FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2022
Contact: Jori Houck
ACTE Announces Fifth Cohort of NextLevel Postsecondary CTE Fellows
ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is excited to announce its fifth cohort of Fellows for its 2023 NextLevel Postsecondary CTE Leadership Program, sponsored by ECMC Foundation and powered by ACTE. Seventeen fellows were selected for the fifth cohort. The NextLevel Fellowship provides professional and career growth opportunities to the next generation of leaders in postsecondary CTE programs through this nationally-recognized program that is engaging, individualized, and memorable.
The 2023 cohort includes the following fellows:
- Eric Crawford – Ukiah Adult School, California
- Jim Egenrieder – Virginia Tech, Virginia
- Carol Erwin – Wayne State College, Nebraska
- Ryan Francis – Amarillo College, Texas
- Pamela Gibson – Fayetteville Technical Community College, North Carolina
- Dustin Hicks – Meridian Technology Center, Oklahoma
- Taija Jackson – Uintah Basin Technical College, Utah
- Speranta Klees – West-MEC, Arizona
- Kari Lamoreaux – Utah State University, Utah
- Emily Logan – Kirkwood Community College, Iowa
- Colleen Maynard – Manatee Technical College, Florida
- Kathleen McNamee – NOVA SySTEMic, Virginia
- Erica Perrine – Temple College, Texas
- Cara Shousterman – LaGuardia Community College, New York
- Cynthia Thomas – SUNY Oswego, New York
- McKenzie Wirtz – Mahoning County Career & Technical Center, Ohio
This is ACTE’s fifth cohort of postsecondary CTE professionals in leadership development activities. This program is intended to develop the organizational leadership and management skills of postsecondary CTE professionals, with an emphasis on addressing the needs of underserved populations. Through this program, fellows build their leadership abilities as they work alongside peer professionals and an experienced mentor in this year-long professional development experience. Fellows also elevate their interpersonal skills and capacity to communicate, collaborate, network, problem solve and use time and resources effectively. The core capstone project is to identify a professional objective to address in each fellows’ institution and carry it out to realize a lasting impact. The NextLevel Fellowship 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.
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.