MANTECA — A Manteca Unified charter has been recognized with a top statewide educational honor.

Be.Tech Charter school has been chosen as one of 51 recipients of the state’s leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Award. The awards, now in their 39th year, are sponsored by the California School Boards Association to recognize outstanding public school programs for innovation, sustainability and best practices that facilitate positive student outcomes.

Principal Carey Simoni accepted the award at a recognition reception and ceremony on Nov. 29 at CSBA’s annual Education Conference and Trade Show in San Francisco.

Recognized for their exemplary practices and programs in career technical education including their four pathways be.first, be.cuisine, be.industrial and, Be.Tech provides students with job readiness competencies and technical coursework in their career pathway while students earn their high school diploma.

Said Simoni in a statement: “This supports the everyday work and commitment of our staff as they strive to implement the mission of our school to empower students with skills and knowledge in a highly personalized learn-by-doing environment.”