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  • May 21, 2019 6:49 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Students in the class of 2020 may use a work or community service experience to satisfy a component of Ohio’s graduation requirements. For the class of 2020, state law directed the Ohio Department of Education to develop guidance for districts or schools to approve and verify students’ work or community service experiences, so these experiences can satisfy graduation requirements. 

    The Class of 2020 Work or Community Service Experience guidance document now is available here.

    The Department also has developed this Work or Community Service Toolkit that districts and schools can use to support implementation of this graduation option. The toolkit offers answers to frequently asked questions.
    Direct additional questions to
    Capstone project guidance for the class of 2020 and supporting materials will be available by May 31.

  • May 21, 2019 6:23 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Beginning July 1, 2019, ODE will issue a new substitute teaching license and will no longer issue or renew short- or long-term substitute licenses. After June 30, only one type of substitute license will be issued. Applicants will select teaching fields based on the post secondary degrees they hold. Please see the Substitute License webpage for more information and requirements related to the new substitute teaching license.

    According to ODE, the new career-technical workforce development substitute license will follow the same rules as the other new substitute licenses but are not valid for subbing in academic areas unless the individual also holds a bachelor’s degree.  It should also be noted that substitute licenses are not considered proper certification for the purposes of CTE course approval.

    Related question that is posted on the ODE website:

    Can a career-technical workforce development substitute teacher teach any classes outside of his or her teaching field for an unlimited number of days?

    If the license holder has education and experience in the career-technical workforce development area directly related to the subject of the class the license holder will teach, the individual can teach for an unlimited number of days.

    However, if the license holder does not have education and experience in the career-technical workforce development area the license holder will teach, the individual may teach for one full semester, subject to the approval of the employing school district board of education. A district superintendent can ask the board to approve one or more additional, semester-long periods.

    SB 89 also addresses career-tech substitute teaching licenses, among other related concerns.  It is currently in the legislative process.  Read more about SB 89 here.

    Click here for the ODE Web page on Teacher Preparation for CTE

  • May 20, 2019 9:38 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Join your career-tech colleagues and kick off the school year at the 2019 Leadership and Empowerment Meeting Sept. 18 at Upper Valley Career Center.  This year's theme will focus on partnerships that make career-tech ed successful. 

    All career-tech educators are invited to attend this day-long meeting and Division Leaders are expected to attend.

    For more information and to register, click here.

  • May 13, 2019 12:18 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE Assembly of Delegates

    Meeting Notice

    The Assembly of Delegates Meeting will take place during the 2019 Ohio ACTE  Annual Connections to Education Conference

    July 29: 3:00 pm

    Hilton Easton, Columbus

    Click here for Division Delegate Counts and Resolution Information

  • May 01, 2019 9:29 AM | Anonymous

    The ODE Office of Career-Technical Education has reopened the testing window on Monday, May 6 and closing on Friday, May 31. Students taking the Information Technology end of course exam will be tested on the final forms, which contain only 40 questions.

    For information on testing windows and deadlines, please refer to the WebXam Newsletter, Assessments on the Ohio Department of Education website, and the WebXam website.

    It is beneficial for teachers and administrators to review this material at the start of each school year to ensure that all students participate during the WebXam testing windows. If you have further questions about the WebXam or testing windows, you can refer to the materials listed above or contact the WebXam office at or (614) 292-4988.

  • April 30, 2019 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    Teacher Appreciation Week is  May 6-10, and we want to help recognize Ohio’s amazing teachers by sharing your #OhioLovesTeachers celebrations! We want to hear from everyone — school and district leaders, parents, family members, fellow teachers, community members and, of course, students!
    Write about your appreciation on this shout-out banner and take a photo with that special teacher who inspires and challenges you; post a short video explaining why that teacher is so great; or share your own creative ideas to express gratitude.
    Want to know how to use #OhioLovesTeachers?
    The #OhioLovesTeachers campaign on Twitter and Instagram brings our educators to center stage and shines a spotlight on their work and the meaningful ways they are changing lives. To take part, simply share a picture with your story using #OhioLovesTeachers and tag @OHEducation. The Ohio Department of Education will select and reshare many of these images and stories with its statewide network of social media followers.
    Be sure to include the teacher’s or group of teachers’ names, district and school names, subjects taught and any social media handles. Share the reason this teacher or group of teachers is an example of why #OhioLovesTeachers. You can include these items in your posts:

    •     Photos and videos from the classroom;
    •     Video testimonials;
    •     Links to district write-ups (such as blogs, announcements and newsletters);
    •     News articles from your local media; and
    •     Anything else that helps tell the story of your special teacher or group of teachers.

    #OhioLovesTeachers is the perfect opportunity to recognize educators whose passion for teaching has no limits. Ohio has a lot to love about its teachers. We are excited to share your stories about our state’s incredible educators this week and year-round!

  • April 30, 2019 11:42 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

  • April 30, 2019 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    Each year, Ohio ACTE awards up to two Darrell Parks Student Scholarships, providing $1,000 toward the continuing education of career-technical graduates.  The winners are chosen by Dr. Darrell Parks, former director of the ODE Office of CTE and past Executive Director of Ohio ACTE. 

    2019 Scholarship Winners

    Bella Marie Jones says she has loved "doing anything with hair since I was a little girl." Her choice to study cosmetology at Auburn Career Center was a home run. "Learning all of the actual techniques has made me love it even more," she says. 

    "The cosmetology program at Auburn Career Center has challenged me to work hard for my goals," Bella said. "It showed me that cosmetology and working in a salon is my passion."

    After high school, Bella plans to study business at Bowling Green State University with the goal of owning her own salon in the future.

    Kristiana Alexus McDaniel is studying Healthcare Administration at Pike County Career Technology Center.

    "Before attending Pike County CTC, I didn't know what profession I would one day pursue," Kristiana said. "I've been introduced to so many new and exciting opportunities during my time here. The longer I was in my business management class, the more I fell in love with the mechanics of business."

    During her high school career, Kristiana served for four years on Student Council, and played both basketball and softball at the varsity level. She has also been a part of Business Professionals of America (BPA) where she was elected local class president and treasurer of her Business Management Program. 

    After high school, Kristiana is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration at Shawnee State University, with the goal of having a long career within the Mercy Health system in Cincinnati. 

    We wish both Bella and Kristiana the very best as they graduate this spring, and look forward to following your bright futures!

  • April 30, 2019 5:57 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio career-technical educators were honored at the 2019 Region 1 ACTE meeting, April 24-26.  Honorees include:

    Tom Applegate - Region 1 Lifetime Achievement Award

    Carrie Scheiderer - Region 1 Best in CTE Award

  • April 23, 2019 10:41 AM | Anonymous

    Ohio is a strong environment for "Opportunity Employment," says a report released on April 17 from the Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland and Philadelphia.

    "Opportunity Employment" is the availability of jobs that do not require a four-year college degree but give workers the chance to earn more than the national annual median wage of $37,690. These opportunities include jobs in healthcare and the skilled trades. 

    According to Crain's Cleveland Business, among the 121 metro areas analyzed for the report, the share of opportunity employment was highest in Toledo, at 34%, with other Ohio cities also ranking well:

    • Cleveland, at 30.1%
    • Akron: 28.1%
    • Cincinnati: 29.1%
    • Columbus: 25.3%
    • Dayton: 28.2%

    A news release from the Cleveland Fed notes that healthcare and skilled trades could experience growth through 2026.

    The full report - which can be accessed here - suggests that ""economic development efforts could focus on industries characterized by high levels of opportunity employment, both private sector and public sector programs for post-secondary skills development could be expanded."

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