Montana's senior senator, Jon Tester, has received a national award for his work in career technical education.
Advance CTE gave Tester the award Wednesday, honoring him with the Congressional Star of Education for his work and support of career technical education.
The group, which is the longest-standing national nonprofit to represent state directors and leaders of CTE, cited Tester's work as a state senator and U.S. senator in its award. Tester has fought to keep Pell Grants in place to support career technical education. During his time in the state Senate, the Big Sandy Democrat helped champion two-year technology colleges.
Advance CTE said Tester has used his influence in Congress to be an advocate for career technical education on a national level.
State education leaders applauded Tester's efforts.
"(He) is a tremendous advocate for education at all levels. He is known throughout Montana and across our nation for his commitment to quality and affordable educational pathways and opportunities," said Clayton Christian, Commissioner of Higher Education for Montana.