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2022 New Year’s Message from Ohio ACTE President Bill DiMascio

December 28, 2021 1:32 PM | Anonymous

As 2021-2022 Ohio ACTE President, I want to wish you all a very successful 2022!  I know it’s been a challenging past couple of years, as we have navigated some very complicated and complex situations with the goal of keeping our students and our communities safe and healthy, and I am so proud of all of my colleagues in career-tech and adult education for their actions. 

Career-tech educators share some strong values; we believe in providing all students with the skills and education they need to be successful in life and protecting CTE opportunities for future students.   We value innovation, workplace and real-world learning, as well as collaborating with our business partners to provide education that meets their needs as employers.  We track our students beyond graduation, to celebrate their success as well as inform future career-tech ed efforts. 

As we start another new year, educators continue to face uncertainty due to COVID-19.  But we have faced the challenges presented by the pandemic in the past and will continue to provide students the best career-tech education options we can.  I like to focus on the positive, and I am focusing on the passage of legislation, SB 166, late in 2021 that will help us deliver career-tech more efficiently. 

Looking ahead to 2022, progress is underway to implement the provisions in HB 166 and work with our colleagues and the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and our legislators to secure new resources and develop innovative ways to deliver career-technical and adult education.  Not all educators may agree on “how” all this gets accomplished, like anything, there are ups and downs, pros and cons, but we all agree that student success comes first.

As you rise to the challenges already being presented this year in regard to career-tech education, please be assured that your Ohio ACTE leaders and I are here to work on your behalf and improve and highlight career-technical and adult education options. 

And, if someone has not told you lately:  You are making a difference.  You are helping students realize their career goals.  You are a mentor, educator and role model.  I walk the path with you every day as career-tech director for my compact.  Thank you for all your efforts to impact the lives of students; today, tomorrow and every day.

Bill DiMascio, Ohio ACTE President, West Shore Career Tech  Coordinator

Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

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