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  • May 06, 2021 5:45 PM | Anonymous

    In-demand Jobs Week was May 3-7,2021, and it was a way to celebrate jobs, industries and skills that are in-demand in Ohio. To kick off this statewide celebration, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted issued this video message for students. Educators can use the video in their classrooms to spark conversations about career exploration all year round.

    In addition to the video, the Ohio Department of Education offers a toolkit to help all classrooms, from kindergarten to high school, learn more about in-demand jobs. 

    On Wednesday, May 5, Lt. Gov. Husted visited the Career and Technical Centers of Licking County (C-TEC). “There are so many different ways that students can go to right out of high school, get career credentials, earn college credits and go to work at great careers,” said Lt. Gov. Husted during his visit.

    NBC 4  Columbus reported on his visit, highlighting the need for career centers as a way to introduce students to different career choices. According to the news story, there are more than 92,000 skilled jobs currently available in Ohio offering more than $50,000 a year. Because of economic downturn during the COVID-19 pandemic, filling these vacancies has become a priority.

    “This is all part of making sure Ohio’s economy recovers, that it’s an inclusive recovery where everyone can participate and that we are roaring back,” Husted said. 

  • May 06, 2021 2:44 PM | Anonymous

    Ana Gehner, a senior in the Financial Services Honors Program at  Butler Tech/Northwest High School, has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholar Semi-finalist, the first Ohio Career-Tech student to make this distinguished list!

    The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

    For the Career and Technical Education component of the program, students are selected based on their accomplishments in career and technical education fields, and are nominated through their Chief State School Officer (CSSO). Each CSSO can nominate up to five candidates who meet the U.S. Presidential Scholars candidacy requirements. 

    Ana is actively involved in Business Professionals of America and currently serves as President of the Ohio Association and Vice President of her local chapter. She has been a State qualifier three times, has served as a State Officer twice, and earned her Ambassador Torch Award last spring. She has also been a State and National qualifier in DECA competitions. In addition, Ana serves in a leadership role with her school’s credit union, plays on her school’s volleyball team, and is a member of Class Officers, National Honor Society, and Academic Quiz Team.

    Ana is one of 18 semi-finalists from Ohio; five students from Ohio's Career-Tech schools were nominated. To be nominated for the program is a high accomplishment, and we are proud of all five students. You can read more about Ana and the other Presidential Scholar Nominees here:

  • May 04, 2021 3:48 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education and WebXam announced that the WebXam Testing Calendar has been revised for the 2020-2021 school year. Several deadlines have been extended to provide flexibility for districts. The following additional windows have been extended:

    • Rosters may be uploaded at any time through the end of the school year
    • Post-testing window has been extended to June 11, 2021
    • End-Of-Year Reporting has been moved to Jun 18, 2021
    • Course Grade Upload Window for 2020-2021 grades for juniors and seniors opened on May 3, 2021 and close on June 11, 2021
    Click here for more WebXam information.

  • April 26, 2021 10:54 AM | Anonymous

    We are working hard at Ohio ACTE to bring you a conference that will be innovative, impactful, engaging, but most of all, safe for all. We will follow the Ohio Department of Health recommendations for gatherings in place during the 2021 Innovation and Impact Conference July 26-28.

    Our plans currently include:

    • Limiting conference attendance
    • Following social distancing and mask/facial covering guidelines effective during the conference dates
    • Limiting movement from room to room for attendees by having similar content delivered in longer “blocks” – see the schedule here:
    • Decreasing the number of business partner displays in a larger space to allow for social distancing
    • Working with the Hilton Columbus at Easton, our host, to increase sanitation protocols
    • Complying with all state health mandates at the time of the conference

    Creating a safe conference experience remains the number one priority of the Ohio ACTE Leadership and Conference Planning Committee. Register Now Here.

    Please contact Christine Gardner, Executive Director with any questions or concerns.

  • April 22, 2021 10:28 AM | Anonymous

    A new initiative from the Governor's Office is working to keep Ohio's talented workforce in our state, and career centers are at the forefront of this initiative.

    On April 19, the Governor's Office announced their newest initiative, The High School Tech Internship Pilot Program, with the goal of connecting Ohio’s high school students with technology roles and technology businesses in Ohio.

    100 students will be placed through the internship program in roles focused on software, data, cloud and IT infrastructure, and cybersecurity. The students will be paid, and business' are directed to contact them for participation and the state will reimburse companies for employing the students. The following schools are participating as pilot sites:

    Region  Pilot Site 
    Central    Educational Service Center of Central Ohio   
    Central  Tolles Career & Technical Center  
    Northeast    Auburn Vocational School District   
    Northeast    Columbiana County School’s Business Advisory Council  
    Northwest    Vanguard Sentinel Career-Technical Planning District 
    Northwest    Washington Local Schools 
    Southeast    Building Bridges to Careers Network   
    Southeast    Lawrence County Educational Service Center Business Advisory Council with Collins Career Technical Center  
    Southwest  Cincinnati Public Schools
    Southwest    Grant Career Center IT Business & Industry Advisory Council  
    West    Greene County Career Center
    West    Miami Valley Career Technology Center

    “Ohio has high school students who have demonstrated competency in these tech areas at the same level as many people already in the workforce," Lt. Governor Husted said about the need for such a program. “We know students stay in Ohio if they are connected to businesses at an earlier age, and that’s exactly what this pilot is doing. The solution to your workforce shortage may be right under your nose at your local high school.”

    More details on the page. 

  • April 16, 2021 12:10 PM | Anonymous

    On April 15th, The Ohio Department of Education published a new resource entitled Graduation Pathways: New for 2020-2021 School Year on its Reset and Restart webpage. 

    This resource was designed to help inform school and district decisions regarding temporary graduation requirement flexibilities provided in light of the ongoing pandemic by way of recently enacted legislation. Specifically, this legislation developed two new pathways to graduation for eligible students:

    1. Path One: Curriculum-only pathway 
    2. Path Two: Curriculum requirements and OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal 

    If you have any questions about this new information, please email the graduation team at

  • April 16, 2021 12:08 PM | Anonymous

    Course Grade Reporting "window", which will open May 3 and close June 11. 

    You can find the calendarat You must scroll down to see the new dates.

  • April 14, 2021 6:38 AM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Department of Education published a Graduation Flexibility Course Grade Substitution 2020-2021 resource on its Reset and Restart webpage. 

    The Department has developed information to outline the course grade substitution allowed in recently passed legislation for 11th and 12th graders during the 2020-2021 school year. These changes were enacted in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on education over the past year.

    If you have any questions about this new information, please email the graduation team at

  • April 13, 2021 9:18 AM | Anonymous

    We are excited and honored to recognize the 2021 Ohio ACTE Educator Award winners!

    Administrator of the Year: Roger Wright, Four Cities Compact

    Ambassador Award: Missy (Melissa) Robbins, Great Oaks Career Campuses

    Outstanding Educators in Community Service: Tea McCaulla & Donna Patrick, Pickaway-Ross CTC

    Outstanding New CTE Teacher: Gregg Severt, Ohio Hi Point Career Center

    Outstanding School Board Member: Bill Ferguson, Great Oaks Career Campuses

    Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year: Jeff DeLong, Washington County Career Center - Adult Technical Training

    Teacher of the Year: Vince Ragnoni, EHOVE Career Center

    Current plans include recognizing both this year's winners and the 2020 award winners at the Impact and Innovation Annual Conference on July 26. Details will be forthcoming.

    You can read more about the winners here:

    Join Ohio ACTE in congratulating all of our winners and celebrating their contributions to the career-tech community! 

  • April 07, 2021 12:51 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio Department of Health recently issued COVID-19 Guidance: Graduation Ceremonies 2021 and COVID-19 Guidance: Prom 2021 to assist schools in planning events and ceremonies. Schools are encouraged to continue working closely with their local departments of health to devise plans that ensure the safety and health of students, staff and attendees.

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