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Area Technology Leaders Earn CTO Certification

On February 22nd in Montgomery, 32 school system technology leaders became the first graduates of the Alabama Chief Technology Officer (CTO) certification program. The year-long program was established by the Alabama Educational Technology Association in 2016. The credential is the first of its kind in the state. It was designed for those who manage the technology programs in Alabama’s school systems.

Today’s school systems rely heavily on technology for enhancing educational opportunities for students. In addition, like any other employer with multiple campuses, they depend on technology for their communications, business functions, and operations, including safety. Being in charge of a school system’s technology program requires extensive knowledge in many different areas from networking and data management to instructional design and privacy concerns.

Program participants who completed the course graduated from the CTO program with a good command of all the different areas it takes to do the job well. The year-long program includes eight courses.

CTO Roles and Responsibilities

Law, Ethics and Policies

Data Management and Governance

Teaching and Learning

Models of Professional Learning

IT Management

Technology Planning

Finance and Budgeting

The following is a list of the graduates from North Alabama:

Joel Andrews - Russellville City

Bruce Ellard - Cullman County

Michael Fowlkes - Arab City

Sean Holmes - Guntersville City

Dr. Beth McKinney - Athens City Schools

Tim Southerland - Hartselle City Schools

Kevin Stephenson - Muscle Shoals City Schools

Jason Truett - Lauderdale County

Chris Westbrook - Florence City Schools

Tommy Whitten - Madison County Schools

For a complete list, please visit their website at