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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • 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."

  • February 26, 2019 12:51 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    EMIS/ODE has been asked why Career and Technical Education centers which house pre-school programs have to start reporting data to the Ohio Department of Education. This memo will explain why and what needs to be reported for whom.

    • If you are a CTE/JVSD with a licensed preschool who receives Early Childhood Education grant funds from ODE, you must report student data for preschool students.
    • If you are a CTE/JVSD with a licensed preschool who does not receive any money from ODE to operate, you must report student data for preschool students.
    Click here to read the entire memo.

  • February 26, 2019 7:51 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    More than an award, the State Board of Education’s Ohio Teacher of the Year program annually identifies exceptional teachers and celebrates their effective, inspiring work both inside and outside of the classroom. The nomination period for the 2020 Ohio Teacher of the Year is now through April 5, 2019.
  • February 25, 2019 9:44 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria visited three career-technical schools Feb. 22 to celebrate how career-tech programs across Ohio prepare students for bright futures.

    DeMaria met with students and staff at Swiss Hills Career Center in Woodsfield, Belmont-Harrison in St. Clairsville and the Career and Technology Education Centers (C-TEC) of Licking County in Newark to celebrate Career-Technical Education Month, which was February.

    DeMaria discussed with students their choice for career-tech education and how it benefits them and their future.

    “A career-technical education is a win-win-win. Students win because they have an engaging learning experience that leads to knowledge and skills that will support their success in a career and in college, if they choose to attend. Schools win because engaged students are more likely to reach higher levels of learning as they see how concepts apply in the real world. Businesses win because career-tech programs contribute to improving the talent pool that supports their success.”

    Nationally, 75 percent of career-technical students move on to postsecondary education programs.

    The first stop on DeMaria’s school tour was Swiss Hills Career Center, which offers programs ranging from business administration and management to cosmetology and a recently expanded construction trades program. The construction trades program will provide students with a new specialization in heavy equipment operating beginning in fall 2019.

    DeMaria also visited Belmont-Harrison Career Center, where 23 programs are offered across two campuses. The center focuses on academic and career-technical programs that prepare students for postsecondary education and opportunities to earn state and national industry credentials. Qualified seniors are eligible for early job placement during school hours.

    Wrapping up his career-tech tour, DeMaria toured C-TEC of Licking County, which serves 11 school districts with 20 innovative programs for high school students. C-TEC partners with Ariel Corporation, a Mount Vernon manufacturer of high-speed gas reciprocating compressors, to train students to fill entry-level and skilled positions.

     You can watch the video on the Department's Facebook and Twitter channels.

  • February 15, 2019 9:55 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) and the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Foundation are accepting first-time and renewal applications for their 2019 Oil and Gas Energy Education Scholarships now through March 1, 2019.

    Click Here for Press Release

    Click Here for 2019 OOGEEP Interactive Scholarship Application

    Below are additional links to OOGEEP’s workforce development activities, including a video series on the 75+ in-demand jobs in the crude oil and natural gas industry. 

    Workforce Development site:

    YouTube Video Series:

  • February 01, 2019 6:39 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Career technical and adult education programs deserve more state funding for renovation and equipment upgrades, Gov. Mike DeWine said on Jan. 23 at the Ohio ACTE Legislative Seminar in Columbus.

    “As we look to the future, and as we work with the Legislature, this is a governor who is going to be very mindful of how important the career centers are,” DeWine said in his remarks to the 200 attendees gathered for the 39th annual Ohio ACTE Legislative Seminar.

    “I don’t come here with a specific proposal, but I’m telling you that we want to work with you on that, to figure out how to make your life easier -- and that’s not really the important part -- what’s really important are the kids we are trying to reach,” Gov. DeWine said to the audience.

    DeWine also said he wants to help change parents’ perceptions of what career technical education entails, noting many don’t realize how much it has evolved over the last two decades.

     “I think part of the job of the governor, frankly, is to talk about that and to maybe change the culture a little bit so the parents understand what really goes on in career centers today,” he said.   DeWine also said it’s also important for students to understand that attending a career center won’t preclude them from qualifying to enroll in a four-year college or university.

    “Career-technical educators at career centers, comprehensive and compact delivery models appreciate that Gov. DeWine understands and supports their efforts to help students find their talents and assist businesses in finding the employees they need,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director after Gov. DeWine’s remarks.

    Gov. DeWine said people too often talk about education generally, even though “every kid is different.”

    “Fran and I see that in our own family. We have a son who has a Ph.D. in botany and is an organic farmer. We have an inner-city school teacher. We have one that runs a minor-league baseball team. We have a stay-at-home mom. We have one who’s a judge, and one who’s an assistant prosecutor. I guess I missed a couple, but you sort of get the idea. It’s diversity -- same parents, same upbringing supposedly, and they’re different. They just all had different passions. So what you’re doing is helping to give these kids a passion, and you’re helping them get the tools to succeed,” DeWine said.

    DeWine said like him, most people can think of at least a few teachers who changed their lives.

    “We’ve got to hold up these teachers. Many of them, in your schools, have left a career where they were making a lot more money. You can’t pay them what they used to make, but they got to a point in their life where they decided, ‘I want to do this. I want to give back. I want to make a difference.’ So it’s very, very exciting, what you all are doing. We’re going to work with you and work with the state Legislature to be as helpful as we can,” DeWine said.

  • February 01, 2019 6:51 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The ODE Office of CTE has posted the Perkins V Draft Transition Plan.  A draft of the transition plan and survey to provide feedback can be found here:

    The comment window will close on February 15.
  • January 09, 2019 8:23 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Gov. DeWine will provide his remarks and address career-technical educators at the 2019 Legislative Seminar on Jan. 23.

    "I am so pleased that Gov. DeWine will take the time to meet with career-technical educators at the Legislative Seminar," said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.  "He has long been a supporter of CTE, and we appreciate that he will make our conference one of his first addresses at such a busy time - the very beginning of his term as Ohio Governor," Gardner added.

    Click here for the complete Seminar agenda and to register.

    Additionally, students will have an opportunity to learn about the building blocks of state government and watch the inauguration.  At noon on Jan. 14, Gov.-elect Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Gov.-elect Jon Husted will take the oath of office during a public ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. There are many learning opportunities connected to this event, and the Ohio Department of Education has resources for educators to jump-start classroom excitement.

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