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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • May 06, 2011 9:39 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education is proud to offer the annual $1,000 Darrell Parks Student Scholarship. 2011 winners are Scott Holthaus from Upper Valley Joint Vocational School and Chase Eyre from Pickaway Ross Career and Technology Center

    Scott Holthaus was select ed from more than 100 career-technical student applicants from throughout Ohio.  H e will be recognized as the scholarship recipient at the 2011 ACTE All Ohio Con ference on July 26 at the Hyatt Regency/Convention Center in Columbus.  His inst ructor Curt Hedrick of Fort Loramie recommended Holthaus as a recipient of this scholarship.

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    olthaus is a Fort Loramie senior enrolled in the Electrical Trades program.  He is currently employed at Wehrland Farms in Fort Loramie as an electrician through the school’s early placement program.  Prior to that, he was an apprentice with Area Energy & Electric in Sidney.  As a junior, Holthaus placed first in the local SkillsUSA Residential Wiring competition and earned the right to compete at the region level.  He has been on the Honor Roll both years while at the JVS and was honored at the school’s Achiever’s Recognition program for earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average.  In addition, he was awarded the JVS Honor Pin for academic excellence and a 98% or higher attendance record and recognized for his enrollment as a member of the National Technical Honor Society                                                                               

    At Fort Loramie, Holthaus is a four-year FFA member and played both basketball and baseball as a Freshman.  He is a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and has been a mass server for eight years.  Holthaus is also a four-year participant in the Church’s CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) basketball program.  His hobbies include farming, fishing, hunting, and horseback riding.

    When asked about his training at the JVS, Holthaus shared, “The Upper Valley JVS has helped me to learn a lot about the electrical trades field.  The knowledge gained and experiences I have had will lead to an excellent career and a bright future in the industry.”  After graduation, Holthaus plans to attend Edison Community College to earn an Associate of Applied Business in order to pursue a career in electrical sales.

    Holthaus resides in Fort Loramie with his parents Mark and Sharon Holthaus and his brother, Greg, who was also a JVS student in the Ag. & Power Technology and Ag. Business programs.

  • May 03, 2011 8:43 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Message from Superintendent Heffner, May 2:

    It is my honor to officially begin serving today as Ohio’s Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction. I appreciate the support and confidence of the State Board of Education as we all work together to provide support, leadership and direction in this time of transition for the education of our state’s children.

    My primary mission is to clearly communicate how ODE can achieve its goals and to provide a smooth transition as the State Board of Education selects the next State Superintendent. These goals include advocating for the educational needs of our children during the budget process and legislative sessions, and assuring that the work of Race to the Top initiatives is sustained for the long term, especially after federal funding ends. My intent is for ODE to provide service and assistance to you in meeting your needs as we all deal with changes in Ohio’s educational landscape. Because I am proud to be working with so many talented and dedicated educators, I pledge to honor my roots as a teacher, principal and superintendent as we work together. I will remain mindful of where I came from and what we must do, together, to advance the educational outcomes for all of our students. I ask for both your support and your guidance in making sure that we succeed for their future.

  • April 27, 2011 8:39 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The National Consortium of State Guidance Leadership, in partnership with the U.S. Army, has completed a report on the importance of guidance and counseling.  The paper is designed for legislators, governors and education policy leaders.  The paper makes the case for the central role guidance and counseling programs play in student achievement, school improvement and school reform.  The paper also provides a recommendation for the establishment of a National Guidance Leadership Academy.

    We have provided both the PDF and Word formats of the document.  If you would like a hard copy of the paper, please contact:

    Harry Drier, President
    Career Education and Training Assoc, Inc
    5380 Ocean Drive 6D
    Singer Island, FL 33404
    561 842 4335
    fax 561 844 3082
    Email drierh@aol.com

  • April 25, 2011 8:43 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the National Director Meeting April 19:

    What will it take to dramatically improve public education in America?

    To this end, there's an urgent need to re-imagine and remake career and technical education. CTE has an enormous, if often overlooked impact on students, school systems, and our ability to prosper as a nation.

    At the same time, we need a frank discussion about the challenges of the current system. At the heart of the matter is that CTE programs need to strengthen their rigor and relevance – and deliver better outcomes for students.

    Today I want to help define the conversation about the future of CTE.

    Read his entire remarks at this link.


     

  • March 24, 2011 9:52 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Career and technical education has always prepared students for college and careers by providing hands-on learning and working with business advisors to develop realistic and relevant education for Ohio high school students.  A new Harvard study underscores the importance of providing multiple education pathways for students.

    The Pathways to Prosperity Project, based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education just released a major new report Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century.  The report  contends that our national strategy for education and youth development has been too narrowly focused on an academic, classroom-based approach. In response, the report advocates development of a comprehensive pathways network to serve youth in high school and beyond.

    Bill Symonds, lead researcher and author of the study spoke in Ohio at the OCTA Meeting March 24. View his presentation.

    To view other documents from the Spring OCTA Meeting, click here.

  • March 02, 2011 4:23 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced today Meagan Lawton, of Windsor, Ohio, as the secondary category winner, and Martine Bishop, of Lutz, Florida, as the postsecondary winner, of the Cliff Weiss Essay contest. This year’s topic was “What does Learning Today, Earning Tomorrow mean to you?” ACTE received 275 entries, and each of the winners will receive an award of $250. The essays will be published on ACTE’s Web site and an announcement published in the May issue of Techniques magazine.

    Lawton is a student at Grand Valley High School, located in Orwell, Ohio. In her essay, she discusses the role career and technical education (CTE) played in helping shape her career choice. After taking Interactive Multimedia class, she was able to express her creative abilities as well as gain experience in learning how to produce videos and broadcasts through hands-on opportunities, including the schools’ daily news broadcast, live productions and film projects. With her CTE courses, she is eligible to receive 13 college credits from Lakeland Community College, and she is better prepared for college and pursuing a career in the film and television industry. 


  • March 01, 2011 1:01 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    Ohio ACTE President Jon Quatman, Vice President of Performance and Outcomes

    Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development, tesitifed in the Senate Education COmmittee on March 1 on behalf of Career-Technical and Adult Education.  His testimony highlighted the events held in February to commemmorate Career-Technical Education Month and the good work being done in Career-Techncial Education throughout the year.

     

     

  • March 01, 2011 12:43 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Jim Petro, a  former Ohio attorney general and state auditor, will serve as the next chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents.  He replaces departing Chancellor Eric Fingerhut effective March 14.

    FromBrooklyn, Ohio, he  holds degrees from Denison University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He served as state auditor from 1995-2002, and as attorney general from 2003-2006.

    For more informaiton,click here.

  • February 25, 2011 1:51 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE's policy is to comment on legislative and other issues that directely impact career-technical and adult education.  The organization will not take a position on legislation such as SB 5 that affects all Ohio  educators.   Our legislative focus is career-techncial and adult education and in order to make a positive impact in that area, Ohio ACTE must remain focused on advocating specifically for CTAE.  Ohio ACTE membership includes school board members, administrators, teachers and all career-technical eductors in high schools and career centers and Ohio ACTE leadership is committed to providing representation for all  CTAE professionals.

    Ohio ACTE's current legislative priorities are:

    1. Preserve “weighted-funding” for career and technical education planning districts in Ohio’s school funding formula.  The formula must continue to recognize the increased costs of equipment and supplies required to train Ohioans for the demands of business and industry.

    2. Ensure continued funding for adult workforce education at the Ohio Board of Regents for adult workforce development.

    3. Modernize the career and technical education system in Ohio.

  • February 08, 2011 10:15 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Governor John Kasich appointed Robert Sommers, former CEO of Butler Tech, director of the Governor's Office of 21st Century Education.  In this position, he will be Gov. Kasich's chief education adviser and serve on the Governor's cabinet, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

    Sommers served as Ohio ACTE President-Elect and most recently was CEO of Cornerstone Charter Schools in Detroit.

    Read the Columbus Dispatch article.

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