The Heart of the Matter

What makes a leader? Is it an acquired set of skills? Or, perhaps, a long list of accolades? Some may believe it comes from the hours put in to a project or a career. While all of these contribute to a great employee or project coordinator, I would argue these qualities are not what make a great lea...

Multiple Paths Lead to CTE

“How did your career path lead to career-technical education?” That’s one of the most interesting questions I discussed with my new ACTE Fellowship Mentor, Nicole Lord. Our backgrounds are similar; we didn’t start out in education, but somehow ended up on the same path. Nicole is from Michig...

My New Old Mentor

My conversations with Dr. Wider began at the EBS during the summer of 2016. I met her when I signed up for ACTE. She was so enthusiastic about the organization, and helped me understand the value of being a part of SCACTE and my division. I attended the reception during the EBS and had the opportuni...

The Value of Mentorship

As part of their program of work for the National Leadership Fellowship Program, the 2017 ACTE Fellows share their reflections on their experiences connecting with their new program mentors. Read each fellow's post by clicking on their photo below!   "Multiple Paths Lead to CTE&q...

Meeting with my Fellowship Mentor

My mentor for the 2017 ACTE Fellows program is Shelly Rust, Advanced Culinary Arts and Baking Pastry Instructor at the Kokomo Area Career Center in Kokomo, Indiana. She is a 2014 ACTE Fellow and is currently the Indiana ACTE President. Like me, Shelly came into the Career Tech arena from the restaur...

Three Keys to Success in CTE

It has been a pleasure to work with my mentor, Mr. Patrick Biggerstaff, who serves as the Director of Area 31 Career Center in Indianapolis.  Patrick is a former ACTE Region III Fellow and was recently elected as the VP-Administration Elect for ACTE. Patrick is very passionate about Career &am...

The Power of a Thought!

The future of education is very uncertain.  One thing that is not uncertain, however, is the ability THOUGHTS have on the power to change the way things are!  If you think about it, a “college” is not a building or property!  A college can move to another building or location a...

Gaining Leadership Skills as an ACTE Fellow

I thoroughly enjoyed all my time at the National Policy Seminar (NPS) this past February.  I truly believe that attending this conference as an ACTE Fellow was an invaluable learning experience.  We were given an “inside look” into the leadership of ACTE.   We were able t...

Making Great Leaders in CTE

There should not be any doubt that career and technical education has a vital role to play in preparing students for the workforce.   CTE offers many benefits to the nation’s students. The biggest benefit of CTE is having the opportunity to prepare high schools students to for high-wage, hig...