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  • June 05, 2018 12:36 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Ean Boecker of Vantage Career Center, this year's Conference Program Design Contest winner! 

    With the guidance  of his Interactive Media Instructor, Jill DeWert, Ean's cover was selected out of more than 50 other entries.  He will be returning as a senior to Interactive Media next year.  His design will be featured on the cover of the printed program distributed to all attendees at the 2018 Connections to Education Conference, July 23-35, Hilton Easton.

    Congratulations to Ean and all of the staff at Vantage Career Center! 

    For more information on the 2018 Connections to Education Conference July 23-25 at the Hilton Easton, Columbus, please click here.

    2018 Conference Program Cover Contest Winner Chosen!

  • June 05, 2018 12:29 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    2018 Student Scholarship Winners

    Out of more than 225 entries, Mackenzie Hudock of Tolles Career and Technical Center and Emily Forsthoefel of Tri Star Career Compact were chosen as the 2018 Darrell Parks Student Scholarship Recipients!

    Mackenzie Hudock, Tolles Career and Technical Center

    Mackenzie Hudock completed the art designs and communications program at  Tolles Career and Technical Center. During high school, Mackenzie was the Marketing and Communications Officer for Interact Club, where she was in charge of sending out all email communications, updating Social Media pages, and she took part in many service projects. She was also a member of National Honors Society. In addition, she volunteered as a Reading Buddy with the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Mackenzie will be attending the University of Cincinnati in the fall and plans on majoring in communication design.

    Emily Forsthoefel, Tri Star Career Compact

    Emily Forsthoefel (pictured here with Brenda Speck, Instructor) graduated from the Tri Star Career Compact MedPrep program. As part of the program, she learned about anatomy and physiology, as well as patient care and leadership. Emily held many positions while in the MedPrep program, including Vice President of SkillsUSA, head nurse for her team, and a supervisor in her class. In addition, she traveled with her classmates to Haiti and helped at a hospital. Emily plans on attending college and majoring in medical imaging and radiology. She hopes to work in the field as an X-Ray Technician and eventually continue her education in ultrasound.

    Each year, Ohio ACTE awards up to two Darrell Parks Student Scholarships, which provide $1,000 toward the continuing education of career-technical graduates.  The winners are chosen by Dr. Darrell Parks, former director of the ODE Office of CTE and past Executive Director of Ohio ACTE. 

  • May 24, 2018 8:40 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    An Aligning Opportunities report done by Team Northeast Ohio found that there is a misalignment in Northeast Ohio regarding skills, education, and training needed to fill high-demand occupations.

    According to Jacob Duritsy, vice president, Strategy and Research for Team NEO, the objective of the findings is to provide secondary and post-secondary educational institutions in Northeast Ohio a tool to help them evaluate (and re-evaluate) their professional and technical education programs. The report also found that manufacturing, IT, and healthcare are the most in-demand sectors, and within the 19 occupation categories studied, only three are aligned with supply and demand.

    Read the full story here.

  • May 21, 2018 8:03 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    Recent events across the country have renewed the nation’s focus on protecting the students and staff in our schools.  The debate on school safety is raging and people are wrestling with what school districts can do to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening again.  The education community understands that the problems and challenges facing our school leadership go beyond individual roles and even district boundaries. 

    The solution to school violence is not one dimensional and requires an ongoing effort in a multidisciplinary approach.  The inclusion of mental health services, safety measures, improved safety features for school buildings and increased training must be enhanced to ensure the continued safety of our students and staff.

    Ohio ACTE is part of a coalition planning a School Security and Safety Solutions Summit on Sept. 12, 2018, in Columbus.  The event will be free of charge and is designed for district teams including administrators, board members, educators, school counselors, school psychologists, support staff, mental health professionals, parent leaders, law enforcement and other first responders. 

    The coalition also is asking for your help.  If you have implemented successful practices for school safety that you are willing to discuss with the rest of the state, please share your expertise and experience and speak at this event.  Any topics are welcome at this time, but we are particularly interested in the following subjects:

    • Trauma
    • Identification of resources
    • School climate
    • Supporting children and families
    • Intervention
    • Managing mental health
    • Roles of school psychologists and counselors
    • De-escalation techniques
    • Stadiums/extracurricular activities
    • Bus safety
    • Schools
    • Legal aspects of arming staff
    • Building plan evaluations
    • Law enforcement
    • First responders
    • Threat assessment
    • Emergency management plans
    • Collaboration with local and county governments

    To propose a topic, use the online form at  Nominations will close on June 8, 2018.

    Ohio ACTE is taking part in a collaborative effort involving a multitude of education groups, mental health organizations and law enforcement agencies to address the issues surrounding the safety and security of Ohio’s schools.  Nearly 20 groups have committed themselves to working together to make a difference for the schoolchildren of this state.  They have developed both short- and long-term goals that focus on mental health, safety procedures and training, cooperative relationships between law enforcement and school districts, weapons in schools, family and parental involvement and more.  The groups involved include:

    ·       Buckeye Association of School Administrators;

    ·       National Alliance on Mental Illness – Ohio;

    ·       Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education;

    ·       Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators;

    ·       Ohio Association of Public School Employees;

    ·       Ohio Association of School Business Officials;

    ·       Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators;

    ·       Ohio Department of Education;

    ·       Ohio Homeland Security;

    ·       Ohio Education Association;

    ·       Ohio Educational Service Center Association;

    ·       Ohio Federation of Teachers;

    ·       Ohio High School Athletic Association;

    ·       Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services;

    ·       Ohio PTA;

    ·       Ohio School Boards Association;

    ·       Ohio School Counselors Association;

    ·       Ohio School Psychologists Association;

    ·       Ohio School Resource Officers Association.


  • May 15, 2018 11:23 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    President Donald J. Trump on May 14 announced his intent to nominate the following:

    Scott Stump of Colorado, to be Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the US Department of Education.

    Stump is the Chief Operating Officer for Vivayic, Inc., a learning solutions company based in Lincoln, Nebraska. Previously, he served as the Assistant Provost for Career and Technical Education with the Colorado Community College System. In 2014, he served as President of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education consortium, now called Advance CTE.  Stump holds a B.S. in Agricultural Education from Purdue University.

  • May 04, 2018 1:34 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Creating Quality Technical Educators Act was introduced April 24 by Sens.  Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc. and Tim Kaine, D-Va.,  Sen. Portman is a co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus.

    "Quality CTE teachers play a key role in expanding access to high quality programs and making sure more students and parents recognize the value of a CTE education—all of which helps lead to more and better job opportunities for students," Portman said.

    The bill would create "partnership grants for the preparation of career and technical education teachers" that are open to both mid-career professionals and those seeking initial licensure to teach CTE. They're also open to current educators without subject-matter expertise in CTE.  Program participants would need to commit to working with a mentor teacher for two years, and get continuing professional development for three years. Those who are trained through the grants would have to serve as full-time CTE educators in a "high need" district for at least three years. 

    The legislation would act as an amendment to the Higher Education Act. 

    Click here to read more.

  • May 02, 2018 3:23 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE and the Ohio Ophthalmological Society are partnering once again to offer FREE safety eyewear for students in programs requiring the use of eye protection.  This program is possible as part of a grant from the Ohio Department of Health to  promote eye safety and to encourage students to use protective eyewear in activities outside of the classroom as well.

    Click on this link to be taken to the online order form and note that there is a link in the order form to view eyewear choices:

    Applications must be completed by May 31, 2018.  Letters will be sent in early June to each applicant to let them know how many pieces of equipment to expect.  Equipment will ship in August to the address provided. 

    In order to participate, schools must agree to provide safety information to students and participate in a survey.  It is open to all schools and is not needs-based.

    Since the inception of the program in 2009, more than 200,000 protective eyewear pieces have been distributed.  Programs benefiting from this partnership include: Automotive, BioMedical Science, Arts, Building and Grounds, HVAC, Dental Assisting, and more.

  • May 02, 2018 8:10 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    May 7-11 is In-Demand Jobs Week, when communities, educators and businesses focus on the jobs, industries and skills that currently are driving Ohio’s economy. The week encourages educators, job seekers, and students to all come together to learn more about the many jobs and careers that are in-demand in the state.

    Schools and educators can take part by planning events that inspire students to explore these careers in their local communities. Watch this video to learn more, and visit the In-Demand Jobs Week webpage to find resources, including the planning guide for educators

    Students and their parents, as well as current job-seekers, can also visit the webpage to learn more about the hundreds of in-demand jobs. From accounting to engineering, administrative positions and veterinary technicians, this is a great opportunity to learn what skills and qualifications are needed for different positions and discover new career opportunities you may not have considered before.

    Educators, community members and job-seekers can view all the week's events on the Facebook event page.

  • May 02, 2018 6:51 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Nancy Luce, Upper Valley Career Center Superintendent, and Jamey Palma, Career Technical Director at Massillon City Schools will join the Ohio ACTE officer team on Sept. 1, 2018.  Beginning Sept. 1,  Nancy will serve as President Elect for one year, and then President for one year and then Past President of Ohio ACTE.  Jamey will serve a two-year term as Ohio ACTE treasurer.   They join the current Ohio ACTE officers, click here.  

    Terms change Sept. 1, 2018 when Nick Weldy, Miami Valley Career Center Superintendent will become Ohio ACTE President, after serving this year as President Elect.

    Read more about Nancy and Jamey's background here.

  • April 30, 2018 4:04 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    Teacher Appreciation is Week May 7-11. During this week, please help us thank Ohio’s remarkable teachers!
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