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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • February 17, 2021 7:43 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Manufacturers' Association (OMA) is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, February 23, 10 – 11 a.m.featuring a career center/manufacturing partnership.  Ohio ACTE and OMA have been working together to strengthen the relationships between education and industry.

    Click here for details and registration:

    Details and registration information

     Auburn Career Center in Lake County has worked with its local industry sector partnership, Alliance for Working Together Foundation (AWT), to build a program for two local school districts to offer the Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential through the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC).

    Participants in this webinar will learn how Auburn and its partners, including OMA member Mar-Bal, Inc., raised funds for equipment and curriculum, trained instructors, and leveraged the Career Based Intervention program for local schools to introduce students to manufacturing careers.

  • February 17, 2021 7:37 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Nominations are accepted through April 15, 2021 for the position of Ohio ACTE President Elect (three year term) and Secretary (two year term) to begin Sept. 1, 2021.  Elections are held in conjunctions with the Ohio ACTE Annual Conference.

    Contact Christine Gardner, for more information.

  • February 17, 2021 7:27 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio is prioritizing opportunities for students to earn industry-recognized credentials that are sure to fuel their success after high school. Check out the 2021-2022 list of industry-recognized credentials posted to the Department’s website.

  • February 15, 2021 1:50 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Legislative activity picked up in February at the statehouse as Ohio’s (operating) budget process is fully underway.    On February 1, 2021, Governor DeWine introduced his Administration’s biennial operating “blue book” budget outline, and the following week (as customary) the actual budget bill was introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives.   House Finance Committee hearings have commenced and remain ongoing each week as various Administrative Agency representatives (including the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Higher Education) present testimony regarding their budget proposals and overall fiscal outlook.

    After the House considers and vets the budget bill, the lower chamber will send an amended version to the Senate for consideration.  Once the Senate makes its changes, the legislature will establish a conference committee to settle any differences and craft a final version of the bill.  By law, the budget must be delivered to and executed by the Governor by June 30, 2021.   

    Career-tech educators began advocating for the 2021CTE Legislative Priorities during virtual visits with legislators as part of the virtual Legislative Seminar, Feb. 9-11, and will begin advocating CTE -specific budget (funding) priorities in the coming weeks before different legislative committees. 

    Here is a brief snapshot of highlights from the Administration’s proposed budget. 

    School Funding Formula: The Administration’s proposal does not adjust the state’s (k-12) school funding formula and continues the current two-year funding “freeze.”  But the Governor has commented that he seeks to leave this particular policy item up to the legislature, which will be considering changes to the formula via House Bill 1 (Fair School Funding Plan). Legislative leaders have signaled their intent to try and merge the new school funding plan with the state budget bill.  This significant undertaking will be the subject of robust consideration and debate by both chambers over the ensuing months.

    Wellness and Success Funding: The proposed budget continues a healthy investment in wraparound services for primary and secondary students.  The line item has been increased to $500M in FY 22 and $600M in FY 23.

    Funding for Industry Credentials: The Administration’s proposal increases substantial investments in several industry credential programs created during the last budget:

    • $5M to for 5,000 tech-focused (adult) credentials in FY 21 (“TechCred”)
    • $50M over the biennium for 40,000 tech-focused (adult) credentials (“TechCred”)
    • $15M in workforce efforts focused on economically distressed rural and urban communities.
    • $41M for High School Industry-Recognized Credentials (IWIP / Test Reimbursement)

    Ohio Technical Center Line Item: The Ohio Department of Higher Education proposed a 3% increase in funding for OTCs from the last budget, resulting in $41.6M over the biennium. 

    Support for Small Business: The proposal includes:

    • $200M in grants for bars and restaurants;
    • $150M in grants for Small Business Relief Grant applicants, who previously applied and are qualified;
    • $50M in grants for lodging industry businesses;
    • $40M in grants for indoor entertainment venues;
    • $20M in grants for new businesses, many of whom were unqualified to receive previous funding.

     Ohio ACTE leadership will continue to work with ODE and the Legislature to ensure career-tech student needs are represented throughout the budget process.

    by Will Vorys, attorney, Dickinson Wright LLC, Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel


  • February 15, 2021 1:39 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Tom Burden, CEO and Founder of Grypmat - not to mention successful Shark Tank Contestant  2019 featured Ohio ACTE Conference Speaker - donated Grypmats to several career-tech programs for use by students in their programs.   Thanks to Tom for donating these great tool holders!

    A student at the Polaris Career Center uses a Grypmat in class

  • February 10, 2021 11:25 AM | Anonymous

    Each year, Ohio ACTE recognizes and honors outstanding educators and others who support career technical education. Ohio ACTE is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Educator Awards.  Do you know an individual who deserves recognition? 

    Click here for award descriptions and nomination form

    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.

  • February 10, 2021 8:07 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted on Febraur 8 provided the following updates on Ohio's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


    Governor DeWine announced progress toward the goal of getting K-12 students back into the classroom by March 1. In December, 45 percent of Ohio students were attending school remotely full-time, but today, less than 15 percent of Ohio students are still attending classes completely online.  Despite this progress, the pandemic has taken a toll on academic progress, as demonstrated in the Ohio Department of Education’s fall 2020 enrollment report.

    “This once-in-a-lifetime pandemic has impacted all of us, so it should be no surprise that it has impacted our children. But we should not panic, nor should we be surprised by the results of assessments,” said Governor DeWine.  “Instead, we should do what Ohioans have always done when facing a challenge – stay calm, roll up our sleeves, and work to solve the problem."

    Governor DeWine asked school districts to work with their communities to help students advance and make up for any learning that may have been lost or delayed because of the pandemic.

    Governor DeWine also requested that school districts design plans to meet the needs of the students in their districts that include ending the school year later than scheduled,  beginning the new year early, or even extending the school day. Summer programs, tutoring, or remote options could also be considered. School districts should provide their plans to the public and General Assembly no later than April 1.

    Lt. Governor Husted today also highlighted a provision in the proposed Executive Budget that guarantees student access to a computer science education.  

    The “right to access” computer science classes would be defined as the statutory right of a student to be able to take a class either offered directly by their school district or through another provider of the student’s choice. However, the program must be approved through the Ohio Department of Education. 

    “Every budget cycle presents an opportunity to distinguish ourselves as a state,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “Coming out of the pandemic, the stakes are higher and the impacts more consequential. We must rise to the challenge and commit to the work that will lead to an educational recovery that will echo economically for a generation.”


  • January 18, 2021 10:16 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio General Assembly concluded its 133rd legislative biennium (2019-2020) in November.  Given the lame duck time crunch and other political factors, the House / Senate did not finalize the proposed Fair School Funding Plan—which will be on the legislature’s agenda in the first half of 2021 as the state prepares its biennial operating budget. 

    The House / Senate did finalize its last education-related pandemic response measure (HB 409), which, among other provisions:

    • Extends temporary authority granted in the 2019-2020 school year for the Superintendent of Public Instruction to adjust deadlines for teacher evaluations, intent to reemploy notifications, school safety drills, emergency management tests, requirements to fill a vacancy on a district board of education, updating teacher evaluation policies, and gifted screening requirements.
    • Extends the prohibition on the Department of Education from publishing and issuing ratings for overall grades, components, and individual measures on the state report cards and submitting preliminary data for report cards for districts and buildings for the 2020-21 year.
    • Requires ODE to report any data regarding performance by Sept. 15, 2021, and extends the safe harbor from penalties and sanctions for districts and schools based on the absence of state report cards.

    Also note that SB 89 was passed in late November (effective March 3, 2021), see related article here.  

    2021 Outlook

    The 134th Ohio General Assembly (2021-2022) kicked off in early January with House and Senate members being sworn in at the Ohio statehouse. In addition, both chambers have announced their new leadership teams for the upcoming biennium:

    In the Lower Chamber’s Majority Caucus, Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) will remain Speaker of the House, with Rep. Tim Ginter (R-Salem) serving as Speaker Pro Tempore, Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) serving as Majority Floor Leader, Rep. Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Twp.) serving as Assistant Majority Floor Leader, Rep. Don Jones (R-Freeport) serving as Majority Whip, and Rep. Cindy Abrams (R-Harrison) serving as Assistant Majority Whip. In the House Minority Caucus, Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) will remain Minority Leader, with Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) serving as Assistant Minority Leader, Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) serving as Minority Whip and Rep. Richard Brown (R-Canal Winchester) serving as Assistant Minority Whip.

    In the Upper Chamber's Majority Caucus, Sen. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) will serve as Senate President, Sen. Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) will serve as Senate President Pro Tempore, Sen. Kirk Schuring will serve as Majority Floor Leader, and Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) will serve as Assistant Majority Floor Leader. In the Senate Minority Caucus, Sen. Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) will serve as Minority Leader, with Sen. Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) serving as Assistant Minority Leader, Sen. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) serving as Minority Whip, and Sen. Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) serving as Assistant Minority Whip.

    The House and Senate are discussing legislative priorities during their caucus retreats this month. Both chambers have unfinished business from last term that will likely be remain priorities this year, including issue surrounding HB 6 (2019-2020) and energy policy, school funding, pandemic-related authority and closures, and criminal justice reform. The legislature will also be developing and considering the state's ($70B+) operating budget bill, which by law must be finalized by June 30 of this year.

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

  • January 14, 2021 8:45 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education updated the Educator Licensure resource on its Reset and Restart Education webpage, including new information about one-year temporary non-bachelor's substitute teaching licenses.

    Specifically, the Department is now accepting applications for one-year temporary non-bachelor’s substitute teaching licenses from interested schools and districts. 

    Questions may be directed to the Office of Educator Licensure.

  • January 14, 2021 8:15 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Sometimes, the best lessons learned come from the most challenging circumstances.  I know I have learned a lot more about career tech educators and students since March of 2020.   

    I learned that instructors and even administrators can learn new things, too.  Even for those educators already familiar with or already teaching remote, there were still changes…changes in volume as the number of students (all of them) transitioned to remote learning.  Our career tech teachers and instructors became students, because they needed to learn new skills, too.  What worked in a traditional classroom didn’t  always  work in a virtual learning environment.  Instructors also had to reach out to students who were not responding, not participating.   Teachers had to meet students on their terms…the typical school day gave way to 24-7 teaching as we all became more accessible due to virtual learning. 

    To those staff members,  teachers and instructors (and my fellow administrators) who struggled, adapted and managed to put interests of students first, I thank you.  For those instructors and career tech staff who found the transition not that difficult, but shared their ideas, creativity and listening ear, thank you.  Together, we discovered new ways of recruiting students through virtual open houses, new provocative assignments online, and instructors who set up video cameras in their living rooms to record or stream lessons – thank you!  If you know of an exceptional educator who has shown outstanding effort this past year especially, please consider nominating them for an Ohio ACTE Award.  The process is simple and quick, access the award descriptions and nomination form here.

    I learned something about students - they are more resilient than I ever knew.  They value their career-technical programs and complied with new procedures as well as sacrificed many activities that they were looking forward to during the school year.  Just like we were looking forward to our usual activities as educators, like the Annual Ohio ACTE Conference.

    In July 2020, we had to cancel the Ohio ACTE Annual Conference, but many instructors came together to share their experience during many virtual meetings held last July.  While I missed the comradery of seeing all my friends and colleagues in person, we were still able to and share experience and information.  Plans are underway for a 2021 Ohio ACTE Annual Conference, in person, as long as we can do it safely.  Your Ohio ACTE leadership will thoughtfully consider how we can meet the needs of educators using whatever means possible.

    Leadership is the foundation of Ohio ACTE and as always, committed leaders are encouraged to consider being an Ohio ACTE officer or lead a division.  Officer nomination information can be found here, and I would be happy to answer any questions about service.  Please read the information here and consider serving as an officer.

    One of the most interesting aspects of being an Ohio ACTE officer is working on legislation that impacts career-tech education delivery.  Our CTE legislative agenda was stalled this past year, but we still managed to advocate successfully for CTE programs to meet safely, in-person in order to provide hands on instruction and not short-change current students.  SB 89 finally passed in December 2020, after a year of advocacy.  That bill provides some small and large changes, designed to help us more effectively and efficiently deliver career-tech ed (see the article about SB 89 here.)

    I know we have all learned lessons that we never imagined discovering. From my perspective these lessons will help to frame the future for how we deliver education.  One thing is for sure, we will come out of this stronger than we were before.  The proof will be in our students’ success despite the struggles of 2020.  

    Ryan McCoart, Assistant Dean of Satellites - Great Oaks Career Campuses

Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

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