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  • February 13, 2013 8:57 AM | Anonymous

    For more information on the proposed budget and education funding, including School Funding Spreadsheets for Primary and Secondary Education Preliminary Estimates - FY 2014, visit the  Ohio ACTE Legislative Information page. 

  • February 12, 2013 3:15 PM | Anonymous

    The Budget Bill, HB 59, was introduced Feb. 12 by Rep. Ron Amstutz, Chair of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee. View the Legislation at this link:

    Rep. Amstutz released the following statement:

    “The budget proposal that we received today exemplifies Governor Kasich’s bold vision to continue Ohio’s progress toward a more competitive, attractive economy. I am very appreciative of Governor Kasich and his budget team for their hard work on this proposal with tremendous effort from the Legislative Service Commission. This is an earlier-than-usual delivery.”

    “We are eager to start hearings on the budget proposal and look forward to discussions that are thoughtful and open for public input. We will work closely with the governor, the Ohio Senate and the many affected Ohioans to ensure that this budget addresses the issues aimed at improving the quality of life in our state.”

    Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel, Terrence O'Donnell is reviewing the changes and areas that impact career-technical education with CTE leadership in order to be ready with testimony regarding CTE.

  • February 05, 2013 10:25 AM | Anonymous

    Governor John Kasich released the State of Ohio Budget on Feb. 4.

    On initial review, adult career centers are flat funded, despite efforts by Ohio ACTE, OACTS and many adult educators to provide more funding for job skills training for Ohioans.

    “It’s disappointing, but we still have an opportunity to educate legislators regarding the importance of what adult career centers do to help get Ohioan’s back to work,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.

    In terms of secondary CTE funding, the 777 page budget is under review, according to Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel, Terrence O’Donnell of Bricker & Eckler. 

    “While we heard the Governor’s overall education plan last week and the Achievement Everywhere plan, we will review the details of how this plan will impact CTE,” O’Donnell said.  Based on prelimninary information, we are encouraged about funding for CTE, but are actively seeking more information, he said.

    Titled Ohio’s Jobs Budget 2.0, budget initiatives include:

    • Ohio Achievement Everywhere – Education  Plan
    • Medicaid 2.0
    • Cutting Taxes through Reforms
    • Transforming Higher Education
    • Ohio Jobs and Transportation Plan
    • Continuing Review and Reform of State Government

    More budget information is available at the Ohio Office of Budget and Management Website.

    Ohio ACTE will continue to monitor information regarding the budget and career-technical and adult education.


  • February 01, 2013 3:03 PM | Anonymous

    Achievement Everywhere, which is part of Gov. John Kasich’s FY2014-15 budget proposal, helps provide all schools with the resources they need so their students can succeedundefinedregardless of where they live.  The plan provides $1.2 billion in total new funds over the biennium for primary and secondary education.

    In Gov. Kasich's address on Jan. 31, he said "We believe Vocational Education is critical...we want career-techs to drive the education in those career-tech schools to the jobs we know exist in our state."

    The Governor also said that we want to make sure each student who graduates from a CTE program has the capability to "pivot" to higher education.

    View the Governor’s Office briefing and access more information on the plan on the Governor’s Web site. 

    Other highlights of the plan include:

    • A funding formula that provides schools with the resources to help children achieve, regardless of where they live;
    • Policies that focus on putting dollars in the classroom where educators can help students succeed and work with their parents to make decisions on how best to respond to their unique learning traits;
    • Special funds to help schools transition from unsuccessful models to new strategies that work, and;
    • Relief for educators from rules and regulations that hold them back so they can have more flexibility to meet students’ needs.

    Career Technical Educators who attended the briefing with the Governor and his team on January 31 in Columbus came away encouraged but eager for more information.  Ohio ACTE leadership will continue to monitor the Governor’s budget plan to determine the impact on CTE as more specific information is revealed.

  • February 01, 2013 2:49 PM | Anonymous

    Both Agencies Working to Increase Collaboration, Reach Shared Goals

    Preparing Ohio’s high-school students for college and career is one of the shared goals of the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). The two agencies are working more closely than ever before to ensure a seamless transition for students from high school to post-secondary learning.

    The Ohio Board of Regents successfully moved from its Rhodes Tower office to the Ohio Department of Education building on Front Street at the end of December and has completed the first month in its new location. OBR staff members share two floors – the 2nd and the 7th – with ODE staff members, and all had an informal “mixer” on Jan. 18 to get to know each other in an effort to foster future collaboration efforts.

    The OBR and ODE share responsibilities that include dual-enrollment and Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), teacher preparation programs, student teaching, federal and other grant funding, and many other functions.

    Read more on theOBoR Web site.

  • January 31, 2013 8:53 AM | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

      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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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.

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