Postsecondary Leadership Success Resources
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Apply today for the Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – Sponsored by ECMC Foudnation! Applications opened October 1, 2019 and will close on December 15, 2019.
Instructions for Applying
2020-21 ACTE Postsecondary Leadership Success Program
Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – Sponsored by ECMC Foundation (PLSP-ECMCF) March 2020 – February 2021
Leadership training that encompasses personal characteristics, technical skills, interpersonal behaviors, commitment to goals, and effective organizational skills is crucial for effective leadership and critically important for postsecondary CTE. For this reason, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), with funding from the ECMC Foundation, is seeking participants in the initial Postsecondary Leadership Success Program (PLSP), March 2020 to February 2021.
Selected participants will develop and refine their skills in organizational leadership and management; build critical interpersonal skills in communication, collaboration, networking, problem solving, and the effective use of time/resources; and hone their ability to facilitate institutional change. Participants will build a network of peers in CTE postsecondary leadership and work with a personal mentor to strengthen skills. Participants will commit to identifying and making progress on a self-identified project/work challenge that will have substantive impact on their postsecondary CTE program and/or enhance the delivery of CTE for undeserved populations.
The PLSP-ECMCF program is intended to develop the organizational leadership and management skills of CTE professionals who are working in postsecondary with preference given to those working with adult learners and those who would like to address the needs of undeserved populations. These populations may include adult learners, learners with disabilities, English language learners, or other groups. Individuals selected for the program must demonstrate a passion to grow their skill set and commit to being a recognized leader, both to support their own program and institution and to further leadership development among others in the postsecondary community. Participants will receive a $4,000 stipend and a possible option graduate credit upon completion, and all travel and attendance costs for required events will be covered.
Individuals seeking to participate in the program must complete and submit the following electronic application, which will be reviewed by a committee of postsecondary CTE leaders. Applicants will be scored based on their ability to articulate goals and purpose for participation; experience with and commitment to undeserved populations; sensitivity to diverse populations; and clarity of the proposed challenge/issue you plan to solve. Please read the instructions carefully and be sure to upload the requested attachments, which include a letter of support from your institutional leader and a resume or CV. Applications judged to be incomplete will be disqualified from consideration.
For sample preview of applications, download here.
To apply for the 2020-2021 PLSP-ECMC Founadtion Cohort, please follow this link. Applications opened October 1, 2019 and will close on December 15, 2019.
2019-2020 Program Schedule
- National Policy Seminar 2019 in Arlington, Virginia – March 24-27, 2019
- Gateway Experience in Kenosha, Wisconsin – June 12-14, 2019
- ECMC Foundation’s Inaugural Partner Convening in Washington, D.C. – October 21-24, 2019
- 2019 ECMC Foundation Inaugural Partner Convening in Washington, D.C.
- ACTE VISION 2019 in Anaheim, California – December 3-7, 2019
- 2019 ACTE VISION Agenda
- Monthly Professional Development Webinars via Zoom Software (1st Friday Monthly; 3:30 p.m. EST)
2019-2020 Program Speakers
- June 6th Webinar
- James Bartlett
- James Bartlett, Ph.D., is an associate professor at NC State and directs the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program in Charlotte. James has served as a faculty member at the University of Illinois and as a research association for the National Center for Career and Technical Education Research and the Office of Community College Research and Leadership. He serves as co-principal investigator on the John M. Belk Endowment grant, a 10.8 million dollar project to launch the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research. Bartlett led the curricular redesign of the doctorate in community college leadership and is the NC State designee to the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED). Additionally, Bartlett serves as the principal investigator on the ECMC Foundation Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Research grant. Dr. Bartlett has chaired over 60 dissertations and has received the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor award, a member of NC State’s Academy of Outstanding Mentors, ACTER Meritorious service award, and the ACTER distinguished service award. Dr. Bartlett has served as the President of the Association for Career and Technical Education Research (ACTER) and editor of the Career and Technical Education Research the premiere journal in the field. Dr. Bartlett’s most recent research has focused on apprenticeships and workforce development. You can connect with James on Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/drjamesbartlett/) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/drjamesbartlett)
- James Bartlett
- May 3rd Webinar
- Katie Fitzgerald
Katie serves as the Communications Manager for Advance CTE. Since 2014, Katie has managed the communications portfolio and served as the manager for the Excellence in Action Awards. Additionally, she leads the Advance CTE initiative, Strategies for Attracting Students to High-Quality CTE, which supports states and local communities across the country in their efforts to attract and recruit students into high-quality Career Technical Education programs of study. Katie provides targeted support to select states as they identify, pilot and evaluate strategies for recruiting students into high-quality CTE. Prior to joining the Advance CTE team, Katie worked for over five years at the National Center for Creative Aging. In her role as the Director of Communications, she managed all communications, information and referral, leadership awards and technical assistance grants. She also served as an organization spokesperson at conferences across the country. In addition to communications, Katie assisted in curriculum development and program management.
- Brittany Davidson
- Brittney Davidson is a Senior Program Manager at the College Excellence Program. Prior to joining CEP, Brittney led guided pathways research and technology initiatives at the Education Advisory Board. Brittney has previously served as a secondary school teacher on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico, where she collaborated with administrators, local non-profits and community colleges to improve curriculum, leverage technology to personalize instruction, and expand dual enrollment opportunities for students. Brittney has also conducted research projects for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank, and has consulted on girls’ empowerment and education programming for NGOs in Uganda. Brittney received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and completed her MPA at Columbia University.
- Karthik Ilakkuvan
- Karthik Ilakkuvan is a Program Associate at the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. His work at CEP focuses on the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and the SIEMENS Technical Scholars programs. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Karthik taught PreCalculus at IDEA Mission College Prep in South Texas for three years. When he’s not working, he spends an inordinate amount of time actively searching for Lakers- and Packers-themed baby items for his niece. Karthik holds a B.A. of Business Administration, Marketing, with a minor in Economics and concentration in Finance from the College of William and Mary.
- Katie Fitzgerald
- April 5th Webinar
- Dr. Jaared Scott
- As Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Jaared provides visionary
leadership and oversight of Francis Tuttle’s career training and college
preparatory academies and has been labeled as Oklahoma’s Design Thinking
evangelist. Jaared has been challenged to design the school of the future at Francis
Tuttle’s new Edmond Campus, scheduled to open in 2021.
His Futuring endeavors include working with thought leading companies such
as Apple and Google, and leading Universities such as MIT, Stanford, Purdue,
and Georgia Tech. Jaared holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from
Northwestern, a Master of Science in Engineering and Technology
Management and a Doctorate of Education from Oklahoma State University.
Jaared represented Oklahoma on iNACOL’s competency-based and national
research committees and was appointed by the Oklahoma Senate to serve as
an inaugural State Board Member for Oklahoma’s Statewide Virtual Charter
School. Most recently, he was named as a mentor for Oklahoma City’s newest
Accelerator, the OKC Thunder Launchpad.
- As Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Jaared provides visionary
- Dr. Jaared Scott
- National Policy Seminar
- Dr. Doug Major – Supt./CEOMeridian Technology Center
- Dr. Douglas Major began his career as an agriculture education student in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. Through his membership in FFA he had the opportunity to serve both as a local and state officer, which helped shape his decision to enter the teaching profession. After earning his bachelor’s in agriculture education at Oklahoma State University, he taught for two years at Anadarko High School. In 1987, Major had the opportunity to join the CareerTech system as an administrative intern at Meridian Technology Center and worked there 13 years in various administrative capacities. During his tenure at Meridian, he also completed both his master’s and doctoral degrees from OSU. In 2000, Major was selected as the Superintendent/CEO of Pioneer Technology Center. He held this position before returning to Meridian Technology Center in November 2008 as Superintendent/CEO.
- Steve Partridge – Vice President Northern Virginia Community College
- For the past six years, Partridge has been president and CEO of Charlotte Works in North Carolina. There, he successfully transformed Charlotte’s Workforce Development Board into a demand-driven agency assisting more than 1,300 businesses and hosting more than 125,000 job-seeker visits. In this role he became adept at understanding employer needs and economy-driving, public- and private-sector demands, making Charlotte Works a national benchmark for workforce reform. He also created intense educational partnerships from elementary through college institutions and formed a volunteer corps that saved employers more than $100,000 a year. He previously served as managing director of the Charlotte Regional Economic Workforce Recovery Initiative, and in senior leadership roles for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Department of Commerce. In short, Partridge holds extensive workforce development expertise dating back to the beginning of his professional career. He will be able to directly apply this expertise to both the benefit of the Northern Virginia economy and NOVA.
- Colonel Dina Wandler 1st Recruiting Brigade U.S. Army
- Col. Dina S. Wandler has served in the United States Army for over 28 years. She enlisted as a Flight Operations Specialist in the 1/189th Attack Aviation Battalion in the Montana Army National Guard, and later served in the 396th Station Hospital (USAR) and deployed as a Physical Therapy Specialist to Panama and as a Preventive Medicine Specialist to Guyana. She graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Psychology and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Adjutant General Corps.
- Kim Green – Executive Director Advance CTE
- For the past twenty-six years, Kimberly A. Green has worked extensively on federal policy impacting Career Technical Education (CTE). Working closely with Congress, the Administration and a broad range of stakeholders, she represents the interests of and seeks support for CTE. Kimberly represents the State CTE Directors on a variety of boards and committees including the Board of Directors for the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council and national advisory board of the National Career Academy Coalition. She serves as an advisor to the National College and Career Readiness Center, the Great Teachers and Leaders Center, the American National Standards Institute’s Certificate Accreditation Program and the Advancing Equity Technical Advisory Group. She is an accomplished speaker, having presented in all 50 states and is considered a nationally recognized expert in CTE. With the support of Pell Grants and the federal work study program, she is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She is a native of Buffalo, New York.
- Alisha Hyslop – Director Public Policy, ACTE
- Alisha Hyslop has spent almost 20 years working in CTE and is currently the Director of Public Policy at the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). At ACTE, Alisha leads the organization’s legislative, advocacy, and research efforts that cover both secondary and postsecondary policy issues and is particularly involved in efforts related to the Perkins Act.
- Kimberly Vitelli- Acting Administrator at U.S. DOL Employment and Training
- Kimberly oversees formula and competitive grant programs that help people get jobs, keep jobs, and get betterjobs. Known for leadership, problem-solving, and analytic skills. Current passions: operationalizingAmerican Job Center partnerships, and promoting innovation in disability employment.
- Dr. Simon Marti – Head of Office Science, Technology and Higher Education
Embassy of Switzerland
- Simon Martin started as the Head of Office Science, Technology and Higher Education at the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States of America on August 1, 2016. He recently worked with the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) in Bern as a Project Leader in Education Management and Research. Previously, he conducted postdoctoral research at Columbia University in New York City (Fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF) and also worked for the European Parliament and for the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration in Lausanne among others. He is a political scientist and holds a PhD from the University of Basel and a MA from the University of Bern.
- Mr. Ronald Painter, CEO National Association of Workforce Board
- As a member of the Business U Advisory Board, Ron ensures that workforce boards have access to Business U’s learning events and technology from a national perspective to move them to a next level of performance in regional business engagement as outlined in WIOA. Prior to his role at NAWB, Ron was the founding CEO of the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board in Pittsburgh, where under his leadership the organization focused on producing labor market research, working with public educators on improved student career information, supporting community leaders in the development of regional benchmarks, and establishing the Regional Workforce Collaborative whose membership includes community colleges, workforce investment boards, employers, labor, and economic development professionals. Before joining the Three Rivers Workforce Board, he worked in Washington, DC, first on loan to the U.S. Department of Labor for the Enterprise Project, and then for the National Alliance of Business. Ron and his team at NAWB have been integral into getting the new WIOA authorized.
- Dr. Casey Sacks – Deputy Assistant Secretary OCTAE / US Department of Education
- Casey K. Sacks is the deputy assistant secretary for community colleges in the office of career, technical, and adult education at the U.S. Department of Education. She provides leadership for initiatives supporting career and technical education, adult education, correctional and re-entry education, and community colleges. These initiatives collectively serve over 25 million students each year. Prior to assuming the role of deputy assistant secretary, Sacks served as the vice chancellor for the West Virginia Community and Technical College System. In West Virginia she led a statewide guided pathways initiative, expansion of apprenticeship and work based learning programs, developed customized workforce training for employers, and served as acting chancellor.
- Jenn Worth – VP Workforce Development CTE Business-Education Partnerships
American Association of Community Colleges
- Jen Worth serves as senior vice president for workforce and economic development for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). In this role, Worth oversees projects that partner community colleges with workforce boards, economic development entities, labor market intermediaries, and other community organizations to drive workforce and economic opportunity. Striving to make promising practices into common practices, she interfaces with federal agencies and fosters relationships with foundations and industry partners looking to align talent pipelines from colleges into growing employment sectors. Worth has held positions at the National Center on Education and the Economy, the Academy for Educational Development, the Center for Post-Compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning, and the National Association of Workforce Boards. She serves on the board of SkillsUSA and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship. She holds a Master of Public Policy and Management degree from the University of Melbourne in Australia.
- Dr. Doug Major – Supt./CEOMeridian Technology Center
2019-2020 PLSP-ECMCF Fellows Blog Posts
PLSP-ECMC Foundation Fellows Blog Posts
PLSP-ECMCF Fellows Highlighted on ECMC Foundation #CTELeadershipCollaborative Blog!
Throughout the year, the 2019 PLSP-ECMC Foundation Fellows have been assigned various blog posts about different experiences. Through these posts, the fellows will share what they’ve learned, ideas they would like to share, and how the experiences have changed and challenged them. Stay tuned throughout the year to read the blog posts, which will on the ECMCF web site. Check out the the links below to see some of the fellows blogs on ECMC Foundation’s #CTELeadershipCollaborative blog as the fellows share about their experience as a Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – Sponsored by ECMC Foundation Fellow!
“Career-Tech in the Spotligh” by Carrie Schiederer
“Reflections on My Postsecondary CTE Mentor” by Lynn McCoy
“Reflections On My Mentoring Experience” by Rachel Andre
“Awareness Through CTE” by DeAnna Little