COLUMBUS, OHIO (March 18, 2019) – The Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education (Ohio ACTE) executive director Christine Gardner issued the following statement in reaction to Governor Mike DeWine’s 2020-2021 executive budget proposal.
“Ohio’s career-technical educators are pleased that Gov. DeWine recognizes the importance of career-technical education as part of Ohio’s public education system, and the proposed budget reflects that commitment to expanding opportunities for Ohio’s students.
It is so important for Ohio students and citizens to gain critical skills, credentials and work habits that lead to career success in today’s workforce. Ohio’s career-tech educators serve all students: Middle grade students participate in career exploration and introductory career-tech courses and high school students work toward a workplace credential, certificate or skill they can use to prosper in the job market. Adult students also have the opportunity to take advantage of short-term, targeted education through their local Ohio Technical Center.
Gov. DeWine has long been a supporter of the work career-tech educators do every day in career-technical programs across Ohio, and his budget recommendations show further backing for career-tech ed, as well as promote the image of these programs.
Ohio ACTE leaders look forward to hearing details of the Governor’s education budget recommendations, especially regarding funding for workplace credentials, and working with his administration, Ohio’s legislators and the Ohio Department of Education on increasing student access to career-technical education.”
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