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Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • May 13, 2021 8:04 AM | Anonymous

    Gov. Mike DeWine announced May 17 that Ohio school students must wear masks through June 2.  Once the state lifts all coronavirus health orders on June 2, schools can relax their rules, if they choose.

    “We want the schools to finish out the school year just like they started. That is, for everyone to have a mask on,” DeWine said in a Monday news briefing. “It has worked exceedingly well.”

    Governor DeWine announced May 12 that he has asked the Ohio Department of Health to remove most pandemic health orders on June 2nd. The timeline will allow any Ohioan who has not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine to obtain one to protect themselves and others before the lifting of coronavirus mitigation protocols, he said during a press conference.

    He also stated that it will be up to schools and businesses to decide what safety measures they keep in place. "Ohio businesses and schools, as well, will make their own decisions about how to best keep their customers, employees, and students safe. Lifting these health orders will not prevent a business from imposing its own requirements," Governor DeWine said.

    “It is time to end the health orders. It’s been a year. You’ve followed the protocols. You’ve done what we’ve asked. You’ve bravely fought this virus," said Governor DeWine. "And now, our cases are down, and we have a tested and proven weapon with the vaccine that all Ohioans 12 and over can utilize.”

    Measures being removed will include facial covering protocols, social distancing guidelines, and capacity restrictions for indoor and outdoor events, according to the Governor's remarks.

    Governor DeWine announced that any pandemic health orders that would remain solely relate to either 1.) nursing homes and assisted living facilities, which will also to have federal safety protocols, and 2.) data collection related to the pandemic.

    You can read the entire prepared remarks from the May 12 press conference here.


  • May 11, 2021 11:03 AM | Anonymous

    Ohio Senate Continues to Consider House-Passed State Operating Budget Bill (HB 110)

    On April 21, 2021, the House passed its version of the State Operating Budget Bill (HB 110), which is now under consideration by the Senate.  The House included in its version of the budget the Fair School Funding Plan, and one can view funding simulations under the plan for Ohio’s school districts (including JVSDs) at Ohioacte.org/toolkit.  The Senate will continue its review over the month of May, and will likely pass its version of the budget in early June.  Conference committee will follow, where the House and Senate (and the DeWine Administration) will negotiate a final version of HB 110 by June 30.

    In testimony, legislative meetings and other informal discussions, Ohio ACTE and CTE leaders continue to emphasize the importance of career-tech weighted funding, and maintaining the current five tiered levels outlined under current law (RC 3317.014) outside of any cap or freeze.  We also continue to support the different streams of funding for adult and high school industry-recognized credentials (IWIP, TechCred, etc.), as well as the reduction in eligibility age for the Adult Diploma Program (22 years of age to 20).  On May 5, 2021, Keith Horner, Superintendent of Apollo Career Center, Tim Buschur, CTE Director of Tri-Star Career Compact, and Joe Glavin, CTE Director for Lake Shore Compact, testified before the Senate Primary and Secondary Education and advocated the aforementioned CTE budget priorities. In addition, Lauren Massie, OTC director for the Career and Technology Centers of Licking County, has provided testimony before the House and Senate Higher Education Committees on behalf of the state’s Ohio Technical Centers.

    The Senate has not yet released its K-12 school funding proposal and continues to scrutinize the Fair School Funding Plan.  We expect the Senate to signal a preferred direction on school funding in the coming weeks, and Ohio ACTE will provide updates accordingly.  

    To see all testimonies and simulations, click here.

  • May 11, 2021 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Department of Education is seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the role that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education play in Ohio’s school districts. Complete a five-minute questionnaire on this topic by May 31.

  • May 06, 2021 5:45 PM | Anonymous

    Lt. Gov. HustedIn-demand Jobs Week was May 3-7, 2021, and it was a way to celebrate jobs, industries and skills that are in-demand in Ohio. To kick off this statewide celebration, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted issued this video message for students. Educators can use the video in their classrooms to spark conversations about career exploration all year round.

    On Wednesday, May 5, Lt. Gov. Husted visited the Career and Technical Centers of Licking County (C-TEC). “There are so many different ways that students can go to right out of high school, get career credentials, earn college credits and go to work at great careers,” said Lt. Gov. Husted during his visit.

    NBC 4  Columbus reported on his visit, highlighting the need for career centers as a way to introduce students to different career choices. According to the news story, there are more than 92,000 skilled jobs currently available in Ohio offering more than $50,000 a year. Because of economic downturn during the COVID-19 pandemic, filling these vacancies has become a priority.

    “This is all part of making sure Ohio’s economy recovers, that it’s an inclusive recovery where everyone can participate and that we are roaring back,” Husted said. 

    Lt. Gov. Husted visited many Career Centers throughout the state, including the Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua, Ohio. He met with students enrolled in in-demand programs such as pre-engineering, automotive technologies, electrical trades, and veterinary science. “It’s just amazing what’s going on at this school,” Husted said after touring the facility. “This is am impressive school with a lot of impressive teachers and students.”

    Another stop was the Miami Valley Career Technology Center in Englewood, Ohio. “We have to have more students who are taking their career seriously at an earlier age, gaining some real world experience, preparing for work, earning college credits without having to run a bunch of debt, and make the education affordable and effective,” said Husted during his visit.

    Other career technical programs he visited included:

    • Cincinnati Public Schools
    • U.S. Grant Career Center
    • Southern Hills Career Center
    • Vantage Career Center

    He also met with the Cincinnati Innovation District, Perkins High School's Robotics Team, Terra State Community College's Utility Construction Installer Program, Rhodes State College "Uniquely Abled Academy," and attended the Kenton High School Internship Expo.

    Photos courtesy of Twitter. Follow us @GardnerOhioACTE.



  • May 06, 2021 2:44 PM | Anonymous


    Ana Gehner, a senior in the Financial Services Honors Program at  Butler Tech/Northwest High School, has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholar Semi-finalist in Career Technical Education, one of 20 students nationwide to make  this distinguished list.

    The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors.  Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.  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 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.  

    For the Career and Technical Education component of the program, students are selected based on their accomplishments in career and technical education fields, and are nominated through their Chief State School Officer (CSSO). Each CSSO can nominate up to five candidates who meet the U.S. Presidential Scholars candidacy requirements. 

    Ana is actively involved in Business Professionals of America and currently serves as President of the Ohio Association and Vice President of her local chapter. She has been a State qualifier three times, has served as a State Officer twice, and earned her Ambassador Torch Award last spring. She has also been a State and National qualifier in DECA competitions. In addition, Ana serves in a leadership role with her school’s credit union, plays on her school’s volleyball team, and is a member of Class Officers, National Honor Society, and Academic Quiz Team.

    Ana is one of 18 semi-finalists from Ohio; five students from Ohio's Career-Tech schools were nominated. To be nominated for the program is a high accomplishment, and we are proud of all five students. You can read more about Ana and the other Presidential Scholar Nominees here: http://ohioacte.org/presscholars.



  • May 04, 2021 3:48 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    OSU CETE provided additional calendar changes.  Continue checking the WebXam Calendar for deadline changes and updates. Current changes include:

    • WebXam Support will be closed on Memorial Day (Monday, 5/31)
    • The end of the post-testing window is now 6/11.
    • The Course Grade Upload window is from 5/3 to 6/25.
    • The end-of-year reporting date is now 7/9.

    WebXam Calendar


    The Ohio Department of Education and WebXam announced that the WebXam Testing Calendar has been revised for the 2020-2021 school year. Several deadlines have been extended to provide flexibility for districts. The following additional windows have been extended:

    • Rosters may be uploaded at any time through the end of the school year
    • Post-testing window has been extended to June 11, 2021
    • End-Of-Year Reporting has been moved to Jun 18, 2021
    • Course Grade Upload Window for 2020-2021 grades for juniors and seniors opened on May 3, 2021 and close on June 11, 2021
    Click here for more WebXam information.


  • April 26, 2021 10:54 AM | Anonymous

    With Governor DeWine’s recent announcement that the state lifted public health orders starting  June 3, Ohio ACTE will continue to follow recommendations and guidelines to bring you a conference that will be innovative, impactful, engaging, but most of all, safe for all. Ohio ACTE will follow safety requirements for gatherings and adhere to the program initiated by our venue, the Hilton-Easton Columbus,  during the 2021 Innovation and Impact Conference July 26-28.

    Although restrictions will be lifted more than a month before the conference, Ohio ACTE will monitor and comply with any state/local safety guidelines that are recommended at the time of the conference. 

    Our plans currently include:

    • Limiting conference attendance
    • Following social distancing and mask/facial covering guidelines effective during the conference dates, which currently makes masks/facial coverings optional
    • Limiting movement from room to room for attendees by having similar content delivered in the same, larger room – see the schedule here: http://ohioacte.org/conference21
    • Decreasing the number of business partner displays in a larger space to allow for social distancing
    • Working with the Hilton Columbus at Easton, our host, to increase sanitation protocols
    • Complying with all state health recommendations at the time of the conference

    Creating a safe conference experience remains the number one priority of the Ohio ACTE Leadership and Conference Planning Committee. Register Now Here.

    Please contact Christine Gardner, Executive Director with any questions or concerns.



  • April 22, 2021 10:28 AM | Anonymous

    A new initiative from the Governor's Office is working to keep Ohio's talented workforce in our state, and career centers are at the forefront of this initiative.

    On April 19, the Governor's Office announced their newest initiative, The High School Tech Internship Pilot Program, with the goal of connecting Ohio’s high school students with technology roles and technology businesses in Ohio.

    100 students will be placed through the internship program in roles focused on software, data, cloud and IT infrastructure, and cybersecurity. The students will be paid, and business' are directed to contact them for participation and the state will reimburse companies for employing the students. The following schools are participating as pilot sites:

    Region  Pilot Site 
    Central    Educational Service Center of Central Ohio   
    Central  Tolles Career & Technical Center  
    Northeast    Auburn Vocational School District   
    Northeast    Columbiana County School’s Business Advisory Council  
    Northwest    Vanguard Sentinel Career-Technical Planning District 
    Northwest    Washington Local Schools 
    Southeast    Building Bridges to Careers Network   
    Southeast    Lawrence County Educational Service Center Business Advisory Council with Collins Career Technical Center  
    Southwest  Cincinnati Public Schools
    Southwest    Grant Career Center IT Business & Industry Advisory Council  
    West    Greene County Career Center
    West    Miami Valley Career Technology Center

    “Ohio has high school students who have demonstrated competency in these tech areas at the same level as many people already in the workforce," Lt. Governor Husted said about the need for such a program. “We know students stay in Ohio if they are connected to businesses at an earlier age, and that’s exactly what this pilot is doing. The solution to your workforce shortage may be right under your nose at your local high school.”

    More details on the Workforce.ohio.gov page. 


  • April 16, 2021 12:10 PM | Anonymous

    On April 15th, The Ohio Department of Education published a new resource entitled Graduation Pathways: New for 2020-2021 School Year on its Reset and Restart webpage. 

    This resource was designed to help inform school and district decisions regarding temporary graduation requirement flexibilities provided in light of the ongoing pandemic by way of recently enacted legislation. Specifically, this legislation developed two new pathways to graduation for eligible students:

    1. Path One: Curriculum-only pathway 
    2. Path Two: Curriculum requirements and OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal 

    If you have any questions about this new information, please email the graduation team at graduationrequirements@education.ohio.gov.


  • April 16, 2021 12:08 PM | Anonymous

    Course Grade Reporting "window", which will open May 3 and close June 11. 

    You can find the calendarat https://news.webxam.org/calendar/. You must scroll down to see the new dates.


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