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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • February 04, 2014 5:24 PM | Anonymous

    As part of  legislation passed in H.B. 59, of the Ohio FY14 – FY15 biennium budget, the Board of Regents staff has been working on implementing the "One-Year Option." Section 363.120: Post-Secondary Adult Career-Technical Education, requires the Chancellor, not later than June 30, 2014, “to establish a One-Year Option credit articulation system in which graduates of Ohio Technical Centers who complete a 900-hour program of study and obtain an industry-recognized credential approved by the Chancellor shall receive 30 college technical credit hours toward a technical degree upon enrollment in an institution of higher education.”

    The legislation also requires the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, by June 30, 2014, “to submit a report to the General Assembly, in accordance with section 101.68 of the Revised Code, that recommends a process to award proportional credit toward a technical degree for students who complete a program of study between 600 and 899 hours and obtain an industry-recognized credential approved by the Chancellor.”

    In order to address this legislation, the Chancellor has formed a steering committee comprised of leaders from the Ohio Technical Centers, Two-Year Colleges, and Partner Organizations (e.g., ODE, OACC, IUC, OACTS, and OACTE) to advise him and OBR staff on the best ways to develop and implement this legislation.

    OBR has establish a One-Year Option webpage with information about the initiative. You can view information at this link: New content is uploaded as soon as it is available.

  • January 30, 2014 3:15 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) announced the formation of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus. The bipartisan Caucus, co-chaired by Portman and Kaine, will focus on improving and strengthening access to career and technical education to ensure that students of all ages are prepared with the skills they need for the jobs of the 21st century.
    “In today’s competitive and dynamic job market, far too many Americans are finding that they lack the skills they need to get a good paying job,” said Portman. “I agree with the President’s remarks in his State of the Union Address that we must close this skills gap to get Americans working again.  One way we can do that is by focusing on Career and Technical Education that equips workers with credentials, certificates, and other training that will match them with open jobs. I look forward to working with Senator Kaine as a Co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus to bridge the skills gap and get Americans back to work.”
    The Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, a counterpart to the House Career and Technical Education Caucus, will support efforts to ensure all students have access to high-quality, rigorous career and technical education to prepare them for college and for their future careers. It will also work to ensure that unemployed and displaced adult and youth workers have better access to training that is accountable, equips them with skills that are relevant in the job market, and ultimately delivers results for the taxpayer.
    "Senator Portman has been a strong advocate for career-technical education and we appreciate his focus on CTE," says Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.  "I look forward to continue working with his staff on projects that benefit CTE students," she said.
    Ohio currently has a 7.2 percent unemployment rate and over 400,000 people looking for work, yet employers are having difficulty filling over 100,000 jobs. Last year, Portman introduced bipartisan legislation with Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) called the CAREER Act to address this skills gap. The federal government spends billions of dollars each year on job training programs, which can be a valuable tool to help job seekers acquire skills to re-enter the job market. But these programs are complex, redundant, and unaccountable, and are clearly falling short. The CAREER Act will help reform the system to better equip the unemployed with skills that are in-demand, introduce more accountability, provide better data for tracking outcomes, and help reduce wasteful overlap and redundancy in the system.

    For more information, click here.
  • January 29, 2014 11:56 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE  and The Center for Work Ethic Development (CWED) have formed a partnership to benefit career-technical and adult educators and help them prepare students for the workforce and their career.


    “We often hear from our business partners in CTE that students need to understand the importance of ‘soft skills’ like showing up on time ready to work,” says Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.  “The Center for Work Ethic Development is focused on how to instill those ideals in students of all ages,” she says.  Ohio ACTE has had a relationship with The Center for Work Ethic Development for the last two years, highlighting their work at the Annual Conference, she added. 


    The Center for Work Ethic Development is the nation's only institution focused on the research and advancement of work ethic for individuals and organizations. Based on a landmark study with 1,500 hiring managers, their research has defined the work ethic behaviors that drive job placement, performance, and retention.


    The Bring Your A Game to Work curriculum is being used by more than 500 locations across the country, and making a difference in the lives of thousands of students.


    Through this partnership,  Ohio ACTE will provide research and resources for teachers and administrators to better prepare students for success.  Look for articles, training webinars, workshops, and product discounts for Ohio ACTE members. 


    More information on CWED can be found at

  • January 28, 2014 12:10 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
     Senate President Keith Faber was a featured speaker at the Ohio ACTE Legislative Seminar, Jan. 22.  His remarks on CTE and the Legislative Seminar were featured in the weekly video Senate Report Jan. 20 - 24.
    Click here to view the video. 
  • January 28, 2014 11:19 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Almost 200 educators attended the 2014 Legislative Seminar that took place at the Sheraton at Capital Square in Columbus January 21-23.


    For PowerPoint presentations and other resources from the event, please click here

    Presentations included:

    • "The Ohio Senate's Vision for Career and Technical Education" from Senator Keith Faber, Ohio Senate President
    • "The Ohio House of Representative's Vision for Career and Technical Education" from Colleen Grady, Education Policy Director for House Spearker Batchelder
    • "Developing Positive Relationships with Legislators" Moderated by Harry Snyder with panelists Dottie Meade, Tim Buschur, and Chuck Speelman
    • "2014 Legislative Outlook and Priorities for Career, Technical and Adult Education" from Terrence O'Donnell of Dickinson-Wright
    • "Ohio Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education Policy Initiatives" from Steve Gratz, State Director of Career and Technical Education of ODE
    • "Ohio Board of Regents-2014 Focus" from Chancellor John Carey
    • "National Legislative Issues and Concerns for Career Technical Education" from Steve DeWitt, National ACTE
    • "Ohio's Workforce Initiatives" from Dennis Franks, Director of Governor's Executive Workforce Board
    • "Ohio's Manufacturing Sector-Dead or Alive?" from Representative Mark Romanchuck
        The reception was sponsored by: 
    • Buckeye Educational Systems
    • Dayton/Cincinnati Technology Services
    • Rockmill Financial Consulting, LLC
    • Tools for Schools 

    The 2014 Legislative Seminar is part of Ohio ACTE's advocacy efforts. 
  • January 28, 2014 9:54 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Restaurant Association Education Foundation (ORAEF) is generously providing a $1,000 scholarship to a CTE culinary arts student to be used toward further education. 


    This is an addition to the two scholarships awarded annually by Ohio ACTE.


    The deadline to apply for ALL three scholarships is March 1. For more information and the application, click here.

  • December 21, 2013 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    The Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation released its 2013 Annual Report and 2014 Strategic Plan.

  • December 10, 2013 12:26 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    A total of 24 grants from more than 150 individual entities were recommended for a total of $88.6 million in funding Friday by the Straight A Fund Governing Board after a rigorous screening process. The recommendations go to the Ohio Controlling Board for final approval on Dec. 16.

    Career technical programs were included in many of the grant proposals that were approved.

    A list of applicants recommended for a Straight A Fund Grant can be viewed here.

    “There was tremendous competition to receive a Straight A grant,” said Dr. Richard A. Ross, superintendent of public instruction. “All of Ohio will look to the winning proposals for ideas to reduce costs and transform learning in our state.”

    The $250 million Straight A Fund was created in the new state budget signed this summer by Gov. John R. Kasich. In all, 420 organizations submitted 570 applications to be considered for funds to improve achievement and increase efficiency. The applicants requested nearly $868 million. A new round of grant funding will be held next year. The Straight A Fund is part of a $1.6 billion increase in state funding for education over the next two years.

    “This first round of Straight A Fund grant opportunities has started the process of re-examining the ways that we educate the boys and girls of Ohio,” said Ross. “Many great conversations took place in and between our schools, colleges and universities, businesses and other educational stakeholders as part of this process. We need to build on this spirit of innovation and openness to improvement with the second round of Straight A Fund grants and everything we do moving forward.”

    Information about the Straight A Fund can be viewed here.

  • November 21, 2013 2:45 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    President Obama announced Youth CareerConnect, a competitive grant program administered by the Department of Labor (DOL) in collaboration with the Department of Education (ED). The grant program seeks to bring to scale models for high school transformation that emphasize public-private partnerships. Inspired loosely by IBM's P-TECH model, Youth CareerConnect has already been compared to the Administration's Race to the Top program and seems to be a pilot of the Administration's Perkins Blueprint. According to DOL's application information successful applicants will incorporate six core



      *   Integrated Academic and Career-Focused Learning

      *   Employer Engagement

      *   Individualized Career and Academic Counseling

      *   Work-based Learning and Exposure to the World of Work

      *   Program Sustainability

      *   Program Performance and Outcomes


    Over $100 million from DOL's discretionary funds, drawn from H1-B visa fees, will be made available to approximately 25 to 40 grantees in its first year.

    Eligible recipients will likely include local education agencies, public or nonprofit local workforce entities, or nonprofits with experience in education reform.


    Awards will range between $2 million to $7 million and will require a 25 percent match to be eligible. Grant applications are due January 27, 2014 and are expected to be awarded shortly thereafter ahead of the 2014-15 school year.

    Click here for more information.

  • November 13, 2013 12:58 PM | Anonymous

    The state’s new Straight A Fund attracted 420 organizations, which submitted 570 applications to be considered for funds to improve achievement and increase efficiency. 


    The $250 million fund was created in the new state budget signed this summer by Gov. John R. Kasich.  Altogether, the proposals submitted total almost $1 billion.


    The applicants include proposals from approximately 40 career-technical programs.


    For a complete list of applicants and their proposals, click here.



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