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FORT LEE, Va. (Aug. 25, 2016) -- The U.S. Army Women’s Museum has received the Pinnacle Award for live broadcast studio educational programming from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration.

The award is given annually to organizations that receive outstanding scores on program evaluations submitted by educators and other users.

“It’s nice to be recognized, especially since we are a small museum with a small staff doing these programs,” said Amanda Vtipilson, curator of education at the AWM. “There are many great, large institutions that have received the award such as the Texas State Aquarium and the Cleveland Museum of Art. To be up in the ranks with them is a real honor.”

Vtipilson, along with Tracy Bradford, AWM director of education, have operated the studio and presented the live programs since 2014.

“Anybody can view our presentations. Our biggest audience is adults in retirement communities and senior centers from across the country,” said Vtipilson. “They do continuing learning at these centers. We conducted about 30 this year reaching about 1,000 people.”

Those seeking the free programs request them on the CILC website. Evaluations are noted on the website too. AWM has held the online programs for groups in California, Massachusetts, New York, Alabama and other states.

The museum offers two one-hour World War II-era selections – “Where in the World Were They” and “Island of Integration: The Desegregation of the U.S. Army.”

The content includes archival images and video from the museum’s collections.

She noted, “It’s interesting since a lot of them (the senior adults) experienced what we are presenting. I learn a lot from them too.”

The following are three comments received.

“A well organized and detailed program that shares information on our under appreciated women who served during WWII.”

“Students loved the presentation. We had two different presenters and they were both fantastic! I love the mix of visual with actual artifacts as well.”

“The students were very engaged and participated in the program the entire time.”