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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • April 23, 2019 10:41 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio is a strong environment for "Opportunity Employment," says a report released on April 17 from the Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland and Philadelphia.

    "Opportunity Employment" is the availability of jobs that do not require a four-year college degree but give workers the chance to earn more than the national annual median wage of $37,690. These opportunities include jobs in healthcare and the skilled trades. 

    According to Crain's Cleveland Business, among the 121 metro areas analyzed for the report, the share of opportunity employment was highest in Toledo, at 34%, with other Ohio cities also ranking well:

    • Cleveland, at 30.1%
    • Akron: 28.1%
    • Cincinnati: 29.1%
    • Columbus: 25.3%
    • Dayton: 28.2%

    A news release from the Cleveland Fed notes that healthcare and skilled trades could experience growth through 2026.

    The full report - which can be accessed here - suggests that ""economic development efforts could focus on industries characterized by high levels of opportunity employment, both private sector and public sector programs for post-secondary skills development could be expanded."

  • April 23, 2019 10:27 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The ODE Office of CTE is continuing the bi-weekly noon-day Perkins V update conferences calls.  Please see the information below and be on the look-out for calendar invites.

    The call-in number is 1-614-466-7177. (Please see access codes below)

    Conference Call Dates (All calls are from noon- 1:00 PM):


    Access Codes

    Wednesday, April 17, 2019


    Monday, April 29, 2019


    Tuesday, May 14, 2019


    Wednesday, May 29, 2019


    Thursday, June 13, 2019


    Thursday, June 27, 2019


    Thursday, July 11, 2019


    Thursday, July 25, 2019


    Thursday, August 8, 2019


    Thursday, August 22, 2019


    Thursday, September 5, 2019


    Thursday, September 19, 2019


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    Thursday, October 17, 2019


    Thursday, October 31, 2019


    Thursday, November 14, 2019


  • April 23, 2019 6:42 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    The Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Career-Technical Education is releasing the Fiscal Year 2020 Manufacturing Technologies and Engineering and Science Technologies

    course outlines and descriptions. These courses will be available for schools starting in fall FY20.

    Click here for more information.

  • April 18, 2019 3:23 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE and the Ohio Ophthalmological Society are partnering once again to offer FREE safety eyewear for students in programs requiring the use of eye protection.  This program is possible as part of a grant from the Ohio Department of Health to  promote eye safety and to encourage students to use protective eyewear in activities outside of the classroom as well.

    Click on this link to be taken to the online order form and note that there is a link in the order form to view eyewear choices:

    Applications must be completed by May 31.  Letters will be sent in early June to each applicant to let them know how many pieces of equipment to expect.  Equipment will ship in August to the address provided. 

    In order to participate, schools must agree to provide safety information to students and participate in a survey.  It is open to all schools and is not needs-based.

    Since the inception of the program in 2009, more than 200,000 protective eyewear pieces have been distributed.  Programs benefiting from this partnership include: Automotive, BioMedical Science, Arts, Building and Grounds, HVAC, Dental Assisting, and more.

  • April 18, 2019 10:13 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education is looking for help from health educators and healthcare professionals to review and revise Ohio’s career-technical learning standards for the Health Science Career Field. This will have a direct impact on the skills students are required to learn as they pursue careers or paths to postsecondary education in the Health Science Career Field.

    Please follow this link to find the survey to review the standards. Please provide insight in your areas of expertise. Feel free to forward this request along to industry professionals or other experts you feel should provide feedback.

    The Health Sciences Standards Survey is open for public comment until May 10. Please email questions to Graham Wood or call (614) 728-2164 for further information.

  • April 15, 2019 7:12 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Recent Ohio law brought about changes to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES). The Ohio Department of Education plans an OTES pilot to gather feedback on the draft revisions to the OTES process. The 2019-2020 pilot based on the revised draft OTES now is open to all districts and community schools that want to take part.

    Districts and community schools that want to participate must submit completed Intent to Participate forms by June 1. These participating schools must bring small teams to three regional trainings throughout the 2019-2020 school year. Evaluators and teachers will use the components and forms associated with the revised draft OTES to inform possible changes to the OTES model, as well as help shape training for the 2020-2021 implementation. 

    News Item Link:

    OTES Pilot webpage:

  • April 12, 2019 9:35 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited Butler Tech on April 12, touring the campus and speaking at their Manufacturing Recognition and Signing Day Celebration.

    Participating students were recruited by 28 local businesses and will be signing their contracts during the private ceremony.

    Butler Tech is one of Ohio’s largest career school systems and has been praised for working intensively with local industry to develop the trained and certified employees they need.

    “We are excited that Education Secretary DeVos is joining us to celebrate our students who have obtained certifications and a set of skills through apprenticeships with local businesses,” Butler Tech Superintendent Jon Graft told the Dayton Daily News.

    You can read Secy. Devos' entire prepared statement here. Picture courtesy of the Journal-News.)

  • April 05, 2019 2:56 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    The Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Career Technical Education would like to announce the release of the FY2020 Manufacturing and Engineering & Science Technologies Course Outlines and Descriptions. These courses will be available for schools starting the fall of FY2020. An important change to note is the FY2019 Robotics (175004) course was expanded to include an additional course for higher-level competencies, Industrial Robotics course (176025). In addition, the AC & DC electronics courses were divided into two separate courses, AC Electronics (175100) and DC Electronics (175105). WebXams for Manufacturing and Engineering & Science Technologies courses with subject codes beginning with 175 and 176 will be in field-testing for FY2020. This means that no pretests will be available and tests will include 95 items instead of the usual 40. Please review the course outlines and descriptions as well as the draft FY2020 Program and Assessment Matrix

    to see all updates.

    If you have any questions, please contact Robert Kornack at

  • April 03, 2019 6:16 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The 2019 Connections to Education Conference session title, description and presenters is available here.

    Sessions include ODE information, STEM related best practices and career-technical and adult education topics, as well as keynote and featured speakers.

  • April 03, 2019 6:05 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the following Ohio ACTE Award winners who were chosen by the Awards Committee.  Click here for more information about the winners.

    Administrator of the Year - Kip Crain, Wayne County Schools Career Center

    Teacher of the Year - Thomas O'Neill, Butler Tech Ross High School

    Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year - Alan Zimmerman, Buckeye Career Center

    Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher - Matthew J. Ferrell, Washington High School CTE

    Career Guidance Award - Beth Marhefka, Knox County Career Center

    Outstanding Educator in Community Service - Angie Kovacs, Great Oaks Career Campuses

    Ambassador - Toby Prinsen, Apollo Career Center 

    Ambassador - Tom Rocklin, Member Live Oaks Business Council

    Business Image Award - Dante Bando, Butch Bando's Fantasy of Lights

    Outstanding School Board Members:

    Edward Bischoff, Delaware Area Career Center

    Terry Gibson, Great Oaks Career Campuses

    Dennis Doutt, Mid-East CTC

    Brandon Kern, Amanda-Clearcreek Schools

    Rick Ewing, Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center

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