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Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • May 16, 2022 7:04 AM | Anonymous

    Each year, Ohio ACTE awards two students with the Darrell Parks Student Scholarship, which provides $1,000 toward the continuing education of career-technical graduates. After considering almost 250 applicants, Ohio ACTE is awarding the Darrell Parks Scholarship to Samikchhaya Oli of Scarlet Oaks and Gabriel Morgensen of Pike County Career Technology Center. Read about Samikchhaya and Gabriel on the Student Scholarship page.

    Congratulations Samikchhaya and Gabriel!

  • May 11, 2022 7:14 AM | Anonymous

    On May 10, 2022, The State Board of Education of Ohio selected Stephen Dackin as the 39th superintendent of public instruction for Ohio and leader of the Ohio Department of Education.
    “It is a great day for the State of Ohio and our education community as we welcome Mr. Dackin as our next superintendent of public instruction. His leadership, experience, vision for the future, and commitment to supporting students will help position Ohio’s education system to be the best in the nation,” State Board of Education President Charlotte McGuire said. “The State Board of Education of Ohio is honored and excited about the selection of Mr. Dackin as we strengthen statewide partnerships and propel improvement opportunities for each Ohio child. Working for our state’s learners, Ohio’s education TEAMS ensure Together Everyone Achieves More for Students and their families. We must do everything we can to support Ohio’s students, and today’s announcement represents the beginning of a promising next chapter for education in our state.”
    With more than 40 years of service in education, Dackin has experience in both postsecondary and preK-12 education settings having served as a school district superintendent, school principal and classroom teacher. He recently served as superintendent of School and Community Partnerships at Columbus State Community College and, prior to that, superintendent of Reynoldsburg City Schools. Dackin and his wife Susan live in Columbus and have two daughters, Jessica and Erika.
    The State Board of Education selected Dackin by a vote of 14 to 4, with one abstention. The start date is yet to be determined.

    Read more here.

  • May 09, 2022 2:49 PM | Anonymous

    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.  The program is called Superspecs (previously Play Hard Don't Blink).

    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:

    Online applications must be completed by June 10. Emails will be sent to each applicant to let them know how many pieces of equipment to expect with a goal of shipping the equipment in August to the address provided. 

    There are several styles to choose from when you apply.

    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.

  • May 09, 2022 1:02 PM | Anonymous

    Ohio ACTE Assembly of Delegates

    Meeting Notice

    The Assembly of Delegates Meeting will take place during the 2022

    Ohio ACTE Innovation & Impact Annual Conference

    July 25: 11:00 am

    Hilton Easton, Columbus

    Click here for Division Delegate Counts and Resolution Information

  • May 09, 2022 11:58 AM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Department of Education has developed a new promotional poster to showcase skills and hands-on opportunities for schools to use to promote career-tech education with their students.

    Find the poster and more information here

  • May 09, 2022 6:22 AM | Anonymous

    Ohio’s adult and continuing education programs, operating at 51 locations throughout the state, collectively known as the Ohio Technical Centers (OTCs).

    To build awareness of the OTCs and upskilling opportunities available to adults statewide, the Ohio Association of Career-Technical Superintendents (OACTS) is proud to announce the “Fast Track” Campaign effort launched on Monday, May 9, 2022.

    Ohio ACTE is proud to support Ohio ACTE PACE members,  OACTS and the 51 Ohio Technical Centers, the educational providers offering adult learners the training  and credentials for the most in-demand jobs and a direct path to employability. Learn more at


  • May 06, 2022 5:54 AM | Anonymous

    Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced the results of the March round of TechCred, which will provide the opportunity for Ohioans to earn over 4,000 tech-focused credentials. This most recent round puts the program on pace to reach and exceed the 20,000 credential goal for this fiscal year funded through the state operating budget.

    The current TechCred application period opened on May 2nd and will close on Tuesday, May 31st at 3:00 p.m. Businesses with employees who have completed their approved TechCred training should complete the reimbursement process at

    “TechCred continues to help Ohio businesses upskill their workforce, while also providing a great opportunity for Ohioans to develop new, tech-infused skills so they can be more competitive,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “This is the second application period in a row that over 4,000 credentials were approved for funding, showing that this program has become a huge asset for businesses and their employees.”

    The March round of TechCred marked the 13th round of the program. Today, Lt. Governor Husted announced that 342 Ohio employers were approved for funding, resulting in Ohio employees earning up to 4,121 technology-focused credentials. Businesses of all sizes are utilizing the program, with 95 new employers joining the program for the first time this round.

    “TechCred is helping Ohio businesses upskill their workforce,” said Lydia Mihalik, Director of the Ohio Department of Development. "Employees are expanding their skills, and employers are getting the talent they need to grow their business."

    With the approvals announced today, a total of 1,822 Ohio employers have been approved for funding through the TechCred program, supporting the earning of 40,824 tech-focused credentials by employees.

    “The education and upskilling received through the TechCred program has allowed these Ohio workers to progress in their career while giving employers the pipeline of skilled workers needed for continued success,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner.

    Learn more about the program at

  • May 01, 2022 12:07 PM | Anonymous

    May 2-6, 2022 is dedicated to celebrating and showing our appreciation for all our teachers do! 


    We want to highlight our teacher award winners, who will be presented with their Ohio ACTE Educator Award at the Annual Innovation & Impact Conference:

    Teacher of the Year: Dennis Hogel - Industrial Diesel Mechanics Instructor, Great Oaks Career Campuses

    New Career-Tech EducatorJill Woods – Dental Instructor, Trumbull Career and Technical Center

    Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year: Lisa Pierce-Burger – Instructor/Coordinator, C-TEC of Licking County

    Outstanding Educator in Community Service: Anthony Thornsberry – Career Technical Principal, Massillon City Schools

    Read about all of the winners on our Educator Awards page.

    All Career-Tech teachers contribute to their community, encourage their students, and help grow skilled trades in Ohio, and we appreciate all you do every single day. Thank you!

  • April 19, 2022 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    The 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program announced this year's semi-finalists, which included three career-tech students from Ohio:

    • Alexander Kennedy, Ashtabula County Career and Technical Center- Architecture and Engineering Design Program
    • Quinci Voisard, Upper Valley Career Center - Medical Career Academy
    • Cianna Woltz-Yarnelli, C-Tec Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County - Architectural and Engineering Design

    The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

    Congratulations to our students and all the semi-finalists.

    Read more here.

  • April 13, 2022 10:34 AM | Anonymous

    In-Demand Jobs Week 2022

    Share your career-tech activities!


    In-Demand Jobs Week is the statewide celebration of the jobs, industries, and skills that are in demand in Ohio.

    Community leaders statewide are encouraged to partner in planning engaging virtual events and activities that will inspire excitement and awareness among students and job seekers. This year, they will be highlighting Ohio’s top jobs that pay more than $50,000 per year and don’t require a degree or years of training – just a credential.

    Career-tech educators are encouraged to join in celebrating opportunities in Ohio from May 2nd to the 6th!
    Visit to add their event to the official In-Demand Jobs Week map. Individuals interested in attending an event can use this map to find events near them.

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