Title: Director of Trade and Apprentice Education
Company: Henry Ford Community College
Location: Riverview, Michigan, United States
Edward C. Allard, director of trade and apprentice education at Henry Ford Community College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements and leadership in industrial education.
With nearly 40 years of professional service to his credit, Mr. Allard enjoyed a thriving career as an industrial educator. After completing the mechanical drafting curriculum at the Cass Technical High School, he attended classes at the University of Detroit from 1954 to 1956. He also served honorably in the Michigan Air National Guard from 1954 to 1962. He continued his education at Wayne State University, located in Detroit, Michigan, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in industrial education in 1962 and a Master of Education in industrial education in 1968. As a testament to his prowess, Mr. Allard has been certified as a secondary permanent teacher and a permanent vocational teacher in Michigan.
Mr. Allard began his career as a detailed and layout designer at various engineering companies throughout Dearborn, Ferndale and Detroit, Michigan. Armed with his experience and a solid educational background, he became a teacher in the Melvindale-Northern Allen Park Schools from 1962 to 1965. He continued his professional journey at the Dearborn Public Schools from 1965 to 1967. Garnering a reputation for his expertise, Mr. Allard was appointed to serve as an instructor of industrial education at the Henry Ford Community College from 1967 to 1973. Highly respected for his industry prowess, he was appointed as the director of Trade and Apprentice Education Division at the Henry Ford Community College specializing in related instruction for manufacturing and plant maintenance trades from 1973 to 2000.
In addition to his primary responsibilities in the academic setting, Mr. Allard has thrived in a variety of leadership roles. During his tenure at the college, he was temporarily assigned as the director of the UAW-Ford Motor Company Career Services and the Reemployment Assistance Center in Dearborn, Michigan. He was also active from 1980 to 2000 as the treasurer of the Michigan Apprenticeship Steering Committee Inc., an advocacy group comprised of education, manufacturing, construction, and governmental leaders that seek to promote the benefits of apprenticeship. As a longtime member of the Michigan Educators Apprenticeship and Training Association, Mr. Allard had served the organization as secretary and president. He was also an active member of the Henry Ford Community College Administrators Association.
The United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training has commemorated Mr. Allard’s service with a certificate of meritorious service for outstanding service to the National Apprenticeship Program. He also received recognition for 36 years of Outstanding Leadership and Dedicated Service from the Trade and Apprenticeship division of the Henry Ford Community College, which he considers a career highlight. Mr. Allard also dedicated himself to his community. He was involved with the Kiwanis Club and later active as secretary of his Rotary Club. Further, he was honored as the Dearborn Sunshine Rotary Club Rotarian of the Year. And, as a former Commander of the Grosse Ile Power Squadron, he taught safe boating courses and was additionally honored with a Senior Member Award for meritorious service. As an additional testament to his success, Mr. Allard is the recipient of the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made a difference in their field.
A resident of Michigan, Mr. Allard enjoyed many happy years of marriage to his wife, also a teacher, Judith Kay McKitrick, before her passing. Together, they were the proud parents of two children, Douglas Edward and Susan Kathleen, each of whom are teachers. Now, as a musician, Mr. Allard spends his leisure time playing with the band Picks and Bow, as well as volunteering and leading sing-a-longs at Atria Kinghaven, an assisted living community.
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