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  • December 07, 2018 11:01 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Two career centers, Warren County Career Center and Laurel Oaks Career Campus (Great Oaks), were among Ohio schools receiving a Purple Star designation for their commitment to serving military-connected students and their families.   State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria announced Dec. 7 that 57 Ohio schools received the designation; it is the first time career centers are among those recognized, according to ODE.

     “Purple Star schools provide our military children and families with the resources they need to be successful. We’re thankful for their service and honored to continue the important work of improving services for Ohio’s military families,” said Superintendent DeMaria.

    The Purple Star designation for military-friendly schools recognizes schools that show a major commitment to serving students and families connected to our nation’s armed forces. The Purple Star Advisory Board, formed by the Ohio departments of Education, Higher Education, Veterans Services and Adjutant General, helps decide eligibility.

    A Purple Star school will receive the designation for two years. After two years, the school must reapply. The Purple Star emblem was selected because purple symbolizes support for military families.

    There are 34,000 children in Ohio with one or more parents serving in the military. This includes the children of active duty, reserve and Ohio National Guard members. Some of these children will attend six to nine different schools throughout their K-12 educational experiences. In addition to changing schools often, a student can be affected by a parent’s deployment. Schools can help students and families face these issues by connecting them with the resources they need.

    The full list of schools receiving the designation and how to apply can be found by clicking here.


  • December 06, 2018 6:00 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Senate Education Committee convened Dec. 5 to consider a number of bills, including HB 491—which focuses primarily on licenses for pupil service personnel. Importantly, the committee accepted an amendment to HB 491 that addresses student graduation requirements for the class of 2019 & 2020.  The amendment extends the additional options in place for the class of 2018, to the class of 2019 with no changes.  The amendment also extends the added options one additional year to 2020, but with a few minor modifications. 

                    Ohio ACTE has been advocating for an extension of the additional options and is pleased to see the Ohio General Assembly’s progress on the issue.  We will continue to monitor HB 491 as it moves through the legislature and is ultimately delivered to Governor Kasich for signature by the end of the year.

    Read more - click here

    - Will Vorys, Dickinson Wright, Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel

  • December 04, 2018 12:41 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)


    Share your knowledge, expertise and success with other educators!

    Connect with other career-technical and adult educators throughout Ohio by sharing your experience, wisdom and knowledge by presenting a 60-minute session at the 2019 Ohio ACTE Annual Connections to Education Conference July 29-31, 2019 at the Hilton Easton Columbus.

    Click here to complete the online proposal form. Proposals are due Jan. 31, 2019.

  • December 04, 2018 11:13 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE has opportunities for students to receive scholarships and recognition. 

    1. Scholarship for Future Education: Each year, Ohio ACTE awards up to two Darrell Parks Student Scholarships, which provide $1,000 toward the continuing education of career-technical graduates. Click here for more information. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2019.

    2. Design the Annual Conference Program Cover:  Ohio ACTE is looking for CTE student designed submissions for the front cover of the 2019 Connections to Education Conference program. The program is distributed to all conference attendees, presenters and vendors, and the contest winner will receive recognition in the program and the Ohio ACTE website! Click here for more information. The deadline for submission is May 12, 2019.

  • December 04, 2018 9:52 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Dates and locations for the ODE Office of CTE Perkins V Regional Meetings.

    These will be all day meetings, covering the transition plan, with an opportunity for discussion and feedback in the afternoon.  Details and registration information to come.




    Tuesday, Jan. 22


    RG Drage Auditorium

    6805 Richville Dr SW, Massillon, OH 44646

    Thursday, Jan. 31


    Sinclair Community College building 12 room 116

    444 W Third St, Dayton, OH 45402

    Thursday, Feb. 7


    Community Education and Wellness Center –Owens Community College – FINDLAY campus, rm. 111

    3200 Bright Rd, Findlay, OH 45840

    Monday, Feb. 11


    Columbus City Southland Facility (old ECOT Building)

    3700 South High St

    Columbus, OH 43207

    Thursday, Feb. 14


    Washington County Career Center

    21740 State Route 676
    Marietta, OH 45750

  • December 03, 2018 9:49 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The following Ohio CTE students have been selected as Ohio's five CTE Presidential Scholars Program semi-finalists by the Ohio Department of Education.  Each of the semi-finalists will be invited to apply to the National Presidential Scholars Program. This is the fourth year that career technical students will be represented among the US Presidential Scholars. Out of all the applicants nationwide, 20 CTE students will accepted and invited to Washington D.C. in June as national scholars.

    • Kathryn Chludzinski - Columbiana County CTC/Precision Machining and Manufacturing
    • Blake Christopher Kalina - Medina County CC/Public Safety                            
    • Pauline (Ulamila) Hicks (Uluiviti) - Upper Valley CC/Medical Careers Academy
    • Mumino Mahadi Pemba - South-Western CC/Multi-Skilled Heath
    • Nul Dev Rai - College and Career Academies of Akron (Akron Public)-PLTW Biomedical Science

    Congratulations to the semi-finalists, their instructors and their schools! For more information about the Presidential Scholars Program, click here.

  • December 01, 2018 2:51 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Jeff Bertke | Carl Perkins Service Award

    Jeff Bertke is Awarded National Carl Perkins Community Service Award

    Jeffery Bertke, Electrical Trades Instructor at the Upper Valley Career Center traveled to San Antonio, Texas to be recognized as the 2018 Region I Carl Perkins Community Service Award winner at the ACTE Awards Banquet during the ACTE Conference. This award recognizes individuals who have used career technical education to make a significant impact on their community and have demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote student involvement in community service. This honor is recognizing him as one of the best CTE educators in the country.  Click here to read more.

  • November 08, 2018 11:07 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Voters across Ohio approved 121 of 175 public school district tax issues during the Nov. 7 general election. Sixty-nine percent of the school tax issues on the ballot passed, a decrease from the 2017 general election. Ohio voters approved 89 of 122 school tax issues in November 2017 for a passage rate of 73%.

    Forty-three of 94 new school tax issues were approved Tuesday, a passage rate of 46%. This is a decrease from the 2017 general election when 51% of new tax issues passed.

    Voters approved 78 of 81 renewal school tax issues on Tuesday’s ballot, a 96% passage rate. This is a slight increase from the 2017 general election when voters approved 90% of the renewal issues. 

    Election results are complete but have not been officially certified by the Ohio Secretary of State. Ohio School Boards Association maintains a comprehensive online database on the outcome of school tax issues across the state. The database is available on the association’s website at

  • November 08, 2018 10:45 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

     The mid-term election saw Ohio Republican statewide executive office candidates win by large margins.  Mike DeWine & running mate Jon Husted defeated Richard Cordray / Betty Sutton 50.66%-46.54%*.  All four “down-ticket” Republican statewide candidates—Dave Yost (Attorney General), Frank LaRose (Secretary of State), Keith Faber (Auditor), and Robert Sprague (Treasurer)—defeated their Democratic opponents by similar margins. 

                Republicans also maintained control over the Ohio General Assembly.  Although Democrats gained five seats in the Ohio House of Representatives, Republicans retain a supermajority of 62-37.  The Democratic pick-ups included 3 seats in Franklin County and two in Northeast Ohio.  In the Ohio Senate, Republicans gained 1 seat, increasing their supermajority to 25-8.  

                Republican victories at the state level did not, however, extend to the Ohio Supreme Court. Democrat Melody Stewart unseated incumbent Justice Mary DeGenaro, and Democrat Michael Donnelly defeated Craig Baldwin to replace outgoing Supreme Court Justice Terrence O’Donnell.  The state’s currently all-Republican high court will now be 5-2.

                At the Federal level, Democrats are projected to gain roughly 37 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and take control of the majority.  However, Republicans are projected to gain 2 seats in the U.S. Senate, increasing their majority to 53-47. All federal congressional incumbents from Ohio retained their seats, and those running to replace incumbent Republicans emerged victorious as well.

    Ohio Governor / Statewide Races: Republicans swept all five statewide executive office races.

    Governor/Lt. Governor: Republicans Mike DeWine/Jon Husted defeated Richard Cordray/Betty Sutton.

    Attorney General: Republican Dave Yost defeated Steve Dettelbach

    Secretary of State: Republican Frank LaRose defeated Kathleen Clyde.

    Auditor: Republican Keith Faber defeated Zack Space.

    Treasurer: Republican Robert Sprague defeated Rob Richardson.

    - by Terrence O'Donnell and Will Vorys, Dickinson Wright PLLC

    *Projections not yet confirmed and are subject to change.

  • November 07, 2018 1:46 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    G. James (Jim) Pinchak, PhD of Worthington, died on October 17 after a  five-year battle with cancer. He was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania on March 30, 1949 to George Frank Pinchak and Angelina Maria Pinchak.

    Jim’s career in Education spanned 50 years. He began his career as a teacher aide and progressed through the ranks as an academic, career & technical teacher and special needs teacher earning degrees at Miami University, Kent State University, and Bowling Green State University.

    Jim served over twenty years as a high-level administrator in the Ohio Department of Education before becoming Principal & Director of the Tolles Technical Center in Plain City. He became the first person promoted to the rank of Clinical Associate Professor in The Ohio State University, College of Education & Human Ecology for Career & Technical Education. His OSU graduate program was ranked first among American graduate schools for 2017, 2018 and 2019 by USNWR. He was a leading advocate for Vocational Education and Career Development known throughout the nation and world. Near the end of life, he became a participate and supporter of “adaptive” and wheel chair sports.

    He is preceded in death by his parents, two infant bothers and his loving wife Deborah Jane Paul. He is survived by his incredible son Nicolo (Nico) Paul Pinchak, Nico’s partner Kelly Holmes and numerous friends, students and extended family.  Jim believed he was able to continue to teach and live a full life for so long because of the heroic efforts of the physicians and staff of The OSU Wexner Medical Center and Hospitals.

    “Jim was one of those people who challenged you to be your best and you enjoyed taking on the challenge.  He was principled, hard working, incredibly thoughtful, and a fighter.  These are rare qualities to find in people singularly.  He represented them all in one incredible human being.  Students who didn't even know him benefited from his commitment to those oft forgotten in the rush to implement favored policy.  Our lives are better for his presence.  His personality and focus on students allowed for reasoned spirited conversations guided by a desire for best in class solutions.  His passing means we will all have to work harder to continue the traditions of student focus, data-driven decisions, and human decency he exemplified.  He will be missed, but more importantly he will be remembered in our conversations moving forward.  I, for one, will be eternally grateful for his presence in my life.” - Bob Sommers, Friend and Colleague

    A celebration of Jim’s life was held October 27 at The Tolles Technical Center.  The Department of Educational Studies and the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University established The G. James Pinchak Scholarship fund.  The funds will be used to provide scholarships and research support to students pursuing higher education in Career and Technical Education, and Workforce Development in Education.  Contributions can be made at  (search under “Pinchak”.) Contributions can also be made by check, payable to The Ohio State University;  write “The G. James Pinchak Scholarship fund” in the memo line. Checks should be sent to:

     Ohio State University Office of Advancement

    110 Arps Hall, 1945 North High Street, Columbus, OH  43201

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