ALEXANDRIA, VA --- Today the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Jeff Henderson as a Fellow for the 2019 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – Sponsored by the ECMC Foundation (PLSP-ECMCF). The program’s Advisory 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.
Henderson was an electronics technician for four years before beginning his career in higher education. He first started as the industrial maintenance instructor at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa developing the program for three years before transitioning into the robotics program. Henderson then spearheaded the robotics program for 18 years before becoming the Program Director for the Advanced Manufacturing Programs.
ACTE will engage two successive cohorts 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.