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Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • August 12, 2020 3:39 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Too few Ohioans have the knowledge and skills required to compete for the in-demand jobs of today’s economy. That means more Ohioans must attain advanced education levels represented by high-value credentials and postsecondary degrees. In 2018, only 49.2 percent of Ohioans had earned a high-value credential or postsecondary degree – putting Ohio two points below the national average and ranking us 31 out of 50 states. According to economists, the ideal attainment rate to best position a state for competitive success is 65 percent. 

    The purpose of Bridging Ohio's Workforce Gap plan, released August 11,  is to guide the efforts of the Complete to Compete Ohio Coalition as it helps Ohioans’ attain high-value credentials and postsecondary degrees across the state.

    Click here for more information

    Click here to access the plan

  • August 11, 2020 5:22 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    According to information gathered by the Ohio Department of Education, 325 public school districts in Ohio are planning to return to school full-time which equates to approximately 590,000 students.

    A total of 55 districts representing approximately 398,000 public school students will begin the school year remotely.  Approximately 380,000 students in 154 public school districts will start the school year with a hybrid of online and in-person learning.

    Information on 78 public school distracts was not readily available. 

    Career Technical Education

    Approximately 29% of Career Centers responding to a recent survey report that they will return to school full-time, in person;  42% report a blended format will be used, with CTE courses in-person and academic classes online; and 29% report a blended format with both academic and CTE courses online will be implemented.  Survey results included 38 of Ohio's 49 career centers.

  • August 11, 2020 8:47 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    On July 28 Lt. Governor Jon Husted shared the state’s plan to expand broadband services in Ohio. The Lt. Governor announced that the state will set aside $50 million of state funding through the federal CARES Act to provide hotspots and internet-enabled devices to students.

    The Ohio Department of Education, in collaboration with BroadbandOhio, will provide Ohio schools with the opportunity to apply for these funds through a grant application process. Invitations to apply will be sent to all Ohio public and non-public school entities on August 10, 2020. The grant application portal will open Monday, August 10 and close at midnight on Friday, August 21. Grants will be reviewed and processed during the week of August 24 and awardees will be notified the week of August 31.

    Click here for more information.

  • August 10, 2020 8:24 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education posted four new pages with information and resources for those serving students with disabilities and providing special education services, including a collection of special education-specific resources. In addition, a separate page provides guidelines for telehealth services 

    Please continue to check the Reset and Restart Education webpage for more updates.  

  • August 05, 2020 9:49 AM | Anonymous

    Ohio ACTE is once again working with the Ohio Department of Education Office of CTE to identify outstanding career-technical students to be recognized as part of the US Department of Education  National Presidential Scholars Program. This is the sixth year that career technical students will be represented among the US Presidential Scholars. Out of all the applicants nationwide, 20 CTE students will be recognized.  Each state may submit up to five scholars.  Click here for more information, the nomination form and to read about each of the this year's students and their accomplishments.

    For more information about the Presidential Scholars Program, click here.

  • August 05, 2020 8:39 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Beginning Monday, Aug. 10 through Friday, Sept. 11, superintendents must complete a required review of their 2020 student, assessment, calendar, staff, course and career-technical education follow-up data reported in EMIS, Ohio’s Education Management Information System. Superintendents must signify whether these data are accurate as they complete and submit the 2020 Data Review for the Report Card form.  

    Click here for more information.
  • August 05, 2020 8:06 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)


    Today Lt. Governor Husted announced that 302 Ohio companies have been approved for TechCred funding, which will help them upskill their current and incoming workforce.

    The next TechCred application period opened today, August 4th, and will run through August 31st, allowing for another opportunity for current and incoming employees to earn tech-focused skills.

    As a resource to employers, Lt. Governor Husted also announced that the list of eligible TechCred credentials now includes examples of education and training providers that offer each certificate or certification.

    The examples listed under each credential are based on training provider submissions and are not meant to be an exhaustive list of providers offering each credential within the state or online. Employers are welcome to work with a training provider that is not listed.

    Today, 302 Ohio employers were approved, which will result in up to 3,241 credentials that will help upskill Ohio workers. With the approvals announced today, a total of 695 Ohio employers have been allocated funding through four rounds, supporting 7,473 technology-focused credentials to be earned by Ohio employers.

    Employers can apply or learn more about the program at

    Ohio’s Top Jobs List

    Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Monday the launch of Ohio’s Top Jobs List. The update aims to prioritize current economic needs with the health and well-being of Ohioans through Ohio’s Top Jobs List. The list combines Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs and newly created Critical Jobs into one list of prioritized job sectors.

    Critical jobs ensure that the state’s workforce supports the health and well-being of Ohioans, their families, and their communities. Governor DeWine made developing the workforce in critical job areas a priority because of their impact on the lives of Ohioans at every stage of life.

    Critical jobs are identified through the help of experts and stakeholders in eight career clusters. The eight career clusters include:

    • Children & Community Health
    • Early Childhood Education
    • First Responders
    • Lead Abatement
    • Mental & Behavioral Health
    • Nursing
    • Physicians
    • Wellness Research & Technology

    In addition to creating the Top Jobs List, Governor DeWine announced the new career pathways feature on Career pathways illustrate the progress Ohioans can make within the career clusters in which Critical Jobs are organized. The new feature provides information on the skills and education needed for Ohioans to advance to the next level of their chosen career pathway.

    Ohio’s Top Jobs List plays an important function as it directs 85 percent of federal job training funds offered through OhioMeansJobs Centers.

    Both the list and the career pathway feature are available at

  • August 05, 2020 8:03 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Governor DeWine announced August 4 that the Ohio Department of Health will issue a health order requiring that K-12 children wear face coverings while at school. The new mandate comes after the Ohio Children's Hospital Association and American Academy of Pediatrics Ohio Chapter issued a joint letter today recommending widespread use of masks in schools with the following exceptions: 

    1. Children under the age of 2 years old
    2. Any child unable to remove the face covering without assistance
    3. A child with a significant behavioral/psychological issue undergoing treatment that is exacerbated specifically by the use of a facial covering (e.g. severe anxiety or a tactile aversion)
    4. A child living with severe autism or with extreme developmental delay who may become agitated or anxious wearing a mask
    5. A child with a facial deformity that causes airway obstruction

    "Without a vaccine, we are limited in the ways that we can protect the people of Ohio," said Governor DeWine. "For schools to have a fighting chance to stay open this fall, widespread face coverings for K-12 students will increase the odds that kids will go to school and stay in school." 

  • August 03, 2020 4:46 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Businesses in virtually every industry are struggling to find workers who have the academic, technical and professional skills to consistently excel and succeed in the workplace. The Ohio Department of Education, in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, has developed a new application process for submitting industry-recognized credentials to the approved list for graduation. Community stakeholders, including schools, parents, students and businesses, may suggest industry credentials for consideration by completing an application. The application process will cycle four times yearly, but the application will always remain open. Applications for this quarter are due Aug. 30. Approved credentials from this quarter will be available to students for the 2021-2022 school year.

    For more information and to complete an application, click here. Questions may be directed to

  • July 10, 2020 1:42 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations Ohio ACTE Career-Tech 2020 Award Winners!

    Watch Ohio ACTE's video tribute, and click here to read more about this year's winners!

    And an extra special thank you to Derek Fitzer,  Career-Tech Teacher of the Year (who just happens to be an interactive media instructor)  for helping put together this video!

    Ohio ACTE would like to honor this year's award winners!  While we may not be able to recognize them in person, that does not mean we do not want to highlight and thank them for all they do for their students, staff an the career-tech education community!  Here is Ohio ACTE's video tribute, along with winner's advice for other career-tech educators, to celebrate the many accomplishments of our award winners.

    Ohio ACTE cannot thank you enough for all that you do!

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