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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • October 01, 2022 12:59 PM | Anonymous

    Business, Finance, and Marketing tests will be written during the 2022-23 school year. Instructors for these career fields in any of the courses are invited to participate in these writing workshops; please visit for more information on becoming a subject matter expert (SME) for writing these test. 

    The first workshops will be in-person. In November, item-writing workshops will be virtual as this workshop style means less time away from the classroom, no need for a substitute, and the stipend is often paid directly. SMEs are KEY to CETE!

    Contact CETE Recruiting with questions.

  • October 01, 2022 12:57 PM | Anonymous

    In-demand, well-paid jobs in Ohio are going unfilled because teens and families need information about these career options and how to gain the skills necessary for these jobs. Ohio Technical Centers provide post-secondary educational opportunities in a wide variety of fields including healthcare, computers, culinary, welding, HVAC, automation and many more.

    Join representatives from the Ohio Technical Centers and At The Core for an informative, free webinar on October 13 at 6:30 pm. Please use this link to register for the free OTC webinar

  • October 01, 2022 12:54 PM | Anonymous

    Ohio School Report Cards were released Thursday, September 15. Please visit the Report Card Resources page on the Ohio Department of Education website to access  district report cards or learn more about report card measures.

  • October 01, 2022 12:50 PM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Department of Education is compiling in-demand jobs data across all career fields to assist districts in planning expansions of career-technical education.

    The team looked at 40 different occupations within the Hospitality and Tourism career field to examine projected growth in the field. Fast Food and Counter Workers make up the largest number of projected jobs with almost 132,000 jobs projected in Ohio in 2031. Additionally, the top companies hiring for hospitality and tourism occupations in Ohio, with McDonald’s, Chipotle and Aramark topping the list. The data also includes hard and soft skills in demand in the career field.


    Here is a link to the full Hospitality and Tourism Job Data Report.

    The Office will continue developing this data utilizing Lightcast (formerly EMSI), a labor market and economic data web tool. Any questions regarding this project may be directed to Cadie Allen, Program Administrator, at

  • October 01, 2022 12:45 PM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Department of Education recently updated their graduation requirement webpages. The new webpages were built based on feedback from stakeholders throughout the state to help communicate the long-term graduation requirements. The new pages reflect current graduation requirements, guidance, contact information and resources. With this new update, educators will find individual pages for course requirements, demonstration of competency and demonstration of readiness, along with old requirements and a significant number of new resources.

    Graduation, Teen, High School, Student

    Please visit the Graduation webpage to explore the new design and to review all the new information and resources.

    Please send questions regarding graduation requirements to

  • October 01, 2022 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    Over 50 career-tech leaders gathered at Butler Tech for the Annual  Leadership and Empowerment Meeting, which took place September 22-23.

    The event began with a networking event and tour of Butler Tech's new Natural Sciences building. Keynote speaker Shane Meeker of Proctor and Gamble shared his insights as well. Thank you to Ohio ACTE President Jon Graft for planning the event!

  • October 01, 2022 12:28 PM | Anonymous

    In addition to the many benefits of joining Ohio ACTE, members also have the opportunity to join a division. There are several free options, and any Ohio ACTE member is welcome to join any of the divisions in their areas of interest.

    Ohio ACTE Divisions include:

    • Administration (FREE)
    • Agricultural Education ($145)
    • Affiliation of Tech Prep & Academics ($5)
    • Business Information Technology ($10)
    • Career Based Intervention ($20)
    • Family & Consumer Sciences ($30)
    • Health Sciences Technology Education ($5)
    • Job Training Coordinators ($10)
    • Marketing Education ($20)
    • Postsecondary Adult Career Education (FREE)
    • Public Relations/Communications ($25)
    • Satellite Administrators (FREE)
    • Special Needs ($15)
    • Student Services (FREE)
    • Trade & Industrial ($10)

    Joining a division allows members to connect with others in the same career-tech field or area of specialization and who share similar interests.

    To join a division, visit the division page,, and login to get the member pricing (logging in also allows you to update your profile).  If this is the first time you are logging in, you may need to hit “forgot password.” The login button is located in the top right hand corner of

    If you have any issues, feel free to email and we will help you add a division to your membership!

  • October 01, 2022 10:53 AM | Anonymous

    Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education (Ohio ACTE) represents 5,000 career technical and adult educators, including teachers/instructors, administrators, directors, superintendents, and school board members.  On their behalf, Ohio ACTE leaders, as well as leaders from the Ohio Association of Career Technical Superintendents (OACTS) and Ohio Association of Comprehensive and Compact Career-Technical Schools (CCS), work together to develop policy and funding recommendations to share with Ohio legislators and other policymakers with the goal of improving the ability of educators to deliver high quality career-technical and adult education to students as well as meet Ohio’s workforce needs.

    “Representing career-technical and adult education in education policy discussions is key to providing quality career-tech programs, opportunities, and helping students meet their career goals,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.  “At the same time, meeting Ohio’s diverse business and industry workforce needs through successful work and college ready students is important to grow Ohio’s economy,” she added.

    Collective advocacy for career-technical and adult education includes grassroots efforts, such as schools inviting legislators and other officials to their campuses to see CTE classes in action, attend events, tour the school, meet with school leaders and many other activities with the goal of showing the impact of CTE on students, communities, and the workforce.  Many CTE school leaders also have relationships with legislators and can communicate ideas, concerns and answer questions.

     Other advocacy efforts occur in Columbus, where conversations and discussions take place with state legislators and other state leaders.  To effectively advocate, career technical and adult education leaders work with Dee Smith, Pappas & Associates (representing CCS) and Will Vorys, Dickinson Wright PLLC.  Smith is a career-tech graduate with extensive experience working with Ohio’s General Assembly and Vorys is an attorney with a focus on government affairs and policy.

    Both Smith and Vorys work with association leaders to formulate recommendations, suggest approaches to communicate those recommendations, and advocate positions with legislators and others.

    Association leaders meet, discuss and otherwise collaborate to solidify policy recommendations that will have a positive impact on career-technical and adult education. 

    CTE Legislative Policy Development Participants: 

    • Brian Bontempo, Auburn Career Center, Board Member, OhioACTE
    • Christine Boucher, Eastland Fairfield Career Center, Board Member, OhioACTE
    • Tim Buschur, Tri Star Career Compact, Ohio CCS Treasurer*
    • Bill Bussey, Executive Director, OTCs
    • Bill DiMascio, West Shore Career-Technical, Ohio ACTE Board Member*
    • Greg Edinger, Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers, OACTS*
    • Christine Gardner, Executive Director, OhioACTE*
    • Krista Gearheart, South Stark Career Academy, Ohio CCS Legislative Chair*
    • Jon Graft, Butler Tech, Ohio ACTE President*
    • Maggie Hess, Executive Director, OACTS*
    • Liz Jensen, Kettering-Fairmont Career Technical Center, CCS President*
    • Kevin Kratzer, Southern Hills CC, OACTS*
    • Joyce Malainy, C-TEC of Licking County, OACTS*
    • Ryan McCoart. Upper Valley Career Center, Board Member, OhioACTE
    • Mike Parry, Grant Career Center, Board Member, Ohio ACTE*
    • Dee Smith, Pappas and Associates, Executive Director, CCS*
    • Will Vorys, Dickinson Wright, LLC, Legislative Counsel, Ohio ACTE, OACTS*

    *Member of the Ohio CTE Future Committee – this new committee includes leadership representatives from the three CTE associations, who convene to discuss short-term and long-term goals and policy for career-technical education.



  • September 25, 2022 6:46 AM | Anonymous


    2023 Legislative Seminar - Feb. 8-9

    NEW LOCATION:  Renaissance Columbus, Downtown Columbus

    Click here for details

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