Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – sponsored by ECMC Foundation
The vision for the PLSP-ECMC Foundation Fellowship is to help develop the leadership skills of current and emerging postsecondary career and technical education (CTE) professionals with an emphasis on addressing the needs of underserved populations. The Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE-Sponsored by ECMC Foundation is made possible through the generous support of the ECMC Foundation. ECMC Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, nationally-focused foundation whose mission is to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes – especially among underserved populations – through evidence-based innovation. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis. ECMC Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grant-making and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. Working with grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation’s vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential. Learn more about ECMC Foundation by visiting ecmcfoundation.org and ECMC Group by visiting ecmcgroup.org.
By participating in the year-long PLSP-ECMCF Program, each Fellow 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 — while working with a personal mentor to strengthen these skills needed to be an effective leader in CTE. The PLSP-ECMC Foundation program will assist Fellows in developing these leadership skills through:
- webinar discussions
- working with a mentor
- assigned projects
- developing & delivering presentation(s)
- participating in team building activities
- and leadership development.
Twenty fellows will be selected for the third cohort. As participants apply and are selected, they will need to identify a key objective or issue that they wish to address as the capstone project of their scholarship and participation throughout the program, which is the core idea behind the process. The PLSP Fellows will participate in monthly webinars designed to challenge the current thinking and practices designed to propel action toward building a more robust and equitable CTE presence in each participants’ institution. The Fellows will be exposed to such topics as the future of CTE; building stronger alliances with secondary CTE and dual credit; building strong business-education partnerships and creating high quality work-based learning opportunities for students; what skills are demanded to lead in today’s educational and labor climate; Higher Education Act and Perkins reauthorizations; building global competencies; exploring the U.S. skills gap; interaction with leaders from governmental education agencies such as the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE), U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL); and models for high quality CTE programs and instruction.
In addition to monthly webinars the PLSP Fellows will have three face-to face meetings to enhance the cohort’s experience as they attend conferences, visit a nationally recognized community/technical college to see programs, business partnerships, and interact with leaders on that campus. The Fellows will also engage with current leaders from across the country on CTE advocacy, policy, instruction and leadership.
Questions about the program? Feel free to reach out to Lauren Fillebrown, ACTE Programs Coordinator, at email@example.com.