Across the country, there is a critical shortage of qualified workers for middle-skill, family-sustaining jobs in high-demand industries like manufacturing, information technology and healthcare—many of which can be accessed by attaining postsecondary career and technical education (CTE) credentials.

While CTE programs in high-demand fields exist, the quality and outcomes of programs vary, research is limited on best practices, and leadership and professional development opportunities are uncommon.

In response to these challenges, ECMC Foundation launched the CTE Leadership Collaborative (LC), an initiative focused on bringing together diverse perspectives and equipping CTE leaders with the tools, resources and skills needed to advance postsecondary CTE.

The ECMC Foundation CTE LC will launch competitive funding opportunities to identify solutions that address specific challenges facing postsecondary CTE. Grantees and selected ECMC Foundation Fellows will commit to sharing their research, experiences and best practices with the field through a range of activities.