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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • April 27, 2011 8:39 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The National Consortium of State Guidance Leadership, in partnership with the U.S. Army, has completed a report on the importance of guidance and counseling.  The paper is designed for legislators, governors and education policy leaders.  The paper makes the case for the central role guidance and counseling programs play in student achievement, school improvement and school reform.  The paper also provides a recommendation for the establishment of a National Guidance Leadership Academy.

    We have provided both the PDF and Word formats of the document.  If you would like a hard copy of the paper, please contact:

    Harry Drier, President
    Career Education and Training Assoc, Inc
    5380 Ocean Drive 6D
    Singer Island, FL 33404
    561 842 4335
    fax 561 844 3082

  • April 25, 2011 8:43 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the National Director Meeting April 19:

    What will it take to dramatically improve public education in America?

    To this end, there's an urgent need to re-imagine and remake career and technical education. CTE has an enormous, if often overlooked impact on students, school systems, and our ability to prosper as a nation.

    At the same time, we need a frank discussion about the challenges of the current system. At the heart of the matter is that CTE programs need to strengthen their rigor and relevance – and deliver better outcomes for students.

    Today I want to help define the conversation about the future of CTE.

    Read his entire remarks at this link.


  • March 24, 2011 9:52 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Career and technical education has always prepared students for college and careers by providing hands-on learning and working with business advisors to develop realistic and relevant education for Ohio high school students.  A new Harvard study underscores the importance of providing multiple education pathways for students.

    The Pathways to Prosperity Project, based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education just released a major new report Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century.  The report  contends that our national strategy for education and youth development has been too narrowly focused on an academic, classroom-based approach. In response, the report advocates development of a comprehensive pathways network to serve youth in high school and beyond.

    Bill Symonds, lead researcher and author of the study spoke in Ohio at the OCTA Meeting March 24. View his presentation.

    To view other documents from the Spring OCTA Meeting, click here.

  • March 02, 2011 4:23 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced today Meagan Lawton, of Windsor, Ohio, as the secondary category winner, and Martine Bishop, of Lutz, Florida, as the postsecondary winner, of the Cliff Weiss Essay contest. This year’s topic was “What does Learning Today, Earning Tomorrow mean to you?” ACTE received 275 entries, and each of the winners will receive an award of $250. The essays will be published on ACTE’s Web site and an announcement published in the May issue of Techniques magazine.

    Lawton is a student at Grand Valley High School, located in Orwell, Ohio. In her essay, she discusses the role career and technical education (CTE) played in helping shape her career choice. After taking Interactive Multimedia class, she was able to express her creative abilities as well as gain experience in learning how to produce videos and broadcasts through hands-on opportunities, including the schools’ daily news broadcast, live productions and film projects. With her CTE courses, she is eligible to receive 13 college credits from Lakeland Community College, and she is better prepared for college and pursuing a career in the film and television industry. 

  • March 01, 2011 1:01 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    Ohio ACTE President Jon Quatman, Vice President of Performance and Outcomes

    Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development, tesitifed in the Senate Education COmmittee on March 1 on behalf of Career-Technical and Adult Education.  His testimony highlighted the events held in February to commemmorate Career-Technical Education Month and the good work being done in Career-Techncial Education throughout the year.



  • March 01, 2011 12:43 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Jim Petro, a  former Ohio attorney general and state auditor, will serve as the next chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents.  He replaces departing Chancellor Eric Fingerhut effective March 14.

    FromBrooklyn, Ohio, he  holds degrees from Denison University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He served as state auditor from 1995-2002, and as attorney general from 2003-2006.

    For more informaiton,click here.

  • February 25, 2011 1:51 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE's policy is to comment on legislative and other issues that directely impact career-technical and adult education.  The organization will not take a position on legislation such as SB 5 that affects all Ohio  educators.   Our legislative focus is career-techncial and adult education and in order to make a positive impact in that area, Ohio ACTE must remain focused on advocating specifically for CTAE.  Ohio ACTE membership includes school board members, administrators, teachers and all career-technical eductors in high schools and career centers and Ohio ACTE leadership is committed to providing representation for all  CTAE professionals.

    Ohio ACTE's current legislative priorities are:

    1. Preserve “weighted-funding” for career and technical education planning districts in Ohio’s school funding formula.  The formula must continue to recognize the increased costs of equipment and supplies required to train Ohioans for the demands of business and industry.

    2. Ensure continued funding for adult workforce education at the Ohio Board of Regents for adult workforce development.

    3. Modernize the career and technical education system in Ohio.

  • February 08, 2011 10:15 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Governor John Kasich appointed Robert Sommers, former CEO of Butler Tech, director of the Governor's Office of 21st Century Education.  In this position, he will be Gov. Kasich's chief education adviser and serve on the Governor's cabinet, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

    Sommers served as Ohio ACTE President-Elect and most recently was CEO of Cornerstone Charter Schools in Detroit.

    Read the Columbus Dispatch article.

  • February 02, 2011 12:06 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    As part of Ohio ACTE’s ongoing advocacy efforts, we have developed the CTE Champions program.  This is an effort designed to involve students, parents, business partners and anyone who supports CTE in our advocacy efforts.  Our best advocates are students, parents, alumni and others who have benefitted from CTE and have a positive story to share. Please join “CTE Champions”  on Facebook  …and becoem a "Friend" of CTE.

    ALSO, encourage your students, alumni and others to share their success stories…in their own words.  These stories will be used to share with our legislators and lawmakers the value of CTE in Ohio to students and Ohio’s economy.  

  • February 01, 2011 12:54 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Community College and Career Training Grant Application Now Available 

    On January 20, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced the availability of applications under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program. Applications are due on April 21. Adult Career Centers are eligible to apply for this grant.

    The Department of Labor will award $2 billion in grants over the next four years ($500 million per year) to eligible institutions, which include institutions of higher education as defined in Section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002) that offer programs that can be completed in two years or less. These institutions include community and technical colleges, proprietary institutions and postsecondary vocational institutions.

    Grants must be used by institutions "to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers program, and prepare program participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations."

    Individual grants will range from $2.5 million to $5 million for single institutions, and $2.5 million to $20 million for consortium applications. Each state is guaranteed to have winners that receive at least $2.5 million each year.

    When asked what the program would achieve, Secretary Solis answered, "It's simple. We're looking to help American workers gain the skills and knowledge they need to compete for good jobs. The program also underscores President Obama's commitment to help every American have at least one year of postsecondary education, and it furthers his efforts to ensure that by 2020 the United States -- once again -- has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world."

    More details are available on a Conference Call Audio, in the Federal Register, and in the Department of Labor's "Grant Applications 101: A Plain English Guide to ETA Competitive Grants."

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