Governor Kasich delivered his 2016 State of the State Address in Marietta on April 6, 2016.
His speech touched on all aspects of the State operations, including education.
Kasich touched on career-technical and vocational education and specifically mentioned the importance and value of pre-apprenticeship programs.
“We are happy the Governor recognizes the important part career-technical and adult education plays in Ohio’s public education system,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director. We know the Governor understands there are many pathways to success and skilled workers are critical to Ohio’s economy, Gardner added.
Governor Kasich also emphasized the importance of guidance counselors. “They are people that can put our young people on a pathway to a lifetime of success,” Kasich said during his address.
The Governor stressed the importance of guidance counselors in his address, which is a plus, as more and more students need guidance on career choices. “With so many career options, guidance counselors play an important role in helping all students discover their interests and talents and apply them to a career,” Gardner said. Career-technical education would be happy to help with this endeavor and work on ways to provide students specific career guidance, Gardner said.
In terms of adult education, the Governor touched on plans to increase affordability for higher education for students. Career-technical education encourages students to continue their education, whether it is a degree or certification and making education more affordable helps CTE students. “Ohio’s Technical Centers also offer adults an efficient, effective way to increase their skills and job prospects,” Gardner said.
To read the full transcript of the Governor’s April 6 State of the State, visit http://www.governor.ohio.gov/MediaRoom/PressReleases/TabId/200/ArticleId/383/language/en-US/2016-state-of-the-state-transcript4-6-16.aspx