NextLevel Postsecondary CTE Leadership Program

Powered by ACTE, Sponsored by ECMC Foundation

Build your leadership abilities through this nationally-recognized program that is engaging, individualized, and memorable. Work alongside peer professionals and an experienced mentor in a year-long professional development experience. Elevate your interpersonal skills and capacity to communicate, collaborate, network, problem solve and use time and resources effectively. Identify a professional objective to address in your institution and, as a capstone project, 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.

About the Program

The vision for the NextLevel Fellowship is to provide 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 NextLevel Postsecondary CTE Leadership Program is made possible through the generous support of the 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 grant-making 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 and ECMC Group by visiting

Program Team

Lauren Fillebrown – Senior Manager of Leadership Development

Lauren Fillebrown is the Senior Manager of Leadership Development at ACTE. A first generation college graduate from Penn State University, she studied Agriculture Business Management. Lauren is a proud product of Career and Technical Education, having been formerly enrolled in high school Agricultural Education courses and serving in several leadership positions through the National FFA Organization. Lauren sees the value of Career and Technical Education, and desires to educate the public about the benefits of CTE and CTSOs. Today, she compassionately advocates for equity and access within education and agriculture.

Dr. Michael Wright – Program Consultant

Dr. Michael Wright, DTE, has been in the CTE field for 42 years, teaching at the high school, community college, and university levels, including 20 years in administration. Dr. Wright created and Chaired the Department of Career and Technical Education at the University of Central Missouri, founded the Missouri Center for Career Education through grant funding, and went on to become the Dean of the College of Education serving 10 years in this role before retiring. Dr. Wright received more than $10 million dollars in funding and has published numerous articles in professional journals and co-authored a middle school level textbook, Gateway to Engineering. Dr. Wright has received several awards for leadership in the field.