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  • February 28, 2022 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    Chancellor Randy Gardner, Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, was recently highlighted in "Higher Ed Highlights," a video series put out by the department.

    Chancellor Gardner attended the Ohio Association for Career Technical Education’s 42nd Annual Career Technical and Adult Education Legislative Seminar. During the course of the three-day seminar, attendees met with and heard from legislators and other state leaders and discussed legislative priorities when it comes to career technical education.

  • February 28, 2022 2:53 PM | Anonymous

    Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced February 28  that the 13th application period for TechCred will open on March 1st and close on March 31st.

    "TechCred is helping businesses and thousands of Ohioans become more competitive,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “TechCred has become part of the job training fabric of Ohio as many companies apply to use the program regularly. As a result, we want to help Ohio’s job creators plan ahead, so we are announcing an official application schedule for the rest of 2022 that will help businesses maximize TechCred and better compete in today’s tech-infused economy.”

    Since the program launched in October 2019, a total of 1,615 Ohio employers have been approved for TechCred, which will fund up to 32,269 tech-focused credentials to upskill Ohio workers. The results of the 12th round, which closed on January 31st, will be announced in the coming weeks.

    “Ohio’s economy is growing, and businesses can fill their tech needs by upskilling current workers and preparing new employees for careers,” Ohio Department of Development Director Lydia Mihalik said. “Businesses have been successful in using TechCred to upskill their workforce.”

    TechCred helps businesses address their workforce needs by upskilling current and prospective employees. Businesses of all sizes, from any industry, are eligible for up to $30,000 per round and up to $180,000 per year. To allow businesses more time to plan their employee trainings in advance, the TechCred application will officially open on a bimonthly basis for the remainder of 2022.

    Below are the upcoming application dates:

    Round 13: March 1st – 31st

    Round 14: May 2nd – 31st

    Round 15: July 1st – 29th

    Round 16: September 1st – 30th

    Round 17: November 1st-30th

    “There has never been a better time for a program such as TechCred to keep Ohio’s economy moving forward,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner. “The TechCred program has only gained momentum since its launch, with upskilling opportunities that provide employers with an edge and allow workers to grow in their careers.”

    The next TechCred application period opens Tuesday, March 1st and closes Thursday, March 31st at 3:00 p.m. Businesses with employees who have completed their approved TechCred training should complete the reimbursement process at TechCred.Ohio.gov.

    You can learn more about the program at TechCred.Ohio.gov.



  • February 25, 2022 8:39 AM | Anonymous

    Meet the 2022 Innovation & Impact Keynote Speaker, Dan Faill!

    Dan Faill (yes that’s his actual last name) engages audiences through stories, humor and vulnerability to show you that the best way to learn, is to connect on a more human level.

    Over-involved student leader. Fraternity member. Orientation Leader. Chapter President. Tour Guide. Impostor. Sexual Assault Survivor. These are just a few of the titles Dan had during his time in college.

    As an accomplished storyteller and international speaker, Dan incorporates his own lived experiences, in addition to industry-proven research, to craft engaging and relatable experiences for audiences.

    We’ve failed thousands of times in our lives. Dan is here to flip the script on failure to see it as the best possible experience for leaders and organizations, while addressing the feeling of imposter syndrome so many of us face on a regular basis.

    Having worked for 15 years on college campuses advocating for safe and positive student experiences, Dan now travels the country as a full-time speaker and consultant, engaging audiences in hard but needed conversations. Dan shares personal stories that engage and inspire us to be our authentic selves, and be brave enough to have the conversations that matter.



    We are excited to welcome Dan to the 2022 Ohio ACTE annual conference!

  • February 23, 2022 1:13 PM | Anonymous

    The Department of Education is hosting an Equity Lab to help school leaders develop the district or school’s Local Equitable Access Plan. At the lab, participants will learn how to use the Equitable Access Analysis Tool and Equity Gap Analysis Tool. The tools help leaders find equity gaps, conduct a root cause analysis and identify strategies to address gaps while also setting a goal to measure progress.

    Team members who will be working on their district or school plan should attend the lab. Teams can include, but are not limited to, superintendents, principals, teachers, human resources personnel, federal programs personnel, parents and community partners.

    Attendees can register for a virtual lab on any of the following dates:

    • March 10;
    • March 14;
    • March 17;
    • March 23.

    Each team member should register individually for the lab using this form.

    The Local Equitable Access Plan is a federally mandated plan that school and district leaders must send to the Department by March 31. Learn more on the Department’s website.

    Contact Kara Putinsky with questions.


  • February 23, 2022 1:11 PM | Anonymous

    February 21-25 is Engineers Week! Find resources to celebrate and introduce students to engineering on the Engineers Week website. As a part of this event, Thursday is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Currently, only 27% of workers in STEM fields identify as female. Find resources to inspire girls in engineering here.

    The Ohio Department of Commerce also offers opportunities to help students learn about engineering. The Manufacturing Mentorship Program allows 16- and 17-year-olds to get hands-on experience in manufacturing settings without being enrolled in formal career-technical educational programs or schools. Check out this video to hear what participants of the program have to say about it. To learn more about the Manufacturing Mentorship Program, visit the Ohio Department of Commerce’s website


  • February 23, 2022 1:07 PM | Anonymous

    The “Beginning Balance: Financial Literacy” video series introduces students to six critical financial topics. No matter what their plans are after graduation, financial literacy is an important life skill for students. Through short, easy-to-understand video segments, students can learn the basics of:

    • Interest;
    • Credit scores;
    • Postsecondary loans;
    • Paying income tax and filing taxes;
    • Budgeting; and
    • Savings.

    The Broadcast Educational Media Commission, the Department and WBGU-TV developed this video series through a multimedia grant.


  • February 20, 2022 10:23 AM | Anonymous

    WASHINGTON, D.C.  – On February 16, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the Senate unanimously passed a resolution recognizing February 2022 as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. The resolution was sponsored by the co-chairs of the Senate CTE Caucus, Senators Portman, Tim Kaine (D-VA), Todd Young (R-IN), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). A broad, bipartisan group of 68 senators co-sponsored the resolution.

    “Career and Technical Education provides our kids with the skills they need to be job-ready on graduation day. This is about ensuring that our young folks can take full advantage of the opportunities in the job market and hit the ground running right off the bat,” said Senator Portman“Now more than ever, as we emerge from this pandemic, I believe that raising awareness about Career and Technical Education is key to creating more opportunities in more communities in Ohio and around the country. As co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, I will continue my work at the federal level to make sure that Washington is an effective partner with local communities in providing Americans with the skills training they need to succeed.” 

    “I’m proud the Senate passed our resolution recognizing the importance of career and technical education. I remain committed to investing in career and technical training programs to equip all students with the skills needed for successful careers,” said Senator Kaine.

    “Supporting workforce training opportunities for Hoosiers is vital to our state’s economic prosperity and future,” said Senator Young. “Indiana’s workforce needs the right skills and training for the jobs of tomorrow. By investing in our people, we help provide a pathway to a meaningful career and a chance to live the American Dream.”

    “I’m proud to join this bipartisan effort to highlight the importance of career and technical education.  The only way we can meet workforce readiness challenges effectively, is if we have strong public-private partnerships that are supported by a Congress working across party lines. We are showing that commitment with this Senate Resolution,” said Senator Baldwin. “We know that CTE is one of the most effective vehicles for responding to labor market changes and the workforce readiness needs of business. Now we need to do more to support CTE students so that they are better equipped for the high-skilled jobs of today and tomorrow.”

    Senator Portman supported the advancement of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which became law in 2018 and included Portman’s Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce Act as well as provisions related to a number of different bills sponsored and introduced by members of the CTE Caucus, including the SHOP CLASS Act, the SUCCESS Act, and the Perkins Fund for Equity and Excellence.

    This Congress, Senators Portman and Kaine introduced the bipartisan Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, a bill that would help students access training and close this “skills gap” by expanding Pell Grant eligibility 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.


  • February 20, 2022 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and Capitol Square Foundation announced applications will soon open for school transportation grants to help offset school field trips to the Ohio Statehouse.

    The organizations said applications for 33 grants to be awarded will be open 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22 through 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28. The grants are based on one-way mileage from a visiting school to Columbus. CSRAB will use a random number generator to select winning schools.

    Eleven grants will be awarded in each of three categories: $200 grants for up to 50 miles of travel distance; $300 for 51 to 100 miles; and $400 for more than 100 miles. Any Ohio school that receives state funding is eligible to apply, but grants are limited to trips by fourth through twelfth grade students in the current academic year. Only one grant per school can be awarded, regardless of how many students or buses will be visiting.

    Only online applications will be accepted, and they must be submitted by an authorized teacher or administrator. More information is at http://ohiostatehouse.org/visit/school-and-group-tours/school-bus-transportation-grant-program.

    CSRAB said more than 75,000 students representing all 88 counties have visited the Statehouse with help from the grants since the program began in 2009.

    “The foundation is grateful for the partnership with Honda of America and their remarkable, continued financial support," said Charles Moses, Capitol Square Foundation chair. “This program allows students from all over Ohio to learn first-hand how their government works and how they can make a difference.”

    The transportation grant program affords Ohio schools a way to visit the Ohio Statehouse," said Laura P. Battocletti, CSRAB executive director. “Students who visit the Statehouse have an unforgettable experience of Ohio civics and Ohio history.”


    Story originally published in The Hannah Report on February 18, 2022.  Copyright 2022 Hannah News Service, Inc.


  • February 12, 2022 11:45 AM | Anonymous

    More than 200 career-tech educators heard from Ohio legislative leaders and visited their legislative representatives during the 2022 Legislative Seminar, held in Columbus February 8-10.

    Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, Senate President Matt Huffman, Ohio Speaker Bob Cupp and Ohio Chamber President Steve Stivers addressed the audience, among other informative speakers (see full agenda here).




    A highlight of the meeting was recognizing Ohio's US Presidential nominees




    Thanks to all speakers, organizers and attendees!  Look for 2023 dates to be released soon.

  • February 12, 2022 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    Nominations are accepted through April 15, 2022 for the position of Ohio ACTE President Elect (three year term) and Treasurer (two year term) to begin Sept. 1, 2022.  Elections are held in conjunctions with the Ohio ACTE Annual Conference.

    Contact Christine Gardner, christine@ohioacte.org for more information and to submit your nomination!


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