FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2020
Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
ACTE Announces Brett Richardson as a 2020 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program Fellow
Alexandria, VA—Today the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Brett Richardson 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.
Brett Richardson has over 15 years in higher education from roles as a faculty member to leadership. Brett currently serves as the Manager of Career and Technical Education Partnerships and Processes for St. Louis Community College. His work revolves around administering the Perkins Grant and other state CTE funding sources. He supervises a dynamic team of CTE Retention Specialists who focus on improving retention and completion rates for CTE students. Brett also supports partnerships with St. Louis area secondary schools, as well as various trade groups. Brett currently serves as the Missouri Council of Career and Technical Administrators Post-secondary Cluster Chair. He also serves as an Executive Board member of the St. Louis School – Business Partnership, having served as President in 2016-17. His leadership was recognized as being selected as a member of the 2018 Class of “Leadership Missouri” through the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Brett has his undergraduate degree from Ball State University and his MS in Administration from Southeast Missouri State University.
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.