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  • October 03, 2015 8:21 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan plans to leave his post in December, the Obama administration announced Friday, Oct. 2.

    “Arne Duncan personally visited our CTE programs/schools at least once during his tenure as US Education Secretary and his efforts were appreciated,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.


    John King Jr., acting deputy secretary, will replace Duncan.


    “He’s done more to bring our educational system, sometimes kicking and screaming, into the 21st century than anyone else,” President Obama at the White House on Friday afternoon. “America will be better off for what he has done.”


    Read more in the Washington Post


  • September 29, 2015 5:10 PM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    Students are encouraged to submit a 30-second public service announcement video informing viewers of the value of CTE and providing a glimpse of excellent CTE students and programs.

    The deadline for entry is October 30th 2015. Winners will be selected and announced in November. The winning school will receive $500 and the second place school will receive $250.  Visit the CTE Month page to find more information.

  • September 17, 2015 4:08 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Each year, Ohio ACTE honors outstanding educators and others who support career technical education, at the Connections to Education Conference in July. Ohio ACTE is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Educator Awards.

    Ohio ACTE Educator Awards include: 

    - Ambassador Award

    - Teacher of the Year Award*

    - Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award*

    - Administrator of the Year Award*

    - Outstanding New Career & Technical Teacher*

    - Outstanding CTAE Professional in Community Service*

    - Career Guidance Award*

    - Image Award (non-educators eligible)

    - Outstanding School Board Member Award (non-educators eligible)


    *Ohio ACTE Award recipients in these categories are eligible to win Region 1 and National ACTE recognition.

    Click here for a list of all Educator Awards and their descriptions

    Do you know an individual who deserves recognition? Fill out our online nomination form by clicking HERE.

  • September 17, 2015 10:09 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Sunday, Sept. 13, Penta Career Center in Perrysburg, Ohio celebrated it's 50th anniversary. Penta was founded in 1965, as the first mulit-county vocational school in the nation, serving 16 school districts.

    Over the past 50 years, Penta has helped over 30,000 students close the skills gap. Penta, along with Ohio's 49 other career centers, have played an important role in providing hands-on training so that students can go on to higher education or directly to the workforce. 

    Penta Career Center's Superintendent, Ron Matter, stresses the message that a four-year degree should not be a student's only option. 

    "We don't want to create barriers for students," Matter said. "This is not an anti-four-year-degree-message, we need to value all kinds of work in this country, and this is where the jobs are."

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that roughly 45 percent of all U.S. jobs fall into a so-called skills gap, requiring more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree. Even so, only 25 percent of the work force is qualified to perform these jobs.

    Penta Career Center, along with every career technical education program in Ohio, strives to help students discover their passion in life earlier, and in turn, fills jobs and helps the economy. 

    Click Here for more information.

    Click Here to read an editorial piece from a Penta Career Center Grandparent.

    Image courtesy of Penta Career Center's Construction Carpentry Program

  • September 11, 2015 11:27 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Obama Administration announced that it will put $175 million to support apprenticeships at an event held in Michigan on Sept. 9. These grants are part of the administration's initiative to provide more on-the-job training and more affordable community college.

    "Whether it is a bachelor's degree, an associates degree, a journeyman's card from an apprenticeship program, having a credential above and beyond your high school diploma: That's the surest ticket to the middle class," said Obama.

    The Department of Labor will award American Apprenticeship Grants to public and private entities that have committed to creating new workforce training programs.

    He also announced the launch of an advertising campaign called 'Heads Up America' that will advocate for making two years of community college free to qualifying students.

    "No kid should be priced out of a college education," Obama stated.

  • September 09, 2015 10:45 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Excel TECC students in the CADD and Engineering program are receiving major recognition for their work in creating a prosthetic hand using a 3D printer.

    CADD Instructor, Craig Schmidt, said he first got inspired to take on this project when a fellow instructor showed him a video of a similar prosthetic in use. Schmidt and his students know the importance that this kind of education has for the future.

    "Never do our kids our says why are we doing this? You know, it's tied directly to real life and it's just the most rewarding thing that I have done in my career,” said Schmidt.

    The prosthetic was completed earlier this month and has been sent off for review by the professional organization, e-NABLE. Upon approval, the prosthetic will then be donated to a local individual in need. 

    "The plastic for the parts for one hand costs about $35," Schmidt said. "That's compared to a professionally made one that can cost $8,000-$10,000."

    While the prosthetic does not have all the capabilities of a professionally engineered hand, it will allow its user to complete tasks such as throwing a ball and gripping objects. 

    This is not the first time this Excel TECC program has received recognition. Last year, this program received praise from the Ohio Department of Education for its collaboration with the Construction Trades program by creating blue-prints for their "Home Project." 

    Excel TECC and their programs are a great example of the goal to provide "authentic learning" to all career-technical students.  

  • September 03, 2015 2:40 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)


    I’m Jon Quatman, and I want to introduce myself to you.  I am Vice President of Great Oaks Career Campuses in southwest Ohio and one of your candidates for Vice President, Elect for ACTE Region.

    I have served a variety of leadership roles in CTE locally, statewide and nationally—as NCLA President, Ohio ACTE President, and ACTE Administration Policy Board member, among other positions.  I’m dedicated to our students individually and our profession as a whole.


    As a mathematics and economics instructor at both public and parochial schools, I’ve seen many facets of education.  My 19 years in career-technical education have shown me how valuable and exciting CTE can be.


    Career-technical educators have dramatically changed the face of education.  First, hands-on learning with integrated academics and measurable outcomes has been proven to be an effective educational model.  And, secondly, leaders now realize that students need to be prepared for a career, not just the next educational step.



    Our challenge is to keep the momentum going.  Region 1, by our very location and centers of population, is in the unique position to influence our national leaders to support career-technical education. 


    I encourage you to vote in the ACTE election, and I hope that you will vote for me to serve you as Region 1 Vice President. 

    Thank you for your work with career-technical students.


    Click here to visit ACTE's website for more information.


  • September 03, 2015 10:29 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    Sept. 1 marks the beginning of the Ohio ACTE leadership year.  Lead by Ohio ACTE President Tim Buschur, the following members will serve as Ohio ACTE Officers for 2015-2016:

    - Tim Buschur, President, Tri Star Career Compact

    - Dan Murphy, President-Elect, RG Drage Career & Technical Center

    - Dan Coffman, Past-President, Mid-East Career & Technology Centers

    - Nate Bishko, Treasurer, Excel TECC

    - Beth Bronkar, Secretary, C-TEC of Licking County

    "I am very excited about the new year and proud to represent CTE in Ohio.  It is easy to be excited about career-tech due to the support we are receiving throughout the state, from the governor, state legislators, businesses, parents and students.  CTE is the place to be to make and create your future!  The commitment that the legislators and governor made in the new budget will allow more students to be a part of the career tech world." -Tim Buschur, President

  • August 25, 2015 11:01 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Adult Education Pioneer, Bill Ruth, 93, passed away Thursday August 20, 2015 in Columbus. 

    Bill Ruth will be remembered as a life-long Adult educator and advocate for adult education in Ohio.

    Bill began his career in education and taught veterans returning from WWII under the G.I. and also taught marketing and sales at White Hall High School near Columbus where he brought numerous DECA teams to state and national competition. Bill's career concluded with his time serving as State Supervisor for Adult Education with the Ohio Department of Education.

    He made extraordinary strides for adult education in Ohio by establishing programs statewide and recruiting a strong team of adult educators to lead these programs.

    His leadership legacy lives on through the  Bill Ruth Award, named in his honor, which has been distributed for the last 31 years to many of the top "Dragon Slayers" in Adult Workforce Development. 

    "Bill attended the awards program and dinner in his honor last Spring, and true to form, reminded everyone present how important our system of adult education is in Ohio," said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director. "As always, it was a privilege to hear Bill Ruth speak and share his commitment to adult education, even after all these years.  His memory will continue to be an inspiration to adult educators, I am sure."

    Bill will forever be remembered for his determination, leadership and significant contributions to education by everyone who knew him, Gardner added.

    To view the online obituary, please click here.

  • August 25, 2015 10:35 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Registration for the first three Success Series events is now open. Registration is $95 and includes a one-year, complimentary Ohio ACTE membership. The first three events are:

    Success Series: Welding - Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at RG Drage Career & Technical Center. Click Here to Register!

    Success Series: Aviation - Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Mahoning County Career & Technical Center. Click Here to Register!

    Success Series: Robotics/RAMTEC - Friday, October 2, 2015 at Tri-Rivers Career Center. Click Here to Register!

    The Ohio ACTE Success Series is a professional development program for career-technical teachers and instructors. It is delivered by teachers, for teachers at schools that offer to host the program and is unlike other professional development because it focuses on interaction and sharing among attendees who drive the content.

    The day typically includes career-specific content information from instructors, discussion, updates from the corresponding ODE field consultant, a campus tour, lunch, and plenty of time to collaborate and network with peers.

    Upcoming Success Series events include Vet/Animal Science, Health Careers, Auto Tech, HVAC/Construction and Cosmetology. Click Here for more information.

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