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  • February 08, 2022 8:16 AM | Anonymous

    The Columbus Foundation awards more than $3.6 million annually through their 300 scholarship programs. The Volstead Holdings Scholarship places an emphasis on skilled trades and technical academic fields. Scholarship details and the application link can be found here.

    Ohio has a long history of inventing and building things. The purpose of the Volstead Holdings Scholarship is to allow residents of central and northeast Ohio to continue this tradition through technical post-secondary education in fields related to design, construction, manufacturing, and logistics. An emphasis is placed on skilled trades and technical academic fields.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Candidates must be residents of central or northeast Ohio.
    • Candidates must plan to pursue a post-secondary program in a trade, certification, apprenticeship, or two-year community college program.
    • Note: Preference will be given to non-traditional students.
    • Candidates must attend or plan to attend an educational institution in the U.S.

    The deadline to apply is March 1, 2022.

  • February 05, 2022 12:11 PM | Anonymous

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    Are you interested in pursuing a new opportunity in CTE?

    Do you know someone looking for a job in CTE?

    Browse or post job opportunities on the Ohio ACTE Job Board!

    Job postings are always free for members to post. If you need assistance, email us at

  • February 03, 2022 4:02 PM | Ohio ACTE

    Nominations for the 2023 Ohio Teacher of the Year are open through April 8. Each year, the Ohio Teacher of the Year program celebrates exceptional teachers for their effective and inspiring work both inside and outside of the classroom. The program also gives honorees opportunities for professional growth, elevates their position as leaders and advocates for public education.

    The program offers two levels of statewide recognition. The regional State Board District Teacher of the Year honor goes to one teacher in each of the 11 State Board districts. From those 11 honorees, one is named as Ohio’s Teacher of the Year.

    Nominees must hold a professional Ohio educator license, work full time with a minimum of five years of teaching experience under a professional license in a state-approved public school, community school or career center. They also must work directly with students at least 50% of the time, have received no previous Ohio Teacher of the Year recognition and plan to continue in active teaching status. Resident Educator License holders do not qualify.

    Anyone may submit a nomination for one or multiple teachers. Self-nominations are not accepted. Qualified nominees will receive a certificate of recognition and an invitation to apply to Ohio’s most prestigious and long-standing teacher recognition program.

    Nomination information is available on the Ohio Teacher of the Year webpage.

  • February 03, 2022 4:00 PM | Ohio ACTE

    The Innovative Education Pilot Program application for the 2022-2023 school year is available now. Any school district, educational service center or chartered nonpublic school may apply for statutory or administrative rule exemptions for the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative programs.

    The application period closes March 28 at 5 p.m. The Department of Education will notify applicants in June about the status of their applications.

    The Department of Education and EnvisionEdPlus are partnering to present two webinars about this opportunity. Register here for the first webinar occurring Feb. 8. Webinar hosts will share details about the second webinar in EdConnection when they are available.

    More information about the Innovative Education Pilot Program and application process is available on the Innovative Education Pilot Programs webpage. Direct questions to

  • February 03, 2022 3:58 PM | Ohio ACTE

    Educators and school administrators play a key role in helping students get to school as often as they are able and remain engaged in learning every day. The Stay in the Game! Network is excited to supply audio resources featuring Cleveland Browns players to promote student attendance and engagement.

    Prerecorded audio messages from players are a fun way to encourage students to keep up their attendance and stay engaged every day. Schools with robocall systems also can download robocall files featuring the players. Robocalls can be an effective attendance strategy to ensure students and families are aware of how much school they are missing and how important it is to Stay in the Game! Try using these resources during times of the year when students tend to miss extra days of school, such as before or after a school break or on Mondays and Fridays. Download the files on the Stay in The Game! Network resources webpage under “Audios” and “Robocalls.”

    Student success begins with attendance and engaged learning, either in person or remotely. Students who are absent from school or remote education experiences miss important learning opportunities, which are difficult to make up. These audio messages can encourage good habits and be a tool to improve attendance along the way.

  • February 03, 2022 3:55 PM | Ohio ACTE

    The Ohio Department of Education, in partnership with schools and communities, will host an in-person celebration of Ohio's students committed to military service. The All-Ohio United States Armed Forces Career Commitment Celebration will recognize students in grades 11 and 12 who are committed to military service after graduation. Students with plans to attend a service academy or enter active duty service, the Reserve or the National Guard are invited to attend the ceremony.

    This year’s celebration will take place March 9, 11:30 a.m. at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St., Columbus. Attendees must register here to join the All-Ohio United States Armed Forces Career Commitment Celebration. Seating is limited, so each student may bring no more than two guests. All attendees must wear masks. Registration closes Feb. 28 or sooner if seating is full.

    Ohio recognizes military service as a meaningful post-high school pathway for students who wish to enlist and celebrates students who commit to serve each year. Ohio's graduates can earn seals on their diplomas for meeting special requirements in specific areas. Military enlistment is among these 12 graduation seals. Ohio’s strategic plan for education is aligned to the one goal of student success post-graduation, which includes serving in a military branch.

    Use #OhioMilitarySigningDay on social media to share information about this event. 

  • January 30, 2022 9:24 AM | Ohio ACTE

    CTE Month occurs every February to raise awareness regarding the important work being done to prepare students for high-demand careers. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the United States.

  • January 27, 2022 1:39 PM | Anonymous

    Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced January 27 that 14 training providers located throughout the state will receive a total of $2.93 million in awards to support 2,336 credentials through the Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP). This is the second round of the initiative, which helps Ohioans who are low income, partially unemployed, or totally unemployed participate in a training program and receive one or more technology-focused credential(s) for free.

    The selected training providers, which include four-year universities, career centers, and private businesses, will be reimbursed up to $3,000 for each completed technology-focused credential issued.

    “IMAP gives individuals the opportunity to earn in-demand, technology skills so they can get higher-paying jobs in a very short amount of time,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “Ohio businesses across all industries need to compete in today’s economy, and this program provides them a pipeline of ready-to-go talent.”

    A variety of credential pathways that align with specific job opportunities will be available for individuals including IT Support Specialist, IT Security Associate, IT Networks Specialist, Data Analyst, Web Developer, UX/UI Designer, Robotic Technician, Digital Marketing Specialist, Cloud Engineer, and more. Training will be offered in-person and online, allowing Ohioans to take advantage of IMAP from anywhere in the state.

    Awarded training providers include:

    • Global Lynx, Inc.
    • MAX Technical Training, Inc.
    • Miami University
    • My Career IT LLC
    • National Center for Urban Solutions
    • Ohio University
    • Portage Lakes Career Center
    • Scioto County Career Technical Center
    • Shawnee State University
    • South-Western City School District
    • Strategic Leadership Solutions LLC
    • University of Cincinnati
    • Youngstown State University

    “Ohio is on the move, and we need more people skilled in high-tech jobs to keep the momentum going,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development. “These credentials will mean better jobs and more pay for workers.”

    Ohio has invested more than $5 million in IMAP over the last two years. The first round of IMAP awarded 11 training providers just under $2.22 million in September of 2020.

    Individuals interested in earning a credential or learning more about the program can visit the recently updated IMAP website at:

  • January 18, 2022 7:50 AM | Anonymous

    Just under 423,000 Ohio children lived in poverty in 2020, representing a child poverty rate of 16.8 percent, according to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

    The Center for Community Solutions (CCS) said Ohio's 2020 child poverty rate was the lowest figure since the 2000 decennial census, which reported the share of children who lived in poverty in 1999.

    The data comes from the Census Bureau's 2020 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Experimental Data. In an analysis of that data, CCS writes that ACS 1-year estimates always carry some amount of uncertainty, but explains that COVID-19 disrupted data collection in 2020 in ways which may have undercounted low-income households.

    "The Census Bureau made statistical adjustments, released only a limited set of data which met their stringent standards, and took extra time for the analysis. They also advise against comparing the 2020 Experimental Data with previous years. Therefore, we are not able to determine if changes are statistically significant. Even with the challenges, the 2020 experimental ACS data remain the best estimates of income and poverty in Ohio and across the country, and a drop in child poverty is consistent with other sources of information," CCS said.

    While 2020 also saw record unemployment levels and remote school for many children, CCS said it appears the federal government's financial aid to the public helped families. The available ACS data does not allow for the examination of the reasons for the decline in child poverty, but other models have found that government intervention during the pandemic blunted the toll of economic disruption, CCS noted. The ACS relies on household income to calculate poverty status, which in 2020 would have included Economic Impact Payments, otherwise known as stimulus payments, and any additional unemployment compensation for parents.

    The two rounds of stimulus payments in 2020 moved 3.2 million American children out of poverty, CCS said, and the actual benefits of the government's actions could be much larger because some other interventions, such as tax credits, help families make ends meet but are noncash, so they are excluded from these poverty calculations.

    Among adults, the experimental estimate from 2020 showed a poverty rate of 12.4 percent for working-age Ohio adults between the ages of 18 and 24, which is the same as the 2019 ACS estimate. The poverty rate for older adults appears to be slightly higher than in 2019, but the change is small. Even if these data could be compared directly, none of the differences would be statistically significant, CCS said.

    "Time will tell if the promising drop in child poverty is an anomaly or the beginning of a trend. Continued emergency food assistance and improvements in the Child Tax Credit certainly helped families in 2021 but have either ended or are expected to end this year. Unfortunately, policy decisions must move faster than data collection and analysis of their real-world impact. The 2020 child poverty estimates provide an indication of the positive impact timely and targeted government action can have on breaking cycles of poverty," the center said.

  • January 16, 2022 8:51 AM | Anonymous

    $5 million available to increase enrollment in high-demand Commercial Driver’s License programs

    Ohio students seeking to earn a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) now have the opportunity to receive financial aid thanks to a new program announced today by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE).

    The Commercial Truck Driver Student Aid Program is meant to promote and encourage job growth for Ohio’s commercial drivers through educational training in programs related to employment opportunities. Funds awarded to eligible institutions through a competitive application process will be disbursed in the form of grants and loans to students who enroll in approved CDL training programs at those institutions. The Student Aid program was originally enacted in the state’s biennial budget bill (HB110), with additional parameters of the program set forth in SB166, signed by Governor DeWine last month.

    “Commercial truck drivers are a vital part of Ohio’s economy, and this program will allow for the growth of this in-demand occupation,” said ODHE Chancellor Randy Gardner. “I am grateful for the leadership of Governor DeWine and the General Assembly in addressing this critical need and providing the funding to help Ohio students succeed.”

    Students receiving funds to complete a CDL program must commit to reside and be employed in Ohio for a minimum of one year upon completion of the program. A total of $5 million in funding is available through the program over the next two years, and eligible institutions can request a maximum of $200,000 per year to support their CDL programs.

    The application period for institutions is open.  Application materials can be found on the ODHE website at

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