, a bachelor’s in marketing and business education in 1997 and a master’s in training and development in 2008.

She will address:

  • How to expose youth to high need, high skill and high wage occupations
  • How to meet the future of work within an ever-changing, social, technological and political environment

Sara is passionate and significantly involved in driving the initiatives across PK-12 academic and career fields through her position at DPI,” said Professor Urs Haltinner, director of UW-Stout’s CTE doctoral program. “She works to help students see how their innate talent and learning passion intersect with career options.”

Baird taught marketing education for 10 years in southeastern Wisconsin before joining DPI in 2006 in marketing, management and entrepreneurship. She also has worked at DPI as a Career Pathways consultant.

Along with honoring graduates who contribute to the advancement of the field, the CTE Executive in Residence program helps expand “the vision of contributing to the business and industry supply chain of graduates who possess the skills, knowledge and aptitudes to meet the current, near future and futures of work that have yet to be envisioned,” Haltinner said.

UW-Stout’s bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral CTE academic programs are outgrowths of one of the university’s first majors, industrial education, dating to the early 1900s. The CTE master’s program has been offered for 75 years, since the Graduate School opened in 1935. UW-Stout began offering a doctorate in CTE in 2013, the university’s first doctoral program.



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