Postsecondary CTE Event

Transforming Postsecondary CTE

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September 20-22, 2023
Denver, CO

Join us at ACTE’s Postsecondary CTE Summit, happening Sept. 20–22 in Denver, Colorado, as we work to:

  • Address equity gaps
  • Build partnerships
  • Support educators
  • Identify and develop resources, ensuring that our postsecondary CTE students are successful in their educational journeys and beyond!

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Join postsecondary CTE professionals from across the nation to tackle four critical issues:

  • Expanding Career Pathways
  • Building Apprenticeships
  • Closing Access & Equity Gaps
  • Supporting Faculty Recruitment & Retention.

The Convening will feature expert panel presentations, engaging professional development sessions, and numerous networking/working sessions. Participants will engage in discussions about the best practices in these four key areas and you will draft a plan to impact your institution. This solution-driven event is unlike any event you have ever attended!

Don’t forget to also register for the pre-Convening special event. We have arranged a tour and dinner at the International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach at Horry-Georgetown Technical College. You will receive a four-course meal prepared by their very own students! This event will be an intimate gathering with your peers. Space is limited for the Convening and the special pre-Convening event!

Register and reserve your spot soon!

See you in Myrtle Beach!

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Tim Hardee

Dr. Tim Hardee became System President of the SC Technical College System in November of 2016. Prior to joining the System Office, he served as President of Central Carolina Technical College.

Dr. Hardee has over 30 years of experience in education throughout the State of South Carolina. Prior to entering higher education administration, he served as a teacher, coach, counselor, and principal on the K-12 level.

Dr. Hardee graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Coastal Carolina University, a M. Ed. in Counselor Education and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Hardee serves on the State Workforce Development Board, The Coordinating Council for Workforce Development and the SC Council on Competitiveness and the Leadership South Carolina Board of Trustees. He is a graduate of Leadership South Carolina and the South Carolina Economic Developers Institute.

Dr. Hardee was presented the Coastal Carolina University Outstanding Alumni award and the Sumter Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Achievement Award.

Interactive Session: Apprenticeships and Workforce Partnerships

Brett Richardson, Moderator

Brett Richardson serves as the coordinator for CTE Processes for St. Louis Community College. Brett was a member of the 2020–21 Postsecondary Leadership Success Fellow Class (now NextLevel Postsecondary CTE Leaders). Brett is currently active in ACTE’s PACE Division and serves as the Division Committee Co-Chair and is a member of the PACE Policy Committee.

Amy Firestone, Ph.D.

Dr. Amy Firestone is the vice president of Apprenticeship Carolina for the South Carolina Technical College System. She leads a multidisciplinary statewide team in expanding youth and adult apprenticeships across all industries. Under Dr. Firestone’s leadership, Apprenticeship Carolina obtained over $19 million in apprenticeship grant funds from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Brooks Backman

Brooks is the director of Training and Development at Nephron Pharmaceuticals in West Columbia, South Carolina. During her eight-plus years with Nephron, she has created and expanded their many apprenticeship programs ranging from Pharmacy Technician to Welding. She works closely with local Midlands colleges and high schools on apprenticeship initiatives and workforce development.

Jeremy Catoe

Jeremy has worked in the workforce development field for almost 17 years in the Midlands of South Carolina where he has assisted organizations from every industry in their efforts to upskill their current employees as well as find better ways to recruit, train and retain new talent.

Dr. Jason Williams

Dr. Williams works at Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Office as the coordinator of Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning Programs of all VCCS’s 23 community colleges. He has spoken, presented, and facilitated for schools, colleges, business, state agencies and within his local community. Dr. Williams extends his passion for teaching, instructing, and facilitating by educating, appealing to, and providing soft and life-skills to underserved populations.

Interactive Session: Expanding Career Pathways

Torrie CostantinoTorrie Costantino, Moderator

Torrie Constantino served as CTE Pathways Coordinator for Utah Valley University doing project management work in developing articulation agreements, building credit and noncredit stackable certificates and programs, grant implementation, and conducting CTE-related program outreach. She now oversees oversee the Colorado Community College System’s Rapid IT Training and Employment Program that provides free online instruction to underemployed and unemployed individuals in the Denver Metro Area.  

Annie PhillipsAnnie Phillips

Annie Phillips is an associate director at Education Strategy Group, a mission-driven consulting firm that works with America’s education leaders and employers to design, scale, and implement strategies that improve postsecondary attainment and advance equity. Annie also provides implementation support to colleges across the country.  She has presented on the importance of non-credit and credit alignment for national audiences.  

Emily Jones GreenEmily Jones Green

Emily Jones-Green, MA, joined the Virginia Community College System in May 2021 as the coordinator of Credit for Prior Learning. In addition to her CPL role, Emily also is the project director for REACH, a grant from the Lumina Foundation which focuses on career pathways and students supports to help adult learners of color.  

Tony DavisTony Davis

TonyDavis has been the national director of FAME USA since February 2020. He leads a team that supports the growth of the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education, a network of more than 400 employers comprising more than 30 chapters across the country who collaborate to train the next generation of skilled maintenance technicians.  

Interactive Session: Supporting Faculty Recruitment and Retention

Alissa Smith, Moderator 

Alissa Smith is the Chief Executive Officer for the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) which is the professional organization for school-based agricultural education. Alissa has spent most of her career developing programs for agricultural educators related to teacher recruitment, retention, and recognition. Her passion is supporting agricultural educators so they can, in turn, can support their students.

Dr. Ebon BrownDr. Ebon Brown

Dr. Ebon Brown is assistant superintendent of Instruction and Support Services at Beaumont Unified School District. He was a CTE teacher, assistant principal, adult ed and CTE principal, alternative education principal, director of College and Career Readiness, and now assistant superintendent of Instruction and Support Services. He works directly with local and regional industry partners to ensure students have non-traditional pathways to earn livable wages.  

Dr. Lisa MartinoDr. Lisa Martino

Dr. Lisa Martino has over 15 years’ experience in career and technical education. She has published research in postsecondary CTE teacher quality and its affect on student learning outcomes. Currently, she is the project lead and PI on a nationwide CTE Teacher Recruitment, Training, and Retention Toolkit, a project supported through ECMC Foundation CTE Leadership Collaborative Mini Grant program.     

Jodi AdamsJodi Adams

Jodi Adams is the director of the New Teacher Institute, the Kentucky Department of Education certification program for occupation-based CTE teachers, as well as a clinical instructor for the University of Louisville Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development. Jodi has offered hundreds of presentations on a broad range of topics. 

Dr. Carol WerhanDr. Carol Werhan

Dr. Carol Werhan served as a Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) high school teacher and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) advisor and university teacher educator for over 25 years.  She has served on the national board of directors for American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Coalition for Family and Consumer Sciences Education, National Association of Teacher Educators of Family & Consumer Sciences, Association for Career & Technical Education, FCS; and FCCLA 

Dr. Michelle Conrad, Facilitator 

Dr. Michelle L. Conrad is an Associate Professor and Graduate Programs Coordinator for Career and Technical Education at the University of Central Missouri. She teaches courses for new CTE teachers from industry, as well as advanced coursework in curriculum development theory and research. She earned her PhD from the University of Kansas (KU) in Higher Education Administration, an MS in Counseling Psychology also from KU, an MA in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University, and a BA in English from the University of Akron. Michelle has worked with the Asia Society and Longview Foundation developing global competency resources and trainings for CTE. She has also worked with ACTE on content for CTE Learn courses, including academic integration and administrator trainings. Michelle serves as a consultant for the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education’s new CTE teacher induction programs and on statewide CTE curriculum development and revision.

Workshop: Change Management

Dr. Ashlee SpannagelFacilitator: Dr. Ashlee Spannagel

Dr. Ashlee Spannagel serves as the dean of CTE and Workforce Development at Southeastern Community College (SCC), where she oversees 47 CTE certificate, diploma, and degree programs. She recently led the effort to secure a partnership with a large OEM to develop and launch a training program, making SCC the first institution to have this type of program in the United States.  

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