ACTE Announces 2019 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program Fellows

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2019

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
703-683-9312, jnagurka@acteonline.org

ACTE Announces 2019 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program Fellows

Alexandria, VA—Today the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced its inaugural class of fellows for its 2019 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – Sponsored by the ECMC Foundation (PLSP-ECMCF). The program’s Advisory Committee selected 20 participants for the 2019-2020 cohort.  The PLSP-ECMCF will support current and aspiring leaders in career and technical education (CTE). The goal is to provide professional and career growth opportunities to the next generation of leaders at nonprofits and postsecondary institutions offering CTE programs.

The 2019-2020 cohort includes the following individuals. Individual press releases describing the fellows’ biographies can be accessed by clicking on their names below:

ACTE will engage two successive cohorts of 20 CTE postsecondary professionals in leadership development activities. These activities include creating a personal development plan, attending virtual and in-person professional development sessions, sharing best practices with the field and engaging with a mentor. The goal of the program is to help participants develop and refine their skills in CTE organizational leadership and management; build critical skills in communication, collaboration, networking, problem solving and use of time/resources; and hone their ability to facilitate institutional change. The PLSP-ECMCF also includes a research study to help determine what efforts best contribute to leadership development among postsecondary CTE professionals and the creation of resources that can be widely distributed to support others in the field.

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About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

About 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 grantmaking 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.

Statewide Iowa Media Tour Announced for Career and Technical Education Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2019 

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
jnagurka@acteonline.org; (703) 683-9312

Statewide Iowa Media Tour Announced for Career and Technical Education Programs
National, Iowa ACTEs to host media tour throughout Iowa from March 11-14

Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has announced a joint media tour in Iowa with the Iowa Association for Career and Technical Education (Iowa ACTE). The two associations will visit eight career and technical education (CTE) programs between Monday, March 11 and Thursday, March 14.

Members of the media, state legislators and local policymakers are invited to attend. The tours will provide firsthand insight into the innovative CTE programs in the area, as well as an opportunity to ask questions of representatives from both associations, school administrators, educators and students. Traveling to each stop on the tour will be: Sandy Miller, Iowa ACTE Executive Director; Lisa Stange, ACTE Region III Vice President and Iowa Department of Education Liaison; and Jarrod Nagurka, ACTE Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager.

Event dates, times and locations are below. Please RSVP to Jarrod Nagurka at jnagurka@acteonline.org or 703-683-9312.

Full Schedule for Iowa CTE Media Tour

Monday, March 11

Sioux City Career Academy — Sioux City
Time: 8:30AM
Address: 627 4th St., Sioux City, IA 51101
Programming: Tour of health science pathways, fashion and interior design, and engineering programs. 

Western Iowa Tech Community College — Sioux City
Time: 1:00PM
Address: 4647 Stone Ave., Sioux City, IA 51106
Programming: Tour of pharmacy technician, nurse aide, robotics and video media production programs. 

Tuesday, March 12

MMCRU High School — Marcus, IA
Time: 8:30AM
Address: 400 E. Fenton St., Marcus, IA 51035
Programming: Tour of industrial tech and agriculture programs. 

North Central Career Academy — Eagle Grove
Time: 1:30PM
Address: 216 S. Park Ave., Eagle Grove, IA 50533
Programming: Tour of business, teacher academy, manufacturing, engineering and health services programs.

Wednesday, March 13

Western Outreach Center — Holland
Time: 8:30AM
Address: 17040 Market Ave., Holland, IA 50642
Programming: Tour of health, advanced manufacturing, agricultural and business academies.

Waterloo Career Center — Waterloo
Time: 1:00PM
Address: 1350 Katoski Dr., Waterloo, IA 50702
Programming: Sustainable construction, advanced manufacturing, nursing and digital programs. 

Thursday, March 14

Linn-Mar High School — Marion
Time: 9:00AM
Address: 3111 N. 10th St., Marion, IA 52302
Programming: Agriculture, business, family and consumer sciences, and industrial tech programs.

Kirkwood Community College — Cedar Rapids
Time: 1:00PM
Address: Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Programming: Tour of hospitality arts program and roundtable discussion with students.

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About ACTE:

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

Sec. DeVos to Join ACTE on CTE Month Visit

MEDIA ADVISORY
For Immediate Release
February 25, 2019

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
703-683-9312, jnagurka@acteonline.org

Sec. DeVos to Join ACTE on CTE Month Visit
The visit to the Academies of Loudoun will highlight career and technical education (CTE) programs and the benefits and opportunities CTE provides to students.

WhatThe Association for Career and Technical Education’s (ACTE) annual CTE Month site visit will take place at the Academies of Loudoun. This event will begin with an overview of the school’s programs, followed by a roundtable discussion with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and a tour of several classrooms/labs. The visit coincides with CTE Month. A detailed schedule is located below.

WhereAcademies of Loudoun: 42075 Loudoun Academy Drive, Leesburg, VA 20175

WhenTuesday, February 26th from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Attendees must arrive by 10:15 a.m.)

WhoSecretary DeVos; ACTE; administrators, educators, students and other school officials from the Academies of Loudoun; and other policymakers and organizational representatives.

RSVP: RSVP’s are required. To RSVP or for more information, contact Jarrod Nagurka at jnagurka@acteonline.org or 703-683-9312.
Event is open press, but RSVPs are required by 6PM on Monday, Feb. 25.

Schedule

10:30-10:45: Welcome and overview of school
Dr. Tinell Priddy (Principal) 

10:45-11:15: Roundtable
Sec. DeVos, Dr. Tinell Priddy (Principal), Dr. Ashley Ellis (Assistant Superintendent for Instruction), Laura Boyd Smidt (Entrepreneurship Educator), students, ACTE Deputy Executive Director Steve DeWitt, Advance CTE Executive Director Kimberly Green 

11:15-12:00: Classroom/Lab Tours
Radiology Technology Lab, Auto Service Technology Lab, Auto Collision Repair Lab, Makerspace, Engineering Research Lab, Greenhouse

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About ACTE:
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

ACTE Announces 2019 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program Advisory Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2019

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
703-683-9312, jnagurka@acteonline.org

ACTE Announces 2019 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program Advisory Committee

Alexandria, VA—Today the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced its 2019 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program (PLSP) Advisory Committee. Altogether, there are 10 representatives from different colleges, universities and technical programs:

  • Dr. Bryan D. Albrecht – President & Chief Executive Officer, Gateway Technical College
  • Dr. Janet Zaleski Burns – Clinical Professor and Program Coordinator for Career and Technical Education, College of Education and Human Development, Georgia State University
  • Dr. Charlene Dukes – President, Prince George’s Community College
  • Dr. Margaret A. Ellibee – Chancellor, University of Arkansas, Pulaski Technical College
  • Jerry Ellner – National Director of High School Programs, Universal Technical Institute
  • Dick Lowe – Industrial Coordinator, Canadian Valley Technology Center
  • Dr. Douglas R. Major – Superintendent/CEO, Meridian Technology Center
  • Dr. Victoria Seals – President, Atlanta Technical College
  • Dr. Joseph M. Sopcich – President, Johnson County Community College
  • Dr. Monty Sullivan – President, Louisiana Community and Technical College System

The PLSP Advisory Committee will provide expert advice and direction for the development and implementation of the Postsecondary Leadership Success Program. The PLSP at ACTE, which is sponsored by the ECMC Foundation, supports current and aspiring leaders in career and technical education (CTE). The more than $1 million grant-funded program will provide professional and career growth opportunities to the next generation of leaders at nonprofits and postsecondary institutions offering CTE programs.

ACTE will engage two successive cohorts of 20 CTE postsecondary professionals in leadership development activities like creating a personal development plan, attending virtual and in-person professional development sessions, sharing best practices with the field and engaging with a mentor. The goal of the program is to help the ECMC Foundation Fellows develop and refine their skills in organizational leadership and management; build critical skills in communication, collaboration, networking, problem solving and use of time/resources; and hone their ability to facilitate institutional change.

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About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

Forty-Two States, D.C. Enact 146 Policies Impacting Career and Technical Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2019

Media Contacts:
Jarrod Nagurka, ACTE; 703-683-9312; jnagurka@acteonline.org
Katie Fitzgerald, Advance CTE; 301-588-9630; kfitzgerald@careertech.org

Forty-Two States, D.C. Enact 146 Policies Impacting Career and Technical Education
ACTE and Advance CTE Release Sixth Annual Report Examining State CTE Policies

Alexandria, VA – Last year, career and technical education (CTE) was a major priority on the federal level, with the enactment of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), and on the state level, with 42 states and Washington, D.C. enacting a total of 146 policies supporting CTE. Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and Advance CTE released their sixth annual report, State Policies Impacting CTE: 2018 Year in Review, summarizing these policy activities, and identifying major themes and trends in CTE policymaking in 2018.

This report, which provides a comprehensive overview of all CTE-related state laws, regulations and board actions, identifies funding as the top policy category for 2018, as it has been in each year’s publication, with 30 states passing funding-related provisions. This was followed by policies addressing industry partnerships/work-based learning (26); dual/concurrent enrollment, articulation and early college (20); industry-recognized credentials (18); graduation requirements (18); access/equity (17); CTE teacher certification/development (15); career/academic counseling (14); governance (13); CTE standards/accreditation (11); data, reporting and/or accountability (10); and STEM (10).

“As this report has consistently shown over the past six years, policymakers in states all across the country are rightfully prioritizing CTE,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “CTE is the gateway to the American Dream, providing students with the opportunity to succeed in rewarding, high-paying and in-demand careers. With continued support from federal, state and local policymakers, CTE will continue to deliver results for all students.”

“State leaders have demonstrated their continued and strong commitment to preparing each learner for success in college and careers, as evidenced by the policies enacted last year such as setting ambitious graduation requirements and expanding dual and concurrent enrollment opportunities,” said Kimberly Green, Executive Director of Advance CTE. “We were especially excited to see the focus on access and equity and look forward to supporting states as they continue in this important work.”

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About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

About Advance CTE
Advance CTE: State Leaders Connecting Learning to Work is the longest-standing national non-profit that represents State Directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult Career Technical Education (CTE) across all 50 states and U.S. territories. Established in 1920, Advance CTE supports visionary state leadership, cultivates best practices and speaks with a collective voice on national policy to promote academic and technical excellence that ensures a career-ready workforce.

ACTE Announces Board of Directors 2019 Election Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 3, 2019

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
703-683-9312, jnagurka@acteonline.org

ACTE Announces Board of Directors 2019 Election Results

Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is pleased to announce the results of the recent election for several spots on its Board of Directors. The election was open to ACTE’s membership of roughly 25,000 educators, administrators and other CTE professionals. The following members were elected:

Doug Major, President-Elect
Dr. Major is the Superintendent/CEO for Meridian Technology Center in Stillwater, OK. His one-year term will begin in July 2019 and will be followed by one-year terms as president and past president, respectively.  

Annika Russell-Manke, Business Education Division Vice President
Ms. Russell-Manke is an Accounting/Business Management Instructor for Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, SD. She will serve a three-year term beginning July 2019.  

Carol Werhan, Family and Consumer Science Education Division Vice President
Dr. Werhan is an Assistant Clinical Professor/FCS Teacher Educator at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. She will serve a three-year term beginning July 2019.

Rachael Mann, New and Related Services Division Vice President
Ms. Mann is a Professional Development Specialist for West-MEC in Glendale, AZ. She will serve a three-year term beginning July 2019.

Chaney Mosley, Region II Vice President
Dr. Mosley is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education for Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. He will serve a three-year term beginning July 2019.

Carrie Scheiderer, Region I Vice President-Elect
Ms. Scheiderer is the Chief Administrator for Central Region Tech Prep/Central Ohio Technical College in Newark, OH. She will serve a three-year term beginning July 2020.

Ross White, Region IV Vice President-Elect
Mr. White is the Assistant Principal and Director of Career and Technical Education for the Siloam Springs School District. He will serve a three-year term beginning July 2020.

Additionally, the vice president-elect whose election occurred last year will join the Board as vice president in July 2019. Lisa Stange assume the position of vice president for Region III.

ACTE congratulates the winners, and thanks all of the candidates for their willingness to serve and their hard work, dedication, and commitment to the Association. ACTE also thanks all of its members who had their voices heard by voting in the election.

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About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

 

ACTE Announces 2019 National Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2018

Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
jnagurka@acteonline.org, 703-683-9312

ACTE Announces 2019 National Award Winners

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced its 2019 national award winners in eight different award categories. Winners were announced for the Teacher of the Year, Postsecondary Teacher of the Year, Teacher Educator of the Year, Administrator of the Year, New Teacher of the Year, Career Guidance, Lifetime Achievement and Carl Perkins Community Service Awards. ACTE named its national finalists earlier this year.

The national winners for each award were announced at the ACTE Awards Banquet, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event took place on Wednesday evening, November 28, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. The Awards Banquet was sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, the US Army, CareerSafe, Goodheart-Willcox, and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.

Teacher of the Year Award 

Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award 

Administrator of the Year Award 

New Teacher of the Year Award

Teacher Educator of the Year 

Career Guidance Award 

Lifetime Achievement Award 

Carl Perkins Community Service Award 

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About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

ECMC Foundation Funds Leadership Development Program at the Association for Career and Technical Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2018

Media Contacts:
Alex Kuntz, ECMC Foundation: 
(651) 325-3647, akuntz@ecmc.org

Jarrod Nagurka, ACTE: (703) 683-9312jnagurka@acteonline.org


ECMC Foundation Funds Leadership Development Program at the Association for Career and Technical Education

Grant supports postsecondary professional development of current and aspiring leaders

in CTE

 

LOS ANGELES — ECMC Foundation, a national philanthropic organization working to improve postsecondary educational outcomes, announced that it has provided funding to launch the Postsecondary Leadership Success Program (PLSP) at the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE).

 

The grant is part of the Foundation’s CTE Leadership Collaborative—an initiative focused on bringing together diverse perspectives and equipping postsecondary career and technical education (CTE) leaders with the tools, resources and skills needed to advance the field.

 

“ACTE has played an integral role in developing a pipeline of future leaders in CTE, and we appreciate the opportunity to partner with them on this important endeavor,” said Peter Taylor, president, ECMC Foundation. “Together, we hope to positively impact leadership within this field, as well as student success.”

 

The Postsecondary Leadership Success Program (PLSP) at ACTESponsored by ECMC Foundation will support current and aspiring leaders in CTE. The more than $1 million grant-funded program will provide professional and career growth opportunities to the next generation of leaders at nonprofits and postsecondary institutions offering CTE programs.

 

ACTE will engage two successive cohorts of 20 CTE postsecondary professionals in leadership development activities like creating a personal development plan, attending virtual and in-person professional development sessions, sharing best practices with the field and engaging with a mentor. The goal of the program is to help ECMC Foundation Fellows develop and refine their skills in organizational leadership and management; build critical skills in communication, collaboration, networking, problem solving and use of time/resources; and hone their ability to facilitate institutional change. Applications will be made available in January 2019.

 

“ACTE is grateful for and honored by the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with the ECMC Foundation,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “High-quality CTE is critical to American competitiveness in today’s global economy, and by investing in the success of postsecondary CTE leaders, ECMC Foundation is taking a big step forward in the effort to advance education that prepares learners for workforce success.”

 

The ECMC Foundation CTE Leadership Collaborative employs a proactive grantmaking approach, offering competitive funding opportunities to identify solutions that address specific challenges faced by postsecondary CTE. Grantees and sub-grantees commit to sharing their research, experience and best practices with the field in an effort to marry research and practice.

 

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About 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 grantmaking 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.

 

About ACTE

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities. Learn more about ACTE at acteonline.org

Indiana Association for Career and Technical Education Unifies with National ACTE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 11, 2018

Media Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
jnagurka@acteonline.org; 703-683-9312

Indiana Association for Career and Technical Education Unifies with National ACTE

Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is pleased to announce that the Indiana Association for Career and Technical Education (Indiana ACTE) has formally unified with the national Association. Spearheaded by the leadership of Indiana ACTE President Shelley Rust, the Indiana ACTE Board of Directors, Indiana ACTE Executive Director Linda Baumgart, ACTE Administration Division VP Patrick Biggerstaff and ACTE Engineering & Technology Education Division VP Jay Davis, the state association is now officially unified with the national body. Benefiting from this move is both career and technical education (CTE) professionals in Indiana and ACTE’s national membership at large.

Following the unification, Indiana ACTE members can now simultaneously join both their state and national professional membership associations. Additionally, Indiana ACTE and its members have access to the national association’s extensive professional development resources, federal public policy advocacy and leadership opportunities. Indiana ACTE will also benefit from a variety of organizational resources and association management services, ranging from online membership processing to electronic communications tools. From ACTE’s perspective, the unification will improve the national Association’s connections with CTE stakeholders in Indiana, simultaneously providing Indiana ACTE members with greater input in ACTE’s federal policy advocacy.

“ACTE’s Board of Directors and I are excited to expand our connections in the Hoosier state and work closely with our friends at Indiana ACTE and their members,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “Working together, ACTE, Indiana ACTE, and our partners in states all across the country can increase access to and students’ success in high-quality CTE programs. We are grateful to the Indiana ACTE Board of Directors and all who made this unification possible.”

“Indiana ACTE is excited to unify with ACTE,” said Rust. “Our number one goal is to provide CTE teachers with professional development and resources that will allow them to grow as educators. Being able to tap into ACTE’s resources and benefit from their advocacy efforts provides our Indiana ACTE members with support for CTE not only at the state level but also nationally. As Ryunosuke Satoro once said, ‘Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.'”

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About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

ACTE 2019 Fellowship Program Participants Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 2018

Media Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
jnagurka@acteonline.org; 703-683-9312

ACTE 2019 Fellowship Program Participants Announced

Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has announced the selection of 21 participants for its National Leadership Fellowship Program, which provides educators with an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and involvement in professional organizations. The program identifies, trains, and motivates a cadre of leaders who will continue to advance efforts which support an educated, prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce.

The Fellowship Program is a one-year commitment from January 1 through December 31, 2019. Each of ACTE’s five regions and several Divisions are represented in the program. In addition to more experienced educators, this year’s fellowship class again includes a cohort of new professionals, geared towards those with 2-5 years of CTE experience. The 2019 class of fellows is listed below, with an asterisk (*) denoting the cohort of new professionals.

  • Nicholas Miller*—Region I—Philadelphia, PA
  • David Peltz—Region I—Englewood, OH
  • Donna Shirley—Region I—Milford, OH
  • Christi Hack—Region II—Wilmore, KY
  • John Kugler—Region III—Chicago, IL
  • Angie Koontz—Region III—Somonauk, IL
  • Laura Harrison—Region IV—Poteau, OK
  • Indrit Vucaj*—Region IV—Enid, OK
  • Jayme Fitzpatrick—Region V—Phoenix, AZ
  • Tamra Herschback—Region V—Yerington, NV
  • Scott Rogers—Administration Division—York, PA
  • Annette Weeks—Agricultural Education Division—Battle Ground, WA
  • Chris Tucker—Engineering & Technology Education Division—Knoxville, TN
  • Jennifer Snyder*—Family and Consumer Sciences Division—Jonesboro, AR
  • Amanda Stults—Family & Consumer Sciences Education Division—Winder, GA
  • LaDonna Selvidge—Health Science Education Division—Oklahoma City, OK
  • Tiauna Young*—Marketing Education Division—Pea Ridge, AR
  • Kristina Ropos*—Postsecondary, Adult & Career Education Division—Dayton, OH
  • Denise Burton—Trade & Industrial Education Division—Las Vegas, NV
  • Jeffrey Sullivan—Trade & Industrial Education Division—Eau Claire, WI
  • Jason Phipps—OK PACE—Ardmore, OK

The fellows are required to complete several activities throughout the year, including conducting an in-person visit with a local, state and federal legislator, writing blog posts, attending at least two required events and submitting a final summary of their accomplishments to ACTE’s Board of Directors.

Doug Major will serve as the Fellowship Coordinator for the class of 2019.  He is a former ACTE President and the Superintendent/CEO of Meridian Technology Center in Oklahoma. Major’s service as Fellowship Coordinator will continue through 2020.

For more information regarding the application and requirements, please visit the ACTE Fellowship Program page.

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About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.