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  • October 25, 2010 11:50 AM | Anonymous

    High school teachers interested in having a team of students in grades 9-12 participate in the Ohio Governor’s Cup portion of the national Real World Design Challenge (RWDC) must register by Nov. 19. So far, Ohio has 17 groups enrolled and is tied with Florida for having the most state-level teams. Last year, in the state’s first year of participation, Ohio had more teams involved than any other state. Let's make Ohio number one again in the number of teams involved!


    The challenge for state-level competitors is to create a flexible airplane wing design using composite materials. Student teams of up to seven members are provided six different software programs for technical and collaboration activities. They have access to a network of professional engineering mentors as they complete the analysis and modeling of their aviation design solutions. Ohio teams will be judged on Feb. 1, when the team with the best design will be selected for an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the national RWDC finals in mid-April.


    Registered teams and their advisors will have access to weekly RWDC webinars and online tools. In addition, they may attend an information program during the Ohio Technology and Engineering Educators Association Fall Technology Workshops on Nov. 6 at Bexley High School in Columbus. For more details and to register for RWDC, click here. To view video from the 2010 RWDC national event, click here. For additional information, contact Ohio RWDC Coordinator Dick Dieffenderfer at (614) 644-7356 or

  • October 04, 2010 8:50 AM | Anonymous

    ACTE has submitted a proposal for funding through Pepsi's Refresh Campaign.  VOTE for CTE!   Information can be found at, which redirects to a page on our Web site. In some cases, you might find this link easier to use (and easier to say than …, as with recording a voicemail).  E-blasts were sent to members and affiliate organizations and several e-banners and e-ads for the Pepsi Refresh contest were created.  A Web page for the project was created that included a redirect,  We posted on social networks, changed social networks profile info and pics, created a mobile group to receive reminder texts, recorded a new on-hold message and reviewed other materials.  Please make sure to vote every day and tell you students, colleagues, friends and to vote every day (online and text!).

  • September 21, 2010 4:01 PM | Anonymous

    The Comment Section on the School Funding Advisory Council website is now available here. It is structured to receive feedback specifically on the subcommittees’ reports and recommendations to help inform the Council’s consideration, rather than broad comments about education or funding issues. Any member of the public can offer their thoughts, which will transmit that feedback to the Council. You can also access the page by visiting the Council’s website at and clicking on the Comment page on the top bar menu. The reports themselves can be downloaded on the Subcommittees page.

  • August 06, 2010 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    Jenna Vucelich, DECA State Public Relations representative shared her "Journey in CTE" at the 2010 All-Ohio CTAE Awards Luncheon, July 29.

    My name is Jenna Vucelich and I am currently serving as the Ohio DECA Public Relations Representative. DECA is an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, and management. But from a personal standpoint, DECA is an organization that has changed my life and prepared me for my future.

    Ever since I can remember I have loved business. My dad, who is an entrepreneur himself, used to take me for Sunday night drives when I was eight years old. We would go to Starbucks for coffee and hot chocolate and drive around to look at houses. Those Sunday night drives taught me all about the world of real estate and investing and how “risk-taking” isn’t risky if you learn everything possible you can about the product, service or entity in which you wish to invest.  I also learned that real personal power comes from living and spending below your means so that you can capitalize and grow your business at the right time. My dad used to tell me, “Business is everywhere. Just look around. Everything you see is a business.” So I looked, and began to see business everywhere I went.

    At twelve years old I started my first business. I purchased an inflatable bounce house with my own money and rented it out for birthday parties. I gained my initial investment back after just two parties and expanded my business to include additional games for the kids.

    Fast-forward a couple of years to my freshman year of high school. I was taking every business class my school offered. Introduction to Business, Accounting, International Business, Personal Finance, and Advance Placement Micro and Macro Economics. The Marketing Education class which branches into DECA, was known as a class for serious business students at my school. I had no idea what DECA was or what they even did in the class, but I was the first to fill out an application my junior year when I was eligible.

    One reason I immediately valued DECA was that it allowed me to put all of my previous knowledge of business into action. I was able to apply what I had learned from all of my other business classes. I spent my first year in DECA working on a project in the category of Financial Literacy Promotion. I promoted financial literacy through different activities like writing commercials that I recorded and were played on 610 WTVN and WNCI and spending a week in a middle school classroom promoting different financial concepts.

     I wrote about everything I did in a thirty-page document and submitted it for the state competition. I created many drafts of that thirty-page paper and along the way my teacher and advisor, Mike Rees, would write, “This is good, but you can do better”, or “Keep trying, you’re not there yet.”  Now to some, this might seem discouraging, but I had such great respect for Mr. Rees’ honesty, that I could sense he saw greater potential in me.  At the state competition, my thirty-page paper made it to the top ten, which afforded me a ten-minute presentation to the judges.  After this, I was awarded first place in the state of Ohio for my project and provided the opportunity to go to Anaheim, California for the International Career Development Conference and connect with 15,000 kids who shared my passion for business.

    At the beginning of my senior year, my teacher, Mr. Rees encouraged me to run for the position of public relations representative.  Our high school had never had a state officer before so this was new territory.  Mr. Rees made sure I had all the materials to study for the examination and listened a ton of times to my verbal presentation.  I went on to become my school’s first state officer and first multiple state champion.   This year I placed at state again in the area of Entrepreneurship Promotion and again got the chance to compete at the international competition.

    DECA has provided me with so many opportunities that I can’t even begin to express my gratitude. High school classes may prepare students for college, but Career Technical education prepares students for life. There will always be a special place in my heart for my DECA advisor because of his significant impact on my life through encouragement and pushing me to stretch outside of my comfort zone. It saddens me when monetary resources are tight career and technical programs are on the chopping block.   I want to do my part to draw specific correlations from investing in youth to youth investing back into greater commerce for the benefit of all.

    My most recent adventure is going to Miami University, where in the fall, I will join over 16,000 students who are making an investment in their own futures.  A graduate of Miami, Mr. Richard Farmer has donated over thirty million dollars for the development of a state-of-the art business college.  He was CEO of the Cintas Corporation and will now leave a prominent legacy for those of us declaring majors in business. 

    I’m certain that because of DECA, I’ve been selected as one of only 25 first year students that will be part of the Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community within the Farmer Business College.  I aspire to be that next CEO, volunteer, or professional making that kind of a difference.  My hope is to learn everything I can, apply everything I’ve learned and to make an imprint and impact in every thing I do. 

    I’m ready to soar, and I want to say, thanks for my wings, DECA and thanks to my advisor for encouraging me with my first flight.  Just like kids need their parents, students need their teachers.  Believing in us is power.  Believing in us gives us flight to our dreams, and our future.

    Educators such as you need to remember what a difference you make…even when your students forget to acknowledge you.  I challenge you to push a little harder and encourage a little more.  I promise that one-day, in the middle of a workday, a specific successful outcome or even when giving a speech, a student will reflect back on you, and the difference your push and encouragement made. They, like me, will be thankful and they will think an appreciative thought of you.

    On behalf of all of your students, thank you. 

  • August 06, 2010 10:38 AM | Anonymous

    Akil Gregory, Student President of the Ohio Chapter of the Future Educators Association presented the following speech at the 2010 All-Ohio CTAE Awards Luncheon, July 29, 2010:

    Before we eat this wonderful meal prepared for us, I would like to tell you why I am here. I am sorry to tell you, but if you thought I was here for the food, you are wrong. I, along with the other students that you see on stage, were called here today because we all are state officers in programs designed to prepare us for a future vocation. We all come from different programs such as DECA, FCCLA, BPA, and others. However I will tell you about my experience in FEA. I have always had a passion for education since I was young.

    Most people truly do not realize how much teachers are needed in the world. In the past, in ancient cultures, teachers were revered as very knowledgeable people. Socrates, Plato, Euclid, and Aristotle were all teachers of this nature. However, teachers now are not considered nearly as knowledgeable in the subjects they teach. Many often face criticism, and their beginning salary is quite low. So, many might ask why I would want such a job! My answer to them would be the effect teachers have on their students. Teachers have so much power by being present in the classroom and giving students the tools to be successful not only in the course, but in life as well.

    Entrepreneurs, entertainers, humanitarians, and politicians alike would not be in the positions that they have earned without the guidance of teachers. This is the drive I have in me: I want to be able to be present in that fundamental stage of their lives and essentially help them to reach their full potential. As I graduate college, I plan to become a college professor in biomedical engineering while performing studies in that area. With all that being said, FEA has prepared me for the field of education by giving me a different perspective in the field. I once believed that although education was important, most teachers only settled for being in that profession because they could not achieve their own goals.

    FEA has helped me to realize how it is not only important to have the curriculum present but to have effective teachers as well. Now I stand before you as the President of an organization that I would have never considered joining six years ago.  FEA has changed my mind set about teaching and has shown me how important teachers truly are. 

  • August 02, 2010 11:15 AM | Anonymous

    Thirteen Ohio high schools were selected as 2010 High Schools That Work (HSTW) by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Ohio leads the pack nationally, with more HSTW awards than any other state this year.


    The Ohio HSTW winners are among 62 high schools nationally being named to one of five SREB award categories, which are based on 2010 HSTW assessment and state performance data. Ohio schools received awards in three of the five categories. Seven Ohio schools won the Pacesetter School designation, five were given Gold Achievement Awards and one school was presented the Gold Improvement Award.


    Congratulations to the following Ohio schools being recognized as HSTW:


    HSTW Pacesetter Schools

    Hicksville High School, Hicksville Exempted Village School District (Defiance County)

       Little Miami High School, Little Miami Local School District (Warren County)

    •  Monroeville High School, Monroeville Local School District (Huron County)

    Norwalk High School, Norwalk City School District (Huron County)

    Scarlet Oaks Career Development Campus, Great Oaks Institute of Technology (Hamilton County)

    Vermilion High School, Vermilion Local School District (Erie County)

    Warren County Career Center (Warren County)


    HSTW Gold Achievement Award Schools

    Granville High School, Granville Exempted Village School District (Licking County)

    •  Springboro High School, Springboro Community City School District (Warren County)

    •  Sylvania Southview High School, Sylvania City School District (Lucas County)

    •  Talawanda High School, Talawanda City School District (Butler County)

    •  Xenia High School, Xenia Community City School District (Greene County)


    HSTW Gold Improvement Award School

    Greene County Career Center, Greene County


    These successful HSTW are outstanding models for other high schools in both Ohio and throughout the nation.  


    The SREB is a 32-state national network, with more than 1,200 high schools, 125 technology centers and 400 middle-grades schools that participate in initiatives designed to improve teaching, learning and school environments in high school and middle grades.


     For more information about HSTW, please visit

  • July 14, 2010 7:19 PM | Anonymous

    New superintendents at Ohio Career Centers:

    Richard Schoene - Belmont Harrison JVSD

    Brett Smith - Butler Technology and Career Development Schools

    Dan Schroer - Greene County Career Center

    Dennis Franks - Pickaway-Ross Career Center

    Eric Meredith - Pike County CTC

  • May 27, 2010 3:15 PM | Anonymous

    University System of Ohio TDN Advisory Committee members announced:


    Diana Gott, Lorain County JVS   

    Laurene Huffman, Washington State Community College 


    Pete Bednar, Lakeland Community College

    Ronald Bruner, C - TEC

    James Kalna, Columbus State Community College

    David Kleinschmidt, Ashland County West Holmes

    Amy Mast, University of Akron Wayne College

    Sonya Pluck, Madison Adult Career Center

    Ex Officio:

    Stacia Edwards, Ohio Board of Regents

    Annette McIver, USO TDN Resource Center

  • May 23, 2010 8:28 PM | Anonymous

    Manpower Inc. surveyed over 35,000 employers across 36 countries and territories during the first quarter of 2010 to determine the impact of talent shortages on today's labor markets and listed the top 10 most difficult jobs to fill. 

    1- Skilled Trades

    2 - Sales Representatives

    3 - Nurses

    4 - Technicians

    5 - Drivers

    6 - Restaurants & Hotel Staff

    7 - Management / Executives

    8 - Engineers

    9 - Doctors

    10 - Customer Service Representatives


  • May 08, 2010 3:45 PM | Anonymous

    Danielle Williams, Miami Valley Career and Technology Center student, is this year's Darrell Parks Scholarship winner.

    Read Danielle's Winning Essay

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