NASCIO Honors Kentucky's CIO and Kentucky's
Virtual Adult Education Website
October 1, 2003
9, during the State Dinner at their 2003 Annual conference, the
National Association of State Chief Information Officers honored
Commonwealth of Kentucky CIO and NASCIO Past President Aldona
Valicenti with its prestigious Meritorious Service Award. NASCIO
created the award to spotlight a state CIO who has exemplified
outstanding service and leadership in
state government. Valicentis distinctive leadership, innovation
and achievements exemplify the qualities of this award.
Valicenti has been a key leader within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Kentucky was one of the first states to hire a CIO at the
Executive Cabinet level and we couldnt have picked a better
one. Over the past five years, Aldona Valicenti has helped us
reengineer and rethink technology in the Commonwealth, providing
innovative leadership and direction, said Kentucky Governor
Paul E. Patton.
In addition, Valicentis work at NASCIO has assisted in elevating
the voice and mission of the association. She has transformed
strategic planning from past years into action. Aldona has
worked to ensure the vitality of the organization. She has brought
focus to the issues and leadership to the association. Through
her efforts as ambassador of the organization, she has solidified
the vitality of NASCIO. She has worked tirelessly to grow the
organization, said NASCIO President and Missouri CIO Gerry
Virtual Adult Education Website (KYVAE) was honored with a NASCIO
Recognition Award for Innovative Use of Technology. In less than
two years, KYVAE has revolutionized the way services are delivered
to citizens, and thousands more are enrolling online as a result.
Without a template to follow, two state agencies, the Council
on Postsecondary Education (including the Kentucky Virtual University)
and the Department for Adult Education and Literacy, charted an
innovative course to meet the needs of citizens.
anywhere" access to quality curriculum, resources and instructional
planning and an occupational database of over 9,000 job profiles
instruction to develop the required skills in a high-touch,
familiarity and confidence with computers, which can enhance
adult learners' employment prospects.
more seamless transition from adult to postsecondary education.
cost-savings through economies of scale. The cost per student
is decreasing and is already $132 less than the traditional
adult learning center model of $382 per student.
Associate Vice President and Commissioner of Kentucky Adult Education,
sums up Kentucky's technological innovations best: "From
the hills to the hollows and from the cities, towns, and farms,
the KYVAE is providing convenient, 24-hour-a-day access to quality
learning opportunities, no matter where you live in Kentucky."
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