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  • July 09, 2020 3:11 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The State of Ohio announced July 9 a request for application (RFA) for the Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP) Grant. The goal of the grant is to provide opportunities for low-income Ohioans who are partially or totally unemployed to participate in a training program and earn a tech-focused microcredential.  

    Two-year and four-year colleges and universities, technical training centers, and private training providers are encouraged to apply for IMAP grant funding.  

    Through IMAP, training providers will be reimbursed up to $3,000 for each technology-focused credential completed, up to $250,000 per provider. Eligible credentials can be found on the TechCred pre-approved credential list.  


    Training providers interested in IMAP can learn more information and apply for funding at  

  • July 02, 2020 7:24 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Governor DeWine July 2 announced new guidance for resuming school in the fall.

    "We know that each school system, and perhaps each school building, will likely look different in the fall.  We also know that Ohio has a long history of local control and that school administrators and teachers know their schools best," said Governor DeWine. "Working together and consulting with educators and other health officials, we have developed a set of guidelines, backed by science, that each school should follow when developing their reopening plans."

    The newly issued guidance report advises schools to vigilantly assess symptoms, wash and sanitize hands to prevent spread, thoroughly clean and sanitize the school environment to limit spread on shared surfaces, practice social distancing, and implement a face coverings policy.

    "Just as we have done in the business sector with employees, we are requiring school staff to wear face coverings to reduce the spread of the virus, unless it is unsafe or when doing so could significantly interfere with the learning process.  When face coverings aren’t practical, face shields may be considered," said Governor DeWine. "We strongly recommend that students in 3rd grade and up wear face coverings as well." 

    More details on the new school guidance will soon be available on

    To assist schools in their efforts to implement the guidance, the Ohio Department of Education has created a document titled, “The Reset and Restart Education Planning Guide for Ohio Schools and Districts,” which is designed to help teachers, principals, and administrators with solutions to safety challenges.  The document provides resources and information for community decision-makers as they contemplate how to reopen safely.

    The guidance announced today was developed in consultation with school superintendents, teachers, parents, the Ohio Federation of Teachers, Ohio Education Association, Ohio Association of Public School Employees, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Ohio School Boards Association, Ohio Association of School Business Officials, Alliance for High Quality Education, and Ohio Association of Career Tech Education.

    Governor DeWine today also committed to working with the Ohio General Assembly on a plan to ensure that federal CARES Act dollars are made available to Ohio’s school districts for unforeseen expenses associated with creating a safe environment.

  • July 02, 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Ohio Revised Code Sec. 3313.90 requires each city, local, and exempted village school district to provide career-technical education to students enrolled in grades seven and eight. The expectation is that every child will have access to and that all middle schools in every district offer career-technical education. However, a school district may submit a waiver request to the Ohio Department of Education when the legislative requirement will not be met.

    The waiver request includes a district superintendent or superintendent designee completing an online form and submitting an adopted school board resolution to the Department via the OH|ID portal by September 30th

    The form for the 2020-2021 (FY21) school year was recently updated and opened for districts requesting a waiver. Directions to access the CTE Middle School waiver form can be found here. If your district will be submitting a waiver request, please make sure to submit by September 30th.

    If you have questions, please contact the Office of Career-Technical Education at

  • June 15, 2020 5:09 PM | Anonymous

    Ohio ACTE and the Ohio Department of Education have collaborated to offer career-field/topic specific virtual sessions. 

    These sessions are designed to provide information to educators that would have been presented at the Ohio ACTE Annual Connections to Education Conference, July 27-29 which is canceled this year.

    Format:  ODE Office of CTE staff will provide updates/information career field educators need to know; educators in each career field will share best practices and the meeting will open up for interaction by all participants.

    Agenda for the Career Field Topics:

    o   Welcome, Introduction
    o   Overview and ODE Consultant/Career Field Update for the Upcoming School Year – ODE CTE Staff
    o   Educator Presentation/Best Practices/Participants Interactive Sharing/Discussion, Q and A
     - Hear about your fellow educators’ success and be prepared to discuss tips, strategies, resources and positive impact
    o Wrap Up

    July 27:

    • Web Xam Update - OSU CETE - JAMES AUSTIN - 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    • Manufacturing/Engineering  - FRITS RIZOR – 10:30 am  – 12:30 pm
    • Construction Technologies  – ROBERT KORNACK – 1:30 – 3:30 pm

    July 28:

    July 29:

    July 30:

    Career Connections will also hold virtual sessions (several dates/times) click here for more information

  • June 15, 2020 4:24 PM | Anonymous

    The 2020-2021 list of industry-recognized credentials has been posted to the Ohio Department of Education’s website. As articulated in Each Child, Our Future, the state’s five-year strategic plan for education, Ohio is prioritizing opportunities for students to earn industry-recognized credentials that are sure to fuel their success after high school. 

    To ensure that Ohio maintains a relevant list of industry-recognized credentials, Superintendent Paolo DeMaria, in close collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, convenes an array of appropriate industry professionals to carefully and thoughtfully review all new industry-recognized credentials. These committees recommend which credentials be added to the state’s recognized list.

    If you have questions about the list of approved industry credentials, please contact Patti Guseman, Program Administrator for Industry-Recognized Credentials, at

  • June 15, 2020 8:13 AM | Anonymous

    To support the educational community in ensuring all students have equitable access and meaningful engagement in high-quality career-technical education programs, the Office of Career-Technical Education is introducing the Equity Ambassador Program. Teachers, administrators, counselors or any internal stakeholders in Career-Technical Planning Districts who are passionate about equity in education may register. One registrant per district, please.
    Participants in the Equity Ambassador Program will collaborate with the state of Ohio in its commitment toward improving equity in career-technical education for special populations and subgroups. Equity Ambassadors will be provided access to professional development and invited to participate in equity activities facilitated by the Ohio Department of Education. Equity Ambassadors will act as local equity experts for their Career-Technical Planning Districts.

    Click here for more information

  • May 29, 2020 11:03 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced that 150 Ohio companies have been approved for TechCred funding, which will help them upskill their current and incoming workforce to meet the needs of the increasingly tech-focused economy, particularly amid the COVID-19 health crisis.

    The next application period of the TechCred program will open June 1st and run through June 30th, allowing for another opportunity for companies to train current and/or incoming employees.

    In order to support the changing needs of Ohio businesses and workers during the economic recovery, following the COVID-19 crisis, the following changes have been made to the TechCred program:

    • To make TechCred more flexible for upskilling new hires, employers are no longer required to list employee names when applying for TechCred. Instead, they will identify the number of current or prospective employees they will upskill.
    • To account for possible staffing changes, employers who were awarded in the October 2019, January 2020, and March 2020 rounds of TechCred may now substitute employees listed in their original application.
    • Employers awarded in October 2019 and January 2020, who had credential programs interrupted by the crisis, may request to extend their 18-month award eligibility timeline.
    • Employees can now earn multiple credentials during each application period.

    The last round of TechCred applications closed at the end of March 2020. Today, 150 Ohio employers were approved, which will result in up to 1,045 credentials to upskill Ohio workers. With the approvals announced today, a total of 500 Ohio employers have been approved for reimbursement, which will result in the earning of up to 4,232 technology-focused credentials by Ohio employees.

    Virtual Credentials: Many of the TechCred pre-approved credentials can be completed 100 percent virtually! Examples of these credentials and training providers can be found at

    Visit TechCred.Ohio.Gov for more information.


  • May 26, 2020 3:47 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    Ohio school leaders know the 2020-2021 school year will be unlike any previous years. Guidance about when and how to reopen school buildings will evolve over the summer months, but there is no time to waste for leaders planning significant changes to the logistics of school — how schools use time, facilities and technology to maximize the positive impact educators have on students and their families while keeping everyone safe. EnvisionEdPlus and the Ohio STEM Learning Network are partnering to bring you Re-Start Re-Design Labs this June.  
    Re-Start Re-Design Labs are free thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Ohio STEM Learning Network.  
    Re-Start Re-Design Labs are virtual sessions scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 11, June 16 and June 26. Choose a date that works for your school or district team (three to five participants) and register here. Registration is free but limited to 50 participants per session (approximately 10 teams per event).  
    For more information or questions, visit the Re-Start Re-Design Labs website or contact Craig Lautenschleger at (614) 348-8628. 
  • May 22, 2020 3:23 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE and the Ohio Ophthalmological Society are partnering once again to offer FREE safety eyewear for students in programs requiring the use of eye protection.  This program is possible as part of a grant from the Ohio Department of Health to  promote eye safety and to encourage students to use protective eyewear in activities outside of the classroom as well.  The program is called Superspecs (previously Play Hard Don't Blink).

    Click on this link to be taken to the online order form and note that there is a link in the order form to view eyewear choices:

    Online applications must be completed by May 31.  Letters will be sent in early June to each applicant to let them know how many pieces of equipment to expect.  Equipment will ship in August to the address provided. 

    In order to participate, schools must agree to provide safety information to students and participate in a survey.  It is open to all schools and is not needs-based.

    Since the inception of the program in 2009, more than 200,000 protective eyewear pieces have been distributed.  Programs benefiting from this partnership include: Automotive, BioMedical Science, Arts, Building and Grounds, HVAC, Dental Assisting, and more.

  • May 22, 2020 8:57 AM | Anonymous

    Mike Rowe, an advocate for career-tech education and getting America to work through his foundation, shares his congratulations to students who attend America's career-tech and vocational schools. 

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