2020 CTE LC Convening: A Virtual Discourse on the Challenges and Opportunities Facing Postsecondary CTE
December 21, 2020
ECMC Foundation launched the CTE Leadership Collaborative (LC) in 2018 to bring together diverse perspectives and equip leaders with the tools, resources and skills needed to advance postsecondary career and technical education. As part of this initiative, ECMC Foundation hosts an annual CTE LC Convening for current and alumni ECMC Foundation Fellows to inspire and facilitate collaboration across the postsecondary CTE field.
As with most things in 2020, plans changed significantly due to the ongoing challenges of COVID-19. What was once going to be the second annual in-person convening for current and alumni Fellows in Nashville, TN became a virtual event held in December 2020. Over the course of the two-day event, more than 100 Fellows and program staff heard from thought leaders and engaged in smaller breakout conversations about the current challenges and opportunities facing postsecondary CTE—including COVID’s impact on CTE, the role of CTE in closing equity gaps and the policy landscape—in diverse groupings across discipline, approach and geography. Featured keynote speakers included Leland Melvin, former NFL player and NASA astronaut, and Eloy Oakley, Chancellor of the California Community Colleges.