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  • April 19, 2022 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    The 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program announced this year's semi-finalists, which included three career-tech students from Ohio:

    • Alexander Kennedy, Ashtabula County Career and Technical Center- Architecture and Engineering Design Program
    • Quinci Voisard, Upper Valley Career Center - Medical Career Academy
    • Cianna Woltz-Yarnelli, C-Tec Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County - Architectural and Engineering Design

    The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

    Congratulations to our students and all the semi-finalists.

    Read more here.

  • April 13, 2022 10:34 AM | Anonymous

    In-Demand Jobs Week 2022

    Share your career-tech activities!


    In-Demand Jobs Week is the statewide celebration of the jobs, industries, and skills that are in demand in Ohio.

    Community leaders statewide are encouraged to partner in planning engaging virtual events and activities that will inspire excitement and awareness among students and job seekers. This year, they will be highlighting Ohio’s top jobs that pay more than $50,000 per year and don’t require a degree or years of training – just a credential.

    Career-tech educators are encouraged to join in celebrating opportunities in Ohio from May 2nd to the 6th!
    Visit to add their event to the official In-Demand Jobs Week map. Individuals interested in attending an event can use this map to find events near them.

  • April 10, 2022 7:24 AM | Anonymous

    We are excited to announce this year’s 2022 Ohio ACTE Educator Award Winners! The winners will be presented with their award at the opening welcome during the Annual Innovation & Impact Conference in July.

    Administrator of the Year: Dr. William Sprankles III – Assistant Superintendent of Innovative Teaching and Learning, Butler Tech

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

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

    Outstanding New CTE Teacher: Jill Woods – Dental Instructor, Trumbull Career and Technical Center

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

    Ambassador Award: Roy Bennett – Trades & Industrial Coordinator, Scioto County Career Technical Center

    Career Guidance Award: Jamie Bollinger – College and Career Coordinator, Polaris Career Center

    Business Image Award: Sue Doud – Senior Talent Acquisition Partner, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

    Outstanding School Board Members: Carole Ellis – Great Oaks Career Campuses, Tom Kaelber – Delaware Area Career Center, & Don Noble – Wayne County Schools Career Center

    Read more about the winners here!

  • April 04, 2022 5:54 PM | Anonymous

    For the first time ever in the History of Four County Career Center, a student was accepted into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point!

    Four County Career Center Board of Education President, Cindra Keeler, presented Brendan Degryse, a senior in the I.T. Academy - Computer Programming and Game Design program at the Career Center in Archbold, with a Proclamation of Outstanding Achievement for being accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.  Brendan’s parents, Corey and Rochelle Degryse supported their son during the presentation.

    (LEFT TO RIGHT) Rochelle Degryse, Brendan Degryse, Board of Education President Cindra Keeler, Corey Degryse

    Brendan set his sights on attending a military academy after researching his options.  “No one in my family, that I know of, had gone into the military so I didn’t know about enlisting versus going in as an officer,” Brendan said.  “So after some research I decided to apply to service academies.”  He made the decision not to enlist, in part because he wanted to go to college.  “I looked at being an officer and being more of a leader in the military and decided that’s what I wanted to do,” Brendan said.  

    Applying for the academy included interviews with Senators and Congressmen, some in person, some via videoconference.  It took a year to a year and a half to do those interviews and get the nomination before he was accepted.  Brendan was nominated for this honor by Congressman Bob Latta and on January 4 he received a call from Latta that he was accepted to West Point.  Each member of Congress, either in the House of Representatives or the Senate, is allowed a total of five appointees to each service academy.  “It was my sincere honor to nominate Brendan Degryse to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  Brendan is an exemplary student and truly deserves this honor.  I wish him the best during this pivotal point in his life,” said Latta.  “I am extremely proud of the men and women at our military academies who will be leaders in our Armed Forces.”  Brendan will spend the next four years at West Point.  Once he graduates with a bachelor’s degree, he will have an obligation to serve in the Army for five years.  “Depending on what job you want and where you want to be stationed, you can take on addition years of service,” Brendan said.  “I would like to make a career out of it.”

    Brendan with his instructor, Matthew Geiger

    A Fairview High School student, Brendan joined the I.T. Academy at the Career Center his junior year and will graduate in the Spring.  He continues to be active at Fairview High School and participates in sports including golf and archery.  He is a member of the National Honor Society and is on the newspaper staff.  As a senior at Four County Career Center, Brendan is the Business Professionals of America Chapter President, on the National Technical Honor Society Leadership Team, a Student Ambassador, and participates in the Early Job Placement program and earns class credit for working at Brookside Laboratories, Inc. in New Bremen.  Brendan’s instructor, Matthew Geiger, has this to say about Brendan as a student.  “Brendan has been a once-in-career student.  He is a top-notch computer programmer, but more so, he is a natural leader who pushes himself to excel at every challenge before him.  Those qualities have led to countless successes in the time he has been here, culminating in his appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  All of his achievements have had tremendous impact on our program by raising awareness of the great things that are happening in the I.T. Academy at Four County Career Center.”

    Brendan with Four County Career Center Superintendent Tim Meister.

    Brendan’s achievement in being accepted to a U.S. Military Academy is the first time in the history of the Career Center to have a student with this accomplishment.  Four County Superintendent, Tim Meister said Brendan’s achievement shows any possible path is open for Four County students.  “His choosing the path to come to Four County and knowing he wanted to pursue the path of going to a military academy was important because that type of student hasn’t always been attracted to attend Four County,” he said.  “Four County is extremely proud of Brendan.  By becoming the first student in the history of our school to attend a Military Academy, Brendan has obliterated so many stigmas and has proven that Career Centers are a path to success for any student.  This will have a lasting impact for everyone involved.”  Brendan will be remembered “for a lifetime,” Meister said.  Four County Career Center is proud of Brendan for making the decision to attend Four County and allowing the Career Center to play a role in his education as he sets his sights high for his future!

  • April 04, 2022 5:34 PM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Department of Higher Education recently announced the recipients of funds through the Commercial Truck Driver Student Aid Program.

    A total of 30 schools, including 6 career-tech schools, will share $2.5 million to help Ohio students seeking to earn a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

    The 6 career-tech schools include Apollo Career Center, Butler Tech, Brown & Clermont Adult Career Campuses, Mid-East Career and Technology Centers, Vantage Career Center, & Washington County Career Center.

    The program promotes and encourages job growth for Ohio’s commercial drivers through educational training. A total of $5 million in funding is available through the program over the next two years. A second round of funding will be forthcoming later this year.

    The funds, awarded to eligible institutions through an application process, will be disbursed in the form of grants and loans to students who enroll in approved CDL training programs at those institutions. The Student Aid program was originally enacted in the state’s biennial budget bill (HB110), with additional parameters of the program set forth in SB166, signed by Governor Mike DeWine last December.

    “This program provides another opportunity for students to prepare for a successful career at a reduced cost and will create a ripple effect that will benefit business and industry statewide,” Governor DeWine said.

    Truck, Semi-Trailer, Usa, Towing Vehicle

    The program will provide financial aid to in-state students who complete a CDL program and agree to reside and be employed in Ohio for a minimum of one year upon completion.

    “Governor DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly are to be commended for this important investment, which will help people from across the state earn their CDL and ensure that Ohio companies can begin to address the pressing need for new drivers,” said Chancellor Randy Gardner. “We know that commercial truck drivers are a vital part of Ohio’s economy, and these awards will help this in-demand occupation to grow and thrive.”

    “The State of Ohio took a great step forward to be a leader in finding an innovative way to support the training for in-demand jobs that the Federal government cannot,” said Tom Balzer, president and CEO of the Ohio Trucking Association. “The Governor, Ohio Legislature, and the Department of Higher Education work cooperatively with the industry to make sure we have a streamlined program that provides targeted assistance while putting protections in place to have Ohio-educated drivers get employed by Ohio businesses. This is what public-private partnership needs to look like and I hope this will serve as a model for other states to follow.”

    CDL programs receiving awards qualified as eligible through the Ohio Department of Public Safety, allowing students enrolled in these programs to be candidates for grants and loans.

    A complete list of recipients can be found on the ODHE website at

  • March 30, 2022 6:26 PM | Anonymous

    Has your school registered for the #STEMbuildsOhio design challenge yet? Final registrations and submissions for the student showcase are due April 21, 2022. This year’s challenge invites students to consider how they can improve their school, community, or world by reimagining an existing physical space, system, product, or service so that it is more equitable, accessible, or efficient. Through the challenge, students build skills in thinking, analyzing, ideating, and creating solutions to real-world problems.

    It’s not too late for your school to join. Please make sure to complete the registration form at our portal: Then, we’ll get in touch about upcoming statewide showcase for student participants. Detailed participation guidelines are posted here.

    Key milestones:

    Read more on the Ohio STEM Learning Network website.

  • March 29, 2022 2:52 PM | Anonymous

    Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced that the fifth annual In-Demand Jobs Week will take place during the first full week of May, from May 2 – 6


    Share your career-tech activities!

    Visit to add your career-tech event to the official      In-Demand Jobs Week map.

    Individuals interested in attending an event can use this map to find events near them.

    “In-Demand Jobs Week is a great chance for businesses to open their doors and showcase the many top jobs, industries and skills across Ohio,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “The best way to find out if a job is for you is to try it out, and students will have that opportunity to do just that.”

    “During In-Demand Jobs Week, we shine a light on career opportunities that give job seekers a path toward new, high-paying jobs in fields where Ohio businesses are hiring immediately,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “This year, we are specifically bringing awareness to jobs that pay over $50,000 a year and require less than a year of training, giving Ohioans a clear path to their next opportunity.”

    In-Demand Jobs Week is designed to promote Ohio’s most in-demand and fastest-growing industries through statewide hiring, education, and training events. This year, In-Demand Jobs Week will highlight Ohio’s top jobs that pay more than $50,000 per year and don’t require a degree or years of training–just a credential.

    Here are a few examples:

    Software Developers
    Median Pay: $91,000

    Computer Programmers
    Median Pay: $84,000

    Network and Computer Systems Administrators
    Median Pay: $80,000

    Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay
    Median Pay: $78,000

    Web Developers
    Median Pay: $62,000

    Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other
    Median Pay: $62,000

    Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
    Median Pay: $62,000

    Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
    Median Pay: $60,000

    Computer Network Support Specialists
    Median Pay: $60,000

    Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage
    Median Pay: $59,000

    Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
    Median Pay: $59,000

    Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Programmers
    Median Pay: $53,000

    Food Service Manager
    Median Pay: $53,000

    Tool and Die Makers
    Median Pay: $51,000

    Fire Fighters
    Median Pay: $51,000

    To learn more about these job opportunities and the financial assistance available to earn a credential, visit or contact your local OhioMeansJobs center.

    In 2018, the first full week of May was designated as In-Demand Jobs Week. Each year, businesses, education providers, community organizations, and more are encouraged to plan unique opportunities throughout the week. This year, events will inspire students and job seekers to earn a credential and pursue a job in Ohio. From tours and roundtables to career-tech signing days and job fairs, In-Demand Jobs Week is an opportunity to highlight what Ohio has to offer.

    Organizations can visit to add their event to the official In-Demand Jobs Week map. Individuals interested in attending an event can use the 2022 event map to find opportunities nearby.

  • March 22, 2022 2:13 PM | Anonymous

    Ohio continues to navigate the effects of the pandemic, including staffing shortages in schools and districts throughout the state. Qualified educators are in high demand for full- and part-time positions.

    Several new pathways are available to educators reentering the profession, including new and updated renewal and reinstatement options.

    Learn more by visiting the Ohio Department of Education's Licensure Options for Educators Returning to Ohio Schools webpage. The page provides new details and links to other basic licensure information to help returning educators return to the classroom.

  • March 08, 2022 11:49 AM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Departments of Education and Development invite educational service centers, career centers, schools and districts to join the High School Tech Internship 2.0 pilot program. Education professionals will partner with businesses to apply to this program.

    The program is a competitive grant opportunity for Ohio employers to receive reimbursement for creating a recruitment pipeline by hosting high school interns in tech-related roles. The goal of the program is to provide businesses with the tech talent they need while students gain valuable work experience. Interns will perform job duties similar to those of entry-level technology professionals. These duties may focus on software development, data, cloud and IT infrastructure and cybersecurity. 

    Education sector partners must submit an intent to participate. This intent form requests:

    • A plan for student recruitment;
    • A plan to host a forum for students and business partners; and
    • Two letters of support from businesses willing to work with the education partner to hire interns.

    The Ohio departments of Education and Development will verify the information received in the intent to participate form. The education partner will receive an email once verification is complete. At that point, the education partner should execute the recruitment plan and secure internship opportunities with the business partners. This experience should include an interview for potential student interns with business partners.

    More information, including the implementation timeline, is available on the High School Tech Internship webpage. Learn more about the benefits of business-education partnerships in this document. Contact with questions.

  • March 06, 2022 2:19 PM | Anonymous

    Ohio ACTE  is pleased to announce The Ohio Academy of Science (OAS) is a partner for this year's Innovation & Impact Conference, July 25-27 at the Hilton Easton - Columbus. This year's conference is a collaboration between Ohio ACTE, the Ohio Academy of Science and the Ohio Department of Education, Office of CTE.

    "Because career-tech programs have a strong foundation in science, it is a great for our organizations to partner on the conference,'" said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director. "We are pleased that the OAS will be a part of bringing innovative career-tech education ideas to  attendees at the 2022 Conference," she added.

    OAS will present and be a part of all conference activities, building on the success of past Annual Ohio ACTE Conferences.

    "The OAS is keenly aware of how career technical education prepares students for future careers through an abundance of hands-on-learning, and with real life applications in math and science. The OAS is proud to support Ohio ACTE and work collaboratively to prepare students with the necessary skills that drive innovation and to meet the demands of a rapidly changing labor market," said Michael Woytek, Executive Director of The Ohio Academy of Science.

    OAS will present and be part of activities during the Annual Conference, July 25-27, at the Hilton - Easton in Columbus. 

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