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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • May 31, 2022 2:27 PM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Department of Education, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, will be hosting in-person events across the state that will feature a keynote speaker, recognition of outstanding adult educators and a panel discussion with providers, students, department staff along with other key partners and stakeholders.

    Find an event near you here.

  • May 21, 2022 2:07 PM | Anonymous

    Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT), announced on Friday, May 20 the 26 entities that will make up Ohio’s Broadband and 5G Sector Partnership. The Ohio State University (OSU) was awarded $3 million in January to host the Sector Partnership and selected the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) as the industry intermediary to lead the effort. This announcement is part of a larger effort by OWT and BroadbandOhio to grow the workforce needed to expand broadband access and 5G in Ohio.

    The “Strengthening Ohio’s Broadband & 5G Workforce” Strategy, released in September 2021, calls for a Broadband and 5G Sector Partnership that will lead the implementation of the goals outlined in the strategy. The Sector Partnership will work to design and distribute curriculum and training programs across the state and promote career awareness to supply the industry with a skilled workforce. These education and training programs will directly support filling the estimated 1,250 jobs needed to expand broadband access and the 32,000 jobs needed to deploy 5G across Ohio.

    “These industry, education, and government leaders were selected for their ability to help implement Ohio’s broadband and 5G workforce strategy,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “Their expertise will ensure that Ohio’s Broadband and 5G Sector Partnership is efficient and responsive to industry workforce needs across the state as we continue to invest in broadband expansion for Ohioans.”

    Members of the Sector Partnership will provide advice and recommendations based on their knowledge areas to Ohio State and WIA as they implement Ohio’s broadband and 5G workforce strategy. The first official meeting of the Sector Partnership will be held on Thursday, June 9th at Ohio State in Columbus.

    Sector Partnership Members:




    Fiber Broadband Association (FBA)

    Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Ohio (AICUO)



    Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd)

    Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT)

    NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association

    Inter-University Council (IUC)


    NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association

    Ohio ACTE

    Ohio Department of Education (ODE)

    Ohio Cable Telecom Association (OCTA)

    Ohio Association of Career Technical Superintendents (OACTS)

    Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE)

    Ohio Telecom Association (OTA)

    Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC)

    Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS)

    Ohio Wireless Association (OWA)

    Ohio Excels

    Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC)

    Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA)

    The Management Council (MCOECN)

    Ohio Department of Veteran Services (ODVS)

    Team Fishel



    TRC Companies, Inc.






    “Engagement with partners is key to addressing systemic gaps in meeting the workforce needs in this sector," said Anish Arora, chair and professor of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Ohio State. "We envision an active, inclusive and sustained interaction with the sector partners, as well as the member companies and institutions they represent, through quarterly meetings and working groups in our connectivity center.”

    “We look forward to supporting the mission of Ohio’s Broadband and 5G Sector Partnership through our expertise and collaboration with The Ohio State University as their selected Industry Intermediary,” said WIA CTO Dr. Rikin Thakker. “WIA welcomes these 26 partners from the industry, education, and government sectors. Their expert advice and recommendations will help us create effective, innovative, and pragmatic curriculum and training solutions. We’re excited to help make this critical initiative a success, and I’m grateful for Lt. Governor Husted’s continued leadership and strong vision for building a strong workforce in Ohio.”

    The announcement represents more progress related to broadband expansion that builds upon efforts by Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted to expand and enhance high-speed internet access for businesses and families throughout Ohio.

    The “Strengthening Ohio’s Broadband & 5G Workforce” Strategy can be found on the BroadbandOhio website.

  • May 16, 2022 7:04 AM | Anonymous

    Each year, Ohio ACTE awards two students with the Darrell Parks Student Scholarship, which provides $1,000 toward the continuing education of career-technical graduates. After considering almost 250 applicants, Ohio ACTE is awarding the Darrell Parks Scholarship to Samikchhaya Oli of Scarlet Oaks and Gabriel Morgensen of Pike County Career Technology Center. Read about Samikchhaya and Gabriel on the Student Scholarship page.

    Congratulations Samikchhaya and Gabriel!

  • May 11, 2022 7:14 AM | Anonymous

    On May 10, 2022, The State Board of Education of Ohio selected Stephen Dackin as the 39th superintendent of public instruction for Ohio and leader of the Ohio Department of Education.
    “It is a great day for the State of Ohio and our education community as we welcome Mr. Dackin as our next superintendent of public instruction. His leadership, experience, vision for the future, and commitment to supporting students will help position Ohio’s education system to be the best in the nation,” State Board of Education President Charlotte McGuire said. “The State Board of Education of Ohio is honored and excited about the selection of Mr. Dackin as we strengthen statewide partnerships and propel improvement opportunities for each Ohio child. Working for our state’s learners, Ohio’s education TEAMS ensure Together Everyone Achieves More for Students and their families. We must do everything we can to support Ohio’s students, and today’s announcement represents the beginning of a promising next chapter for education in our state.”
    With more than 40 years of service in education, Dackin has experience in both postsecondary and preK-12 education settings having served as a school district superintendent, school principal and classroom teacher. He recently served as superintendent of School and Community Partnerships at Columbus State Community College and, prior to that, superintendent of Reynoldsburg City Schools. Dackin and his wife Susan live in Columbus and have two daughters, Jessica and Erika.
    The State Board of Education selected Dackin by a vote of 14 to 4, with one abstention. The start date is yet to be determined.

    Read more here.

  • May 09, 2022 2:49 PM | Anonymous

    Ohio ACTE and the Ohio Ophthalmological Society are partnering once again to offer FREE safety eyewear for students in programs requiring the use of eye protection.  This program is possible as part of a grant from the Ohio Department of Health to  promote eye safety and to encourage students to use protective eyewear in activities outside of the classroom as well.  The program is called Superspecs (previously Play Hard Don't Blink).

    Click on this link to be taken to the online order form and note that there is a link in the order form to view eyewear choices:

    Online applications must be completed by June 10. Emails will be sent to each applicant to let them know how many pieces of equipment to expect with a goal of shipping the equipment in August to the address provided. 

    There are several styles to choose from when you apply.

    In order to participate, schools must agree to provide safety information to students and participate in a survey.  It is open to all schools and is not needs-based.

    Since the inception of the program in 2009, more than 200,000 protective eyewear pieces have been distributed.  Programs benefiting from this partnership include: Automotive, BioMedical Science, Arts, Building and Grounds, HVAC, Dental Assisting, and more.

  • May 09, 2022 1:02 PM | Anonymous

    Ohio ACTE Assembly of Delegates

    Meeting Notice

    The Assembly of Delegates Meeting will take place during the 2022

    Ohio ACTE Innovation & Impact Annual Conference

    July 25: 11:00 am

    Hilton Easton, Columbus

    Click here for Division Delegate Counts and Resolution Information

  • May 09, 2022 11:58 AM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Department of Education has developed a new promotional poster to showcase skills and hands-on opportunities for schools to use to promote career-tech education with their students.

    Find the poster and more information here

  • May 09, 2022 6:22 AM | Anonymous

    Ohio’s adult and continuing education programs, operating at 51 locations throughout the state, collectively known as the Ohio Technical Centers (OTCs).

    To build awareness of the OTCs and upskilling opportunities available to adults statewide, the Ohio Association of Career-Technical Superintendents (OACTS) is proud to announce the “Fast Track” Campaign effort launched on Monday, May 9, 2022.

    Ohio ACTE is proud to support Ohio ACTE PACE members,  OACTS and the 51 Ohio Technical Centers, the educational providers offering adult learners the training  and credentials for the most in-demand jobs and a direct path to employability. Learn more at


  • May 06, 2022 5:54 AM | Anonymous

    Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced the results of the March round of TechCred, which will provide the opportunity for Ohioans to earn over 4,000 tech-focused credentials. This most recent round puts the program on pace to reach and exceed the 20,000 credential goal for this fiscal year funded through the state operating budget.

    The current TechCred application period opened on May 2nd and will close on Tuesday, May 31st at 3:00 p.m. Businesses with employees who have completed their approved TechCred training should complete the reimbursement process at

    “TechCred continues to help Ohio businesses upskill their workforce, while also providing a great opportunity for Ohioans to develop new, tech-infused skills so they can be more competitive,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “This is the second application period in a row that over 4,000 credentials were approved for funding, showing that this program has become a huge asset for businesses and their employees.”

    The March round of TechCred marked the 13th round of the program. Today, Lt. Governor Husted announced that 342 Ohio employers were approved for funding, resulting in Ohio employees earning up to 4,121 technology-focused credentials. Businesses of all sizes are utilizing the program, with 95 new employers joining the program for the first time this round.

    “TechCred is helping Ohio businesses upskill their workforce,” said Lydia Mihalik, Director of the Ohio Department of Development. "Employees are expanding their skills, and employers are getting the talent they need to grow their business."

    With the approvals announced today, a total of 1,822 Ohio employers have been approved for funding through the TechCred program, supporting the earning of 40,824 tech-focused credentials by employees.

    “The education and upskilling received through the TechCred program has allowed these Ohio workers to progress in their career while giving employers the pipeline of skilled workers needed for continued success,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner.

    Learn more about the program at

  • May 01, 2022 12:07 PM | Anonymous

    May 2-6, 2022 is dedicated to celebrating and showing our appreciation for all our teachers do! 


    We want to highlight our teacher award winners, who will be presented with their Ohio ACTE Educator Award at the Annual Innovation & Impact Conference:

    Teacher of the Year: Dennis Hogel - Industrial Diesel Mechanics Instructor, Great Oaks Career Campuses

    New Career-Tech EducatorJill Woods – Dental Instructor, Trumbull Career and Technical Center

    Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year: Lisa Pierce-Burger – Instructor/Coordinator, C-TEC of Licking County

    Outstanding Educator in Community Service: Anthony Thornsberry – Career Technical Principal, Massillon City Schools

    Read about all of the winners on our Educator Awards page.

    All Career-Tech teachers contribute to their community, encourage their students, and help grow skilled trades in Ohio, and we appreciate all you do every single day. Thank you!

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