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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • August 31, 2018 8:03 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE is part of a coalition of organizations lead by the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) who have helped plan the School Security and Safety Solutions Summit on Sept. 12 in Columbus.  The is designed for district teams including administrators, board members, educators, school counselors, school psychologists, support staff, mental health professionals, parent leaders, law enforcement and other first responders.

    Click here for agenda, information and to register for this event through the Ohio School Boards Association.

    The groups involved include:

    ·       Buckeye Association of School Administrators;

    ·       National Alliance on Mental Illness – Ohio;

    ·       Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education;

    ·       Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators;

    ·       Ohio Association of Public School Employees;

    ·       Ohio Association of School Business Officials;

    ·       Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators;

    ·       Ohio Department of Education;

    ·       Ohio Homeland Security;

    ·       Ohio Education Association;

    ·       Ohio Educational Service Center Association;

    ·       Ohio Federation of Teachers;

    ·       Ohio High School Athletic Association;

    ·       Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services;

    ·       Ohio PTA;

    ·       Ohio School Boards Association;

    ·       Ohio School Counselors Association;

    ·       Ohio School Psychologists Association;

    ·       Ohio School Resource Officers Association.


  • August 29, 2018 6:38 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Capitol Square Foundation has created a transportation grant program with a generous gift from Honda of America Mfg., Inc. The program is designed to help schools defray bus transportation expenses to the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center. The grants are based on one-way mileage from your school to Columbus. The 2018/2019 transportation grant application will be available Wednesday, September 5 at 9 a.m. The application is not available prior to this date.

    Click here for more information/details:

  • August 01, 2018 11:27 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Office of Career-Technical Education

    2018 Fall Informational Meetings

    Held on the following dates:

    Thursday, September 27, 2018 – The Lodge at Hocking College
    Friday, October 5, 2018 – Columbus State Community College (Delaware Campus)
    Friday, October 19, 2018 – Great Oaks District Office (Technology Conference Center)
    Thursday, November 1, 2018 – Mahoning County Career & Technical Center
    Monday, November 5, 2018 – Penta Career Center

    The regional meetings are all 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.   Registration is available using the following link. 2018 Fall Meeting Registration


    9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    9:00 – 11:00 AM         Overview of Perkins V & Key Changes

    11:00 AM - noon         State Plan Development & Overview

    Noon – 1:00 PM          Lunch Break (Meals not provided)

    1:00 – 3:00 PM            Special Topics

    ·       Accountability

    ·       Equity

    ·       Local Needs Assessment Requirements

    3:00 PM                       Adjournment

  • July 31, 2018 5:13 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    Today U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), co-chair of the Senate Career & Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, announced his Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce Act, legislation he crafted with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) to allow states and localities to use Perkins grant funding to establish CTE-focused academies, has been signed into law by President Trump. The bill encourages schools to incorporate key elements of high-quality CTE programs and promotes partnerships between local businesses, regional industries, and other community stakeholders to create work-based learning opportunities for students.

    “This law is great news for Ohio, for employers who need skilled workers, and for students to ensure they have access to the highest-quality CTE programs,” said Senator Portman. “This bipartisan law will improve the quality of CTE programs so kids get a better education using the equipment and the standards of today’s industry. It also includes important accountability information for our most vulnerable students on how well CTE programs are performing so we can ensure quality information and access to programs that meet the needs of students and parents. I believe this measure will make a real difference for Ohio and I want to thank the president for signing it into law.”

    See the Fact Sheet on the Bill - click here
  • July 31, 2018 11:12 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    More than 900 career-technical and STEM educators, school counselors, school board members, presenters and exhibitors attended the 2018 Connections to Education Conference at the Hilton Easton - Columbus!

    Click here for pictures and highlights from this year's conference, the certificate of attendance and a link to presentations.

    Click Here to Submit a Presentation Proposal for 2019

  • July 31, 2018 11:00 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Across Ohio, hundreds of teachers are using crowdfunding – online fundraising – to generate donations to provide materials to enhance the educational experience of their students. A new report and survey from Auditor of State Dave Yost found that many school districts do not have policies to guide teachers and administrators on how to use crowdfunding properly. The report provides best practices for districts considering these policies.

    Every school year, teachers dig into their own pockets to buy educational supplies to enhance the teaching they do in their classrooms. By one estimate, teachers spend an average of $600 a year of their own money to buy things that school districts and parents don’t or can’t provide for students. This ranges from basics such as notebooks and pencils to specialized furniture designed to help special-needs students focus on learning.

    It is a credit to Ohio’s teachers that they are willing to make a significant financial sacrifice for their students. But these sacrifices can do only so much. Consequently, teachers have turned to crowdfunding websites to seek donations of money and educational materials, and local school officials have asked Auditor Yost’s office for guidance to keep teachers and administrators from inadvertently making a misstep.

    “With an increase in donor-directed charitable donations, there’s no question more Ohioans will use these online giving tools in the future to invest in areas that are important to them,” Auditor Yost said. “Because children are our greatest resource, I expect we’ll see increasing requests for donations to education-related issues, and schools need policies to avoid any issues.”

    Auditor Yost added: “While crowdfunding can be an important source of funds and materials to enhance learning, it also comes with some risks. Adopting a crowdfunding policy can help school district administrators and teachers avoid these risks. Many school districts have policies in place, but our survey found that many do not.”

    About a fifth – 123 – of Ohio’s school districts responded to the Auditor’s crowdfunding survey. Of these, fewer than half – 50 school districts – have a crowdfunding policy in place, while the majority did not. If this proportion applies to the rest of Ohio’s 600-plus school districts, it would mean that hundreds of districts lack these policies.

    Dozens of online crowdfunding sites exist, a number of them specifically designed to help teachers. One well-known site called DonorsChoose says that it has helped with 600,000 classroom projects that have raised $621 million from almost 3 million individual and corporate donors. Other familiar crowdfunding sites include AdoptAClassroom, ClassWish, EdBacker, GoFundMe, Indiegogo, Kickstarter, PledgeCents, and YouCaring.

    The risks of crowdfunding include compromising student confidentiality, diversion of donations for private use, inviting federal or state scrutiny of educational programs and bad publicity for the school district if a crowdfunding campaign is mishandled.

    The report outlines these dangers, suggests ways to mitigate them and urges school districts to work with legal counsel to craft policies to ensure that districts, teachers, students and donors all are well-served.

    “These guidelines for crowdfunding will be of great value to me as I support teachers and employees who pursue supplemental funding for our students,” said Dan Wilson, treasurer of both the Mentor Village schools and Kirtland Local schools in Northeast Ohio. “Using these guidelines will ensure compliance with federal and state regulations as well as assuring the donations will support the intended students.”

    Wilson was one of the financial officers in Ohio who asked Auditor Yost for guidance. 

    “As a member of the Auditor of State Regional Advisory Council, I appreciate Mr. Yost's willingness to consider and follow up on input from local governments,” Wilson said.  

    Auditor Yost’s report said crowdfunding policies should:

    • Require that all crowdfunding campaigns be reviewed and approved by a designated school administrator.
    • Direct the designated administrator to ensure that the proposed crowdfunding campaign does not violate any federal or state law, including those governing the confidentiality of student information.
    • Ensure that the campaign seeks donations that comport with the district’s education philosophy, needs and technical infrastructure.
    • Designate which crowdfunding services can be used by teachers. These should be services that send donations directly to the school to ensure that they are not diverted or misused.
    • Require that district officials determine if participation with a given crowdfunding site obligates the school district to assume any responsibility to file government-required reports of charitable activities.
    • Require that donations be used for the stated purpose.
    • Mandate that no donations be accepted without school board approval.
    • Establish that all crowdfunding donations are the property of the school district, to be entered promptly into the district property inventory or deposited in district bank accounts so that they are subject to normal financial oversight and auditing.

    A full copy of this report is available online.

  • June 05, 2018 12:36 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Ean Boecker of Vantage Career Center, this year's Conference Program Design Contest winner! 

    With the guidance  of his Interactive Media Instructor, Jill DeWert, Ean's cover was selected out of more than 50 other entries.  He will be returning as a senior to Interactive Media next year.  His design will be featured on the cover of the printed program distributed to all attendees at the 2018 Connections to Education Conference, July 23-35, Hilton Easton.

    Congratulations to Ean and all of the staff at Vantage Career Center! 

    For more information on the 2018 Connections to Education Conference July 23-25 at the Hilton Easton, Columbus, please click here.

    2018 Conference Program Cover Contest Winner Chosen!

  • June 05, 2018 12:29 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    2018 Student Scholarship Winners

    Out of more than 225 entries, Mackenzie Hudock of Tolles Career and Technical Center and Emily Forsthoefel of Tri Star Career Compact were chosen as the 2018 Darrell Parks Student Scholarship Recipients!

    Mackenzie Hudock, Tolles Career and Technical Center

    Mackenzie Hudock completed the art designs and communications program at  Tolles Career and Technical Center. During high school, Mackenzie was the Marketing and Communications Officer for Interact Club, where she was in charge of sending out all email communications, updating Social Media pages, and she took part in many service projects. She was also a member of National Honors Society. In addition, she volunteered as a Reading Buddy with the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Mackenzie will be attending the University of Cincinnati in the fall and plans on majoring in communication design.

    Emily Forsthoefel, Tri Star Career Compact

    Emily Forsthoefel (pictured here with Brenda Speck, Instructor) graduated from the Tri Star Career Compact MedPrep program. As part of the program, she learned about anatomy and physiology, as well as patient care and leadership. Emily held many positions while in the MedPrep program, including Vice President of SkillsUSA, head nurse for her team, and a supervisor in her class. In addition, she traveled with her classmates to Haiti and helped at a hospital. Emily plans on attending college and majoring in medical imaging and radiology. She hopes to work in the field as an X-Ray Technician and eventually continue her education in ultrasound.

    Each year, Ohio ACTE awards up to two Darrell Parks Student Scholarships, which provide $1,000 toward the continuing education of career-technical graduates.  The winners are chosen by Dr. Darrell Parks, former director of the ODE Office of CTE and past Executive Director of Ohio ACTE. 

  • May 24, 2018 8:40 AM | Kelsey Kerstetter

    An Aligning Opportunities report done by Team Northeast Ohio found that there is a misalignment in Northeast Ohio regarding skills, education, and training needed to fill high-demand occupations.

    According to Jacob Duritsy, vice president, Strategy and Research for Team NEO, the objective of the findings is to provide secondary and post-secondary educational institutions in Northeast Ohio a tool to help them evaluate (and re-evaluate) their professional and technical education programs. The report also found that manufacturing, IT, and healthcare are the most in-demand sectors, and within the 19 occupation categories studied, only three are aligned with supply and demand.

    Read the full story here.

  • May 15, 2018 11:23 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    President Donald J. Trump on May 14 announced his intent to nominate the following:

    Scott Stump of Colorado, to be Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the US Department of Education.

    Stump is the Chief Operating Officer for Vivayic, Inc., a learning solutions company based in Lincoln, Nebraska. Previously, he served as the Assistant Provost for Career and Technical Education with the Colorado Community College System. In 2014, he served as President of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education consortium, now called Advance CTE.  Stump holds a B.S. in Agricultural Education from Purdue University.

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