Members of the Ohio Advance CTE/STEM Leadership Caucus met at Boeing, Aerospace and Tech Center in Heath Dec. 1 to discuss ways to increase acknowledgment that CTE encompasses the STEM disciplines; form more bonds between educators and business; and align education efforts with Ohio’s business needs.
STEM is everywhere and so much a part of career-tech education that many people don’t realize CTE/STEM are one and the same, said Christine Gardner, co-chair of the Caucus along with Aimee Kennedy of Battelle. “Career-tech is STEM and vice versa, but the two have existed as separate ideas, even though they provide the same high tech education. One of the goal’s of the Caucus is to promote how integrated CTE and STEM really are,” Gardner said.
Rick Platt, President and CEO, Aerospace and Tech Center, hosted the meeting and members of the Caucus toured the facility and gained an understanding of their workforce needs. Eric Burkland, President of the Ohio Manufacturers Association was a guest speaker.
Members of the Caucus are:
Christine Gardner - Executive Director - Co-Chair - Ohio Association of CTE
Aimee Kennedy - Senior Vice President of Education - Co-Chair - Battelle
Cheryl Hay - Director of Project Talent Acquisition - JobsOhio
Chuck Speelman – Superintendent - Tri-Rivers Career Center
Pegeen Cleary - Executive Director of Workforce Development, CTE - City of Columbus Schools
Meka Pace - Executive Director - Metro Schools
Richard Smith – Superintendent - Ohio Hi-Point Career Center
Scot McLemore - Manager of Talent Acquisition and Deployment - Honda
Joyce Malainy - Superintendent - C-TEC
Chris Rouillard - Chief Engineer - Boeing Guidance Repair Center
Brian Bachtel - Assistant Principal/Career Education Director - Kent City Schools
Rick Pate - Director of Secondary Programs - Hamilton City Schools
Harry Snyder – Superintendent - Great Oaks Career Center
Nate Bishko - Director of High School Excel TEC - Mayfield City Schools
Tess Elshoff - President - State School Board President of Ohio
Stephanie Lammlein - Chief Administrative Officer - BioMed STEM Academy
Shaun Yoder - Chief Strategy Officer and Director of External Partnerships - Ohio Department of Education
Ryan Burgess - Director Office of Workforce Transformation – Ohio Governor’s Office
Stephen White - Central Ohio District Director and Counsel - Office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman
The Caucus was formed by US Senator Rob Portman.