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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • August 09, 2019 7:25 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Beginning this fall, educators who work with students on their career choices have a new program designed to share important resources, networking, and specific information regarding Ohio’s required Career Advising Policy.   Every student in grades 6-12 should receive career counseling. A barrier to implementing this policy is that most educators have not had any training in providing career advising. 

    An online 8-week course with one face-to-face meeting (required) has been designed for administrators, counselors and teachers and others who guide students in career choices to learn more about Ohio’s Career Advising Policy, career counseling, career development, and available resources to meet the policy requirements and effectively guide students.

    The course was developed by Butler Tech and is available statewide through Ohio ACTE.  In the course, participants will learn how to guide students in considering all of their career options along with the training and education needed. An opportunity to network with other educators throughout the state is also an invaluable component of the course.

    Click here for more details.

    Click here to register for the session starting Oct. 14, 2019

    Click here to register for the session starting Feb. 3, 2020

    Click here to register for the session starting June 15th, 2020

  • August 08, 2019 9:49 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE is once again working with the Ohio Department of Education Office of CTE to identify outstanding career-technical students to be recognized as part of the US Department of Education  National Presidential Scholars Program. This is the fifth year that career technical students will be represented among the US Presidential Scholars. Out of all the applicants nationwide, 20 CTE students will be recognized.  Each state may submit up to five scholars.  Click here for more information, the nomination form and to read about each of the 2019 students and their accomplishments.

    For more information about the Presidential Scholars Program, click here.

  • August 07, 2019 7:23 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Leah Amstutz has been named the ODE Office of CTE Interim Director. 

    Leah and the ODE Office of CTE Staff are available to serve career-tech educators and answer your questions.

    Click here for a list of responsibilities and program areas.

  • August 07, 2019 7:06 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Approximately 1.6 million students are heading back to school.  They will be served by 130,00 plus educators across 612 school districts in Ohio.

    Statistics Our Students and Our Schools

    Statistics Our Schools and Our Educators

    Learn more about Ohio's student and educator demographics on ODE's Website:

  • August 07, 2019 6:59 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    The Cleveland Browns Foundation, Ohio Department of Education and Proving Ground at Harvard University launched the Get 2 School, Stay in the Game! Network (Get 2 School Network), a statewide initiative designed to promote the importance of school attendance and put an end to chronic absenteeism.

    The network’s goal is to increase student attendance, particularly among specific groups of students such as African American, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged students, English learners and students with disabilities. The network believes student success begins with engaged learners who attend school each day.
    Everyone — educators, parents and families, community partners and even students — can do their parts to tackle student absenteeism. Tap into resources, take the attendance pledge and help us spread the word. Find these tools, including posters, yard signs, attendance trackers and more, at

  • August 07, 2019 9:09 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    All Career Technical Education professionals are invited to join incoming Ohio ACTE President Nancy Luce, Superintendent at Upper Valley Career Center, for a day of learning, inspiration, and leadership at the 2019 Fall Leadership & Empowerment Meeting.  

    On September 18, 2019, Superintendent Luce, staff and other CTE leaders will discuss their unique, successful partnerships. The day will include the following:

    • Business/Industry Panel
    • Education Panel
    • Tour of new Vet Science building and other CTE Programs
    • Lunch - Information on UVCC Job Board
    • Global Partnerships/Apprenticeships
    • Post-Secondary Panel

    Registration is $75 for Ohio ACTE members and $95 for nonmembers and FREE for Organizational (School) members.
    Click here to register today!
    Ohio ACTE Fall Leadership & Empowerment Meeting
    September 18, 2019
    9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Upper Valley Career Center
    Piqua, OH

  • July 22, 2019 11:36 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    On July 17, 2019, the Ohio General Assembly passed the state’s biennial operating budget bill, HB 166 (the “Budget”)—which Governor DeWine executed / approved the following morning.  Below is a summury of   budget provisions impacting career-technical education:  

    • Freezes funding over the biennium (FY 2020 & FY 2021) for all school districts (including JVSDs, community schools, STEM schools, and ESCs) at FY 2019 levels.
    • Suspends the current formula for all categories of school funding, including CTE weighted funds, transportation, and special education—all of which are outside the current “cap and guarantee.”  But includes the following new (or enhanced) streams of supplemental funding over the biennium:
    • $675 million of “wellness and success” funding for schools to serve at-risk students
    • $50 million directly (and as cost reimbursement) to schools whose students earn high school industry recognized credentials
    • $30 million to supplement training costs associated with adult short term certificate programs, and to establish additional short term programs
    • $43 million to Ohio Technical Centers ($10mm increase)
    • $20.5 million for adult education programs ($4.5mm increase)
    • Requires ODHE to establish a plan (by June 30, 2020) to allow students to receive CTAG / Articulated credit on a college transcript in a manner comparable to College Credit Plus (immediately upon course completion, regardless of enrollment in a post-secondary institution).
    • Includes revised graduation requirements, mandatory for the class of 2023 and optional for the classes of 2018-2022.
    - by Will Vorys, Dickinson Wright, LLC, Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel.

  • July 03, 2019 6:29 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    After several days of marathon negotiations, June 29-30, the House and Senate failed to reach consensus and pass a state operating budget bill by the statutory deadline (June 30). To avoid a shutdown, they instead passed legislation granting a 17-day operating extension that will temporarily fund the government, as both chambers continue deliberations.

    The differences in the various budget proposals relate to a broad array of provisions addressing taxes, health care and education/school funding—including the level of funding for wraparound services; whether to allocate additional funds for high-growth / high-performing traditional school districts and school choice voucher programs; and whether (and how) to address academic distress commissions and graduation requirements.

    We expect the legislature to take the next week off from negotiations and return the following week of July 8, with a vote/Governor signature on the budget by July 17. Once finalized, we will summarize all provisions relevant to career tech.

    We anticipate the budget when approved to include:

    1) A freeze in funding for all school districts (including community schools, STEM schools, and ESCs) at the FY 2019 levels, The House/Senate/Administration's proposed budget suspends the formula for all streams of funding, including CTE weighted funds, transportation, and special education—all of which are outside the current “cap/guarantee”. We continue to emphasize the need to maintain CTE weighted funding for JVSDs outside the proposed freeze.

    2) At least $550 million over the biennium of “wellness and success” funding for school districts to serve at-risk youth.

    3) 50mm over the biennium for school districts to subsidize the cost of High School Industry Recognized Credentials

    4) At least 22.5mm over the biennium for schools (including JVSDs/OTCs) to subsidize Adult Industry Recognized Credentials

    5) Increased funding for adult career technical education

    Articles of Interest:

  • July 02, 2019 11:40 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Gov. Mike DeWine welcomed new members of the the Governor’s Executive Workforce Board in June, including chairman Pat Tiberi, and Ohio ACTE's Executive Director Christine Gardner, who were appointed on June 10, 2019.

    In his remarks, Gov. DeWine said The national spotlight will soon focus on the Midwest, , and Ohio should be in the lead when that happens.

    Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, giving opening remarks, discussed how he sees the economy moving from a reliance on various types of resources to being knowledge-based. Strong relationships between educational institutions and businesses will benefit both, he said, as businesses grow when they have the talent they need and that creates more opportunities and better quality of life.

    DeWine said that children need more information about pathways to higher education and employment beyond traditional four-year colleges, saying that as leaders they need to show all the possibilities. Citing his personal experience, DeWine also noted that while they can make suggestions, the children will ultimately make their own decisions. The board also heard from several young people who have benefited from those alternate pathways and the Choose Ohio First scholarship.

    "It is incredibly exciting to heave a seat at the table on the Governor's Executive Workforce Board," said Ohio ACTE's Christine Gardner. "Ohio ACTE is in a position to tout the dedicated, hard work of our members, bring information and ideas from the Board to our members, and help further strengthen workforce development throughout our participation in the Board."

    DeWine further told reporters that the past eight years have seen creation of a good tax environment in Ohio, and that now is the time to invest in the state’s future and workers and address infrastructure challenges. That, along with workforce issues, are very important to companies coming to Ohio or expanding existing operations. He also said the differences between his proposed operating budget and the House and Senate versions are “not monumental.”

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