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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • April 30, 2018 4:04 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    Teacher Appreciation is Week May 7-11. During this week, please help us thank Ohio’s remarkable teachers!
  • April 30, 2018 3:39 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Barb Wagner was named the 2018 Bill Ruth Award Winner from the Ohio ACTE PACE Division on April 10 during the PACE Annual Conference Bill Ruth Awards program.  Longtime adult director at Upper Valley Career Center, Barb passed away July 13, 2017.
    Barb started out as a Home Economics teacher, after teaching for several years and serving as K-8 and High School Principals, she became the Director for Adult Workforce Education at Greene County Career Center in Xenia. After serving at Green County she became the Adult Division Director at Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua.  Barb retired in 2017 with the intention of (as Barb put it; focusing on organic heirloom gardening, raising chickens, wide open spaces and spending time with her family). She was always a great advocate for Adult Workforce Education and shared her talents and expertise by being an active member of many committees for OACTE-PACE, the Ohio Board of Regents, and ODHE, according to her colleagues.  Barb was an inspiration to students, staff and colleagues and is greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

    Scott Nail, Adult Director at Upper Valley Career Center (right) and Barb Wagner's husband accepted the Bill Ruth Award at the April 10 Bill Ruth Award Program.

    Other Award winners honored:
    OACTE-PACE Division - Pacesetter Award:
    Recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership or innovative program achievements through service to Ohio ACTE.
    2018 Awardees:
    Tiffany Thayer, Financial Aid Officer, Ehove Career Center
    Recognized for her willingness to step forward and guide the financial aid and student service groups at the annual spring and summer conferences. She goes above and beyond for both her school’s financial aid recipients and her fellow financial aid peers. The work she does to coordinate and pull together the financial aid training at our conferences demonstrate her leadership and are very much appreciated as they help make all our programs stronger.

    Lauren Massie, Adult Director, C-TEC Career and Technology Education Centers
    As a new Adult Director, Lauren was recognized for taking a lead on getting our Ohio Technical Center’s in front of our legislatures. Her knowledge of the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Higher Education have proved very helpful in the work of defining OCTs. Her leadership in legislative initiatives, and active participation in the PACE conference planning, combined with her willingness to share best practices with colleagues; demonstrate her commitment to service for Ohio ACTE. She provides a positive example for customized training, career programs and secondary partnerships that help strengthen and support Adult Career and Technical Education throughout Ohio.

    OACTE-PACE Division – Distinguished Service Award:
    Recognizes an individual who has made the highest contribution to improvement, promotion, development and progress of career technical and adult education.
    2018 Awardee:
    Tiffany Thayer, Financial Aid Officer, Ehove Career Center
    Tiffany was recognized for the professional commitment that she has shown throughout the years in assisting the PACE Division members. She is always present at conferences and has ideas that contribute to the success of Ohio Technical Centers. She keeps up-to-date and is constantly aware of changes that affect our work and shares that necessary information with other members throughout the state.

  • April 23, 2018 8:45 AM | Kelsey Kerstetter

    In a recent article reporting on a study looking at the characteristics of CTE students, researchers found that students who take career-tech education courses were more likely to graduate from high school, earn more by their mid-20s, and be more likely to work full-time by young adulthood than peers who were not enrolled in CTE courses.

    The federal study tracked 15,000 10th graders from 2002 to 2012, and found that certain stereotypes about CTE students were simply not true. The study also found that students who take CTE courses work harder and have stronger non-cognitive skills, also known as “soft skills.”

    In summary, the study states, “CTE course takers have on average higher non-cognitive skills, compared to otherwise-similar students. This conclusion belies the image of these students as unmotivated and unfocused, and it belies the stereotype that CTE programs recruit substandard students. To assess the true value of CTE programs, one should look beyond their participants' test scores."

  • April 17, 2018 7:13 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    A recording of the Department’s OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal webinar from April 6 is available online. The webinar highlighted how the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal was developed, the process a student must follow to achieve the seal, and what steps schools need to take to validate and issue the seal on transcripts and diplomas
  • April 02, 2018 7:42 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    MakerMinded is a new competition aimed at getting students interested in the STEM field and elevating their classroom experience with hands-on activities. Students visit the MakerMinded website and choose from a list of STEM- and manufacturing-related activities and programs, post their participation on Social Media, track their points, and earn prizes at the end of the school year for participating. For career-tech educators, MakerMinded is the perfect platform to showcase all that students are already doing, and help them earn prizes for their hard work and dedication.  MakerMinded has also introduced teachers to new ideas and activities to further complement classroom learning.

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    Juliann Trevorrow, Project Lead the Way teacher in Alliance City Schools, is already using MakerMinded. “I have found that students are better able to reflect on their learning and be proud of their work when it is being published for others to see,” she said in an interview with Ohio STEM Learning Network. Her students have already completed several activities, including participation in an engineering design challenge by creating a robotic arm, holding a Siemens STEM Day, building a marshmallow tower, participating in Edheads, and creating a STEM Club.

    Tevorrow says MakerMinded is so successful because of her school district’s “all-in approach.” She is invested in the program, as well as receives support from the school district administration. She highly recommends the program to other career-tech teachers, and says the activities have enriched her curriculum without costing a lot of money. “Most of the activities can be done on a limited budget and as enrichment to activities already completed in class. So don’t be afraid to jump in!”

    Read more about the MakerMinded competition.

     - originally published by Ohio STEM Learning Network

  • March 29, 2018 12:50 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on March 23 announced new details on the Federal Commission on School Safety the President appointed her to chair. The Commission has been charged with quickly providing meaningful and actionable recommendations to keep students safe at school. Accordingly, the Commission will be comprised of department heads whose agencies have jurisdiction over key school safety issues: Secretary DeVos, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.

    The first organizational meeting was Wednesday, March 28 in Washington, D.C. to discuss the scope of the Commission's work, timeline, locations for meetings and topics for field hearings.

    Input from and meetings with students, parents, teachers, school safety personnel, administrators, law enforcement officials, mental health professionals, school counselors, security professionals and other related stakeholders will be critical to the Commission's work.

    Additional details on stakeholder engagement both in Washington and across the country will follow the meeting on March 28.

    "Over the last several weeks, I have held meetings with parents and non-profit organizations, who in the wake of tragedy, have leapt into action and have focused on finding solutions to school violence," said Secretary DeVos. "The Commission's task will be to hear their ideas and the ideas of anyone who is focused on finding solutions to bolster school safety across the country. We want to highlight what's working so that every school has access to solutions that will keep students and teachers safe."

    Read more:  Click here

  • March 27, 2018 10:20 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Schools are invited to join Ohio ACTE as Organizational Affiliates, which provides membership in Ohio ACTE for all teachers, administrators, School Board members, staff and others involved with the delivery of career-technical education.

    "This option allows Schools to affiliate with Ohio ACTE and provide benefits to staff," said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.  "I am glad the Ohio ACTE Executive Board added this optional membership for schools.  The individual memberships are still available," she said.

    All members in all categories receive the same benefits, Gardner said.  This includes discounts to events and professional development, the monthly e-news and other benefits.

    Click here for additional information about this new Membership!

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  • March 20, 2018 7:15 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    The Ohio Department of Education and Ohio College Tech Prep are planning six regional SuccessBound conferences for schools, businesses and community leaders who want to begin forming partnerships to develop Ohio’s next generation of workers. These regional events are geared toward helping participants take first steps to engage with partners from different sectors to build career pathways, work-based learning experiences and other career preparation opportunities for students. The conference will offer participants opportunities to network with potential partners also interested in ensuring a strong workforce.Six regional conferences for schools, businesses and community leaders who want to begin forming partnerships to develop Ohio’s next generation of workers.

    These regional events are geared toward helping participants take first steps to engage with partners from different sectors to build career pathways, work-based learning experiences and other career preparation opportunities for students. The conference will offer participants opportunities to network with potential partners also interested in ensuring a strong workforce. Register here.

    Region Success Bound Conference Map

  • March 09, 2018 6:07 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio technical centers would be recognized as institutions of higher education under a change made to a workforce development bill March 7.

    The House Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee accepted a substitute version of HB166 (Reineke-Cupp), which had focused on various changes to Ohio’s workforce development system. Rep. Bill Reinke (R-Tiffin) told the committee that the substitute version of the bill contains new language that addresses Ohio technical centers, which he said provide labor market-driven post-secondary training to adults. He said they are the adult education component at career centers, with students often taking classes at night and on the weekends, and the centers are highly responsive in meeting the needs of employers.

    Reineke said the bill still addresses the overriding subject of improving workforce development. The newest addition to the bill is needed because of the overall lack of clarity for Ohio technical centers, he said. Technical centers are not currently recognized as institutions of higher education under Ohio law, and Reineke said they discovered there are actually multiple different definitions for institutions of higher education in current law. Technical centers would identify as higher education institutes under the bill for purposes of making students eligible for certain education and grant programs.

    Rep. Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) asked why the language was not a standalone bill, calling it “an odd procedural thing to do” when the bill was on its seventh hearing. Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima), a co-sponsor of the bill, said it is a matter of preference, but legally speaking it does address the same subject. He said they were seeking a method to try to get it done faster than a regular bill.

    Asked about concerns from colleges about the new language, Reineke said those concerns are misdirected. He said the language only affects the ability of a student at a technical center to apply for certain scholarships like the Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG). Committee Chair Rep. Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) said institutions can be sensitive to changes when a pool of money suddenly has more places to be divided.

    The committee heard from witnesses representing the technical centers, including Bill Bussey of the Ohio Association of Career Technical Superintendents; Carrie Fife of the Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center; Anthony Huffman of the Washington County Career Center; Joyce Malainy of the Career Technology and Education Centers of Licking County; and Scott Naill of Upper Valley Career Center.

  • February 21, 2018 1:52 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    Engage in community conversations to provide input on Ohio’s Draft Strategic Education Plan, which will create a unified system that results in success for each student. The plan will be Ohio’s roadmap for taking innovative approaches to meet the state’s major education challenges. It identifies a clear, statewide goal for preK-12 education, along with enabling strategies and tactics that explain how the goal will be achieved. The ultimate outcome: creating a unified system that results in success for each student.

    During the last six months, the State Board of Education and the Ohio Department of Education have engaged more than 150 partners from preK-12, higher education, business, philanthropy, community and the state legislature to craft a comprehensive strategic plan for education. This is the first prepared by the state in more than a decade.

    Philanthropy Ohio, in partnership with the State Board, will host 11 regional stakeholder meetings to review the plan and receive targeted feedback that will inform the final draft of the plan.

    These meetings are an opportunity to gather valuable input from various perspectives, including local educators, funders, parents, students and community members. The meeting will include an introduction from State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria, a brief overview of the draft plan and group discussions around specific provisions and options.

    Register now to attend a local meeting by clicking on the specific meeting location below.

     Questions? Contact Samantha Fallucco at

Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

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