ASU's Liz Martinez honored by state BOCES Assoc.


Liz Martinez, program director with Adams State University Extended Studies, was recently presented the Colorado BOCES Association Stanley A. Leftwich Award. She was nominated in recognition of her outstanding contributions to cooperative education in Colorado by Nita McAuliffe, executive director of San Luis Valley BOCES (Board of Cooperative Education Services.)

SLV BOCES Executive Director Nita McAuliffe (left) with Liz Martinez of Adams State Extended Studies, who received the Colorado BOCES Association Stanley A. Leftwich Award in honor of her career-long commitment to cooperative education.

Martinez, a 21-year employee of Adams State, coordinates professional development coursework for educators across the state and nation. She received the honor at the association's July 8 All-State Board Awards banquet in Glenwood Springs.

"Liz really has a passion for supporting K-12 education. She lives the vision of accomplishing great dreams together through collaborative efforts," McAuliffe said. "She helps provide what the school districts need to develop teachers. Liz has developed and/or maintained partnerships with all 178 districts in Colorado, as well as agencies such as BOCES, CASE, CDE, CASB, and other non-profits. When I think of Adams State University, I think of Liz."

Thanks to the flexibility of distance course delivery, Adams State Extended Studies serves around 15,000 students globally each year.

"It's an honor to receive this award. I'm humbled, to say the least" Martinez told K-12 educators at the banquet. "I support what you do through higher education in any way shape or form, whether that's professional development, student success, college entrance, you name it. I wear a lot of hats, and I do it because of the kids."

Past recipients of the award include superintendents, board members, CDE personnel, legislators, and agency administrators who provided visible and positive support to the statewide BOCES effort.

By Julie Waechter