January 21, 2014
NOCTI, Big Rapids, Mich., has awarded the 2013 Carl J. Schaefer Memorial Award to Derek Hazlett, a welding instructor at the Carter County Career and Technical Center in Olive Hill, Ky. The award is given to recognize an outstanding career and technical education (CTE) teacher or teacher candidate.
Hazlett also is pursuing his bachelor's degree in occupation-based CTE at Morehead State University, with an expected graduation date of 2018.
A certified welding inspector, he began his career in welding immediately out of high school, working for a construction company building conveyors. He earned his first welding certification in that position and went on to pursue numerous welding, rigging, scaffolding, and steel erection certifications.