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February 12, 2020
Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
ACTE Announces Al Long as a 2020 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program Fellow
Alexandria, VA—Today the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Al Long as a Fellow for the 2020 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – sponsored by ECMC Foundation (PLSP-ECMCF). The program’s review 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.
Albert L. Long Jr, JD “AL” has over 25 years’ experience working within the following areas: workforce development, juvenile and adult populations in the area of community corrections, various roles career technical education, secondary & post-secondary education as well as the development of diversity & inclusion initiatives. Born and raised in East St. Louis, IL, “AL” went on to obtain his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Kentucky State University and shortly thereafter his J.D. from Salmon P. Chase College of Law and Northern Kentucky University. “AL” later expanded his professional legal experience by working for one of the nation’s largest Creditors Rights law firm in Cincinnati, Ohio and over a decade of service providing high quality legal research as a Legal Research Associate at Lexis-Nexis. “AL” has served as Training Specialist for the area’s largest residential treatment organization, while also leading Training Services for the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio. As the Manager for Diversity Recruitment and Director of Retention at Thomas More University, “AL” has served as Adjunct Instructor for several of Cincinnati’s area colleges and universities and “AL” is currently an Instructor of Criminal Justice at Southern State Community College and serves as their Diversity & Equity Specialist, as well as working a Senior Consultant for The Correctional Management & Communications Group, LLC where he works in the areas of policy development as well as liaison for public, private and governmental entities to promote expand business opportunities. Finally, “AL” has served as a North College Hill Ohio School Board Member and a Board of Director Member for the Great Oaks Career Campuses in Cincinnati, Ohio and has created policies, trainings and various guidelines in the areas of criminal justice, educational equity, diversity and professional development for various municipalities, school boards, companies, colleges & universities, law enforcement agencies and non-profits.
This is ACTE’s second 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.