Colorado ACTE is honored to have two ACTE Postsecondary Leadership Success Fellows and one ECMC Foundation Postsecondary CTE Research Fellow among its members! Congratulations to these 3 and best wishes on your journey throughout your fellowships! We look forward to learning more about your experiences.


ACTE announced its inaugural class of 20 fellows for its 2019 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program at ACTE – Sponsored by the ECMC Foundation (PLSP-ECMCF). 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.

Georgia Reagan, Emily Griffith Technical College

Reagan is the Manager of Admissions, Recruitment, Concurrent Enrollment and Testing at Emily Griffith Technical College in Denver, Colorado. Georgia is passionate about educational equity and access, college persistence and success, and workforce education. She has eight years of experience in non-profit K12 and postsecondary institutions, and continues to fight for equitable education and job opportunities for all students. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Spanish from The University of Alabama and her Master’s of Arts in Hispanic Studies from Louisiana State University.

Claire van der Plas, Colorado Mountain College, Leadville

Van der Plas is an Assistant Dean of Instruction at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, CO. The CTE programs she oversees makes the most of the campus’ unique location and resources by offering programs like Ski Area Operations, Natural Resource Management, Avalanche Science and Geographic Information Systems, in addition to programs like Welding, Electricity and Culinary Arts. Claire has an MFA in Painting from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and a BA in Political Science from University of Canterbury, New Zealand.


Sixteen research fellows from institutions across the nation have been selected to participate in the CTE Research Program at North Carolina State University–Sponsored by ECMC Foundation. Known as ECMC Foundation Fellows, the researchers selected for this program will participate in two training institutes, webinars on research methods, and a convening focusing on postsecondary CTE. All fellows will complete a research project focusing on postsecondary CTE and address topics including student success, labor market outcomes, business and industry partnerships, work-based learning, apprenticeships, transfer success, completion, and equity. Fellows will also explore other larger societal problems such as how it is less likely for some groups to participate in CTE and have economic mobility. Each research fellow will be paired with a leading CTE researcher to serve as a mentor to support their research during this year-long experience. At the end of the program, fellows will submit the work from their projects for presentation and publication.

Linda Van Doren, Emily Griffith Technical College

 Linda Van Doren is the Director of Instruction and she has over 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher, curriculum developer, teacher trainer, and administrator, and has worked with English language learners, middle, secondary and postsecondary CTE students both in the US and abroad. She serves on multiple committees that support strong CTE and workforce education initiatives and alignment statewide and nationally. Linda is a doctoral student in the Leadership for Educational Equity program at the University of Colorado, Denver, and her research area is on postsecondary CTE instructor credentialing in Colorado. She earned her Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and her Bachelor’s Degree in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures and Social Studies Education at New York University. Click HERE to see full press release.

Project. Colorado has a tremendous need to hire qualified CTE teachers as the state struggles to fill its talent pipeline during this period of economic growth and historically low unemployment. Currently the state provides a pathway to teacher credentialing that has not been examined for its effectiveness in leading to desired outcomes. The study will examine Colorado’s postsecondary CTE faculty credentialing process in partnership with the Colorado Community College System Office of Career and Technical Education.

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