2021 DREAM Fellowship gives NC State graduate students unique opportunity to engage in topics impacting community college leaders

Now in its fourth year, the DREAM Fellows program brings a select group of graduate students, all mid-career professionals employed at community colleges in North Carolina, to ATD’s national convening, DREAM, where they provide valuable feedback about the sessions they attend, focused upon the themes of this year’s DREAM.

The Fellows program is a partnership with Achieving the Dream and the Belk Center Community College Leadership doctoral program at North Carolina State University. In attending this year’s virtual convening, the Fellows will interact with those in the community college sector and receive an immersive experience in the topics impacting today’s leaders, as well as the challenges that they will face in the future.

Each Fellow attends a selected schedule of presentations, providing ATD with in-depth feedback about the extent to which relevant challenges, issues, and solutions were discussed. In this year’s virtual programming, Fellows will also monitor plenary sessions during the virtual conference for meaningful interactions in the webinar chat.

The Belk Center selected 10 DREAM Fellows for 2021. They are:

  • Gene Deese, Technology Support Analyst, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • James Hogan, VP for Advancement, Mitchell Community College
  • Ken Ingle, Chief Officer of Information Services, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • Kristen Johnson, Associate Professor of Biology, Guilford Technical Community College
  • Alma Jones, Doctoral Student, North Carolina State University
  • Stephanie Lackey, Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator, Forsyth Technical Community College
  • T.D. Mangrum, Regional Manager, Panasonic USA
  • Carmen Nunalee, VP of Strategic Planning and Compliance, Stanly Community College
  • Chris Pearce, VP of Information Technology Services & Chief Information Officer, Forsyth Technical Community College
  • Steve Turner, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Guilford Technical Community College

DREAM Fellows will compile a reflection for ATD and for the Belk Center to be submitted after the conference, based upon specific prompts developed jointly by the Belk Center and ATD.

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