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Arne Duncan, U.S. Education Secretary and Brenda Dann- Messier, Assistant Secretary, visited Miami Valley Career Center Jan. 11 to meet with students and educators. In a town hall meeting at the school, they heard from both high school and adult MVCTC students, as well as members of the community, the importance of career-technical education. More than 100 students, business leaders and citizens attended the event, asked questions and heard from both the Secretary and Assistant Secretary regarding education and the economy. Both praised MVCTC and CTE for its role in Ohio's economy. News coverage included an article in The Dayton Daily News.
The 2011 ACTE Image Award winner was Mike Rowe, for his support of skilled trades and skilled workers.
See his acceptance speech by clicking here:
Thirty one Fairfield Career Center carpentry graduates and one current student volunteered to help the Extreme Makeover Home Edition team build a house for a Columbus family, they volunteered over 200 man hours for the project.
The Extreme Makeover Home Edition show is about giving back and bringing neighbors togetherundefinedone environmentally friendly brick at a time. It’s a race against time on a project that would normally span several months, involving a team of designers, contractors and hundreds of workers who all have just seven days to totally rebuild an entire house! This is a great opportunity for the Eastland-Fairfield carpentry students and graduates to put their skills to work and give back. “It was the experience of a lifetime” David Barnett Class of 2011.
The 2 hour Christmas Special will aired Friday, December 16th at 8 p.m. on ABC.
The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce releases a new report entitled Career Clusters: Forecasting Demand for High School Through College Jobs, 2008-2018, identifies 16 career clusters which represent the full array of related occupational opportunities and education requirements. Findings show that for those with high school diplomas, decent jobs still exist but there are not enough to go around. Only one in three of high school-level jobs will pay wages of $35,000 or more; although in some cases, with experience, these jobs can provide up to $50,000.
Middle-skill jobs have promise for those who acquire some level of postsecondary education or training but not a Bachelor’s degree. For women, middle-skill jobs are the minimum threshold for a better career. One in two of these middle jobs provide career pathways leading to median wages of roughly $40,000. Such jobs are concentrated in six career clusters: manufacturing, marketing, transportation, healthcare, business and hospitality. The fastest growing career clusters for middle-skills are in healthcare (21 percent) and hospitality (12 percent).
Click here for more report information.
The following Ohio ACTE members were among five finalists for national career-technical educator awards. They were recognized during the National ACTE Conference on Nov. 19 in St. Louis, Mo. in front of 3,000 attendees and represented ACTE Region 1.
Outstanding CTE Professional in Community Service - Tina Francis, Delaware Area Career Center/Buckeye Valley Middle School
Outstanding New Career and Technical Educator - Rose Hartschuh, Mohawk Local Schools
Outstanding Career and Technical Educator - Yvonne Kaszubowski, Warren County Career Center
Teacher of the Year - Paul Waldman, Millstream Career & Technology Center
An NPR (11/14, Lieszkovszky) "State Impact" piece reports on a new teacher evaluation system being developed in Ohio, noting that according to state Board of Education Vice President Tom Gunlock, who serves on a committee "tasked with creating a framework that all districts have to abide by when they write their own teacher evaluation systems," the new systems will be based on a 50% student growth assessment, while "50 percent will be made up of other assessments, such as teacher observations and communications with parents and students. Districts can decide how much weight to give these areas."
The Dayton (OH) Daily News (11/13, Larsen) reported, "Young Americans are spending more time with electronic media and fewer hours working with their hands, according to several studies, possibly leaving them out of the running for well-paying, high-skilled jobs in the future." Experts believe that "the declining number of young people who are capable of working with their hands could create a shortage of skilled workers to replace an aging workforce in the US manufacturing industry. Some 2.7 million manufacturing employees are age 55 or older and likely to leave the labor force over the next 10 years, according to the National Association of Manufacturers."
The Salem (OH) News (11/8, Shields) reports, "A growing need for welders is significant and the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center is responding to it, according to Huck Hughes, the school's welding and fabricating instructor." CCCTC "currently has 23 juniors, 23 seniors and 30 adult education welding students and turns away 15 to 20 people a year in the high school program. Juniors and seniors are in class for 2.5 hours a day with juniors receiving entry-level welding certification, seniors receiving advanced-level (pipe welding) certification while many return for a third year at the 'expert level,'" according to Hughes. "The school has already sent students into local industry like MAC Trailer, which donated an aluminum MIG welder to the school; Butech Bliss, Hickey Metal Fabrication and Dearing Compressor in Youngstown."