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Member Achievements

Ohio ACTE is proud to recognize our members achievements!  You can send your contributions to, or feel free to add a post with the "Add post" button. If you do not see "Add post" you will need to login. This page is to celebrate awards, recognitions, and any other exciting news from our career-tech community. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at

  • March 18, 2022 2:45 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Audrey Gutman (Upper Valley), Erika Konowalow & Britany Greenwalt (Pickaway-Ross), and Heather Lessiter (Wayne County) for earning this year’s OACTE PR Division Distinguished Service Award. This is the team that created our CTE Month campaign – our first collaborative and coordinated effort to increase our communications impact!

  • February 22, 2022 4:22 PM | Deleted user

    Please join us in honoring Matthew J. Ferrell as one of the 125 recognized individuals who are truly committed to authenticity, continued education, and boundless determination to make a difference in the world around them.

    Many people can attest to the life-altering power of influential figures...those we know and trust to aid us in being the best possible versions of ourselves. Being an influential leader takes grit. It takes courage. It takes humility and profound introspection.

    The SUCCESS 125 represents some of the most powerful voices today. Read their bios and discover their paths to success. They could very well be the voice you need to hear to make that next big leap in your personal or professional journey.

    The final list for #Success125 reveals the most inspiring leaders in business and personal development to watch in 2022. In this group, you’ll meet 125 entrepreneurs and thought leaders who get results.

    Matthew Ferrell is a Media Arts Co-instructor at Massillon Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio.  Congratulations Matthew on this wonderful achievement!

    Read more about Matthew and the other Success 125 winners here:

  • October 24, 2021 7:57 AM | Anonymous

    On Thursday, October 21, Upper Valley Career Center administrators, staff, and local business partners surprised Jeff Bertke and his students with the news that he was one of three recipients of a $100,000 prize from Harbor Freight Tools for Schools!

    The award recognizes teaching excellence, and the money will be used for the UVCC electrical trades program. More than 700 applications for the program were received from 49 states, Harbor Freight said.

    “I come to school every day with a smile on my face because I love what I do,” Bertke said after being surprised with the award. “We do amazing things and let’s keep shining that spotlight on us.” 

    Miami Valley Today reported on the story, which can be read here.

    Jeff is the President of the Ohio ACTE Trade and Industrial Division, involved in SkillsUSA and has won numerous awards throughout his teaching career, including being named the Ohio ACTE 2018 Outstanding Teacher in Community Service. He graduated from the UVCC electrical trades program in 1999 and started teaching in 2010.

    Congratulations Jeff and the entire UVCC community!

  • May 17, 2021 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia, Ohio, will be presented with the Compass Award on Tuesday, May 18 by Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague.

    Established last year by Treasurer Sprague, the Compass Award program aims to shine a light on organizations, programs, and individuals across Ohio who are working to advance financial literacy and empowerment.

    Through partnerships with local employers and higher education institutions, Buckeye Career Center exposes students to a variety of career paths that are available in their community. As part of building a well-rounded skill set, Buckeye Career Center prioritizes financial readiness education so students are equipped to understand and effectively navigate the decisions they will make in adulthood.

    Congratulations to Buckeye Career Center!

  • May 02, 2021 11:08 AM | Anonymous

    We're excited to share the news that the Career Tech Workforce Education Program has won the Bowling Green State University Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Award his year.  The award specifically was given based on their work with new State of Ohio Career Tech teachers hired to teach in career tech programs.  

    As a program, they received $2,000 to continue their work with mentoring and advising Career Tech teachers enrolled in BGSU coursework. You can read more about the program and the full story on the BGSU website.

  • May 02, 2021 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    Construction Technology Students at Buckeye Career Center are using their skills and expertise to give back to their community. They were featured in TimesReporter for their work creating boxes that hold the flags covering veterans' caskets at funerals.

    The boxes are given to the veterans' families free of charge. Read the full story on the TimesReporter website.

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