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  • March 17, 2021 7:50 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Registration is now open for the 2021 Ohio ACTE Annual Conference, which has been renamed the "Innovation and Impact Conference."  The conference will be held July 26-28 at the Hilton Easton - Columbus and safety measures will be in place.

    The Ohio ACTE Annual Conference Committee is working hard to provide a safe, informative professional development experience in 2021. 

    The Committee has renamed the  annual event the Innovation and Impact Conference/Ohio Career Technical Education to emphasize the innovative and impactful aspects of career-technical and adult education and how practices and programs can be shared to enhance career-tech offerings across the state.

    Hilton Easton Hotel Reservation Link is available by clicking here.

  • March 15, 2021 2:05 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio  Department of Education added the BASF Plant Science Certification and the Ducks Unlimited Ecology Conservation & Management Certification to the list of available credentials for the 2021-2022 school year. Four of the industry certifications hosted on the iCEV Certification Testing Platform are included on the agriculture and environmental systems pathway’s approved credential list.

    Issued by a global leader in agricultural input production, the BASF Plant Science Certification validates individuals have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in a variety of plant, natural and environmental science-related fields. Recognized as the world’s leader in habitat conservation, Ducks Unlimited created the Ducks Unlimited Ecology Conservation & Management Certification to verify individuals have obtained exceptional knowledge and skills in the areas of ecological principles and wildlife management, as well as habitat, forest, grasslands, wetlands and waterfowl conservation and management.

    ODE Office of CTE maintains a list of relevant industry credentials related to each CTE pathway to ensure students are prepared for academic and career pursuits outside the high school setting. Four of the industry certifications hosted on the iCEV Certification Testing Platform are included on the agriculture and environmental systems pathway’s approved credential list.

    Offered by one of the premier animal health companies, the Elanco Fundamentals of Animal Science Certification verifies individuals have acquired the foundational knowledge and skills to pursue a career within the animal science industry. The Elanco Veterinary Medical Applications Certification proves the competencies needed to achieve employability within the veterinary science field and is transferable to health and animal science fields. These credentials are already approved for use in the 2020-2021 school year.

    Visit to learn more about these industry credentials and others hosted on the iCEV Certification testing platform.

    This article provided by Ohio ACTE business partner iCEV.  Their ongoing support helps make Ohio ACTE projects and programs possible.

    About iCEV

    With 36 years of experience, iCEV specializes in providing quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and education resources for several major subject areas: Agricultural Science and Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Business Education, Marketing Education, Trade and Industrial Education, Health Science, Law Enforcement and Career Exploration. Through iCEV, individuals can earn industry certifications across multiple CTE areas to prepare them for educational and career success. iCEV is the most comprehensive online resource for CTE educators and students, offering learning-on-demand features, video clips streaming and testing and grading capabilities to any device with Internet capabilities. For more information, visit

  • March 09, 2021 12:32 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    A new statewide initiative aims to improve the number of students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

    The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) have announced FAFSA 21, an initiative launched to ensure that Ohio’s students have the support they need to complete the FAFSA. ODHE and ODE will invest $2.85 million in federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funding for FAFSA completion projects over the next year and a half. These funds will be used to support direct intervention, data system upgrades, and professional development.

    The FAFSA allows students to qualify for federal Pell grants, state grants, and most scholarships; historically, it has been one of the best predictors of enrollment in colleges, universities, and training centers. High school seniors who complete the FAFSA are 84% more likely to enroll in postsecondary education.

    FAFSA completion rates have declined dramatically – both in Ohio and across the country – in the time of COVID-19. Recent data suggest that FAFSA completion rates in Ohio have declined 8.9% compared to the same period last year. This change represents funding for postsecondary education that goes unclaimed and may also contribute to a decline in postsecondary enrollment in Ohio. FAFSA 21 aims to reverse that decline.

    “When Ohio students complete the FAFSA, they are opening not only the door to financial aid, but also the door to their futures,” said ODHE Chancellor Randy Gardner. “On average, 52% of students who complete the FAFSA qualify for Pell and the average grant is worth $4,418. Many will qualify for more, up to the maximum Pell grant amount of $6,495 in the 2021-2022 academic year. FAFSA completion plays an important role in helping students realize their goals.”

    Efforts supporting FAFSA 21 also complement the One Goal of Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s strategic plan for education, which states that “Ohio will increase annually the percentage of its high school graduates who, one year after graduation, are enrolled and succeeding in a post-high school learning experience.”

    Each Child, Our Future casts a vision in which each child is challenged to discover and learn, prepared to pursue a fulfilling post-high school path and empowered to become a resilient, lifelong learner who contributes to society,” said ODE Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria. “For many students, that vision includes continuing their education beyond high school to attain industry credentials or postsecondary degrees. Knowing about and taking advantage of available financial aid can be an important part of their success.”

    More information about the FAFSA 21 initiative is available at

  • March 03, 2021 8:48 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Shoemaker Leadership Institute is open to educators who want to improve their leadership skills and learn more about career-technical and adult education.  The program provides an opportunity for participants to increase leadership qualities, develop leadership characteristics, expand their network of colleagues in CTE, and gain a holistic view of career-technical and adult education in Ohio.

    The Institute is a year-long program, beginning in July at the Ohio ACTE Annual Conference, including in-person and virtual meetings.  Participants will develop an expanded commitment to the development and improvement of career-technical and adult education and gain knowledge on career-technical education in Ohio, its benefits, challenges and resources.  The program is designed to be both inspirational and transformational.  Individuals will grow both personally and professionally and develop ways to positively influence students, colleagues, their communities, and CTE stakeholders. 

    Nancy Luce, PhD, will facilitate the program.  She is a long time career-tech educator, leader and career center superintendent (retired).

    Click here for more information on the Institute and apply here.  Application deadline is April 15.

  • March 01, 2021 4:37 PM | Anonymous

    Each year, Ohio ACTE awards up to two Darrell Parks Student Scholarships, which provide $1,000 toward the continuing education of career-technical graduates.

    Click here for the application. The deadline for submission is April 15.

  • February 17, 2021 7:43 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Manufacturers' Association (OMA) is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, February 23, 10 – 11 a.m.featuring a career center/manufacturing partnership.  Ohio ACTE and OMA have been working together to strengthen the relationships between education and industry.

    Click here for details and registration:

    Details and registration information

     Auburn Career Center in Lake County has worked with its local industry sector partnership, Alliance for Working Together Foundation (AWT), to build a program for two local school districts to offer the Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential through the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC).

    Participants in this webinar will learn how Auburn and its partners, including OMA member Mar-Bal, Inc., raised funds for equipment and curriculum, trained instructors, and leveraged the Career Based Intervention program for local schools to introduce students to manufacturing careers.

  • February 17, 2021 7:37 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Nominations are accepted through April 15, 2021 for the position of Ohio ACTE President Elect (three year term) and Secretary (two year term) to begin Sept. 1, 2021.  Elections are held in conjunctions with the Ohio ACTE Annual Conference.

    Contact Christine Gardner, for more information.

  • February 17, 2021 7:27 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio is prioritizing opportunities for students to earn industry-recognized credentials that are sure to fuel their success after high school. Check out the 2021-2022 list of industry-recognized credentials posted to the Department’s website.

  • February 15, 2021 1:50 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Legislative activity picked up in February at the statehouse as Ohio’s (operating) budget process is fully underway.    On February 1, 2021, Governor DeWine introduced his Administration’s biennial operating “blue book” budget outline, and the following week (as customary) the actual budget bill was introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives.   House Finance Committee hearings have commenced and remain ongoing each week as various Administrative Agency representatives (including the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Higher Education) present testimony regarding their budget proposals and overall fiscal outlook.

    After the House considers and vets the budget bill, the lower chamber will send an amended version to the Senate for consideration.  Once the Senate makes its changes, the legislature will establish a conference committee to settle any differences and craft a final version of the bill.  By law, the budget must be delivered to and executed by the Governor by June 30, 2021.   

    Career-tech educators began advocating for the 2021CTE Legislative Priorities during virtual visits with legislators as part of the virtual Legislative Seminar, Feb. 9-11, and will begin advocating CTE -specific budget (funding) priorities in the coming weeks before different legislative committees. 

    Here is a brief snapshot of highlights from the Administration’s proposed budget. 

    School Funding Formula: The Administration’s proposal does not adjust the state’s (k-12) school funding formula and continues the current two-year funding “freeze.”  But the Governor has commented that he seeks to leave this particular policy item up to the legislature, which will be considering changes to the formula via House Bill 1 (Fair School Funding Plan). Legislative leaders have signaled their intent to try and merge the new school funding plan with the state budget bill.  This significant undertaking will be the subject of robust consideration and debate by both chambers over the ensuing months.

    Wellness and Success Funding: The proposed budget continues a healthy investment in wraparound services for primary and secondary students.  The line item has been increased to $500M in FY 22 and $600M in FY 23.

    Funding for Industry Credentials: The Administration’s proposal increases substantial investments in several industry credential programs created during the last budget:

    • $5M to for 5,000 tech-focused (adult) credentials in FY 21 (“TechCred”)
    • $50M over the biennium for 40,000 tech-focused (adult) credentials (“TechCred”)
    • $15M in workforce efforts focused on economically distressed rural and urban communities.
    • $41M for High School Industry-Recognized Credentials (IWIP / Test Reimbursement)

    Ohio Technical Center Line Item: The Ohio Department of Higher Education proposed a 3% increase in funding for OTCs from the last budget, resulting in $41.6M over the biennium. 

    Support for Small Business: The proposal includes:

    • $200M in grants for bars and restaurants;
    • $150M in grants for Small Business Relief Grant applicants, who previously applied and are qualified;
    • $50M in grants for lodging industry businesses;
    • $40M in grants for indoor entertainment venues;
    • $20M in grants for new businesses, many of whom were unqualified to receive previous funding.

     Ohio ACTE leadership will continue to work with ODE and the Legislature to ensure career-tech student needs are represented throughout the budget process.

    by Will Vorys, attorney, Dickinson Wright LLC, Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel


  • February 15, 2021 1:39 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Tom Burden, CEO and Founder of Grypmat - not to mention successful Shark Tank Contestant  2019 featured Ohio ACTE Conference Speaker - donated Grypmats to several career-tech programs for use by students in their programs.   Thanks to Tom for donating these great tool holders!

    A student at the Polaris Career Center uses a Grypmat in class

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