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  • February 10, 2016 10:05 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    On February 8th, U.S. Congressman David Joyce visited Cuyahoga Valley Career Center to tour the facility. Congressman Joyce was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Cuyahoga County after graduating from college. During his tour, Congressman Joyce met with students and faculty to see their work in the field of career-technical education.

    His visit to Cuyahoga Valley Career Center demonstrates his support for students and career-technical education.

    To learn more about Congressman Joyce, click here

    To view more pictures from Congressman Joyce's tour, visit the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center's Facebook page. 

    Congressman Joyce viewing technology at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center

    Congressman Joyce meets with students during his tour

  • February 09, 2016 12:14 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    On Feb. 9, ODE provided an update, including the timeline, for implementation of the  new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which became federal law on Dec. 10, 2015. This reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reduces federal control of education by increasing state and local control.

    The Ohio Department of Education looks forward to working with all Ohio educators and citizens to take full advantage of this unique chance to reshape our state’s education system. The Every Student Succeeds Act requires Ohio and all local districts and schools to create a plan to meet the requirements of the new law. The state and local plans go into effect for the 2017-2018 school year. While states have not yet received a deadline for submission of state plans from the U.S. Department of Education, Ohio has posted a draft timeline for our state plan development based on the best information available to states from the U.S. Department of Education. The Ohio Department of Education will update this timeline as more information becomes available from the U.S. Department of Education. 

    To assist with communication, the U.S. Department of Education will provide the latest Every Student Succeeds Act information at www.ed.gov/essa. You can sign up here to receive federal transition guidance as it occurs. You also can receive state updates from the Ohio Department of Education by signing up here.

    For more information, including use of 2016 funds, click here. 

    For a related article on ESSA and CTE, click here.

  • February 03, 2016 10:35 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    A total of 20 grants representing 86 schools were recommended for $14.6 million in funding by the Straight A Fund Governing Board. The recommendations go to the Ohio Controlling Board for final approval on Feb. 22.

    Click here for a list of applicants recommended for Straight A Fund grants.

    Of the 20 grants on the list, 14 career-technical schools are included as either a lead applicant or consortium member, mainly to fund advanced manufacturing initiatives through RAMTEC, said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.


    More than 200 school districts applied for funding this year, according to information from ODE.


    “The Straight A Fund has unleashed a wave of creativity as educators look to bring innovation into their classrooms and to modernize their schools,” said Dr. Lonny J. Rivera, interim superintendent of public instruction said in a statement. “These grants will finance bold, new learning and cost-saving projects that will help teachers and administrators better equip their students for today’s global workplace.”


    Ohio Governor John R. Kasich created the Straight A Fund in 2013, and the state budget signed last summer included $30 million for a two-year continuation.


    Each grant application underwent review by independent scorers for both fiscal sustainability and to determine if proposals were innovative, had substantial value and lasting impact before being recommended by the governing board.


    The Straight A Fund Governing Board is comprised of nine members, including the state superintendent of public instruction, four members appointed by the governor, two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president of the Senate.


    For more information:


  • February 03, 2016 10:04 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    In this PBS News Hour, PBS discusses career-technical education in high schools by focusing on one school just outside of Boston, Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School. The special addresses the history of career-tech and the issue of "tracking" students, which means assigning some students to a college track and others to a workforce track. However, with more students not finishing their college degrees, career-technical education can fill in the gaps and provide life-long, successful careers that college may not be able to provide.

    To view the video on the PBS website and read a transcription of the video above, click here. 

  • February 01, 2016 1:41 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Nominations are being accepted for Ohio ACTE Officers.  Positions open are Treasurer for a two-year term  and a President Elect who serves a three-year term (President Elect, President and Past President).   Terms begin Sept. 1, 2016.

    For more information on expectations and time commitment, contact Ohio ACTE Executive Director Christine Gardner by email or phone at 614/890-ACTE or Ohio ACTE Past President Dan Coffman by email.

    If you are interested in serving in a leadership capacity for a Division, contact the Division President.  A list can be found here.

    Letters of intent for Ohio ACTE Officer Positions are due  to Christine Gardner by April 15.

  • February 01, 2016 12:21 PM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    Career-technical education comes with a stigma that is hard to erase. However, career-tech provides educational and career opportunities for in demand occupations and helps meet businesses need for employees.    MSN Money released an article that identifies and addresses five myths that plague career-technical education and why they are incorrect.  (To read the full MSN Money article, click here.)

    1. Only people who can't get into college go to trade schools.

    Actually, career-technical education provides real-world experience and specific skills for a student's desired occupation. Some students who have already earned a four-year degree enroll in a career-technical program because their degree did not help them in their careers.

    2. You can't get a real degree.

    Vocational schools offer two-year associate degrees, and some even offer four-year bachelor's degrees. Some students even go on after vocational school to finish their degrees after gaining necessary skills from career-tech education. 

    3. You can't get a job that pays well.

    Many technical careers pay more than the national mean annual wage as well as offer benefits and retirement packages.   Some companies  even pay for workers' education.

    4. Employers don't want to see trade school on your resume.

    On the contrary, employers appreciate employees' drive to gain new skills and learn about new technologies. These kinds of  "soft" skills are in high demand. 

    5. You're limited to one career your whole life with a vocational education.

    Career-tech education provides various skills that can help in all kinds of careers, and career-technical programs can take half the time of a bachelor's degree. This means that vocational education comes with significantly less risk than a traditional college education.

    To read the full MSN Money article, click here

  • January 29, 2016 10:36 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    The full list of 2016 US Presidential candidates has been released, and this year, for the first time, career-technical education scholars are included.   Ohio's five career-technical students named as semi-finalists were honored along with their instructors at the annual Ohio ACTE  Legislative Seminar on January 21.   Ohio Interim State Superintendent Lonny Rivera, who was a career-technical student himself, addressed attendees and helped  recognize the students for their accomplishments and being named semi-finalists in the prestigious scholars program.

    Superintendent Dr. Lonny Rivera with Ohio CTE Presidential Scholars students

    The Ohio CTE Presidential Scholars Program Semi-Finalists are as follows (in the order from left to right in the picture above):

    Jonathan Pizzo, West Shore Career Tech, Pre-Engineering

    Austin Pearce, Miami Valley Career Technology Center, Computer Network Engineering

    Dylan Wilson, Canton McKinley Senior High School, Pre-Engineering

    Kevin Kennedy, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Computer Programming

    Dale Garber, Upper Valley Career Center, HVAC/R

    For more information on the Ohio CTE semi-finalists, click here.

    The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, established in 1964 by executive order of the President, recognizes the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. The program names up to 161 students as Presidential Scholars each year. In 2015, the program was extended to recognize students in the field of career and technical education.

    To view the full U.S. Presidential Scholars Program 2016 candidates list, click here.

    In the full list, career-technical education students are marked with double asterisks (**).

  • January 27, 2016 11:33 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Byrl R. Shoemaker CTE Institute helps educators and others involved with career-technical and adult education gain a more holistic understanding of career-technical and adult education, through interaction with other educators and state staff, and CTE leaders.

    Applications for the 2016-2017 Shoemaker Institute are now being accepted online.


    The Institute is open to anyone who wants to improve their leadership skills and learn more about career-technical and adult education.  Participation of administrators, teachers, support staff, state staff and others is critical to the success of the program by providing diversity of thought and experience.  The program also encourages participants from different career fields and delivery methods.


    The Institute represents an opportunity for extended professional development.  Completion of the program will allow participants to grow as career-technical educators and position their organizations to take a more active role in shaping the future of career-technical education.


    The online application can be found here, deadline for applying is April 30, 2016.

    For more information on the Institute, click here.

  • January 27, 2016 10:18 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    JPMorgan Chase has committed $75 million to career-technical education programs in order to counter the “global ‘youth employment crisis'" in their program New Skills for Youth. The money will be invested in programs like New York City’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech). P-Tech allows students to spend six years instead of four in high school, and they leave with both their high school diploma and their associate’s degree. In the 2013 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama acknowledged P-Tech for its excellence in the field of career-technical education. JPMorgan Chase’s $75 million will aid students pursuing careers such as computer technology, nursing, and manufacturing.

    In the spring, JPMorgan will review applicants and award grants of $100,000 to up to 25 states to create career-technical programs that suit local employers’ needs. In the fall, another 15 states will receive up to $2 million in additional funds for further “implementation and assessment of their programs.”

    In addition to JPMorgan Chase’s investment, The Hastings Fund and The Walton Family Foundation have also pledged money in the amounts of $100 million and $1 billion. The Hastings Fund’s investment had been allotted for supporting education, but all recipients have not yet been announced. Some of this money, however, has already been promised to the United Negro College Fund and the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. The Walton Family Foundation’s $1 billion will fund charter schools and research the effects charter schools have on students. 

    For more information on JPMorgan Chase's investment, read its announcement here.

  • January 22, 2016 12:06 PM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    In fall of 2014, the percentage of students entering Ohio’s public colleges and universities that required remedial coursework decreased. This positive trend began in 2009 due to statewide initiatives to increase academic and career advising, educator collaboration to align high school and college student learning outcomes, and the implementation of college placement practices.

    From 2009-2014, though, the number of Ohio high school students enrolling in Ohio public colleges and universities decreased by around seven percent. This decrease is a result of Ohio’s expanded employment opportunities that allow students to enter the workforce directly after high school. The number of Ohioans under age 18 has also decreased by over one percent.

    However, in 2014, the number of Ohio high school students entering universities and colleges increased by over five percent when compared to 2013 numbers. Furthermore, the number of high school graduates needing remediation courses in college dropped from 41 percent in 2009 to 32 percent in 2014, a decrease of nine percent. House Bill 153 established “uniform statewide remediation-free standards in mathematics, science, reading and writing,” which has allowed for a steady decrease in remediation courses statewide.

    To read the full 2015 Ohio Remediation Report, click here

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