Celebrating 50 years of Career Based Education!
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During our annual Career Based Education Conference at the beautiful Embassy Suites in Dublin Ohio, we will be celebrating 50 years of service to students and community.
In 1962, Ohio Governor James A. Rhodes appointed Byrl R. Shoemaker as the director of Career and Vocational Education at the Ohio Department of Education. Mr. Shoemaker believed everyone had a gift and a need to fulfill their destiny. He saw potential in every child and he worked hard to give high school students and young adults the job skills needed to succeed in the workplace.
Under Mr. Shoemaker’s leadership, administrators and teachers began to realize some students needed to be offered a variety of school models in order to find success. One individual had the vision of creating a school environment that allowed students to earn their academic credits while acquiring real life experience in the world of work. That man was Thomas Hyde. In 1963, Mr. Hyde began the first Occupational Work Experience course. For years, it was known under the acronym of O.W.E. Later, many saw a similar need among younger students in Junior High and a program was developed called Occupational Work Adjustment.
O.W.E. and O.W.A. successfully served students for many years. In the late 1990s, a committee was developed to consider aligning the two programs with OACTE. After much debate, the decision was made to combine the two entities and form what we now know as Career Based Intervention.
Career Based Intervention programs, help students overcome barriers to career and academic success. Focus is placed on improving academic competencies, developing employability skills, setting goals toward a career plan and participating in a career pathway in preparation for post-secondary education and careers. Student experience is often enhanced by Service Learning opportunities and feeling successful in their educational environment.
This rich history has brought us to where we are today. Administrators and educators from every region in Ohio team with parents, employers and community to give a special population of students a chance to reach their full potential and leave us to become contributing members of society.
I hope you will join us April 28th and 29th for our celebration of past accomplishments in CBI and receive information that will prepare us for the challenges of tomorrow in Career Based Education.
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CBI Board of Directors