Darrell L. Parks is an independent employment and training consultant in the areas of educational services, professional writing, and training. For the past eight years he has been contracted by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) to review and recommend automotive technology training programs for certification in accordance with the automotive service industry's national standards. Also, he is currently under contract as interim executive director for the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education Association. Dr. Parks has authored a chapter in a new secondary/post-secondary student textbook on automotive excellence and has also toured, studied, and/or consulted in the field of vocational education and workforce training in Austria, Denmark, the Federal Republic of Germany, Mexico, Russia, and Singapore.
Dr. Parks began his educational career as an agricultural education instructor in Rockford, Ohio. After three years of teaching, he moved his family to Canal Winchester, Ohio where he taught agricultural education for Canal Winchester Local Schools. During this time, his classroom was also a student teacher training site for The Ohio State University. His career then took him to The Ohio State University as a Supervisor of Itinerant Teachers for one year prior to becoming Supervisor of Agricultural Education at the Ohio Department of Education. Seven years at the Ohio Department of Education brought many challenges, opportunities, and experiences as he worked with leaders in Ohio to mold and shape career and technical education.
An opportunity was seized in 1972 when Dr. Parks was asked to move to Cincinnati and play a key role in the planning and development of the Great Oaks Joint Vocational School District. He spent three years as an administrative specialist focusing on instructional program management.
Returning to Columbus Ohio, Dr. Parks worked for one year at the National Center for Vocational Education as the director of the National Academy. He then returned to the Ohio Department of Education and served in various positions until he was named Director of Vocational and Adult Education in the Ohio Department of Education from July 1982 until January 1995.
Prior to his current consulting roles with NATEF and Ohio ACTE, Dr. Parks served as interim executive director of the Center on Education and Training for Employment at the Ohio State University from July 1, 1996 through June 30, 1998,. He has 44 years experience as a secondary vocational teacher, a secondary school administrator, a program director at the National Center for Research in Vocational Education, a supervisor and administrator in the Ohio Department of Education, and educational specialist in the private sector.
Dr. Parks has served as president of the National Vocational Technical Education Honor Society Board of Directors and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Occupational Research end Development in Waco, Texas during which be served a two year term as Chairman of the Board. For eight years he was a member of NATEF Board of Trustees based in Herndon, Virginia. He is a past president of the National Association of State Directors of Vocational-Technical Education and is listed in Who's Who in American Education and Who's Who Worldwide Registry, Inc.
Dr. Parks has received many honors and awards including The Ohio State University College of Education's Centennial Award, The Ohio State University College of Agriculture's Distinguished Alumni Award, The Ohio State University's Center on Education and Training Distinguished Service Award, the Honorary American FPA Degree, honorary life membership in the National Association of State Directors of Vocational-Technical Education, and the Ohio Vocational Association's Ambassador Award.
Darrell Parks received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University and engaged in post-doctoral studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He resides in Columbus, Ohio and he and his wife are the parents of three daughters and one son. He enjoys spending time with his 13 grandchildren. His special interests include reading, fresh water fishing, and agriculture.