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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • August 21, 2019 1:26 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Career Path Less Taken

    An upcoming Ohio PBS special, “The Career Path Less Taken,” explores the transformation in education happening across the state and around the country.

    The documentary, which airs on September 5, is described as a way “to explore new ways of thinking about education and the world of work.” Co-produced by Ohio public media stations CET in Cincinnati, ideastream in Cleveland and WOSU Public Media in Columbus, the documentary is part of the nationwide American Graduate: Getting To Work initiative, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Great Oaks staff, parents, and students talk about their experiences and their journeys.

    Watch the trailer:

    Watch the entire video - click here

    Learn more about it - click here.

  • August 20, 2019 11:29 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Nancy Luce, Upper Valley Career Center, will serve as Ohio ACTE President for 2019-2020.  She is joined by Ryan McCoart, Great Oaks Career Campuses, President Elect and Past President Nick Welder of Miami Valley Career Center.

    Jamey Palma, Massillon CIty Schools will serve his second year as treasurer (two year term) and Christine Boucher, Eastland Fairfield Career Center will serve as Secretary for the next two years.

    Read more about each of the officers, click here.

    Pictured left to right, Christine Boucher, Jamey Palma, Nancy Luce, Nick Weldy, Ryan McCoart

  • August 19, 2019 10:13 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    State law has introduced new, permanent graduation requirements for the classes of 2021 and beyond. Preliminary guidance and resources now are available at the Ohio Department of Education links below.
    Students in the classes of 2021 and 2022 have the option to meet the requirements of one of Ohio’s original three pathways to graduation or meet the new permanent requirements for the classes of 2023 and beyond.
    Students in the classes of 2023 and beyond must meet the new requirements outlined in this preliminary guidance document, which offers an overview of changes to Ohio’s state testing system and high school graduation requirements.
    Also available are student handouts for the classes of 2021 and 2022 and the classes of 2023 and beyond. Finally, districts will find an overview of the graduation requirements and options by class year
    Department staff members are working to develop additional guidance, tools and resources to help schools and districts implement the new graduation requirements. Watch for more information in the months to come. 
    Please direct questions to

  • August 13, 2019 4:03 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Following is guidance to providers of Ohio’s Adult Diploma Program concerning the change of required WorkKeys® scores for students completing an industry-recognized credential for the 2020 fiscal year.

    Change of Required Scores

    Earning an industry-recognized credential is one of three pathways to earn a high school diploma. The Ohio State Board of Education approved programs requires students to achieve a workforce readiness score on the WorkKeys® assessment.

    The WorkKeys® assessment has three sections: Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents.  Students in the Classes of 2018 and 2019 must earn a total of 13 points across the three WorkKeys® sections; students in the Class of 2020 and beyond must earn a total of 14 points. Students must also earn at least three points on each section of the test.

    Impact for New and Continuing Students

    Students who initiated the process of enrollment prior to July 1, 2019 would be required to achieve a minimum composite score of 13 across the three test areas. For those students who began the enrollment process following July 1, 2019 must now attain a composite score of 14 points.

    Please share this information with your associate schools. Questions should be directed to Dean Scheiderer at or 614-387-2254.

  • August 09, 2019 7:25 AM | Anonymous

    Beginning this fall, educators who work with students on their career choices have a new program designed to share important resources, networking, and specific information regarding Ohio’s required Career Advising Policy.   Every student in grades 6-12 should receive career counseling. A barrier to implementing this policy is that most educators have not had any training in providing career advising. 

    An online 8-week course with one face-to-face meeting (required) has been designed for administrators, counselors and teachers and others who guide students in career choices to learn more about Ohio’s Career Advising Policy, career counseling, career development, and available resources to meet the policy requirements and effectively guide students.

    The course was developed by Butler Tech and is available statewide through Ohio ACTE.  In the course, participants will learn how to guide students in considering all of their career options along with the training and education needed. An opportunity to network with other educators throughout the state is also an invaluable component of the course.

    Click here for more details.

    Click here to register for the session starting Oct. 14, 2019

    Click here to register for the session starting Feb. 3, 2020

    Click here to register for the session starting June 15th, 2020

  • August 08, 2019 9:49 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE is once again working with the Ohio Department of Education Office of CTE to identify outstanding career-technical students to be recognized as part of the US Department of Education  National Presidential Scholars Program. This is the fifth year that career technical students will be represented among the US Presidential Scholars. Out of all the applicants nationwide, 20 CTE students will be recognized.  Each state may submit up to five scholars.  Click here for more information, the nomination form and to read about each of the 2019 students and their accomplishments.

    For more information about the Presidential Scholars Program, click here.

  • August 07, 2019 7:23 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Leah Amstutz has been named the ODE Office of CTE Interim Director. 

    Leah and the ODE Office of CTE Staff are available to serve career-tech educators and answer your questions.

    Click here for a list of responsibilities and program areas.

  • August 07, 2019 7:06 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Approximately 1.6 million students are heading back to school.  They will be served by 130,00 plus educators across 612 school districts in Ohio.

    Statistics Our Students and Our Schools

    Statistics Our Schools and Our Educators

    Learn more about Ohio's student and educator demographics on ODE's Website:

  • August 07, 2019 6:59 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    The Cleveland Browns Foundation, Ohio Department of Education and Proving Ground at Harvard University launched the Get 2 School, Stay in the Game! Network (Get 2 School Network), a statewide initiative designed to promote the importance of school attendance and put an end to chronic absenteeism.

    The network’s goal is to increase student attendance, particularly among specific groups of students such as African American, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged students, English learners and students with disabilities. The network believes student success begins with engaged learners who attend school each day.
    Everyone — educators, parents and families, community partners and even students — can do their parts to tackle student absenteeism. Tap into resources, take the attendance pledge and help us spread the word. Find these tools, including posters, yard signs, attendance trackers and more, at

  • August 07, 2019 9:09 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    All Career Technical Education professionals are invited to join incoming Ohio ACTE President Nancy Luce, Superintendent at Upper Valley Career Center, for a day of learning, inspiration, and leadership at the 2019 Fall Leadership & Empowerment Meeting.  

    On September 18, 2019, Superintendent Luce, staff and other CTE leaders will discuss their unique, successful partnerships. The day will include the following:

    • Business/Industry Panel
    • Education Panel
    • Tour of new Vet Science building and other CTE Programs
    • Lunch - Information on UVCC Job Board
    • Global Partnerships/Apprenticeships
    • Post-Secondary Panel

    Registration is $75 for Ohio ACTE members and $95 for nonmembers and FREE for Organizational (School) members.
    Click here to register today!
    Ohio ACTE Fall Leadership & Empowerment Meeting
    September 18, 2019
    9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Upper Valley Career Center
    Piqua, OH

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