It is an honor to serve as the President of OhioACTE this coming year in collaboration with our Executive Director, Christine Gardner and Board Members - Past President Nick Weldy, President-elect Ryan McCourt, Treasurer Jamey Palma, and Secretary Christine Boucher. OhioACTE has a proud tradition of representing the interests of Career and Technical Education in Ohio and nationally. Our voice has been further strengthened as a result of the strong relationships developed in recent years with OACTS and CCS. In the past we have not consistently engaged in ongoing and proactive conversations. That has changed significantly. Issues are now thoroughly discussed and vetted by those in leadership roles with member input to create strong positions that benefit all delivery systems.
Regardless of our role and perspective, it is vital that we all work closely with our organizations to ensure we are informed advocates for our students and CTE. There are a myriad of issues on the table that require our attention - Perkins V, graduation requirements, licensure, industry credentials, EMIS, and mental health and wellness - to name a few. I urge everyone to take advantage of opportunities to serve on committees, participate in professional development and engage in networking opportunities. Share your ideas. Be at the table. CTE is “in”. It is up to each of us, however, to ensure that we provide the expertise to ensure that services and programs are high in quality and truly reflect the needs of our students and our local communities.
Ohio ACTE is able to positively influence career-technical and adult education in Ohio because of membership support. Please remember to renew your membership in Ohio ACTE for this school year or join our organization so we can continue to effectively represent all career-technical educators. Log in here to renew or check your membership status.
Nancy Luce, PhD, is the Superintendent at Upper Valley Career Center. Read more about Nancy and the other Ohio ACTE officers, click here.