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  • October 24, 2019 11:52 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) announced Oct. 21 the expansion of the Ohio Transition Support Partnership (OTSP) which supports students with disabilities by helping them gain the skills needed for future careers.

    The expansion was included in the biennial budget and provides approximately 270 additional students with disabilities in Cuyahoga, Franklin, and Hamilton counties with individualized transition services over the next year. The partnership will target an additional 360 students with disabilities statewide in the 2020-2021 school year.

    “Career planning helps students identify where they want to go and how to get there,” said Gov. Mike DeWine in a statement. “Expanding the Ohio Transition Support Partnership helps more students with disabilities get a great start to successful career paths.”

    "The best way to remove barriers and support individuals with disabilities in viable careers is to offer a pathway to employment as they transition from middle and high school," said OOD Director Kevin Miller.

    “Once they land a job and succeed in the workforce, quality of life improves for people with disabilities, as they gain confidence, become financially independent, and enjoy contributing to their communities.”

    With the expansion, OTSP is expected to serve more than 4,000 students with disabilities statewide this school year. Vocational rehabilitation counselors with OTSP assist students with disabilities with career exploration and counseling, work-based learning experiences, counseling on post-secondary education, paid work experiences, and job coaching.

    “Supporting the diverse needs of students with disabilities is a necessary and important step to addressing equity,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria. “When students have the opportunity to gain work experience, it enriches their overall educational experience.”

  • October 22, 2019 9:17 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Center on Education and Training for Employment is one of the 200+ academic centers and institutes at The Ohio State University, where research, policy-making, knowledge creation, and engagement happen daily across many disciplines.

    We are now exploring an exciting and growing endeavor: online learning.
    We have combined the resources and body of translational research with online innovation to help career-technical and adult education professionals upskill at pace set by you.

    Our Competency-based Education online learning modules take you through the process of designing competency-based education for your organization. Experience practical exercises, work samples, assessments, and competency profiles to help you organize your content into a curriculum. Gain access to assessments to help you evaluate and improve the learning outcomes and effectiveness of your curriculum.
    Take a step forward in your career technical and adult education career and register for one of our online learning modules today.

    The Complete Series Package-Competency-based Education

    Principles of Competency-based Education

    Identifying Competencies for Competency-based Education

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    Building Quality Curriculum for Competency-based Education

    Assessing Competency-based Education

  • October 21, 2019 1:41 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Do you have an innovative or new program that you have recently launched at your school?  Do you have a new way of handling classroom routines that has been effective?  Is there new technology that has made you more productive?  If so, please consider sharing your knowledge and expertise at the 2020 Ohio ACTE Connections to Education Conference, July 27-29 the Hilton Easton, Columbus.

    Click here for the Call for Presentations and more information on being a presenter.

  • October 21, 2019 10:45 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio’s operating budget for FY 2020-2021 (HB 166) includes $25M appropriated annually to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to subsidize and expand Industry-recognized credential programs for High School students. While the DeWine Administration is still formulating guidance and parameters for the program, ODE staff provided the following information in response to questions from career-tech educators:

    1. What is the effective date of the requirements that districts must pay for the credentials?
      • The new state budget expands the previously standing law that districts must pay for credentials to be earned. New requirements expand the students eligible to all students, from the prior requirement for economically disadvantaged students. The amount allocated for reimbursement also expanded from $750,000 to $8,000,000. Any credential that a student is testing for beginning this school year should be paid for by the school district.
    2. Does a district collect funding for more than one credential per student? For example, those “clustered” credentials that individually are not 12 points, but together equal 12 points?
      • There are individual reimbursement amounts for each credential, regardless of point value. Therefore, if a student is earning any credential, and this credential is reported to the Ohio Department of Education as earned by that student, that will trigger reimbursement at the amount assigned to that credential. In the event that this credential is also on the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program list, that would also trigger a payment of $1,250, not to exceed one payment per student who is earning credentials from the list.
    3. Does a district get reimbursed for a student who takes the credential test but does not pass? Are we required to pay for additional attempts? Will the district be reimbursed for additional attempts?
      • Reimbursement is for credentials earned. Therefore, if students take a credential exam and do not pass, this would not be reimbursed but districts are expected to pay for students to earn that credential. Reimbursement will flow once the student has earned the credential, but not for more than the “attempt” in which the student earns the credential.
    4. Are districts required to pay for any credential a student wants to pursue?
      • Students should be pursuing credentials that align with their desired career pathway and the skills that they possess or are developing. Career counseling processes should help students understand what credentials are right for them, and which options they should be pursuing.
    1. How many tests for each student are we required to pay for?
      • Districts should pay for any credential tests students are taking. If they are earning multiple credentials, and the district is reporting those credentials as earned, the district will be reimbursed for the cost of earning that credential.
    1. If the student does not want to take the IRC test, does the district still have to pay and make them take it?
      • No, if a student does not have an interest in the test, there is no requirement for them to earn the credential at the state level.
  • October 14, 2019 10:01 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    From Dec. 6, 2019, until 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 6, 2020, members of the National Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) will elect officers for the following board of directors positions:

    Two Ohioans are on the ballot: Jon Quatman, for President Elect and Kristina Ropos for Post-Secondary Adult Career Technical Education Vice President.

    Click here for more information about the candidates and voting in the National ACTE Election.

    Please note: to vote you must be a member of ACTE and the Division by November 6.

  • October 14, 2019 9:55 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, is holding public hearings on Ohio’s four-year (Fiscal Years 2020-2023) career and technical education plan, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). This law reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, known as Perkins IV. Perkins V makes key changes to implementing career-technical education programs and administrative processes.

    Ohio Department of Education staff will present a draft of Ohio’s plan and take comments during the two public comment hearings:

    • Wednesday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m., Pike County Career Technology Center, 175 Beaver Creek Rd. Piketon; and
    • Wednesday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m., Sandusky High School/Career Center, 2130 Hayes Ave., Sandusky.

    We encourage you to share this public meeting announcement about this important plan with other stakeholders, including administrators, educators, employers, business leaders, students, families and community members.

    For answers to general questions about the public hearings, contact Rhedeshia Young-Willingham or call (614) 387-6001.

  • October 07, 2019 3:44 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    FY18 Self-Assessment Deadline Extended

    If you have not completed your FY18 Self-Assessment for 1st or 2nd year non-compliant pathways, the deadline has been extended to November 1, 2019.  If you have surveys due, they will be populated in the CTE-26 system and will be titled FY 018 Quality Program Standards Summative Self Review. The FY18 Career-Technical Education Program Review Technical Manual contains step-by-step instructions for completing the self-assessment. Please contact your assigned Program Specialist or Patti Guseman at with any questions.

    Teacher Licensure Override Requests

    The 2019-2020 CTE Teacher Licensure Override request process is open until April 24, 2020. Updated guidance and template documents are available at the link below. Please contact Kelsey Stephens at with any questions.

    New Skills for Youth/Perkins V Survey

    The Ohio Department of Education is seeking feedback to help improve career-focused programming and assistance provided by the Department to implementers of these educational experiences. The feedback gathered from this survey will be used to inform Ohio’s federally-required Perkins V plan development and to gauge the influence of the New Skills for Youth grant work. 

    The Department hopes to gather feedback from a broad range of Ohio stakeholders including educators, parents and caregivers, students, businesses, and community organizations. The following survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please contact Cassie Palsgrove at

    Help us ensure each child is challenged, prepared and empowered by completing our short Perkins V and New Skills for Youth Survey:



  • October 01, 2019 11:25 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Each year, Ohio ACTE recognizes and honors outstanding educators and others who support career technical education. Ohio ACTE is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Educator Awards.  Do you know an individual who deserves recognition? Complete the nomination form and get more information - click here

    Ohio ACTE Educator Awards include: 

    Ambassador Award

    Teacher of the Year Award*

    Post Secondary Teacher of the Year Award*

    Administrator of the Year Award*

    Outstanding New Career & Technical Teacher*

    Outstanding Educator in Community Service*

    Career Guidance Award*

    Image Award (non-educators eligible)

    Outstanding School Board Member Award (non-educators eligible)

    *Ohio ACTE Award recipients in these categories are eligible to win Region 1 and National ACTE recognition.

  • September 27, 2019 9:08 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Lt. Governor Jon Husted today announced the launch of TechCred, a program that connects businesses with the talent they need and gives employees the ability to earn industry-recognized, technology-focused credentials, better preparing them for a job in today’s advanced, technology-infused economy.

    “Employers are looking for workers who are prepared with the most up-to-date credentials,” said Governor Mike DeWine.  “TechCred will better link businesses with the talent they need, and help workers with the skills they need to advance their careers.”

    “No matter your industry, technology is having an impact on your business and the nature of your work,” Lt. Governor Jon Husted said. “TechCred links businesses with the talent they need and provides a path for employees to advance their career. It is a win-win for Ohio.”

    Through TechCred,  businesses can identify the specific qualifications they need and employees they want to upskill toward a more advanced position. In partnership with a training provider, the employer can apply online at TechCred.Ohio.Gov. The state will reimburse up to $2,000 of training upon completion of a credential.

    “The credentials will add to the value an employee can contribute to the workplace,” said Lydia Mihalik, Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “This should lead to increased job security and higher wages.”

    Ohio companies interested in investing in their current or prospective employees by connecting them with technology-focused credentials can apply.

    “Our new TechCred program is a critical part of the strongest workforce preparation budget effort in Ohio history,” Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner said. “Retraining and upskilling our workforce will make our businesses more competitive and our employees more prepared for the technology-based changing economy.” 

    An initial list of eligible credentials is provided, but employers can request a credential be added to the eligibility list by submitting an application for TechCred to be reviewed by a panel of stakeholders.

    The online application opens October 1, 2019. TechCred is a competitive, merit-based program.

    TechCred fulfills a commitment made by Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted to fund the completion of 10,000 microdegrees each year in order to aid in closing the skills gap for growing technology jobs.

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