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

    Vice President of Great Oaks Career Campuses and former Ohio ACTE President, Jon Quatman, has been nominated for National ACTE's Region 1, Vice President Elect.

    Each year, the national organization conducts elections for its Board of Directors. ACTE will be holding elections Nov. 20 through Dec. 20, 2015. Newly elected officers will be announced in January, 2016.

    Mr. Quatman has been in career technical education for over 15 years, earning recognition for his work as a CTE ambassador.

    Support Jon and the National ACTE organization by becoming a member and casting your vote. In order to vote you must be an ACTE member as of October 20, 2015.

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

  • September 03, 2015 10:29 AM | Abbey Keyse (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.

  • August 24, 2015 11:53 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education released its annual "Report Cards" for Ohio schools including career-technical programs. Several CTE institutions received "straight As" and were ranked among the top educational programs in the state.

    The report card, which is in its third year, showed improvements across all grades.

    "Our hard work to make career-technical education a valuable pathway to skilled jobs is paying off. Career-technical education in Ohio is strong and getting stronger," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard A. Ross. "This report card is great news for Ohio’s students, families and economy."

    For more information click here.

  • August 24, 2015 10:35 AM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education Office of CTE, is seeking Ohio’s brightest CTE graduating seniors for national recognition!

    The 50-year-old Presidential Scholars Program will for the first time in FY2016 single out 20 of the nation’s career-tech graduates for the new CTE U.S. Presidential Scholars Designation.  While this has long been an honor for all of the nation’s graduating seniors, it is especially significant that career-tech is now singled out.


    The process to apply for the Presidential Scholars Program is detailed within the application form. Please click here to access the application. All states, including Ohio, will select five nominees.  
    Please send the nominations for the brightest seniors via e-mail to Abbey Keyse at membership@ohioacte.org as Ohio ACTE is coordinating the selection. The deadline is September 18, 2015Please note: more than one nomination can be submitted, but it is preferred that only one soon-to-be graduate from each school or career center is entered. This student needs to be one who will follow through with the national steps if he or she is chosen as one of Ohio's official nominees.  
    Thanks for helping Ohio with this recognition and visibility initiative!

  • August 11, 2015 2:25 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    With summer break coming to an end, students and educators are preparing for the new school year. Career-technical educators at career centers, compacts and comprehensive high schools across the state are busy getting ready for their student's arrival in the upcoming weeks. What are some 2015-2016 back to school statistics?


    National Statistics


    50.1 million students will attend public schools. 14.9 million of these students will be enrolled in grades 9-12. 


    Public school districts will employ 3.1 million full-time teachers. The average student to teacher ratio will be 16:1.


    Public school expenditures are projected to total $634 billion this year. The current expenditure per student is project at $12,605.


    For more national statistics, visit the NCES website by clicking here. 


    State Statistics


    There are 3,586 public schools in Ohio. Almost 1.7 million students attended public schools last year.


    Public school expenditures totaled $9.1 billion last year. Current education expenditures per student in Ohio is $10,478.


    Visit the Ohio Department of Education's website for more state statistics here.


    Good luck to all CTE students and educators in the upcoming year!

  • August 11, 2015 2:16 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Washington DC-based group, Achieve, released a brief highlighting Ohio CTE programs that have successfully integrated academic and technical curriculum to prepare students for college and careers. Ohio was one of two states chosen to highlight in the report which underscores the importance of state policy in advancing quality CTE.

    The brief features student success stories from Auburn Career Center, Centerville High School and Excel Technical Education Career Consortium.

    "Ohio CTE programs have  set the bar when it comes to preparing students for their futures," said Ohio ACTE's Executive Director, Christine Gardner, "Ohio Career-tech educators are models of effective education leading to student success"

    Achieve is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization dedicated to working with states to raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability. Read more about Achieve, click here.

    To see the entire brief, visit Achieve's website.

  • August 11, 2015 2:05 PM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    Attend a career field specific day of professional development designed for teachers and instructors, or for anyone interested in improving, starting, or reinvigorating a program at their school!


    The Ohio ACTE Success Series is delivered by teachers at schools that offer to host the program and is unlike any other professional development opportunity as it is focused on interaction and sharing and attendees drive the day's content. A Success Series agenda typically includes the following:

    - Career specific content information from instructors

    - Discussion

    - Updates from ODE field consultant

    - Campus tour
    - Lunch

    - Time to collaborate and network with peers

    Save the dates for the following upcoming Success Series! Registration will open soon and includes complimentary Ohio ACTE and division membership.

    Welding - Tuesday, September 22 at RG Drage Career & Technical Center
    Aviation - Thursday, October 1 at Majoning County Career & Technical Center
    Robotics/RAMTEC - Friday, October 2 at Tri-Rivers Career Center
    Vet Tech - Tuesday, October 6 at Grant Career Center
    Health Careers - Friday, October 9 at Tolles Career & Technical Center
    Auto Tech - Tuesday, October 13 at Mid-East Career & Technology Center/Buffalo Campus
    HVAC/Construction - Friday, October 16 at Upper Valley Career Center
    Cosmetology - Thursday, October 22 at Mahoning County Career & Technical Center


    For more information, visit www.OhioACTE.org/SuccessSeries. Interesting in hosting a Success Series at your school?

    Contact Abbey Keyse at membership@ohioacte.org.

  • August 11, 2015 11:14 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The 2015 Ohio ACTE Annual Connections to Education Conference, July 27-29,  provided great opportunities for all who attended.   Here are some of our attendees favorite aspects of this year's conference:

    1. Content

    With over 50 break out sessions throughout the conference, attendees enjoyed hearing about innovative ideas and concepts to bring back to their districts and their classrooms. Click Here to see presenter power-points and hand outs from the conference.

    "I was very impressed with the quantity and relevance of the choices available. It gets right to business with no wasted time,"  said one attendee.

    2. Networking

    This year attendees took advantage of many chances to connect with CTE professionals across the state to exchange ideas and develop relationships through activities such as the anniversary lunch and the summertime social.

    "It is one of the professional development events I make sure I attend each year. Great information and networking opportunities."

    3. Re-Energize for the School Year

    With a three-month break, it is easy to "dread" going back to work in the fall for many educators. The conference allowed CTE teachers and administrators to regain their focus and got them excited for the upcoming year.

    "The networking, rejoining of my peers and feeling the 'kick off the year' energy with other CTE professionals was my favorite part."

    4. ODE Updates

    During the conference, Director of the office of CTE at the Ohio Department of Education, Bill Bussey spoke to attendees about important things to know for the upcoming year. 

    "Extremely informative for pertinent Ohio updates and information."

    5. Pre-Conferences, Including Survive and Thrive and Career Connections

    Survive and Thrive was a pre-conference option offered to first year CTE teachers. The goal of this workshop was to inform new teachers about how CTE is unique and how to be successful in their classrooms. The Career Connections Workshop provided many ways to help guide students about their career options.

    "First time I attended, and I felt at home."

    Thank you to those of you who took the time to fill out our evaluation survey so far! Click Here to give us your feedback!

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