FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2022
Contact: Jori Houck, email@example.com
ACTE Announces the 2022 NextLevel Postsecondary CTE Leadership Fellows
Alexandria, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced its fourth class of Fellows for its 2022 NextLevel Postsecondary CTE Leadership Program, sponsored by ECMC Foundation and powered by ACTE (formerly known as the Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – sponsored by ECMC Foundation). Seventeen fellows were selected for the 2022-2023 cohort. The NextLevel Fellowship provides professional and career growth opportunities to the next generation of leaders in postsecondary CTE programs through a nationally-recognized program that is engaging, individualized, and memorable.
The 2022-2023 cohort includes the following fellows. Individual press releases describing the fellows’ biographies can be accessed by clicking on their names below:
- Bryan Bertucci – Louisiana Community & Technical College System, Louisiana
- JoAnna Collins – Northern Virginia Community College, Virginia
- Luanne Cook – Allegany College of Maryland, Maryland
- Justin Erickson – Manatee Technical College, Florida
- Robert Earl Frederick, Jr. – Clark College, Washington
- Karla Head – Alaska Technical Center, Alaska
- Shelia Hyde – Dallas College, Texas
- Jennifer Kline – GateWay Community College, Arizona
- Rigieta Lord – College of the Marshall Islands, Marshall Islands
- Brendan Murphy – Northern Virginia Community College – SySTEMic, Virginia
- Larry Paredes – West Hills College, California
- Julie Simms – Emily Griffith Technical College, Colorado
- Giuseppina Stigler – Queensborough Community College, New York
- Christine Storms – ECMC Education, Wisconsin
- Ginger Tedder – Mississippi State University, Mississippi
- Nicole Thompson – Carteret Community College, North Carolina
- Barbara Wahi – Amarillo College, Texas
This is ACTE’s fourth cohort of postsecondary CTE professionals in leadership development activities. 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. 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. 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.
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.