His on-going efforts to bridge the gap between education and careers earned Southwestern Illinois College Industrial Technology Coordinator Mark Bosworth the 2019 Madison County CTE Business Supporter of the Year award. The fifth annual Madison County CTE “Techie” awards were presented at a ceremony May 14 at the Career & Technical Education System office in Edwardsville. Ten awards were presented to supporters of the Madison County CTE program. “I like to work with students, see them grow, and help them receive an education to provide for their families and their futures,” Bosworth said. “The CTE helps provide a starting point to get students on the right track for a lasting career.” Bosworth was honored for supporting local industry’s workforce needs and for serving as a conduit between industry and secondary/postsecondary CTE programs in the region. “Mark’s work has been exemplary in the area of pathway development from high school to postsecondary education to meaningful, living wage employment,” said SWIC Dean of Technical Education Bradley Sparks. “His programs’ enrollment growth and recognition at the county, state and national levels are all testaments to his dedication and hard work on behalf of SWIC.” The creation of education pathways requires significant interaction with high school programs in the college district such as facilitating donations, maintaining equipment, developing curriculum, and coordinating secondary education faculty, Sparks said. Bosworth spends every Friday at one or more local high schools cultivating these relationships. The Madison County CTE System is the regional Education for Employment delivery system charged with administering and coordinating Career and Technical Education programs such as Agriculture, Business, Family & Consumer Science, Health Occupations and Technology Education & Engineering. In addition to being program coordinator, Bosworth teaches classes in all areas in the Precision Machining Technology program, which includes manual machining, computer numerical control (CNC) program and MasterCam programming, and some courses for Industrial Maintenance Mechanics. In 2016, Bosworth was named SWIC Full-Time Faculty Member of the Year and won the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. Before joining SWIC in 2008, Bosworth taught at Ranken Technical College for 12 years and was a machinist for 11 years for five companies in the St. Louis area. Bosworth has a master’s degree in Adult Education and Administration from Jones International University and a bachelor’s degree in Management from National-Louis University. He’s also a member of the National Tooling and Machining Association and Skills USA. Bosworth lives in Belleville with his wife, Sue, and their daughter, Emily.