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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • October 21, 2019 10:45 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio’s operating budget for FY 2020-2021 (HB 166) includes $25M appropriated annually to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to subsidize and expand Industry-recognized credential programs for High School students. While the DeWine Administration is still formulating guidance and parameters for the program, ODE staff provided the following information in response to questions from career-tech educators:

    1. What is the effective date of the requirements that districts must pay for the credentials?
      • The new state budget expands the previously standing law that districts must pay for credentials to be earned. New requirements expand the students eligible to all students, from the prior requirement for economically disadvantaged students. The amount allocated for reimbursement also expanded from $750,000 to $8,000,000. Any credential that a student is testing for beginning this school year should be paid for by the school district.
    2. Does a district collect funding for more than one credential per student? For example, those “clustered” credentials that individually are not 12 points, but together equal 12 points?
      • There are individual reimbursement amounts for each credential, regardless of point value. Therefore, if a student is earning any credential, and this credential is reported to the Ohio Department of Education as earned by that student, that will trigger reimbursement at the amount assigned to that credential. In the event that this credential is also on the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program list, that would also trigger a payment of $1,250, not to exceed one payment per student who is earning credentials from the list.
    3. Does a district get reimbursed for a student who takes the credential test but does not pass? Are we required to pay for additional attempts? Will the district be reimbursed for additional attempts?
      • Reimbursement is for credentials earned. Therefore, if students take a credential exam and do not pass, this would not be reimbursed but districts are expected to pay for students to earn that credential. Reimbursement will flow once the student has earned the credential, but not for more than the “attempt” in which the student earns the credential.
    4. Are districts required to pay for any credential a student wants to pursue?
      • Students should be pursuing credentials that align with their desired career pathway and the skills that they possess or are developing. Career counseling processes should help students understand what credentials are right for them, and which options they should be pursuing.
    1. How many tests for each student are we required to pay for?
      • Districts should pay for any credential tests students are taking. If they are earning multiple credentials, and the district is reporting those credentials as earned, the district will be reimbursed for the cost of earning that credential.
    1. If the student does not want to take the IRC test, does the district still have to pay and make them take it?
      • No, if a student does not have an interest in the test, there is no requirement for them to earn the credential at the state level.
  • October 14, 2019 10:01 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    From Dec. 6, 2019, until 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 6, 2020, members of the National Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) will elect officers for the following board of directors positions:

    Two Ohioans are on the ballot: Jon Quatman, for President Elect and Kristina Ropos for Post-Secondary Adult Career Technical Education Vice President.

    Click here for more information about the candidates and voting in the National ACTE Election.

    Please note: to vote you must be a member of ACTE and the Division by November 6.

  • October 14, 2019 9:55 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, is holding public hearings on Ohio’s four-year (Fiscal Years 2020-2023) career and technical education plan, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). This law reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, known as Perkins IV. Perkins V makes key changes to implementing career-technical education programs and administrative processes.

    Ohio Department of Education staff will present a draft of Ohio’s plan and take comments during the two public comment hearings:

    • Wednesday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m., Pike County Career Technology Center, 175 Beaver Creek Rd. Piketon; and
    • Wednesday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m., Sandusky High School/Career Center, 2130 Hayes Ave., Sandusky.

    We encourage you to share this public meeting announcement about this important plan with other stakeholders, including administrators, educators, employers, business leaders, students, families and community members.

    For answers to general questions about the public hearings, contact Rhedeshia Young-Willingham or call (614) 387-6001.

  • October 07, 2019 3:44 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    FY18 Self-Assessment Deadline Extended

    If you have not completed your FY18 Self-Assessment for 1st or 2nd year non-compliant pathways, the deadline has been extended to November 1, 2019.  If you have surveys due, they will be populated in the CTE-26 system and will be titled FY 018 Quality Program Standards Summative Self Review. The FY18 Career-Technical Education Program Review Technical Manual contains step-by-step instructions for completing the self-assessment. Please contact your assigned Program Specialist or Patti Guseman at with any questions.

    Teacher Licensure Override Requests

    The 2019-2020 CTE Teacher Licensure Override request process is open until April 24, 2020. Updated guidance and template documents are available at the link below. Please contact Kelsey Stephens at with any questions.

    New Skills for Youth/Perkins V Survey

    The Ohio Department of Education is seeking feedback to help improve career-focused programming and assistance provided by the Department to implementers of these educational experiences. The feedback gathered from this survey will be used to inform Ohio’s federally-required Perkins V plan development and to gauge the influence of the New Skills for Youth grant work. 

    The Department hopes to gather feedback from a broad range of Ohio stakeholders including educators, parents and caregivers, students, businesses, and community organizations. The following survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please contact Cassie Palsgrove at

    Help us ensure each child is challenged, prepared and empowered by completing our short Perkins V and New Skills for Youth Survey:



  • October 01, 2019 11:25 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Each year, Ohio ACTE recognizes and honors outstanding educators and others who support career technical education. Ohio ACTE is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Educator Awards.  Do you know an individual who deserves recognition? Complete the nomination form and get more information - click here

    Ohio ACTE Educator Awards include: 

    Ambassador Award

    Teacher of the Year Award*

    Post Secondary Teacher of the Year Award*

    Administrator of the Year Award*

    Outstanding New Career & Technical Teacher*

    Outstanding Educator in Community Service*

    Career Guidance Award*

    Image Award (non-educators eligible)

    Outstanding School Board Member Award (non-educators eligible)

    *Ohio ACTE Award recipients in these categories are eligible to win Region 1 and National ACTE recognition.

  • September 27, 2019 9:08 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Lt. Governor Jon Husted today announced the launch of TechCred, a program that connects businesses with the talent they need and gives employees the ability to earn industry-recognized, technology-focused credentials, better preparing them for a job in today’s advanced, technology-infused economy.

    “Employers are looking for workers who are prepared with the most up-to-date credentials,” said Governor Mike DeWine.  “TechCred will better link businesses with the talent they need, and help workers with the skills they need to advance their careers.”

    “No matter your industry, technology is having an impact on your business and the nature of your work,” Lt. Governor Jon Husted said. “TechCred links businesses with the talent they need and provides a path for employees to advance their career. It is a win-win for Ohio.”

    Through TechCred,  businesses can identify the specific qualifications they need and employees they want to upskill toward a more advanced position. In partnership with a training provider, the employer can apply online at TechCred.Ohio.Gov. The state will reimburse up to $2,000 of training upon completion of a credential.

    “The credentials will add to the value an employee can contribute to the workplace,” said Lydia Mihalik, Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “This should lead to increased job security and higher wages.”

    Ohio companies interested in investing in their current or prospective employees by connecting them with technology-focused credentials can apply.

    “Our new TechCred program is a critical part of the strongest workforce preparation budget effort in Ohio history,” Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner said. “Retraining and upskilling our workforce will make our businesses more competitive and our employees more prepared for the technology-based changing economy.” 

    An initial list of eligible credentials is provided, but employers can request a credential be added to the eligibility list by submitting an application for TechCred to be reviewed by a panel of stakeholders.

    The online application opens October 1, 2019. TechCred is a competitive, merit-based program.

    TechCred fulfills a commitment made by Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted to fund the completion of 10,000 microdegrees each year in order to aid in closing the skills gap for growing technology jobs.

  • September 27, 2019 8:39 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V)

    Perkins V Kick-off Webinar


    Join Leah Amstutz, Tony Landis, and state staff from both agencies for the Perkins V Kick-off webinar on October 8, 2019, from 10:00 am-11:30 am. Staff will share highlights from Perkins V, review the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA) seven-step process and timelines. Also, the team will review Perkins V resources that will assist in navigating the CLNA development. The CLNA documents will be posted on the Ohio Department of Education Perkins V website the first of October.  

    In this webinar you will get the answers you need:

    •    Where do I begin with the CLNA process?

    •    Who should participate in the process?

    •    What are the timelines for submitting the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment
           and Local Application?

    •    Will technical assistance be provided throughout the CLNA process?

    RSVP for Perkins V Kick-off today!


  • September 24, 2019 2:39 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Beginning fiscal year 2020 (2019-2020 school year), the process for renewing CTE-26 applications is transitioning from renewing based on program to renewing based on expiration of the approved program application. In the past, a chart was provided indicating the fiscal renewal year for each program. The program renewal chart will no longer be used. Career-Technical Education (CTE) program approval will now be focused around the approval window of the program application rather than program. Approved CTE programs are valid for five consecutive fiscal years. Renewal application approval shall be subject to review under ORC. 3317.161 section (E).

    Local districts will submit renewal applications for programs that are in the last fiscal year of the current approved application as indicated by the CTE-26 System. For example, programs with approval for period FY2017-FY2021 will renew by March 1, 2021 allowing programs to remain effective FY2022-2026. Please refer to the current approval period for your program as indicated in the CTE-26 System.

    The following timelines govern the process for submitting new CTE-26 program applications or applications for program renewal. The application process will tentatively open on November 1, 2019.

    • The lead district in the Career-Tech Planning District (CTPD) is responsible for approving or disapproving a program application no later than March 1, 2020.
    • Submit the approved program application to the Ohio Department of Education by March 15, 2020. The Ohio Department of Education will review the program application and notify your district of approval or disapproval by May 15, 2020.

    Additional information and resources can be found on the CTE-26 Application and Resources webpage. Please pass this information on to your associate schools.

  • September 10, 2019 12:15 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education (ODE), Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) requests local education agencies (LEA), Career Technical Planning Districts (Comprehensive, Compact, or Joint Vocational School) (CTPDs) or a collaborative of entities of which an LEA or CTPD is the lead agency, to submit an application proposing an innovative strategy to develop the college and career readiness of students with disabilities. OEC plans to allocate up to $125,000 ($50,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $75,000 in fiscal year 2021) to each of the 20 selected innovative sites through this Application for Grant Funds (AGF) to build capacity to improve the Secondary Transition Services system across the state. This resource will be allocated for 1.5 years.

    The application can be accessed here.

    Each applicant must submit one (1) original application packet, completed and signed in blue ink, and five (5) full copies for a total of six (6) application packages.

    • Applications submitted by e-mail or fax are not acceptable and will not be considered.
    • ODE will reject any applications that are received after the deadline.
    • ODE will reject late proposals regardless of the cause for the delay.

    The Office for Exceptional Children will review the applications internally using the AGF rubric to award the expenditures of funds. A total of 20 applications will be accepted. No more than one award will be granted per applicant. We anticipate that we will provide notification of acceptance of the application on or around November 8, 2019.

    Application packets should be addressed to:
    Ohio Department of Education
    Office for Exceptional Children
    Attn: Alex Corwin
    25 South Front Street, Mail Stop 409
    Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183

    Completed applications are to be postmarked or date stamped no later than October 11, 2019 by 5:00 pm.

    All questions should be submitted to: Amy Szymanski or Alex Corwin

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