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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • May 07, 2014 7:43 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Career technical and academic teachers in career-technical education are dedicated to helping students reach their career goals, their potential and instill knowledge that will help them excel in their career and life.  Thank you to all educators for your dedication to students! 


    Please continue to support Ohio ACTE through your membership so we can continue to support you.  Join/Renew your membership today.


    Ohio ACTE is dedicated to helping all teachers and administrators continue to deliver the career-technical education opportunities that impact students and Ohio's economy.


    Ohio ACTE does this through:

    • Ongoing advocacy efforts at the state and national levels to be sure that career-technical and adult education is part of the overall dialogue on education.
    • Professional development for all career-technical educators that focuses on what each educator needs to know.
    • Partnerships with other organizations to spread the word about career-technical and adult education.

    Thank you this week and every week to career-technical educators for everything you do!

  • May 07, 2014 7:40 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The May 5 primary election passed without any major surprises from a CTE standpoint.  A vast majority of legislators held off their challengers, but three Ohio House incumbents – Beck (R-Mason), Milkovich (D-Akron), and Stautberg (R-Cincinnati) – fell in the primary.  These three incumbents will continue to serve in their current positions through the rest of the year until the end of their terms.  All 99 House seats and the 17 odd-numbered Senate districts will be on the ballot this fall.  


    The election also finalized the Gubernatorial race, as Ed FitzGerald defeated his Democratic challenger by an overwhelming majority.  Nearly 150 school tax issues were also on yesterday’s ballots. Based on unofficial results, about 91 percent of tax renewals passed, and nearly 39 percent of requests for new money passed. 


    Unofficial school levy results are available by clicking here.

    More specific voting results are available at each county Board of Elections website, a directory of which is available by clicking here.


    To view the results of Statewide primary elections, visit the Ohio Secretary of State Web site.  

  • May 06, 2014 3:12 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE is partnering with the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program in order to create connections between Ohio’s manufacturing extension partners (MEPs) and career-technical educators.  One goal is to promote Ohio Manufacturing Month in October 2014.

    “I am looking forward to having career-technical programs be an important part of manufacturing month and working with our programs and businesses to promote manufacturing careers in Ohio all the time,” said James Ruble, MEP Center Director, Office of Technology Investments at the Ohio Development Services Agency.

    Ohio ACTE will be reaching out to career-technical programs across the state to be involved with manufacturing month, said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.  

    “One of the new programs even before October’s activities  is taking educators on tours of local manufacturing facilities so they can see first-hand the opportunities available to students,” Gardner said.    Ohio ACTE will work with the six regional MEPs across the state to disseminate information to career technical programs on how they can be involved with Manufacturing Month.

    For more information on MEP visit .

  • April 25, 2014 11:41 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Beginning fall 2014, OhioMeansJobs K-12 will replace the  Ohio Career Information System. OhioMeansJobs, the state’s premiere job and  résumé bank, is available at no cost to all Ohio schools, families and citizens.  On the website, OhioMeansJobs K-12 will offer comprehensive, career development  tools, online training and resources specifically for students and teachers.  Students will be able to learn more about their career interests and in-demand  jobs, search for college and training programs, develop meaningful plans for  high school and beyond and much more. If your district currently uses OCIS,  please direct students to print or save their information before July 1, 2014.  All schools can take advantage of the online information sessions in April and  May. Registration is available by logging in to your SAFE account and accessing  STARS, keyword is ohiomeansjobs. 


    Click here  for more information.


  • April 24, 2014 12:51 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Out of nearly 100 applicants, the two Darrell Parks Student Scholarship Recipients have been chosen. Each student will receive a 1,000 dollar scholarship to help further their education. The winners are as follows:


    -Amanda Szampias from Medina County Career Center, a senior in the Software Engineering field.


    -Krista Burrows from Tri-Star Career Compact, a senior enrolled in the Med-Prep Program.


    Congratulations to both students, their families, and the staff at both Medina County Career Center and Tri-Star Career Compact!


    More information on both recipients can be found here.

  • April 24, 2014 9:49 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Mackenzie Schultz of Cuyahoga Valley Career Center is this year's Conference Program Design Contest winner!


    With the help of her Digital Design Teacher, Melissa Munro, Mackenzie's cover was selected out of 75 other entries.


    As seen in the picture, Mackenzie is holding her winning entry - which will be the program cover for this year's Connections to Education Conference, July 30 - August 1.


    Also in the picture is Celena Roebuck, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Superintendent and Joseph Dannemiller, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Executive Director.


    As a senior at Revere High School, Mackenzie's future plans are to study Visual Communication and Animation at a two-year post-secondary college. She would also like to take business courses to her one day own her own business. She currently volunteers as a Graphic Designer at The Peninsula Art Academy.


    Congratulations again to Mackenzie and all of the staff at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center!

  • March 27, 2014 10:51 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)


    Ohio ACTE co-sponsored an event at the Statehouse on March 26 to endorse Governor Kasich's proposal to deliver vocational education in the middle school grades.   A joint event with the Ohio Association of Career Technical Superintendents and Comprehensive and City Schools was held in the Ohio Statehouse to celebrate career technical education and advocate passage of the proposal.


    The event featured CTE instructors and students from various grades. Four students spoke about the importance of CTE in their lives, and also about how much they enjoy programming, designing and building machines in order to compete in the VEX Robotics Word Championship in California. The students who spoke and that are picture above include: Jeff Martin and Mathew Reebel, a junior and senior from Tri-Rivers Career Center, and Nathan Matlack and Zachary Kratowicz, a 4th and 7th grader from North Union Elementary and Middle Schools.


    "These students exemplify the best of career technical education," said Christine Gardner, executive director of Ohio ACTE. "We are thrilled the Governor is proposing to help younger students learn these sorts of skills and maximize their exposure to different career fields. We urge the General Assembly to pass this legislation and let our schools deliver career technical training to middle school students."


    Click here to read the full press release.


    For more pictures from the event, visit


  • March 27, 2014 10:19 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Harry Snyder, Director of Adult Workforce Development at Great Oaks Career Campuses, testified in front of the Ohio House Finance Committee on behalf of Ohio ACTE, OACTS, and PACE in support of the new funding formula for Ohio's technical centers.


    The previous funding formula was based solely on the number of students served, but in FY 15, House Bill 484 proposes to fund 25% for program completion, 20% for retention for students completing half of a program, 50% for student employment gained, 5% for industry-recognized credentials attained, and a 3-year average guarantee.


    The funding formula allocates $15 million, and also gives schools access to resources set aside that require a local match from local businesses.


    Harry Snyder was quoted as saying, "We embrace this new model's accountability. We are proud that our completion and placement rates continue to be strong."


    Click here to read more of Harry Snyder's testimony.  

  • March 17, 2014 11:18 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Tri-Rivers Career center hosted US Senator Rob Portman and approximately 50 business and community leaders and educators at its RAMTEC facility on March 15.


    Tri-Rivers Superintendent Chuck Speelman and Sen. Portman lead the discussion that included remarks from the Senator, business partners and students. 


    Pictured here is Larry Hickman, Tri-Rivers Career Center and Ohio ACTE President, Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director and Sen. Portman.


    The focus of the discussion was the new RAMTEC center and providing for the workforce needs of manufacturing.


    For more photos, click here to visit Ohio ACTE's Facebook Page!

  • March 12, 2014 3:36 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Calamity Days: Summary of House Bill 416  

    See ODE's FAQ on calamity days - click here


    After months of discussion and amendments, the General Assembly will likely pass and the Governor likely sign the conference committee’s reported version of the calamity day bill, House Bill 416.  This bill has taken many iterations.  We summarize those provisions expected t be final.  For career and technical education, the relevant provisions from House Bill 416 are as follows:

    The bill waives make-up requirements for four additional days of closure because of calamity, but under the following conditions:

    1. The district has made up or invoked plans to make up at least four days of closure through its contingency plan.  (To simplify, calamity days 1–5 will not need to be made up, calamity days 6–9 will be made up through the contingency plan, and calamity days 10–13 will not need to be made up.)
    2. The board of education affirms its intention to request a make-up waiver for the additional days of closure by resolution in an open meeting.

    Note: The conference committee removed the teacher in-service requirements for calamity day make-ups that had previously been included in the bill.

    The bill authorizes schools to make up days of closure by increasing the length school days in half-hour increments.  As of January 1, 2014, districts may make up contingency days (i.e., days 6–9 of closure) using half-hour increments if their contingency plans allow for extending the school day.

    The bill permits joint vocational school districts to excuse twelfth graders from attendance after a board-designated culminating event without penalty.  (As recommended by Ohio ACTE and OACTS).

    The bill permits districts to update their contingency plans with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) at any time during the current school year.  Districts may also submit applications for online lessons and blizzard bags to ODE at any point.

    Both the House and the Senate are likely to vote on this version of House Bill 416 in the near future.  Because it is an “emergency measure,” it will immediately become effective once signed into law by Governor Kasich.

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