FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2021
Contact: Hannah Neeper
ACTE Announces 2021 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program Fellows
Alexandria, VA—Today the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced its third class of Fellows for its 2021 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – sponsored by ECMC Foundation (PLSP-ECMCF). The program’s review committee selected 20 participants for the 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 cohort includes the following individuals. Individual press releases describing the fellows’ biographies can be accessed by clicking on their names below:
- Daniel Adams – Chemeketa Community College/ Oregon Office of CC and WFD (Oregon)
- Carla S. Arciniega – Lane Community College (Oregon)
- Shelsi Barber-Carter – Baton Rouge Community College (Louisiana)
- Tracey D. Cooper – Temple College (Texas)
- Dr. Rebecca Farley – West Hills College Coalinga (California)
- Dr. Tachaka Hollins – Tennessee Board of Regents (Tennessee)
- Brad Kinsinger – Hawkeye Community College (Iowa)
- Moira Lafayette – Blackhawk Technical College (Wisconsin)
- Aleksander Marthinussen – Northern Virginia Community College (Virginia)
- Darlene O’Rourke – Queensborough Community College (New York)
- Martha Payan-Hernandez – Fullerton College (California)
- Bernie Phelps – Montana Technological University, Highlands College (Montana)
- Brian Rick – Southeastern Illinois College (Illinois)
- Tiffanie Rosier – Northern Virginia Community College (Virginia)
- Eric Sewell – Southern Union State Community College (Alabama)
- Dr. Ashlee E. Spannagel – Southeastern Community College (Iowa)
- Vickie Thomas – Eastern New Mexico University Roswell (New Mexico)
- Katie Vincent – Owensboro Community and Technical College (Kentucky)
- Dr. CJ Wurster – Gateway Community College (Arizona)
- Dr. Xue Xing – University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Nevada)
This is ACTE’s third cohort 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.
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.