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  • March 31, 2021 1:21 PM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Department of Education Office of Career-Technical Education sent the following information to superintendents:

    In response to House Bill 67, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Department of Education are providing guidance for Career-Technical Assurance Guide (CTAG) credit for junior and senior students who have the ability to use the course grade if advantageous for the student after taking the end of course assessment or if access to the course assessment is not available. The guides are available to download at the end of this article.

    The Ohio Department of Higher Education, working closely with their partners at the Ohio Department of Education and other stakeholders, developed this guidance to ensure that secondary career technical education junior and senior students remain eligible for the CTAG credit.

    The guidance is consistent with the philosophy that, as much as possible, students should be held harmless when their studies have been disrupted by the unprecedented actions taken to ensure the safety of Ohioans during the COVID-19 crisis. Additional information will be forthcoming regarding how this policy will fit into the Career-Technical Articulation Verification (CTAV) process. If you have additional questions or suggestions as together we strive to serve the students of Ohio, please contact:

    Dr. Paula Compton, Associate Vice Chancellor, Ohio Department of Higher Education,

    Leah Amstutz, Director of Career-Technical Education, Ohio Department of Education,

    WebXam Alternative Memo (3.30.2021).pdf

    WebXam Alternative One Pager (3.30.2021).pdf

  • March 17, 2021 4:22 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) spoke on the Senate Floor highlighting his bipartisan Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, legislation he is introducing this week with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) to help continue supporting the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by improving skills training and addressing the shortage of skilled workers to fill the new jobs available today.

    As co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, Portman has led efforts in the Senate to strengthen technical training programs and help Ohioans find meaningful employment. The JOBS Act will close the “skills gap” by expanding eligibility for Pell Grants to cover high-quality and rigorous short-term job training programs so workers can afford the skills training and credentials that are in high-demand in today’s job market. 

    A transcript of his remarks is below and a video can be found here:

  • March 17, 2021 3:58 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    On March 17, 2021, the Ohio Senate passed an amended version of HB 67—which allows juniors and seniors to use course grades in place of test scores for the 2020-2021 (current) school year in order to meet graduation requirements.  The Ohio House concurred with the Senate’s amendments on the same day, and the bill (which includes an emergency clause allowing it to become effective immediately) and Gov. DeWine signed HB 67 on March 20.  Click here to view the legislation and all relevant legislative service commission summaries:

    Passed in response to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, HB 67 also permits schools to grant a high school diploma to students who had been on track to graduate prior to the Pandemic, if the principal determines the student has successfully completed the high school curriculum or individualized education program.  In addition, it extends state testing windows for an extra week this upcoming spring, requires the state to seek the federally offered waiver of certain accountability standards for 2020-2021, and allows students to qualify for graduation by earning the OhioMeansJobs Readiness seal and completing the minimum course requirements. 

    HB 67 applies to the WebXam assessment and like last school year, career-tech students (juniors and seniors) will be permitted to use their final course grade in lieu of WebXam scores as necessary.  However, schools still need to administer the WebXam assessment for career-tech students, given the lack of a Federal waiver for end of course testing.

    - by Will Vorys, Attorney, Dickinson Wright, Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel

  • March 17, 2021 3:13 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, today announced the results of the January round of TechCred, which will provide the opportunity for Ohioans to earn nearly 5,000 technology-focused credentials.

    The most recent TechCred application period closed at the end of January. Today, 384 Ohio employers were approved for funding, resulting in Ohio employees earning up to 4,736 technology-focused credentials. The January round was record-setting, as almost 100 more employers were approved, in addition to more credentials being approved, than the previously most successful round.

    With the approvals announced today, a total of 1,168 Ohio employers have been approved for funding, supporting the earning of 19,841 tech-focused credentials by Ohio employees.

    Starting with the April round, the following updates have been implemented to further streamline the program:

    • The length of the grant will be reduced from 18 months to 12 months from the award date.
    • Training programs must start on or after the date of the award, not before, and must be completed in less than 12 months.
    • Training providers are no longer eligible to receive reimbursement for employees trained in-house. If a training provider wishes to utilize TechCred to upskill their employees, they must use an external training provider.

    The next TechCred application period opens Thursday, April 1st and closes April 30th at 3:00 p.m. Businesses with employees who have completed their TechCred training should submit proof of credential completion to receive reimbursement at

    You can learn more about the program at       

  • March 17, 2021 11:15 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Lt. Gov. Jon Husted recently interviewed Miami Valley Career Tech Student Bethany Weldy to promote the head start students can get through career-technical education.  His opinion-editorial also appeared in the Columbus Dispatch, encouraging students to take advantage of options to help them in their chosen career path.

    By Lt. Governor Jon Husted

    Americans owe an estimated $1.57 trillion in student loan debt. Some want the debt “forgiven,” and some want college to be “free.” Like most important topics in today’s society, it can quickly turn into a polarizing discussion.

    Politics aside, there are affordable solutions out there for students and families if you know how to navigate the system. It’s my goal to help you figure out how to reach your destination.

    If you take advantage of the opportunities available right now in Ohio, you can receive a college degree, an industry-recognized credential and a pathway to a rewarding career, all debt-free, no matter your age or background.

    Earn college credit while in high school

    Ohio’s College Credit Plus helps high school students earn college and high school credits at the same time. Students can complete college courses through Ohio colleges and universities for free. As of the 2019-20 academic year, College Credit Plus students have earned 969 certificates and 2,666 associate’s degrees. Learn more on the College Credit Plus webpage. 

    Career-ready before graduating high school

    Ohio has been and will continue to be a champion in career and technical education and training. Our administration’s proposed budget supports the opportunity for students to earn 70,000 industry-recognized credentials each year. Students can start early on their career pathway by earning these credentials for free before even graduating high school. These in-demand credentials can help students qualify for graduation and earn more in their future careers. Every school district in Ohio is part of a career-technical planning district and can offer courses for credentials.

    Students can also transfer many career-tech and credential courses into college credit at Ohio’s public colleges and universities — allowing them to start with credits already under their belts.

    Easily turn a two-year degree into a bachelor's degree

    You can also begin a low or no-cost path to a bachelor’s degree by starting at a community college. During the 2020-21 school year, tuition at an Ohio community college was around $5,000, which is below the maximum Federal Pell Grant. This means that learners who complete the FAFSA could qualify for a full Pell Grant and attend a public community college for free. 

    Ohio is one of the best states in the nation for helping you turn your previously earned credits and job experience into a degree. If you’ve completed coursework at another school or gained experience another way, chances are an Ohio college or university will recognize that in the form of transfer credits. Learn more about the Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathway at 

    Turn your experience into a degree

    Ohio has several programs to help you turn your previous experience into a degree. Through Ohio’s “One-Year Option,” students who’ve earned an industry-recognized credential through an Ohio Technical Center can receive up to 30 technical credit hours toward an associate’s degree.

    The Prior Learning Assessment program awards college credit for experiences gained outside the classroom.

    Veterans are able to transfer their military experience into college credit.

    Ohio’s Apprenticeship Pathways initiative turns apprenticeship experience into academic credit. This creates a pathway to an associate’s degree through one of Ohio’s community colleges at minimal cost — and you can even earn while you learn. 

    Earn credentials or a degree while you work

    More than half of employers offer tuition assistance for employees pursuing degrees, but fewer than 10% of the employees actually use the benefit annually. Tuition reimbursement and pre-imbursement help Ohioans earn a degree at no cost. Check with your human resources department to learn whether your employer offers tuition assistance.

    And if you’re looking to upskill, TechCred and the Individual Microcredential Assistance Programs help Ohioans earn industry-recognized credentials at no cost to them.

    Today in Ohio, there are pathways to receive a degree or a credential at little or no cost. The pathways are also flexible so you can work, earn, and learn at the same time by taking classes on campus, online, or often at your work site. These programs were created to serve you and to help you get the education you need to start a career without the financial burden of college debt. Over the next few weeks, check out my social media pages to see some real-life examples of how students have made it work for them. I hope you will, too. 


  • March 17, 2021 7:50 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Registration is now open for the 2021 Ohio ACTE Annual Conference, which has been renamed the "Innovation and Impact Conference."  The conference will be held July 26-28 at the Hilton Easton - Columbus and safety measures will be in place.

    The Ohio ACTE Annual Conference Committee is working hard to provide a safe, informative professional development experience in 2021. 

    The Committee has renamed the  annual event the Innovation and Impact Conference/Ohio Career Technical Education to emphasize the innovative and impactful aspects of career-technical and adult education and how practices and programs can be shared to enhance career-tech offerings across the state.

    Hilton Easton Hotel Reservation Link is available by clicking here.

  • March 15, 2021 2:05 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio  Department of Education added the BASF Plant Science Certification and the Ducks Unlimited Ecology Conservation & Management Certification to the list of available credentials for the 2021-2022 school year. Four of the industry certifications hosted on the iCEV Certification Testing Platform are included on the agriculture and environmental systems pathway’s approved credential list.

    Issued by a global leader in agricultural input production, the BASF Plant Science Certification validates individuals have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in a variety of plant, natural and environmental science-related fields. Recognized as the world’s leader in habitat conservation, Ducks Unlimited created the Ducks Unlimited Ecology Conservation & Management Certification to verify individuals have obtained exceptional knowledge and skills in the areas of ecological principles and wildlife management, as well as habitat, forest, grasslands, wetlands and waterfowl conservation and management.

    ODE Office of CTE maintains a list of relevant industry credentials related to each CTE pathway to ensure students are prepared for academic and career pursuits outside the high school setting. Four of the industry certifications hosted on the iCEV Certification Testing Platform are included on the agriculture and environmental systems pathway’s approved credential list.

    Offered by one of the premier animal health companies, the Elanco Fundamentals of Animal Science Certification verifies individuals have acquired the foundational knowledge and skills to pursue a career within the animal science industry. The Elanco Veterinary Medical Applications Certification proves the competencies needed to achieve employability within the veterinary science field and is transferable to health and animal science fields. These credentials are already approved for use in the 2020-2021 school year.

    Visit to learn more about these industry credentials and others hosted on the iCEV Certification testing platform.

    This article provided by Ohio ACTE business partner iCEV.  Their ongoing support helps make Ohio ACTE projects and programs possible.

    About iCEV

    With 36 years of experience, iCEV specializes in providing quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and education resources for several major subject areas: Agricultural Science and Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Business Education, Marketing Education, Trade and Industrial Education, Health Science, Law Enforcement and Career Exploration. Through iCEV, individuals can earn industry certifications across multiple CTE areas to prepare them for educational and career success. iCEV is the most comprehensive online resource for CTE educators and students, offering learning-on-demand features, video clips streaming and testing and grading capabilities to any device with Internet capabilities. For more information, visit

  • March 09, 2021 12:32 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    A new statewide initiative aims to improve the number of students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

    The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) have announced FAFSA 21, an initiative launched to ensure that Ohio’s students have the support they need to complete the FAFSA. ODHE and ODE will invest $2.85 million in federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funding for FAFSA completion projects over the next year and a half. These funds will be used to support direct intervention, data system upgrades, and professional development.

    The FAFSA allows students to qualify for federal Pell grants, state grants, and most scholarships; historically, it has been one of the best predictors of enrollment in colleges, universities, and training centers. High school seniors who complete the FAFSA are 84% more likely to enroll in postsecondary education.

    FAFSA completion rates have declined dramatically – both in Ohio and across the country – in the time of COVID-19. Recent data suggest that FAFSA completion rates in Ohio have declined 8.9% compared to the same period last year. This change represents funding for postsecondary education that goes unclaimed and may also contribute to a decline in postsecondary enrollment in Ohio. FAFSA 21 aims to reverse that decline.

    “When Ohio students complete the FAFSA, they are opening not only the door to financial aid, but also the door to their futures,” said ODHE Chancellor Randy Gardner. “On average, 52% of students who complete the FAFSA qualify for Pell and the average grant is worth $4,418. Many will qualify for more, up to the maximum Pell grant amount of $6,495 in the 2021-2022 academic year. FAFSA completion plays an important role in helping students realize their goals.”

    Efforts supporting FAFSA 21 also complement the One Goal of Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s strategic plan for education, which states that “Ohio will increase annually the percentage of its high school graduates who, one year after graduation, are enrolled and succeeding in a post-high school learning experience.”

    Each Child, Our Future casts a vision in which each child is challenged to discover and learn, prepared to pursue a fulfilling post-high school path and empowered to become a resilient, lifelong learner who contributes to society,” said ODE Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria. “For many students, that vision includes continuing their education beyond high school to attain industry credentials or postsecondary degrees. Knowing about and taking advantage of available financial aid can be an important part of their success.”

    More information about the FAFSA 21 initiative is available at

  • March 03, 2021 8:48 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Shoemaker Leadership Institute is open to educators who want to improve their leadership skills and learn more about career-technical and adult education.  The program provides an opportunity for participants to increase leadership qualities, develop leadership characteristics, expand their network of colleagues in CTE, and gain a holistic view of career-technical and adult education in Ohio.

    The Institute is a year-long program, beginning in July at the Ohio ACTE Annual Conference, including in-person and virtual meetings.  Participants will develop an expanded commitment to the development and improvement of career-technical and adult education and gain knowledge on career-technical education in Ohio, its benefits, challenges and resources.  The program is designed to be both inspirational and transformational.  Individuals will grow both personally and professionally and develop ways to positively influence students, colleagues, their communities, and CTE stakeholders. 

    Nancy Luce, PhD, will facilitate the program.  She is a long time career-tech educator, leader and career center superintendent (retired).

    Click here for more information on the Institute and apply here.  Application deadline is April 15.

  • March 01, 2021 4:37 PM | Anonymous

    Each year, Ohio ACTE awards up to two Darrell Parks Student Scholarships, which provide $1,000 toward the continuing education of career-technical graduates.

    Click here for the application. The deadline for submission is April 15.

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