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KCS Leader Wins Regional Honor

Daryle Adams receiving the CTE Administrator of the Year Award

Kannapolis City Schools’ Director of STEM & Career Technical Education (CTE) has been named the Regional CTE Director of the Year. Daryle Adams received the Danny Hardee CTE Administrator of the Year award to honor his achievements in expanding Kannapolis City Schools’ Career Technical Education program, his outstanding leadership, and his efforts to ensure student and teacher success.


Robert Filter, the Career Technical Education Coordinator for the Southwest Region of North Carolina, says, “Daryle was selected as the Administrator of the Year by his peers in the Southwest Region based on his contributions to teacher and student success, his contributions to innovation in CTE, and his leadership in the local and greater CTE community. I have worked with Daryle for several years, and he has been an exemplary CTE Director and shares his innovative concepts with others in the region and state. He works effortlessly to provide programs for Kannapolis City Schools that prepare students for successful careers.”


Under Daryle Adams’ leadership, Kannapolis City Schools has significantly expanded its Career Technical Education program. The program now includes 26 Career Pathways and 48 professional credential certifications that are offered to students. As part of its CTE program, KCS partners with Rowan Cabarrus Community College to offer certifications in Welding, Information Technology, Graphic Design, and more. It also has started pre-apprenticeship programs with Wayne Brothers and S&D Coffee that allow students to earn guaranteed employment after high school and be eligible for free college tuition to continue their education. Governor Roy Cooper recently named Kannapolis City Schools’ Wayne Brothers partnership as the winner of the Governor’s Award of Distinction for outstanding Innovative Partnerships. That award will be presented in October.


The Southwest region of North Carolina includes 11 school districts in the Charlotte area. Daryle Adams will now compete for the North Carolina Danny Hardee CTE Administrator of the Year award.