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  • March 12, 2014 11:46 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    A recent State Impact article titled "Five Things to Know About Vocational Ed In Ohio" states that although vocational education has been in an almost twenty year decline, career technical education programs are back in vogue.


    The following are things every Ohioan should know about vocational education in Ohio:


    1. Ohio's career technical education programs date back to the Industrial Revolution.


    2. Roughly a fifth of eligible students take vocational ed.


    3. Vocational education is more than just auto shop and cosmetology.


    4. Every CTE student has a chance to earn college credit.


    5. Half of CTE students pursue post-secondary education.


    For the full State Impact article, click here.  

  • March 06, 2014 11:46 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio ACTE Success Series is a professional development program for career-technical teachers and instructors. It is delivered by teachers and for teachers at schools that offer to host the program.


    This pilot program in Health Services will be followed by other career fields if it is well received and fulfills members' needs for career-specific professional development.


    Health Services teachers and instructors (this includes Dental Assisting, Health Occupations Technologies, Medical Assisting, and Nurse Assisting) should attend this day long professional development opportunity at Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center from 9:00 am until 2:30 pm on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014.


    Registration Fees:

    $50.00 for Ohio ACTE members, $75.00 for non-members


    For more information and to register for this event, please click here.




    ***Contact Abbey Keyse at (614) 890-2283 or e-mail with any questions.

  • March 06, 2014 11:42 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    To follow up February's National CTE Month, March has been designated Career Technical Education and Skilled Workforce Development Month in Ohio.


    For more information read the Legislative resolution and post pictures on Ohio ACTE's Facebook page!

  • March 06, 2014 11:24 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    New to the 2014 Connections to Education Conference this year is a pre-conference opportunity dedicated to teachers and instructors new to career technical education!


    Attend the "Survive and Thrive: An Initiation for New CTE Teachers" Pre-Conference if you are looking for a refresher on what CTE teachers need to know to survive and thrive as career-technical educators! Teachers and instructors in all career fields and academic subjects should attend this day-long opportunity to connect, learn and grow as career-technical educators!


    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Wednesday, July 30th

    (Registration included in general Conference registration)


    Pre-Conference topics include:

    -The Image of CTE

    -What It Means to be a CTE Teacher

    -Alphabet Soup: Decoding the Language of CTE

    -Understanding Report Cards

    -Ohio's Unique System of CTE: How it All Works--Together!

    -Licensure Overview

    -What CTE Teachers Need to Know About Funding

    -Question and Answer Panel: Best Piece of Advice for New CTE Teachers


    Please click here to register for both the 2014 Connections to Education Conference and the "Survive and Thrive: An Initiation for New CTE Teachers" Pre-Conference!




    ***Contact Abbey Keyse at (614) 890-2283 or e-mail with any questions.

  • March 06, 2014 10:35 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Educators Needed For Paid Positions to Score Ohio Resident Educator Summative Assessments

    The Ohio Department of Education and Teachscape, a contractor that is administering the Ohio Resident Educator Summative Assessment for the department this year, are looking for teachers, administrators and university education faculty to serve as assessors who score assessment tasks submitted by third-year resident educators. These beginning teachers must successfully complete the five tasks of the assessment, among other requirements, to qualify for their five-year professional educator licenses.


    Applicants for the assessor positions, who will be compensated, must successfully complete online training, scoring practice and a certification test. Assessors will be allowed to work up to 30 hours per week. Each assessor applicant must have a minimum of five years of teaching experience in either a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 setting or in teacher education at a college or university. In addition to its general assessor recruiting, the program is specifically recruiting assessors who are in experienced vocational and career-technical fields (i.e. Health Careers Education, Industrial and Engineering Systems, Environmental and Agricultural Systems, and Family and Consumer Sciences).


    Selection of candidates will be ongoing until Teachscape has received a sufficient pool of applicants. The first online training opens in February. For more information about becoming an assessor, please see the job description and answers to frequently asked questions documents and learn more about the tasks through the RESA Handbook here: Those who are interested in applying should send their name and email address to Teachscape at

  • February 25, 2014 1:36 PM | Anonymous


                In his annual State of the State address on February 24, 2014, Governor Kasich made career and technical education (CTE) a key theme.  He announced his goal of connecting public K–12 education to career training and singled out the state’s “vocational schools” as a prime example of this approach.  Noting that career centers provide “some of the most advanced training I’ve seen,” the Governor proposed expanding vocational education to seventh and eighth graders to prepare students for high school and college and educate them about potential career options.  While the speech implied that the State would provide additional funding for CTE expansion, details were not provided.  He also described a recent meeting he attended where he met several impressive CTE students.

    "You know, I've traveled the state, and I've visited our schools. Some of the most advanced training I've seen anywhere are in our career centers. Let me ask you a question. How did we ever lose our way on vocational education? Why did we put it down? Why did we not understand its value?"  Gov. John Kasich, State of the State Address, Feb. 24, 2014

                The speech outlines two new education-related initiatives aimed at connecting students to career paths and offering guidance for a professional career.  First, the state will post “online career roadmaps” that inform students and parents about training requirements, options for study and coursework, and salary information for in-demand careers.  Second, the Governor proposed creation of the Community Connectors program, a new mentoring program supported by state casino licensing funds (3/1 state/local funding ratio; $10 million total in state funds).  The program will incorporate multiple stakeholders: schools, parents, communities, faith-based groups, businesses, and students to offer students guidance regarding workplace culture, professional etiquette, hard work, discipline, and responsibility.  Along with these two initiatives, the Governor emphasized the need to expand college credit options to all high school students.

                The Governor also addressed the issue of high school dropouts.  Specifically, the Governor will propose legislation aimed at identifying and reaching at-risk students, one component of which will require school districts to create “unique” plans and alternative pathways for students to earn a diploma, including awarding of credit for the time spent in a workplace.  The Governor also stated that his administration has begun building a new program through the state’s two-year colleges that provides adults with the opportunity to earn diplomas as well as valuable job credentials. 

                Finally, the Governor spoke at length about the issue of drug abuse.  Several schools have begun utilizing the state’s new “Start Talking” program, which provides parents, teachers, and mentors with facts about drug use and suggestions for addressing the topic with children.  The Governor intends to expand this program to every school in Ohio and would dedicate one staff member from each school as the point-person for the program.  


                We expect to see details regarding the initiatives later this spring when the Governor unveils his “MBR,” or mid-biennial review.


  • February 12, 2014 10:45 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

     Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard A. Ross announced today that the Ohio Department of Education is expanding the testing window for the Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA).


    “Due to inclement weather, district and school leaders have faced unprecedented challenges as they have made the safety of our boys and girls their top priority. However, they have expressed concern about missed instructional time and the need to prepare students for the assessments,” Ross said. “We feel it is important to provide educational leaders with flexibility regarding the assessments. Therefore, we are extending by one week the spring testing window for Ohio schools. This is a reasonable step we can take that will benefit students and teachers.”


    The extension covers the Ohio Achievement Assessments for grades 3-8. It does not include the Ohio Graduation Test. The scoring and reporting of the Third Grade Reading OAA will be made a priority to fulfill the Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirements.


    The modified testing window will be April 21 through May 16. The first three weeks will serve as the actual testing weeks, and the fourth week will be the make-up week for students who were absent for testing.

  • February 10, 2014 3:02 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    February and March are added reasons to celebrate Ohio career-technical education.  On February 7, 2014, Ohio Governor John R. Kasich, Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard A. Ross, Ohio Career-Tech Director Steve Gratz and leaders for seven student organizations officially launched the state’s participation in National Career-Technical Education Month for February and Career-Technical Education and Skilled Workforce Development Recognition Month for March.


    Governor Kasich also delivered a special video message.


    Meeting in the Riffe building in Columbus, Governor Kasich read and signed a resolution that accentuated the value of career tech with a special emphasis on seven organizations.  The organizations were represented by students as follows:

    • Business Professionals of America, Ohio Association – Alyssa Rice, Paint Valley High School (Ross County) student studying interactive media through Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center;
    • DECA – Stephanie Elkins, Olentangy Orange High School (Delaware County) student studying marketing;
    • Family, Career and Community Leaders of America – Lindsey Schneider, Botkins High School (Shelby County) student studying Family and Consumer Sciences (education, training and hospitality);
    • Future Educators Association – Kaitlyn Cress, Gahanna Lincoln High School (Franklin County) student studying education and training through Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools;
    • FFA – Jarred Shellhouse, graduate of Mohawk High School (Wyandot County) studying agriculture at The Ohio State University;
    • HOSA-Future Health Professionals – Margaret Myers, Northview High School (Montgomery County) studying biotechnology through Miami Valley Career Technology Center; and
    • SkillsUSA Ohio – Romello Oliver, Northmont High School (Montgomery County) student studying carpentry at Miami Valley Career Technology Center.

    Aligned with the national career tech theme this year of “Celebrate CTE Superheroes,” the students shared some of their goals that could make them have that label someday. Governor Kasich engaged students in their thoughts about healthy lifestyles for young people and the value of career-technical education.

  • February 05, 2014 1:05 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the Ohio ACTE 2014 Educator Award Winners!

    Ohio ACTE is proud to announce the 2014 Educator Award Winners! Winners will be recognized at the 2014 Connections to Education Conference.


    Ohio ACTE Ambassador Award

    Becky Beckstedt, Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development


    Ohio ACTE Teacher of the Year Award

    Tim Michitsch, Lorain County Joint Vocational School


    Ohio ACTE Postsecondary Teacher of the Year

    Adam Schussel, Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development


    Ohio ACTE Administrator of the Year

    Dan Schroer, Greene County Career Center


    Ohio ACTE Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher

    Eric Mathews, Akron Public Schools


    Ohio ACTE Outstanding CTAE Professional in Community Service

    Construction Academy Instructors of Warren County Career Center


    Ohio ACTE Career Guidance Award

    Doug Nagle, Coshocton County Career Center


    Outstanding School Board Members

    Jamie Callan, Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center

    Cindy Emmert, Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development

    Kathy Hollingsworth, Greene County Career Center

    Ester Larson, Warren County Career Center

    Richard McLarnan, Knox County Career Center


    Image Award

    Rosemary Kolde, Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development, ret.


    Congratulations to all of our Award Winners! 

  • February 04, 2014 5:44 PM | Anonymous

    Rep. Cliff Rosenberger was awarded the 2013 Ohio ACTE Public Servant of the Year Award during the annual Legislative Seminar, January 23.

    He has been a friend and supporter of career-technical and adult education.  He proposed and has pledged ongoing support for the “One Year Option” for adult students at Ohio Career Technical Centers that recognizes completion of programs with credit toward an Associate's Degree (see related story).

    He  is currently serving his second term at the Ohio House of Representatives. He represents the 91st House District, which includes Clinton, Highland and Pike counties, and parts of Ross County. Read his full biography - click here.

    Pictured here is Rep. Rosenberger(second from left) with (L-R) Eric Meredith, Superintendent, Tonya Cooper, Treasurer and T & I Supervisor Shon Tackett of the Pike County Career Technology Center.  The award plaque was produced by students from Delaware Area Career Center.

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