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  • January 31, 2013 8:53 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement ("NCA CASI") Board of Directors voted to withdraw NCA CASI's petition to the US Department of Education for continued recognition as an accrediting agency of postsecondary institutions.

    This action was taken January 29 by  the NCA CASI Board of Directors, along with the Board of its parent company, AdvancED.  

    According to a letter from NCA-CASI Vice President Carolyn Gasiorek to its accredited institutions, under federal law, institutions may maintain their eligibility to participate in Title IV and other relevant federal programs for up to 18 months while they obtain alternative accreditation from a new accrediting agency.  The letter references the US DoE Website accreditation glossary.

    Many Ohio Post-Secondary Career Technical Institutions have already begun the process of selecting and working with a new accreditor.

  • January 30, 2013 11:20 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

      Rep. Ron Amstutz received CTE’s Public Servant of the Year Award for 2013 at the 33rd Annual Career-Technical and Adult Education Seminar held in Columbus on Jan. 23-24.

    Rep. Amstutz was chosen by the Legislative Seminar Planning Committee in appreciation for his 30 years of service in the Ohio Legislature, for his support of CTE and his service as Chair of the House Finance Committee and his efforts to educate his committee members on all aspects of CTE. 

    Rep. AMstutz is pictured here with Harry Snyder (right), Adult Workforce Development Director, Great Oaks Career Campuses.

  • January 08, 2013 10:14 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Georgetown report also details five career and technical education pathways that lead to these jobs


    There are 29 million jobs that pay middle-class wages (between $35,000 and $75,000 annually). Nearly 40 percent pay more than $50,000 a year, according to the new study released jointly by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and Civic Enterprises.


    There are five pathways that provide career and technical training that lead to these jobs. Altogether, these Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways account for $524 billion of investment in postsecondary education and training each year.


    The study examines each of these five CTE pathways in major detail:

    • Associate’s degrees account for 800,000 awards each year. Half of associate’s degrees are related to career-oriented fields, such as nursing, business, and information technology.

    • Postsecondary certificates have eclipsed associate’s and master’s degrees as the second most common postsecondary award after the bachelor’s degreeundefinedabout 1 million are awarded each year.

    • Registered apprenticeships account for $6 billion in spending and reach roughly 400,000 Americans. Nine out of 10 apprentices are men and over half of apprenticeships are in construction.

    • Industry-based certifications such as Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA certifications are test-based postsecondary credentials awarded by employers and account for $25 billion of spending on human capital development.

    • Employer-based training represents the largest pathway at $454 billion of spendingundefined$313 in informal training and $141 billion in formal training.


    At a time when four out of five postsecondary students are working, these pathways provide students with good jobs that can pay the way to further education. The CTE system is the missing middle ground in American education and workforce preparation. Among students who graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2008, 28 percent started at a community college. Twenty-three percent of postsecondary certificate-holders go on to earn at least a two-year degree, the study finds.


    The study also finds that, in the postindustrial economy, CTE jobs have shifted from blue-collar jobs to white-collar office jobs and healthcare (one-third of CTE jobs are blue collar, half are white-collar office jobs and another 15 percent are in healthcare). Despite this fact, men still hold 18 out of the 29 million middle-class jobs. For both men and women, the best jobs are in sub-baccalaureate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and healthcare, where over 80 percent of jobs pay middle-class wages.


    “Compared to other advanced economies, the United States underinvests in sub-baccalaureate, career and technical education,” said Anthony P. Carnevale, the Center’s Director and the report’s lead author.


    While the U.S. ranks second internationally in the share of workers with a Bachelor’s degree, it ranks 16th in sub baccalaureate attainment. In addition, the U.S. hasn’t increased its sub-baccalaureate attainment since the Baby Boom generation.

    Career and Technical Education: Five Ways That Pay Along the Way to the B.A., comprises a full report and an executive summary.


    Both are available online at

  • December 26, 2012 8:29 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    This employer-driven program is designed to provide direct financial assistance to train workers and improve the economic competitiveness of Ohio’s employers. The voucher program is designed to offset a portion of the employer’s costs to upgrade the skills of its incumbent workforce and will provide reimbursement to eligible employers for specific training costs accrued during training. The program’s funding will be used in conjunction with private contribution to fund skill-upgrade training.  Eligible employers must demonstrate that by receiving funding assistance through the Voucher Program that their business will not only obtain a skilled workforce but will improve their company processes and competitiveness.


    To learn more about the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program, including program guidelines and instructions, visit Please note that the application instructions are very comprehensive in order to assist you with completing the application.  You will want to be familiar with this document prior to beginning an application and should refer to them during the application process.


    The online application will be available January 7, 2013 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at


    Please note that the program is first come, first served.  The caps on the program funding will be $500,000 per eligible company and/or $4,000 per eligible employee, with a reimbursement rate of up to 50%; all training must begin and be completed between February 4, 2013 and June 30, 2013.

    Below, find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.  For additional assistance, contact Shannon Vanderpool at (614) 644-8560 or or Barbara Miller at (614) 644-6107 or


    Answers to some frequently asked questions:

      • The launch date of the program is January 7, 2013, providing a five month window for training for this program year.  All training must begin and be completed between February 4, 2013 and June 30, 2013.

      • Only one application per employer will be accepted per program year.  If an employer has multiple sites, those sites must work together to submit the one application. The company’s NAICS code  ( will determine eligibility as to the ten targeted industries.

      • A corporate headquarter is defined as the entity at the top of a corporation that takes full responsibility for the overall success of the corporation and ensures Corporate Governance.  A corporate headquarters is considered a business’ most prestigious location. To be considered a corporate headquarter, the corporation will have at least one other office or business location.  Training will be for the corporate headquarter’s staff only.


  • December 18, 2012 11:58 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro announced he will retire from public service, with a tentative date of Feb. 1, 2013. Petro was appointed by Governor John Kasich in March 2011 and leads the University System of Ohio, one of the largest systems of public higher education in the nation.

    “I appreciate Jim's work to help our Administration bring valuable improvements to the way Ohioans prepare for careers after they leave high school,” said Gov. Kasich. “He’s helped change a system that needed changing and has been a committed advocate for Ohioans of all ages who want to learn, upgrade their skills and make their futures brighter. I’ll miss working with him, but wish him and Nancy well in this new chapter of their life together.”

    Read the complete press release from BoR.

  • December 04, 2012 1:32 PM | Anonymous

    Richard O’Sullivan of Change Management Solutions is the keynote speaker for the sixth annual Ohio Economic-Education Summit (Feb. 26-27, 2013) in downtown Columbus.  In his interactive presentation, Rick will provide the latest research on education-industry collaborative modeling and engage participants in conversation about narrowing the job skills gap. Breakout sessions for Summit VI will focus on issues, needs and solutions in industries as follows: Aerospace and Aviation, Agribusiness and Food Processing, Manufacturing, Automotive, BioHealth, Energy (wind/solar and oil/gas – two sessions), Financial Services, Information Technology and Services and Polymers and Chemicals. Registration, including for overnight lodging at the Sheraton Hotel, is open now.  For more information, including draft agendas for all breakout sessions, and to register, go to

  • November 13, 2012 9:22 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Task Force Offers 20 Student-Focused Recommendations for Increasing Degree Completion

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     Improving Ohio’s competitiveness in a global economy, creating greater economic opportunities for its citizens and increasing the percentage of Ohio adults with a degree or certificate were the primary goals that Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro had in mind when he convened a Complete College Ohio Task Force.


    The task force, which was divided into three working groups (Ready for College, No Time to Waste and Help Me Cross the Finish Line), was charged with developing a set of strategic recommendations for reaching the aforementioned goals. After several months of research and meetings, the task force has released its Complete College Ohio Report as part of today’s Complete College Ohio Conference at Columbus State Community College.


    “Student success was first and foremost in our minds when we convened this task force,” Petro said. “Our focus is to increase the number of Ohioans who complete college. To ensure a prosperous future, our students and our state need to see significant improvement in college completion.”


    The task force lists 20 recommendations in its report, directed to institutions of higher learning as well as policymakers. The recommendations are offered as a menu of options for consideration, customization and action.


    The recommendations detailed in the report are as follows:

    • Require institution-specific Campus Completion Plans.
    • Adopt a consistent, statewide definition of “college and career readiness.”
    • Adopt a consistent, comprehensive statewide definition of “college completion” and uniform statewide requirements for common college credentials.
    • Establish stronger collaboration and tighter alignment across the P-16 education continuum.
    • Establish a new system of high school assessments to improve preparation and readiness for college.
    • Intensify engagement of students and families prior to students’ enrollment in college.
    • Broaden awareness of connections between college completion and career opportunities.
    • Enhance financial literacy and planning for students and families.
    • Expand opportunities for earning college credits that count toward a degree or certificate before graduating from high school.
    •  Increase opportunities for adults to earn college credits for meaningful knowledge and skills documented through Prior Learning Assessments.
    • Adopt more holistic college placement assessments and policies.
    • Redesign and personalize remedial education course content and policies, especially for adults returning to school.
    • Develop comprehensive, mandatory orientation and first-year experiences, as well as robust support and interventions for all students.
    • Develop institutional systems that accelerate students’ connection to clear and concise degree pathways, track progress toward academic goals and intervene when help is needed.
    • Implement “intrusive” advising supported by robust academic support systems and services.
    •  Devise more flexible, innovative scheduling, registration and degree-granting policies and practices.
    • Strategically expand and enhance Ohio’s articulation and credit transfer programs.
    • Expand programs for rewarding and leveraging meaningful “packages” of academic program work that have been completed, or nearly completed, but not formally credentialed.
    • Expand and diversify financial opportunities and incentives for achieving critical benchmarks and timely completion.
    • Mount a comprehensive statewide communications strategy about college completion.

    The task force concludes the Complete College Ohio Report by suggesting next steps in the completion process and asking the Board of Regents to work with campus and state policy leaders to bring the recommendations to fruition.


    For more information on the Complete College Ohio initiative and report, log on to
  • October 10, 2012 9:53 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Mark Kvamme will leave JobsOhio on Nov. 1.  Kvamme, a JobsOhio board member and the entity’s interim chief investment officer, will resign from both positions. He will be succeeded as president and CIO by John Minor, currently a managing director.  JobsOhio is the privatized economic-development agency Kvamme  helped create with Gov. John Kasich.

    Read more in the Columbus Dispatch.

  • September 05, 2012 10:27 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE hopes your school year has started off well and thanks each and every career-technical and adult educator for the role you play in helping students meet their full potential.   Real work, hands-on learning and the positive impact CTE makes in the lives of students and Ohio’s economy is the message Ohio ACTE shares with the public, regulators and our lawmakers. 

    Collectively, career-technical educators serve 23% of Ohio’s 550,000 high school students.  Of those, 13% are enrolled in advanced courses, and 18% have a disability.*

    Did you know that Ohio high school Workforce Development (WFD)  graduation rate is 98%, and  WFD students exceeded state performance targets in academic areas, with 93% achieving proficiency in reading, language arts and 92% in math?* 

    Please keep up the good work and know that Ohio ACTE is working to insure adequate funding and recognition of CTE so that you can focus on what is important – your students.

    On behalf of the Officers and Leadership of Ohio ACTE, thank you for all you do!

    Christine Gardner,  Ohio ACTE Executive Director

    *ODE Career-Technical Education Fact Sheet, created January 2012. See the complete Fact Sheet.

  • August 07, 2012 9:51 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction, Stan Heffner submitted his resignation Saturday, Aug. 4 to the State Board of Education, according to an article in the Columbus Dispatch.The State Board of Education is planning an ad hoc meeting on Aug. 20. He’ll be replaced on an interim basis by deputy Superintendent Michael Sawyers, according to the Dispatch.  His resignation is effective Friday, Aug. 10

    “Supt. Heffner was very supportive of career-technical education,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.  “Ohio ACTE leadership and members will have to work hard to make sure his replacement is aware of all the options available and everything we do for our students through career-technical education,”  she said.

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