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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • April 14, 2021 6:38 AM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Department of Education published a Graduation Flexibility Course Grade Substitution 2020-2021 resource on its Reset and Restart webpage. 

    The Department has developed information to outline the course grade substitution allowed in recently passed legislation for 11th and 12th graders during the 2020-2021 school year. These changes were enacted in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on education over the past year.

    If you have any questions about this new information, please email the graduation team at

  • April 13, 2021 9:18 AM | Anonymous

    We are excited and honored to recognize the 2021 Ohio ACTE Educator Award winners!

    Administrator of the Year: Roger Wright, Four Cities Compact

    Ambassador Award: Missy (Melissa) Robbins, Great Oaks Career Campuses

    Outstanding Educators in Community Service: Tea McCaulla & Donna Patrick, Pickaway-Ross CTC

    Outstanding New CTE Teacher: Gregg Severt, Ohio Hi Point Career Center

    Outstanding School Board Member: Bill Ferguson, Great Oaks Career Campuses

    Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year: Jeff DeLong, Washington County Career Center - Adult Technical Training

    Teacher of the Year: Vince Ragnoni, EHOVE Career Center

    Current plans include recognizing both this year's winners and the 2020 award winners at the Impact and Innovation Annual Conference on July 26. Details will be forthcoming.

    You can read more about the winners here:

    Join Ohio ACTE in congratulating all of our winners and celebrating their contributions to the career-tech community! 

  • April 07, 2021 12:51 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio Department of Health recently issued COVID-19 Guidance: Graduation Ceremonies 2021 and COVID-19 Guidance: Prom 2021 to assist schools in planning events and ceremonies. Schools are encouraged to continue working closely with their local departments of health to devise plans that ensure the safety and health of students, staff and attendees.

  • April 06, 2021 11:45 AM | Anonymous

    In-Demand Jobs Week will occur May 3rd through May 7th

    Lt. Governor Husted announced today that In-Demand Jobs Week will officially take place May 3rd through 7th.

    In-Demand Jobs Week is designed to promote Ohio’s most in-demand and fastest growing industries through statewide hiring, education, and training events. This year, In-Demand Jobs Week will feature all of Ohio’s top jobs, including critical jobs, which focus on the health and well-being of Ohioans such as child care workers, home health aides, and firefighters.

    Throughout the week, businesses, education providers, community organizations, and more are encouraged to plan unique, virtual opportunities that will inspire students and job seekers to pursue a job in Ohio. From virtual tours and roundtables to virtual career-tech signing days and online job fairs, In-Demand Jobs Week is an opportunity to highlight what Ohio has to offer.

    Organizations can visit to add their event to the official In-Demand Jobs Week map. Individuals interested in attending an event can use this map to find events near them.

  • April 01, 2021 1:53 PM | Anonymous

    The Office of Career-Technical Education schedules revisions of Career Field Technical Content Standards on a rotating basis. The review and revision process for the Business Career Field Technical Content Standards will begin with a public comment survey on the existing standards. The survey can be accessed HERE.

    The survey will be open from April 1st-May 31st, 2021. Participants will have the chance to review one or more of the following content areas (based on personal interest and expertise): 

    • ·        Strand 1:  Business Operations/21st Century Skills 
    • ·        Strand 2:  Business Foundations 
    • ·        Strand 3:  Business Relationships 
    • ·        Strand 4:  Business Governance 
    • ·        Strand 5:  Marketing 
    • ·        Strand 6:  Resource Management 
    • ·        Strand 7:  Operations Management 
    • ·        Strand 8:  Process Management 
    • ·        Strand 9:  Financial Analysis & Evaluation 
    • ·        Strand 10:  Strategic Management 

    Throughout the survey, participants will be given a description of each Strand and have the opportunity to choose not to review a strand and to skip to the next section. If you have additional questions, please contact Dee Sturgill at

  • March 31, 2021 1:21 PM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Department of Education Office of Career-Technical Education sent the following information to superintendents:

    In response to House Bill 67, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Department of Education are providing guidance for Career-Technical Assurance Guide (CTAG) credit for junior and senior students who have the ability to use the course grade if advantageous for the student after taking the end of course assessment or if access to the course assessment is not available. The guides are available to download at the end of this article.

    The Ohio Department of Higher Education, working closely with their partners at the Ohio Department of Education and other stakeholders, developed this guidance to ensure that secondary career technical education junior and senior students remain eligible for the CTAG credit.

    The guidance is consistent with the philosophy that, as much as possible, students should be held harmless when their studies have been disrupted by the unprecedented actions taken to ensure the safety of Ohioans during the COVID-19 crisis. Additional information will be forthcoming regarding how this policy will fit into the Career-Technical Articulation Verification (CTAV) process. If you have additional questions or suggestions as together we strive to serve the students of Ohio, please contact:

    Dr. Paula Compton, Associate Vice Chancellor, Ohio Department of Higher Education,

    Leah Amstutz, Director of Career-Technical Education, Ohio Department of Education,

    WebXam Alternative Memo (3.30.2021).pdf

    WebXam Alternative One Pager (3.30.2021).pdf

  • March 17, 2021 4:22 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) spoke on the Senate Floor highlighting his bipartisan Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, legislation he is introducing this week with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) to help continue supporting the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by improving skills training and addressing the shortage of skilled workers to fill the new jobs available today.

    As co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, Portman has led efforts in the Senate to strengthen technical training programs and help Ohioans find meaningful employment. The JOBS Act will close the “skills gap” by expanding eligibility for Pell Grants to cover high-quality and rigorous short-term job training programs so workers can afford the skills training and credentials that are in high-demand in today’s job market. 

    A transcript of his remarks is below and a video can be found here:

  • March 17, 2021 3:58 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    On March 17, 2021, the Ohio Senate passed an amended version of HB 67—which allows juniors and seniors to use course grades in place of test scores for the 2020-2021 (current) school year in order to meet graduation requirements.  The Ohio House concurred with the Senate’s amendments on the same day, and the bill (which includes an emergency clause allowing it to become effective immediately) and Gov. DeWine signed HB 67 on March 20.  Click here to view the legislation and all relevant legislative service commission summaries:

    Passed in response to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, HB 67 also permits schools to grant a high school diploma to students who had been on track to graduate prior to the Pandemic, if the principal determines the student has successfully completed the high school curriculum or individualized education program.  In addition, it extends state testing windows for an extra week this upcoming spring, requires the state to seek the federally offered waiver of certain accountability standards for 2020-2021, and allows students to qualify for graduation by earning the OhioMeansJobs Readiness seal and completing the minimum course requirements. 

    HB 67 applies to the WebXam assessment and like last school year, career-tech students (juniors and seniors) will be permitted to use their final course grade in lieu of WebXam scores as necessary.  However, schools still need to administer the WebXam assessment for career-tech students, given the lack of a Federal waiver for end of course testing.

    - by Will Vorys, Attorney, Dickinson Wright, Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel

  • March 17, 2021 3:13 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, today announced the results of the January round of TechCred, which will provide the opportunity for Ohioans to earn nearly 5,000 technology-focused credentials.

    The most recent TechCred application period closed at the end of January. Today, 384 Ohio employers were approved for funding, resulting in Ohio employees earning up to 4,736 technology-focused credentials. The January round was record-setting, as almost 100 more employers were approved, in addition to more credentials being approved, than the previously most successful round.

    With the approvals announced today, a total of 1,168 Ohio employers have been approved for funding, supporting the earning of 19,841 tech-focused credentials by Ohio employees.

    Starting with the April round, the following updates have been implemented to further streamline the program:

    • The length of the grant will be reduced from 18 months to 12 months from the award date.
    • Training programs must start on or after the date of the award, not before, and must be completed in less than 12 months.
    • Training providers are no longer eligible to receive reimbursement for employees trained in-house. If a training provider wishes to utilize TechCred to upskill their employees, they must use an external training provider.

    The next TechCred application period opens Thursday, April 1st and closes April 30th at 3:00 p.m. Businesses with employees who have completed their TechCred training should submit proof of credential completion to receive reimbursement at

    You can learn more about the program at       

  • March 17, 2021 11:15 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Lt. Gov. Jon Husted recently interviewed Miami Valley Career Tech Student Bethany Weldy to promote the head start students can get through career-technical education.  His opinion-editorial also appeared in the Columbus Dispatch, encouraging students to take advantage of options to help them in their chosen career path.

    By Lt. Governor Jon Husted

    Americans owe an estimated $1.57 trillion in student loan debt. Some want the debt “forgiven,” and some want college to be “free.” Like most important topics in today’s society, it can quickly turn into a polarizing discussion.

    Politics aside, there are affordable solutions out there for students and families if you know how to navigate the system. It’s my goal to help you figure out how to reach your destination.

    If you take advantage of the opportunities available right now in Ohio, you can receive a college degree, an industry-recognized credential and a pathway to a rewarding career, all debt-free, no matter your age or background.

    Earn college credit while in high school

    Ohio’s College Credit Plus helps high school students earn college and high school credits at the same time. Students can complete college courses through Ohio colleges and universities for free. As of the 2019-20 academic year, College Credit Plus students have earned 969 certificates and 2,666 associate’s degrees. Learn more on the College Credit Plus webpage. 

    Career-ready before graduating high school

    Ohio has been and will continue to be a champion in career and technical education and training. Our administration’s proposed budget supports the opportunity for students to earn 70,000 industry-recognized credentials each year. Students can start early on their career pathway by earning these credentials for free before even graduating high school. These in-demand credentials can help students qualify for graduation and earn more in their future careers. Every school district in Ohio is part of a career-technical planning district and can offer courses for credentials.

    Students can also transfer many career-tech and credential courses into college credit at Ohio’s public colleges and universities — allowing them to start with credits already under their belts.

    Easily turn a two-year degree into a bachelor's degree

    You can also begin a low or no-cost path to a bachelor’s degree by starting at a community college. During the 2020-21 school year, tuition at an Ohio community college was around $5,000, which is below the maximum Federal Pell Grant. This means that learners who complete the FAFSA could qualify for a full Pell Grant and attend a public community college for free. 

    Ohio is one of the best states in the nation for helping you turn your previously earned credits and job experience into a degree. If you’ve completed coursework at another school or gained experience another way, chances are an Ohio college or university will recognize that in the form of transfer credits. Learn more about the Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathway at 

    Turn your experience into a degree

    Ohio has several programs to help you turn your previous experience into a degree. Through Ohio’s “One-Year Option,” students who’ve earned an industry-recognized credential through an Ohio Technical Center can receive up to 30 technical credit hours toward an associate’s degree.

    The Prior Learning Assessment program awards college credit for experiences gained outside the classroom.

    Veterans are able to transfer their military experience into college credit.

    Ohio’s Apprenticeship Pathways initiative turns apprenticeship experience into academic credit. This creates a pathway to an associate’s degree through one of Ohio’s community colleges at minimal cost — and you can even earn while you learn. 

    Earn credentials or a degree while you work

    More than half of employers offer tuition assistance for employees pursuing degrees, but fewer than 10% of the employees actually use the benefit annually. Tuition reimbursement and pre-imbursement help Ohioans earn a degree at no cost. Check with your human resources department to learn whether your employer offers tuition assistance.

    And if you’re looking to upskill, TechCred and the Individual Microcredential Assistance Programs help Ohioans earn industry-recognized credentials at no cost to them.

    Today in Ohio, there are pathways to receive a degree or a credential at little or no cost. The pathways are also flexible so you can work, earn, and learn at the same time by taking classes on campus, online, or often at your work site. These programs were created to serve you and to help you get the education you need to start a career without the financial burden of college debt. Over the next few weeks, check out my social media pages to see some real-life examples of how students have made it work for them. I hope you will, too. 


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