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William Castillo

Leeward Community College’s William Castillo has been named as a fellow for the ACTE 2020 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program. The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) leadership program selected 20 participants nationwide for the 2019–2020 cohort.

Castillo is the workforce development coordinator at Leeward CC’s Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. He has more than 13 years of experience in education and non-profit organizations with an emphasis on adult education. William volunteers as the treasurer for Hawaiʻi ACTE and enjoys event planning and writing about food.

The Postsecondary Leadership Success Program provides professional and career growth opportunities to the next generation of leaders in career and technical education (CTE) at nonprofits and postsecondary institutions offering CTE programs.

This is ACTE’s second cohort of 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 program 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.

ACTE is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education.

—By Kathleen Cabral

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