FALL RIVER — If you want Diman Business Technology teacher Karl Cabucio to be Safety Educator of the Year, go and vote for him.
So, how does the business technology teacher get to be a candidate for Safety Educator of the Year?
Diman Superintendent Tom Aubin explained.
“He’s taken on the job tracking students at Diman to see if they have the OSHA credential,” Aubin said.
The Safety Educator of the Year Award, sponsored by CareerSafe, recognizes exceptional educators who have not only dedicated their time to prepare students for the future but to also help students recognize and mitigate workplace hazards in their chosen careers.
Aubin stressed that this duty was not assigned to Cabucio, but he took it up voluntarily and accepted it as an outgrowth of his business technology skills.
“He’s the go-to guy for computer problems and he took this on,” Aubin said.
“He’s also been working with the kids who are in English as a second language program to see that they have the credential,” Aubin said.
Aubin said the credential certifies that a student has basic knowledge of safety precautions as used in a variety of industries and with a variety of materials.
“When the students get out and get a job, the credential can mean a few extra dollars an hour, so it’s useful,” Aubin said.
The winning educator will be announced at CareerTech Vision’s ACTE Awards Banquet on Nov. 30. The award includes: $5,000 cash prize for the classroom, all expenses trip paid to ACTE CareerTech Vision, and annual ACTE membership.
Voting continues through Oct. 7.
“We’re all very excited and very proud,’ Aubin said. “There are only five nominees in the country.”