Meet Tiffanie Rosier, STEM education coordinator at Northern Virginia Community College. Rosier’s interview appears first in a new, digital-exclusive series on current fellows in the Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – Sponsored by ECMC Foundation.
What leadership skills do you hope to develop as part of the Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – Sponsored by ECMC Foundation?
I want to build a professional network to support my development as a postsecondary leader in career and technical education (CTE). I want to accomplish these goals by connecting with other cohort members to learn more about what they do.
Additionally, I want to enhance my understanding of challenges related to CTE staffing and strategies for recruiting and retaining CTE faculty. One way I can develop my leadership skills in this area is to interview a CTE administrator responsible for recruitment and staffing. An additional activity to increase my experiences in this area may include attending a workshop focused on inclusion, access, equity and diversity for CTE professionals.
Finally, I will seek out discussions with my mentor to learn about their experiences. Their knowledge and expertise can assist me in developing leadership skills related to recruitment, staffing and training.
In what ways have you innovated to engage students & inspire colleagues in career and technical (CTE) through the COVID-19 pandemic?
I co-wrote an InNOVAtion grant for a virtual project titled, The Career & Leadership Readiness Institute (CLRI) at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA).
Requirements to obtain the certificate included completing a variety of workshops on topics such as:
- Resume preparation
- Diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace
- Communication and conflict resolution
- How to stand out from the crowd, professionally
And students delivered a final project to complete their CLRI certification.
Orientation sessions were offered from November 2020–January 2021. And more than 500 individuals attended 21 workshops, panels and information sessions led by 29 community partners in spring 2021. Captioning services were provided for every session. In addition, NOVA’s American Sign Language interpreting students were invited to practice their skills.
CLRI’s first goal was to provide opportunities for students to engage in career and leadership readiness training. They experienced professional networking activities with the NOVA community and employers to increase career connections. The second goal was to prepare NOVA students with the knowledge, skills and awareness to navigate a diverse workplace.
Our education systems face many challenges in 2021. Please discuss the steps CTE can take to improve equitable access to high-quality CTE programs of study.
Educators may take a SWOT analysis approach. Provide stakeholders with the information, activities and resources to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) related to the programming they develop and implement. This activity can help identify strategies for creating more equitable, high-quality CTE programs. Create opportunities for training while recognizing that educators have different needs; everyone exists in different stages of awareness.
Provide information in multiple formats! Diversity of format not only allows more individuals to receive access to information but can also create more opportunities for engagement. Ensure that individuals may choose when and how to be exposed to and process information.
Finally, create opportunities for people to ask questions and share information about topics related to equitable education. Offer these opportunities in comfortable environments, where individuals can be open to share thoughts, opinions and ideas. The definition of comfortable is up for interpretation, so I believe the ability to focus on topics related to equitable education needs to be flexible and fluid.
Learn more about the Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – Sponsored by ECMC Foundation.
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