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  • March 24, 2017 11:57 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)
    Madelyn Burley, health technologies student at Southwest Career Academy, testified at the Statehouse on March 16.  Madelyn testified before the Finance, Primary and Secondary Sub-Committee to share her experience in career technical education and how it has impacted her life. She struggled in a traditional classroom setting, feeling she needed a more interactive learning environment.  Burley hopes to become a nurse, and credits her education at Southwest Career Academy for giving her a head start in pursuing her future goals. Upon her graduation in June, she will have several certifications and college credits that will eliminate almost a year of college and give her job opportunities that other college freshman might not have otherwise.

    Madelyn told member of the committee, "One thing I think is really important for everyone to understand is that these programs are more than just an education. It's a place where kids can express themselves through their labs and their work. A school where you are being equipped with skills to obtain jobs in the real world. And a place where you come to learn things you are interested in and enjoy. "
  • March 24, 2017 9:41 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    Ohio State Board of Education President, Tess Elshoff paid a visit to RG Drage Career Technical Center in Massillon this past week. She was able to tour the facility and see some of the fifteen programs the Massillon campus offers its students. Elshoff saw first-hand what the students are learning, including a hands on experience in RG Drage's metal fabrication program. She is pictured here with senior welding student, Leslie Burkett Jones. 

    The RG Drage metal fabrication program teaches students the fundamentals of the welding industry using hands on training to prepare them for career opportunities upon graduation. RG Drage's welding students have been consistently recruited from local area businesses, as the job prospects in this field continue to flourish. 

  • March 17, 2017 12:45 PM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    SkillsUSA Ohio will be holding the State Championship at the Career Pathways Showcase on April 11th at the Columbus Convention Center. This event gives students in the Health and Skilled Trades Programs the opportunity to showcase their leadership and pride in their career training. Judges are needed for the Career Pathways Showcase where students perform a professional team presentation applying the appropriate technology associated with their career field. Students create a display to use in the community to explain their training and project. A team's project must highlight an aspect of their career field and benefit their class, school, community, or industry. Parking and lunch is included for all judges

    If you are interested in participating as a judge contact Michelle Rammel at Michelle.Rammel@education.ohio.gov

  • March 16, 2017 4:50 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Superintendent Paolo DeMaria's workgroup on graduation requirements met March 16 to discuss its recommendations to submit to the  State Board of Education.

    One of the options discussed, an alternative graduation threshold for career-technical students, will be included among recommendations. That option would require students to complete a 900-hour career-technical program and meet one of a handful of other options -- passing four WebXam tests, earning an industry credential or credentials, or completing substantial workplace experience.

    Many of the details of proposals discussed Wednesday were yet to be finalized, but the five other possible recommendations include the following:

    - Setting an 18-point threshold, as is now the case for end-of-course exam points, but assign point values to other achievements students could also demonstrate to accumulate 18 total points, such as community service, earning college credit, participating in extra-curricular activities, having a good attendance rate, etc. At the end of the meeting, when workgroup attendees ranked their top two recommendations by putting stickers on sheets of paper listing the different possibilities, this option appeared to draw the most support.

    - Adding a new, alternative set of requirements that sets a lower threshold for end-of-course exam points but adds additional requirements, such as a minimum senior-year attendance rate of 93 percent and participation in community service, for example. This option, similar to the one above, appeared to draw the second highest level of support from workgroup members.

    - Reducing the 18-point threshold for end-of-course exams. Possibilities included changes to the minimum sub-scores on English and math exams, lowering the point total to 16, or lower it to seven – a score students could achieve by printing their names and attempting to answer just five questions on all seven exams.

    - Reducing the minimum ACT score to qualify for a high school diploma. 

    - Waiving graduation requirements for the class of 2018.

    The workgroup has a final meeting planned for Wednesday, March 29, plus an if-needed session on Wednesday, April 5. A recommendation is due to the board by its Monday, April 10 meeting. 

    The State Board of Education created the workgroup in December, responding to concerns that too many of this year's high school juniors -- the first class subject to Ohio's new graduation requirements -- are not on track to earn a diploma on time.

    Career-technical education is represented on the workgroup by Nancy Luce, Superintendent at Upper Valley Career Center and Greg Edinger, Superintendent at
    Vanguard-Sentinel Career Centers.

  • March 14, 2017 1:33 PM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    US Representative Warren Davidson visited Tri Star Career Compact in Celina, Ohio on Monday, March 13th. Representative Davidson was able to tour the facility and learn  about Tri Star 2.0, and the career compact delivery model.

    Coming from a family who owns and runs a manufacturing company, Representative Davidson understands the importance of skilled trade training. He met with the Tri Star  Director and Board Members, the Mercy County Commissioner and  the Mercer County Economic Development Director to discuss project based learning, as well as federal grants that may be available. 

    From left to right: Tri Star Board Member, Randy Kunk, Mercer County Commissioner, Greg Homan, Mercer County Economic Development Director, Jared Ebbing, Representative Warren Davidson, Tri Star Director, Tim Buschur. 

  • March 14, 2017 12:15 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria announced March 13  that the Ohio Department of Education will delay submission of the the state's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan to the federal government until September to ensure feedback on the draft template can be considered carefully.

    "After careful consideration I've determined it is in the collective biggest interest of us and the department, and from the perspective of the board, that we go ahead and delay submission of our plan until September," DeMaria said.  "As I sorted through my feelings, I didn't want the submission of this template to be a divisive event."

    The department will also convene a Superintendent's Advisory Committee on Assessments to focus on a full range of testing issues.

    Ohio ACTE sent written feedback regarding the ESSA state plan and career-technical education.

  • March 10, 2017 11:53 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    The 2017 Ohio ACTE Student Showcase took place March 9th in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. This event is held bi-annually and gives career-tech organizations the opportunity to present their programs to their respective legislators.

    This year’s showcase featured 28 programs from 23 schools across Ohio. Several legislators attended including Senator Coley, Representative Barnes, Representative Reineke, Representative Brenner, Speaker of the House, Cliff Rosenberger and Lieutenant Governor Taylor.

    Participants included:

    Spa Technology, Apollo Career Center

    Health Technology, Butler Tech Bioscience Center

    Sports Medicine, Canton McKinley High School

    Law and Public Safety, Canton McKinley High School

    Cosmetology, Coshocton County Career Center

    Culinary Arts, Coshocton County Career Center

    Career Based Intervention, Delaware Area Career Center

    Zoo School, Delaware Area Career Center

    Auto Technology, Eastland Career Center

    Family and Consumer Science, Granville Schools

    Project Lead The Way, Greene County Career Center

    Academy of the Arts, Mahoning County Career Center

    Cosmetology, Massillon City Schools

    Media Arts, Massillon City Schools

    Computer Information Systems, Mentor High School

    Information Technologies Academy, Penta Career Center

    Empowered Learning Across Curricula, Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center

    Early Childhood Education, Pioneer Career Technical Center

    Electronics and Alternative Energy, Polaris Career Center

    Metal Fabrication, RG Drage Career and Technical Center

    Engineering, Stebbins High School

    Vet Technology, Tolles Career and Technical Center

    Sports & Fitness, Tolles Career and Technical Center

    HVAC, Upper Valley Career Center

    Construction Technologies, Vantage Career Center

    Information Technology, Warren County Career Center

    Business Academy, Westfall High School

    Agriculture, Zane Trace High School


    Thank you to all the students and teachers who attended and made this year’s showcase a success!

  • March 08, 2017 11:11 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    On January 30, 2017, Governor Kasich released the administration’s proposed state operating budget for FY 2018-2019.  Introduced as HB 49, the budget bill is currently the subject of deliberations in the Ohio House Finance Committee. By law, the state budget must be approved by both chambers of the General Assembly and signed by the Governor by June 30, 2017.  Below we provide an overview of pertinent education-related budget provisions impacting CTE. 


    1.            School Funding: The state school funding formula under the administration’s proposed budget will in large part remain the same.   However, initial budget projections reveal that 35 of the state’s 49 Joint Vocational School Districts will receive less state funding next year.  The funding losses in most cases are due to enrollment declines, according to the state Office of Management and Budget.  Note that enrollment is only one factor in the formula—the state also considers the value of local property, changes in residents’ income and districts’ capacity to raise money locally. 


    The proposed budget does make a few changes to “cap” and “guarantee” school funding limitations contained in the overall formula.  It imposes a cap that restricts increases in the aggregate amount of funding to no more than 5% of the aid received by the district in the previous year.  In addition, if a district has a decrease in enrollment between FY 2011 and FY 2016 that is 10% or greater, the budget guarantees that the district receives at least 95% of its state aid in FY 2017.  If a district has a decrease in enrollment between FY 2011 and FY 2016 that is between 5% and 10%, the budget guarantees that the district receives a scaled amount between 95% and 100% of its aid in FY 2017.  


    2.         School Board Appointments: The budget includes a requirement that superintendents appoint to their school board three nonvoting advisory members who represent local business interests.  The governor's workforce transformation board suggested this provision to help educators learn more about work opportunities for their students and for businesses to share their workforce needs.  The requirement applies to joint vocational school boards as well. 


    3.         Teacher Externships: The budget also includes provisions requiring teachers to complete an “on-site work experience” as a condition for the renewal of their educator licenses.  The work experience can be completed with a local business or chamber of commerce, and will count toward any required continuing education.

    By Will Vorys, Dickinson Wright, Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel



  • February 21, 2017 10:15 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE annually recognizes teachers, administrators and supporters of career technical education through its awards program. These individuals were nominated by their peers for their continued dedication and passion for career technical education. The 2017 award winners are:

    Administrator of the Year:

    Tim Buschur- Tri Star Career Compact

    Teacher of the Year:

    Peter Clark – Butler Technology and Career Development Schools  

    Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year:

    Tracy Campbell – Owens Community College

    Career Guidance Award:

    Deb Jung – Upper Valley Career Center

    Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher:

    Melanie Kirin – Bedford High School

    Outstanding CTAE Professional in Community Service:

    Stephanie Jolliff – Ridgemont Schools

    Ambassador Award:

    Christina Kerns- Penta Career Center

    Image Award:

    Tom Daskalakis – UC Health-West Chester Hospital

    Outstanding School Board Members:

    Frank Antonacci- RG Drage Career and Technical Center

    Bobbie Grice- Warren County Career Center

    Sue Price- Butler Technology and Career Development Schools

    Corey Ledley – Ridgemont Local Schools

    Beth McManus – U.S. Grant Career Center

    These winners will be recognized at the Ohio ACTE Connections to Education Conference on July 24-26 at the Hilton Easton. Click here for more information about the conference. 

  • February 07, 2017 6:39 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Gov. Kasich released the 18-19 Budget on January 30 with several measures intended to prepare students for college and career.

    This year’s budget proposal includes several proposals from members of the Governor’s Executive Workforce Board, a group of business, labor and workforce stakeholders, who serve as key advisors to help Ohio strengthen its workforce training efforts. The board has proposed a number of recommendations of note to career-technical educators that are included in the governor’s budget, including:

         - Establishing Stronger Connections between Educators and Businesses
        -  Addressing the Skills Gap
       -  Increasing Pathways to Employment
        - Making it Easier for Schools to Provide Work Experience
        - Strengthening Ohio’s Investment in K-12 Education
        - Improving Ohio’s College Credit Plus Program   
        - A Continued Commitment to Mentoring

    Overall funding proposes cuts for schools who have seen a decline in enrollment.  Spreadsheets showing the impact on JVSDs and K12 school districts have been released and can be accessed on this page. Click here.

    “Ohio ACTE will continue to sort out the (budget) details and the impact on career-technical education from funding to programming and will advocate for career-tech ed to make sure we continue to serve students and business as well as implement the proposals that make sense in accomplishing the goals of CTE,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.

    The budget process will continue throughout the Spring with a final budget due June 30.  Ohio ACTE will continue to advocate and provide updates on career-tech ed budget provisions.

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