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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • April 02, 2019 2:50 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Members of the career-tech community, Bill DiMascio, Lakewood City Schools; Greg Edinger, Vanguard-Sentinel Career Center; Nancy Luce, Upper Valley Career Center; Brooke Click, Penta Career Center testified on various components of Senate Bill 89, which seeks to alleviate provisions that impact career-technical education.  Will Vorys, attorney with Dickinson Wright and legislative counsel for Ohio ACTE also testified in front of members of the Senate Education Committee.  Read a Committee report here.

    Watch the testimony here.  CTE portion starts at 20:20.  

    Click here for more information on SB 89

  • April 01, 2019 1:30 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Nominations are being accepted for Ohio ACTE Officers.  Positions open are Secretary for a two-year term  and a President Elect who serves a three-year term (President Elect, President and Past President).   Terms begin Sept. 1, 2019 and election will take place at the Ohio ACTE Annual Connections to Education Conference or by mail ballot.

    For more information on expectations and time commitment, contact Ohio ACTE Executive Director Christine Gardner by email or phone at 614/890-ACTE.

    Letters of intent for Ohio ACTE officer positions are due  to Christine Gardner by April 15.
  • March 31, 2019 4:53 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

     The second annual In-Demand Jobs Week is May 6-10! In-Demand Jobs Week is a statewide celebration of jobs, industries and skills that are in-demand in Ohio. Business, education, and community leaders statewide are encouraged to partner to plan engaging events and activities that will inspire excitement and awareness among students and job seekers.

    What does In-Demand Jobs Week mean for you?


    In-Demand Jobs Week is an opportunity to open your doors to students and job seekers to increase interest in local jobs and build a talent pipeline.


    In-Demand Jobs Week is an opportunity to inspire students by focusing on in-demand careers and pathways in the classroom and beyond.


    In-Demand Jobs Week is an opportunity to identify like-minded stakeholders to partner, plan events and increase awareness about jobs available in the community.


    In-Demand Jobs Week is an opportunity to learn more through local events and activities about the rewarding and high-demand careers available right in your own backyard.

    In-Demand Jobs Week is not possible without you! Plan an event, tell a friend, or encourage someone in your community to get involved. To submit an event to the official Event Map, email details to:

    To learn more about In-Demand Jobs Week and to view the Event Map, visit

    With questions or other concerns, please email

  • March 29, 2019 11:13 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE is looking for graphic design students to submit cover ideas for the 2019 Annual Connections to Education Conference.

    Design the Annual Conference Program Cover:  Ohio ACTE is looking for CTE student designed submissions for the front cover of the 2019 Connections to Education Conference program. The program is distributed to all conference attendees, presenters and vendors, and the contest winner will receive recognition in the program and the Ohio ACTE website! Click here for more information. The deadline for submission is May 12, 2019.

  • March 21, 2019 5:10 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Over the last several months, the career-technical education (CTE) community, represented by Ohio ACTE, the Ohio Association of Career Technical Superintendents (OACTS), and the Ohio Association of Compact and Comprehensive Career Technical Schools (Ohio CCS), convened to discuss all pertinent state policy issues impacting our schools, students, teachers and administrators.  Those discussions commenced in the Fall of 2018 and included association leadership and dozens of other members. After robust discussion and consideration, the CTE associations developed an “issues list” and following a meeting with State Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima), those issues were placed into legislation via SB 89.

    On March 19, 2019 the Ohio Senate Education Committee held its first “Sponsor” hearing on the bill, where Senator Huffman provided a brief explanation of the background and contents of SB 89.  Senator Huffman explained to the committee that “the goal of the legislation of course is to identify those policies, mandates, statutes, whatever that has been created over the years by state government, those things that are inhibiting the education product, that cost money, and that are inefficient.”  In sum, the bill includes over a dozen changes to state law, including the following provisions:

    • Requires ODE to a) notify CTPDs of any changes to the method and contents of EMIS data reporting, roughly six months prior to official implementation, and to b) establish a pilot program, with input from the CTE associations, to test functionality of the changes prior to implementation.
    • Requires ODE to notify CTPDs after EMIS data becomes available for review and to establish an appeals process through which CTPDs may reconcile inaccuracies or discrepancies, prior to the issuance of sanctions.
    • Permits a JVSD board of education to include in its calamity day plan the use of additional online lessons, student internships, student projects, or other options to make up any hours missed as the result of school closures among its member districts, for purposes of ensuring the JVSD meets the 1001 minimum hours requirement outlined under Ohio law.
    • Permits a student to qualify for a high school diploma through the workforce graduation pathway by: 1) passing the WorkKeys assessment 2) obtaining an industry-recognized credential; or 3) obtaining a license that requires an examination and is issued by a state agency or board.
    • Requires a) the use of the industry-recognized credentials list developed by the Ohio Department of Higher Education for purposes of school report cards and graduation requirements, and b) ODHE to solicit quarterly input from the CTE associations regarding the list of approved industry recognized credentials.  The goal is to create one uniform CTE credential list for Ohio.
    • Eliminates existing requirement that home school districts and CTPDs both take attendance, even if the student is in one building all day.
    • Permits CTPDs to receive a STEM school equivalent designation in the same manner as a community school or chartered nonpublic school.
    • Allows an approved substitute career-technical teacher to substitute teach in a classroom outside of their specific career field for up to 60 days, subject to approval of the district superintendent.
    • Allows an individual holding an adult education permit to a) be employed outside the district that originally issued the permit; and b) to substitute teach in high school classrooms for up to 80 days in their specific career field.
    • Prohibits the state from overruling collective funding agreements between schools that share students.
    • Requires state institutions of higher education to provide transcripted credit to students who complete post-secondary courses approved through a local articulation agreement or through career-technical assurance guides, so long as the students pass the applicable course and accompanying assessments.

    Ohio ACTE continues to work with legislators and other education stakeholders to fine tune the SB 89 language.  We anticipate another hearing to take place over the next several weeks, and will continue to keep association members apprised of new developments. This is a lengthy process and there will be tweaks to the language as well as other items under consideration for possible inclusion.      

    - by Will Vorys & Terrence O’Donnell, Dickinson Wright, Legislative Counsel

  • March 17, 2019 9:44 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    COLUMBUS, OHIO (March 18, 2019) – The Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education (Ohio ACTE) executive director Christine Gardner issued the following statement in reaction to Governor Mike DeWine’s 2020-2021 executive budget proposal.

    “Ohio’s career-technical educators are pleased that Gov. DeWine recognizes the importance of career-technical education as part of Ohio’s public education system, and the proposed budget reflects that commitment to expanding opportunities for Ohio’s students.

    It is so important for Ohio students and citizens to gain critical skills, credentials and work habits that lead to career success in today’s workforce.  Ohio’s career-tech educators serve all students: Middle grade students participate in career exploration and introductory career-tech courses and high school students work toward a workplace credential, certificate or skill they can use to prosper in the job market. Adult students also have the opportunity to take advantage of short-term, targeted education through their local Ohio Technical Center.

    Gov. DeWine has long been a supporter of the work career-tech educators do every day in career-technical programs across Ohio, and his budget recommendations show further backing for career-tech ed, as well as promote the image of these programs.

    Ohio ACTE leaders look forward to hearing details of the Governor’s education budget recommendations, especially regarding funding for workplace credentials, and working with his administration, Ohio’s legislators and the Ohio Department of Education on increasing student access to career-technical education.”

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  • March 13, 2019 5:57 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education on March 13 welcomed more than 250 students from several dozen high schools around the state to celebrate their commitments to serve in the U.S. military.

    High school seniors and juniors who are entering service academies or have committed to serve as active duty, Reserve or National Guard members were invited to take part in the Armed Forces Career Commitment Ceremony at COSI (Center of Science and Industry), 333 West Broad St., in Columbus.

    The students signed commitment letters, received red, white, and blue cords from the USO, and celebrated with their families and members of the military and education communities.

    Terry McDermott, a veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division and an educator at Olentangy Orange High School, provided opening remarks.

    Grove City Central Crossing High School’s Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps conducted the presentation of colors, with service song accompaniment by Anthony Wayne High School’s Symphonic Winds.

    “I am grateful to the teachers, educators, and families who prepared these students for their future success,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria. “Along with college and career-tech education programs, military service is a postsecondary pathway that offers meaningful, rewarding, lifelong career experiences and opportunities.”

    The commitment ceremony also featured:

    • David Porter of the U.S. Army, 2018 graduate and enlisted service member.
    • Retired Col. Thomas N. Moe of the U.S. Air Force, former prisoner of war for five and one-half years.
    • Gen. James R. Camp, who serves as Ohio assistant adjutant general for Air.
    • Retired Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst, who serves as director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services.
    • Chad Marzec, 2006 graduate of West Point Military Academy and a varsity coach at Liberty-Benton High School in Findlay.

    This marks the second annual Armed Forces Career Commitment Ceremony.

  • March 06, 2019 6:59 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The 2019 Annual Connections to Education Conference will take place July 29-31 at the Hilton Easton Columbus.

    Preliminary topics and the schedule has been released, see the list and overall conference schedule, click here.

    Registration is open, register today!  Click here.

  • March 06, 2019 6:56 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Business groups are skeptical of a key element in the State Board of Education's proposed graduation overhaul and want a new system in place faster.

    The board's Graduation Requirements and High School Redesign Task Force met March 4 to review the graduation proposal ahead of next week's board meeting. The board is scheduled to vote on it then to meet an April 1 deadline to send more details about its plan to lawmakers.

    The proposal, first endorsed by the board late last year, would supplement existing graduation pathways with a new option through which students would demonstrate their knowledge in five areas: English; math; well-rounded content; technology; and leadership, reasoning and social-emotional learning. Students could meet the requirement in a given area through the usual state tests, or by other means such as taking a relevant College Credit Plus course or completing a demonstration project, for example.

    The proposal also includes a "culminating student experience," in which students would give some sort of presentation that demonstrates their evidence of knowledge and skills and competency in math, writing and research. It could take the form of a research project, art portfolio, community service project or career-technical education program, among other options.

    Read the complete article, click here

  • March 06, 2019 6:49 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio Governor Mike DeWine gave his 2019 State of the State address Tuesday, March 5 during a joint session of the Ohio General Assembly, focusing on themes including investing in children, workers, infrastructure, and Lake Erie and water resources, as well as a continued effort in combatting the state's addiction epidemic.

    "It is time for us to invest in our children, in our workers, in our roads and bridges, in our infrastructure, and in Lake Erie and in our state parks and other natural wonders," said DeWine in his address. "Simply put—it is time for us to invest in our future!"

    Workforce development was a theme DeWine reiterated as a priority in his speech, helping both Ohio citizens and job creators.

    "We are going to help businesses in Ohio through increased opportunity zones, and we are going to help Ohio college students by having every one of our public universities offer guaranteed tuition—that won’t increase one dime—over the four years the student is in college," said DeWine. "We’re going to invest more in our career-tech centers and two-year community colleges, and we are going to create at least 10,000 industry certificates."

    DeWine outlined several key initiatives, including:

    • Substantial investment in efforts to ensure the long-term health and protection of Lake Erie and other Ohio bodies of water through a new H2-Ohio Fund. "We have so much to appreciate, and we need to support and expand efforts that are working to preserve and protect our state's natural wonders—from Lake Erie to all our lakes and rivers," said DeWine. "That is why—through the budget that I will submit to you in a few days—we will create a new fund called the H2-Ohio Fund, to invest in targeted solutions to ensure safe and clean water all across the state of Ohio."
    • Enhanced assistance to law enforcement through a new Narcotics Intelligence Center operated at the Ohio Department of Public Safety.  "We will also empower local law enforcement through our creation of a new, highly specialized Narcotics Intelligence Center," said DeWine. "This innovative new center will provide local law enforcement with enhanced intelligence and high-tech analytical capabilities to strengthen criminal investigations and improve public safety."
    • Increased wrap-around services models for in-need youth. "We are going to expand wrap-around service models, such as the Ohio Sobriety, Treatment, Abuse, and Reducing Trauma program, known as OhioSTART," said DeWine. "It provides specialized victim services to children who have been abused or neglected because of parental drug use, and it provides drug treatment for those parents."
    • Substance abuse prevention education each year in grade levels from Kindergarten to 12th grade. "We are going to consistently and continually educate children in Kindergarten through 12th grade on the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco use and teach them the skills—through a much-needed focus on social-emotional learning—on how to make healthy decisions throughout their lives," said DeWine.
    • Increased resources to local communities to combat the addiction epidemic, including increased treatment capacity and a new public health fund that will leverage resources to increase public health awareness and prevention strategies. "We are going to expand the state's treatment capacity first with more crisis support for children and for adults struggling with mental illness and addiction," said DeWine.

    DeWine also continued stressing the importance of investing in Ohio's roads, highways, and bridges that he made the focus of his transportation budget.

    "Our families should not be driving on roads that are crumbling and bridges that are failing," said DeWine. "The state has avoided its responsibility for too long—and now is the time to act. To do anything less is simply irresponsible."

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