Mentorship is a two way street

Mentorship is a two way street. Traffic is generally heavier in the direction of the mentee but their can and should be some return to the mentor. VanDyke Robert This is what makes it so unique because it provides an enriching development experience for both parties. This is why I am happy to have Kim Mitchell as a mentor as we both are growing and learning from each other.

Kim has been an FCS educator for 21 years on the secondary and post secondary levels. She has been involved with ACTE on the local, state, and national level in the FCS division, State associations, and national fellows program. Kim is a wealth of knowledge and genuine person that I am happy to get to work with this year.

As we talked during our first meeting, it was more of a conversation between two friends rather than an interview. We talked about our leadership journeys, career paths, and just fun facts about FCS and FCCLA. During our conversation, Kim was able to reaffirm something that has been whispering in the back of my mind- sometimes information comes when you least expect. Just in our short conversation, we gave each other a couple ideas about several topics that we both didn’t expect to get when we first started to talk. We all know that we should have a network of people to talk to but sometimes you just talk to someone new or try something and you might just get what you need.

I feel that I can call on Kim just to chat and pick her brain about any topics and I see her doing the same. I hope this mentorship helps us both grow and being one more supporter into each other’s life.

The Power of Networking

As part of the ACTE Fellowship Program, current fellows are assigned a former fellow as a mentor. This connection begins a yearlong networking Boughton Paulaopportunity with another CTE leader.

Carrie Scheiderer is a Chief Administrator at Central Ohio Tech Prep Regional Center.  In her position, Carrie promotes partnerships and pathways between secondary and post-secondary CTE programs. As a 2017 ACTE fellow, Carrie entered the program hoping to gain a national view of CTE and a better understanding of how each state structures their CTE programs.  Carrie credited networking as a key to helping her obtain this knowledge.

During our conversation, Carrie shared a brief overview of CTE in Ohio. She cited the alignment between course descriptions, content specific state standards, assessments and dual enrollment opportunities as one of the strengths of Ohio’s approach to CTE.

Intrigued, I went to the Ohio Department of Education website to learn more. Almost immediately, I found a variety of career pathway documents illustrating how Ohio CTE courses prepare students for college and career readiness.

These documents will not only serve as a useful resource as my center to develops our own career pathway documents, but as a strong reminder of the power of networking.