The Ohio ACTE Connections to Education Conference July 25-27 at the Hilton Easton - Columbus brought together more than 850 career-technical educators, counselors and state staff for three days of professional development, recognition and sharing of ideas.
There were more than 50 breakout sessions, presented by educators from across the state on all topics related to career-technical and adult education.
Top moments included:
1. The 2016 Educator Award Winners
This year, Ohio ACTE honored 12 educators, administrators, school board members, and business and industry leaders for their role in promoting career-technical education in the state of Ohio. Ohio ACTE President Tim Buschur and CTSO students presented the winners with their awards at the Ohio ACTE Awards Reception on July 25, 2016.
To read more about the award winners, click here.
Pictured left Ohio ACTE Educator Award Winners, Stephanie McKnight, Tracy Hetrick, Fred Paul, Laura Ringler, Margaret Hess, Mark Edington, Katie Lucas
Pictured below: Ohio ACTE President Tim Buschur and Ohio ACTE Outstanding School Board Members (Joe Rose, Paul Lockwood, Cheryl Basista, Rick France)
2. Chef Curtis Duffy - Career-Tech Graduate
Conference attendees had the opportunity to hear from renowned chef, Curtis Duffy. Chef Duffy a graduate of C-TEC of Licking County. During his address, Duffy discussed how career-technical educators took him from a "punk kid" to a famous chef with his own Three-Star Michelin restaurant. Attendees also viewed the trailer from the Netflix documentary about Duffy's Chicago restaurant, Grace.
For more information about Curtis Duffy or to watch the documentary summary, click here.
3. Tuesday Luncheon with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Officer Richard Wheeler
During the Tuesday Luncheon on July 26, attendees heard from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine about the drug crisis in Ohio. DeWine highlighted the role of career-technical educators in helping "at-risk youth" recognize their talents and abilities. He also pointed out that this problem must solved at the community level.
Attendees also heard from career-technical graduate, Officer Richard Wheeler. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Richard Wheeler applied to the Marion Police Department. He was named Officer of the Year after only two years on the force. Like Duffy, Wheeler took the opportunity to thank his former teachers for the influence they had on his life and the steps they took to ensure he would have his dream career.
4. Legislative Update from Will Vorys
Will Vorys, a lawyer with Dickinson Wright PLLC, provided a legislative update at the closing general session on Wednesday, July 27. His update discussed the turbulent election season and the effect it would have on career-technical legislation. He also discussed WebXam's and RESA's current status within the legislative process.
To view Will Vorys's presentation, click here.
5. More than 50 Breakout SessionsMore than 100 presenters shared their knowledge and expertise in all areas of career-technical education, providing attendees with an opportunity to learn more about best practices and projects to implement in their own schools and classrooms.
Click here for a more in-depth review of the Conference and save the date for next year's conference: July 24-26, Hilton Columbus at Easton.