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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • March 21, 2012 11:54 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Hear Eric Chester talk about this very topic at the Ohio ACTE Connections To Education Conference.  This video is an eye-opener for both students and employers.

    (If you are viewing on an Apple or IPhone click here for the YouTube video link)

  • February 28, 2012 9:04 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    Four of the five student victims at Chardon High School were students at Auburn Career Center.   Auburn Career Center Superintendent Maggie Lynch said their crisis plan worked effectively and grief counselors are available to students.    "To say the least, this was totally unexpected and everyone has been severely shaken by this event," she said.   The entire career-technical community extends support and sympathy to the Auburn students, staff and all the families impacted by the tragic event.
  • February 22, 2012 6:55 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Superintendent of Public Instruction Stan Heffner announced on February 13, 2012 that the Ohio Department of Education is partnering with the Pearson Foundation and the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations to offer schools with grades 6-12 a free student survey called the "My Voice Survey".

    The purpose of the survey is to find out how students are motivated to learn and achieve more.  The survey is based on the research of Russ Quaglia of the Quaglia Institute. He has identified eight qualities of a motivated student: a sense of belonging, learning-related heroes, a sense of accomplishment, fun and excitement, curiosity and creativity, a spirit of adventure, leadership and responsibility, and the confidence to take action. Those qualities in turn fall under three guiding principles -- self worth, active engagement, and purpose.

    Educators will also have an opportunity to attend a regional meeting in Columbus on Wednesday, February 29 from 8:30 AM to noon to meet Russell Quaglia, Ph.D., along with staff and students from Northmont City Schools.  They will share their experiences with the My Voice survey. The meeting is at the Columbus City Schools' Northgate Center, 6655 Sharon Woods Blvd. For more information please contact Michelle D'Amico of ODE's Office of Strategic Initiatives at

  • February 22, 2012 6:46 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
  • February 14, 2012 6:08 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Governor John Kasich signed Executive Order 2012-02K, creating the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and the Governor’s Executive Workforce Board, on February 9, 2012.


    The order creates the office and board mentioned above and also appoints an executive director to oversee the Office of Workforce Transformation (OWT).

    The Order tasks the OWT with coordinating and streamlining the workforce development functions of the state. Specifically, the order directs the OWT to:

    •  Coordinate and align workforce policies, programs, and resources across state government;
    • Determine the best deployment of state and federal workforce resources and direct how those resources are used;
    • Establish and effective state and local workforce data collection system as well as performance measures;
    • Review federal laws and rules that limit state discretion over the use of federal workforce funds and recommend changes to pursue with federal officials, and;
    • Convene and lead and interagency team of representatives made up of staff from Cabinet Agencies,
    • Boards and Commissions that will provide information and input to support OWT.

    Governor Kasich appointed Rich Frederick Executive Director of the new OWT.  In a recent meeting with Director Frederick, he explained that the OWT has proposed a new structure to “triage”workforce development needs. The new system has a single point of entry for those looking for training or skilled employees, and distills the state’s 70+ workforce development programs into two categories – those that serve individuals and those that serve businesses. The OWT will act as the coordinator of this new system and implement and track the metrics used to determine success of the program.

    In addition, Executive Order 2012-02K eliminates the current “Governor’s Workforce Policy Advisory Board,” and replaces it with the “Governor’s Executive Workforce Board.” The Governor created this board to advise the Governor and OWT on the implementation and continuous improvement of the state’s new workforce development model. The board’s powers and duties include reviewing data, recommending procedures to improve programs, providing guidance on funding levels for programs, and any other duties requested by the Governor and OWT. The board is made up of up-to 29 members and will include businesses, experts, and customers of the workforce development system.


    Executive Order 2012-02K took effect immediately upon signature and the OWT is already at work to implement many of its tasks.

  • January 27, 2012 12:31 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Former Reynoldsburg School Superintendent Richard Ross will lead the Governor’s Office of 21st Century Education beginning Feb. 1.  He was appointed by Gov. Kasich to replace Robert Sommers, who resigned to open an education consulting business.

  • January 27, 2012 12:06 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Gov. Kasich addressed job training during his presentation to almost 200 Ohio ACTE Legislative Seminar attendees Jan. 25.  See pictures from the Legislative Seminar.

    Read more in the Columbus Dispatch.

  • January 19, 2012 12:02 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    Governor John Kasich said workforce training will be his administration's biggest issue of 2012.  As more skilled-labor jobs become available, employers complain that too few Ohioans are adequately trained to be hired. Click here to read the entire article.
  • January 17, 2012 12:39 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    US Secretary of Education conducts a Town Hall Meeting at Miami Valley CTC on Jan. 11, 2012

  • January 13, 2012 1:18 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    Steve Gratz has been named the new Director for the Ohio Department of Education Office of Career-Technical Education.  Dr. Gratz has served as Interim Director of the office since August. Prior to that, he was an associate director and a consultant for Agricultural and Environmental Systems in the CTE office.  His more than 28 years in career-technical education, demonstrates his commitment and understanding of the work at the state and local levels. 

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