(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – A Buckeye Career Center administrator has been chosen to serve as a member of the inaugural class of scholars for the 2019–2020 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program (PLSP).
The program is generously sponsored by the ECMC Foundation. Frank Polen in his fourth year as Buckeye Career Center Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Adult Education has been selected as one of 20 Postsecondary Scholars across America to participate in the yearlong Postsecondary Leadership Success Program.
As part of the ECMC Foundation’s CTE Leadership Collaborative, the initiative is focused on bringing together diverse perspectives and equipping postsecondary career and technical education (CTE) leaders with the tools, resources, and skills needed to advance the field. By participating in this program, each PLSP scholar will develop and refine their skills in organizational leadership and management; build critical interpersonal skills in communication, collaboration and problem solving; and hone their ability to facilitate institutional change — working with a personal mentor to strengthen areas for skills-building needed as an effective leader in CTE.
In his role at BCC, Polen is actively involved in multiple workforce initiatives and community development committees and serves on the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Polen is also involved with several career technical organizations both state and nationwide. Polen was one of two recipients to receive the National Council of Local Administrators of Career Technical Education (NCLA) Dave Berryman Scholarship for Best Practice and Innovations in Career Technical Education and is a graduate of the Ohio Association of Career Technical Superintendents (OACTS) New and Aspiring Superintendent Academy (NASA).
“I am Buckeye Proud to be chosen as a part of the ACTE Postsecondary Leadership Success Program sponsored by the ECMC Foundation,” said Polen. “I look forward to actively participating and learning from the other chosen scholars. This opportunity will allow me to continue to learn more about postsecondary education, so that we can continue to expand our postsecondary training locally, regionally, and beyond. Fellow participants range from all parts
of the United States and each state’s structure of technical training varies making this a great
learning and professional experience,” stated Polen.
As part of the application process, Buckeye Career Center Superintendent Bob Alsept referred Polen for the program.
“I believe this opportunity would be very beneficial to Frank’s career. He has worked diligently to understand the intricacies of career and technical education. He has to serve the community by empowering people, of all ages, to discover their passion and prepare for their future through career and technical education. worked tirelessly during a time of tremendous growth and change at Buckeye Career Center. At a time when a trained workforce is vital to our economy, I believe Frank would utilize the knowledge gained from this program to benefit our region and state. I believe this program will only enhance his abilities.”
The yearlong success program begins this month with Polen representing Buckeye Career Center at the ACTE National Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C. Polen and his wife Gretchen, an elementary school teacher at Port Washington as part of the Indian Valley Local Schools, are the parents of two daughters, Kendall and Reese.
More information and participating scholars can be found at https://www.acteonline.org/plspecmcf/