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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • June 15, 2020 4:24 PM | Anonymous

    The 2020-2021 list of industry-recognized credentials has been posted to the Ohio Department of Education’s website. As articulated in Each Child, Our Future, the state’s five-year strategic plan for education, Ohio is prioritizing opportunities for students to earn industry-recognized credentials that are sure to fuel their success after high school. 

    To ensure that Ohio maintains a relevant list of industry-recognized credentials, Superintendent Paolo DeMaria, in close collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, convenes an array of appropriate industry professionals to carefully and thoughtfully review all new industry-recognized credentials. These committees recommend which credentials be added to the state’s recognized list.

    If you have questions about the list of approved industry credentials, please contact Patti Guseman, Program Administrator for Industry-Recognized Credentials, at

  • June 15, 2020 8:13 AM | Anonymous

    To support the educational community in ensuring all students have equitable access and meaningful engagement in high-quality career-technical education programs, the Office of Career-Technical Education is introducing the Equity Ambassador Program. Teachers, administrators, counselors or any internal stakeholders in Career-Technical Planning Districts who are passionate about equity in education may register. One registrant per district, please.
    Participants in the Equity Ambassador Program will collaborate with the state of Ohio in its commitment toward improving equity in career-technical education for special populations and subgroups. Equity Ambassadors will be provided access to professional development and invited to participate in equity activities facilitated by the Ohio Department of Education. Equity Ambassadors will act as local equity experts for their Career-Technical Planning Districts.

    Click here for more information

  • May 29, 2020 11:03 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced that 150 Ohio companies have been approved for TechCred funding, which will help them upskill their current and incoming workforce to meet the needs of the increasingly tech-focused economy, particularly amid the COVID-19 health crisis.

    The next application period of the TechCred program will open June 1st and run through June 30th, allowing for another opportunity for companies to train current and/or incoming employees.

    In order to support the changing needs of Ohio businesses and workers during the economic recovery, following the COVID-19 crisis, the following changes have been made to the TechCred program:

    • To make TechCred more flexible for upskilling new hires, employers are no longer required to list employee names when applying for TechCred. Instead, they will identify the number of current or prospective employees they will upskill.
    • To account for possible staffing changes, employers who were awarded in the October 2019, January 2020, and March 2020 rounds of TechCred may now substitute employees listed in their original application.
    • Employers awarded in October 2019 and January 2020, who had credential programs interrupted by the crisis, may request to extend their 18-month award eligibility timeline.
    • Employees can now earn multiple credentials during each application period.

    The last round of TechCred applications closed at the end of March 2020. Today, 150 Ohio employers were approved, which will result in up to 1,045 credentials to upskill Ohio workers. With the approvals announced today, a total of 500 Ohio employers have been approved for reimbursement, which will result in the earning of up to 4,232 technology-focused credentials by Ohio employees.

    Virtual Credentials: Many of the TechCred pre-approved credentials can be completed 100 percent virtually! Examples of these credentials and training providers can be found at

    Visit TechCred.Ohio.Gov for more information.


  • May 26, 2020 3:47 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    Ohio school leaders know the 2020-2021 school year will be unlike any previous years. Guidance about when and how to reopen school buildings will evolve over the summer months, but there is no time to waste for leaders planning significant changes to the logistics of school — how schools use time, facilities and technology to maximize the positive impact educators have on students and their families while keeping everyone safe. EnvisionEdPlus and the Ohio STEM Learning Network are partnering to bring you Re-Start Re-Design Labs this June.  
    Re-Start Re-Design Labs are free thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Ohio STEM Learning Network.  
    Re-Start Re-Design Labs are virtual sessions scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 11, June 16 and June 26. Choose a date that works for your school or district team (three to five participants) and register here. Registration is free but limited to 50 participants per session (approximately 10 teams per event).  
    For more information or questions, visit the Re-Start Re-Design Labs website or contact Craig Lautenschleger at (614) 348-8628. 
  • May 22, 2020 3:23 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    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 May 31.  Letters will be sent in early June to each applicant to let them know how many pieces of equipment to expect.  Equipment will ship in August to the address provided. 

    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 22, 2020 8:57 AM | Anonymous

    Mike Rowe, an advocate for career-tech education and getting America to work through his foundation, shares his congratulations to students who attend America's career-tech and vocational schools. 

  • May 21, 2020 4:12 PM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Department of Education, along with other state agencies, has made difficult decisions about its budget to reduce expenditures through the remaining two months of the fiscal year. The General Revenue Fund spending authority for the Department of Education has been reduced by $355.5 million, which reflects approximately 20 percent of the remaining appropriation as of March 24, 2020.

    Although budget reductions will eliminate the IWIP payments and start-up grants, the state has maintained $4 million to reimburse schools for the cost of industry-recognized credentials for all students.

    We know these reductions will present challenges for schools, and we appreciate your understanding as we work through these difficult times together. The State of Ohio and the education community will continue to give our all in the interest of meeting the needs and supporting the education of Ohio’s children.

  • May 14, 2020 8:14 AM | Anonymous

    Visit the Office of Learning and Instructional Strategies Resources page to find the schedule and links for upcoming Virtual Meetups co-hosted by the Ohio Department of Education and one of our partner professional organizations.

  • May 13, 2020 9:51 AM | Anonymous

    Harbor Freight Tools for Schools is sharing two studies about skilled trades education in American public high schools.

    Some key findings:

    • At least 1 million students study skilled trades in high school
    • 8 in 10 voters favor increased public funding for skilled trades education and think it should be a priority in high school.
    • 8 in 10 parents say their children would be better prepared for a career if they had a chance to study a trade in high school.

    Click here to read more, access the report.




  • May 13, 2020 6:56 AM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Department of Education released the following information on May 12. Ohio ACTE, OACTS and CCS - the organizations representing career-technical education - are providing input.

    Message from ODE:

    Thank you! Since the ordered school-building closure began on March 12, you have stepped up to ensure a student-centered approach to caring, teaching and learning. We applaud your efforts to challenge, prepare and empower your students for future success—especially given the unparalleled challenges that accompany a pandemic.

    The purpose of this letter is to share a coordinated and collaborative process currently underway for co-designing and framing the various considerations for a successful start to the 2020-2021 school year. The process will result in the launch of an Education Reset and Restart Planning Guide. This tool is intended to spur local-level, partnership-based discussions and decision-making in areas critical to the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

    Please click this link to read the full letter from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria about this process and plans for moving forward together to envision how to proceed.

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