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  • February 21, 2017 10:15 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    Every year Ohio ACTE recognizes teachers, administrators and supporters of career technical education through its awards program. These individuals were nominated by their peers for their continued dedication and passion for career technical education.

    The 2017 Award winners are:

    Administrator of the Year:

    Tim Buschur- Tri Star Career Compact

    Teacher of the Year:

    Peter Clark – Butler Technology and Career Development Schools  

    Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year:

    Tracy Campbell – Owens Community College

    Career Guidance Award:

    Deb Jung – Upper Valley Career Center

    Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher:

    Melanie Kirin – Bedford High School

    Outstanding CTAE Professional in Community Service:

    Stephanie Jolliff – Ridgemont Schools

    Ambassador Award:

    Christina Kerns- Penta Career Center

    Image Award:

    Tom Daskalakis – UC Health-West Chester Hospital

    Outstanding School Board Members:

    Frank Antonacci- RG Drage Career and Technical Center

    Bobbie Grice- Warren County Career Center

    Sue Price- Butler Technology and Career Development Schools

    Corey Ledley – Ridgemont Local Schools

    Beth McManus – U.S. Grant Career Center

    These winners will be recognized at Ohio ACTE's Connections to Education Conference that will be held July 24-26 at the Hilton Easton. Click here for more information about the conference. 

  • February 07, 2017 6:39 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Gov. Kasich released the 18-19 Budget on January 30 with several measures intended to prepare students for college and career.

    This year’s budget proposal includes several proposals from members of the Governor’s Executive Workforce Board, a group of business, labor and workforce stakeholders, who serve as key advisors to help Ohio strengthen its workforce training efforts. The board has proposed a number of recommendations of note to career-technical educators that are included in the governor’s budget, including:

         - Establishing Stronger Connections between Educators and Businesses
        -  Addressing the Skills Gap
       -  Increasing Pathways to Employment
        - Making it Easier for Schools to Provide Work Experience
        - Strengthening Ohio’s Investment in K-12 Education
        - Improving Ohio’s College Credit Plus Program   
        - A Continued Commitment to Mentoring

    Overall funding proposes cuts for schools who have seen a decline in enrollment.  Spreadsheets showing the impact on JVSDs and K12 school districts have been released and can be accessed on this page. Click here.

    “Ohio ACTE will continue to sort out the (budget) details and the impact on career-technical education from funding to programming and will advocate for career-tech ed to make sure we continue to serve students and business as well as implement the proposals that make sense in accomplishing the goals of CTE,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.

    The budget process will continue throughout the Spring with a final budget due June 30.  Ohio ACTE will continue to advocate and provide updates on career-tech ed budget provisions.

  • February 06, 2017 7:04 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The education “de-regulation” bill, Senate Bill 3, takes effect March 17. An important CTE-related provision contained in SB 3 exempts individuals teaching career-tech courses under an alternative resident educator license from the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA).

    As ODE begins the SB 3 implementation process, questions remain regarding the assessment of individuals currently in the RESA Resident Educator program. ODE has indicated that they are reviewing the legislation and should have guidance in the coming months. 

     “We are waiting on guidance from ODE (regarding teachers currently in the program), but the legislative intent was to alleviate the obstacles that face teachers coming from business and industry who need to learn to teach, including those currently in the RESA program,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.

    Over the last two years, Ohio ACTE advocated for the elimination of RESA based on feedback regarding the recruitment and retention of career-field and workforce development instructors.   SB 3 instructs ODE and career-tech representatives to work on an alternate assessment for career-tech educators. According to the Bill, this assessment must be in place by Dec. 31, 2017.

    Over the last two years, Ohio ACTE advocated for the elimination of RESA based on feedback received from the field indicating that the assessment was overly burdensome for teachers on an alternative licensure pathway and significantly impeded schools’ ability to recruit and retain CTE educators.  SB 3 instructs ODE and the CTE community to develop work on an alternate method of assessment for career-technical educators. According to the Bill, this assessment must be in place by Dec. 31, 2017.

  • February 05, 2017 1:41 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Nominations are being accepted for Ohio ACTE Officers.  Positions open are Secretary 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, 2017.

    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 Tim Buschur 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 02, 2017 11:16 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    February is Career Technical Education month, an opportunity to promote career-tech ed and the accomplishments of our students.

    Share your own career-tech success stories with #LetsTalkCareer and #CTEMonth on Ohio ACTE's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/OhioACTE.

    For more information click here.
  • February 01, 2017 11:52 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    During its December meeting, the State Board of Education's Standards and Graduation Committee discussed graduation requirements and ultimately decided to create a workgroup led by the Superintendent of Public Instruction to review these requirements.

    Graduation Workgroup Continues Discussion of Requirements

    The workgroup charged with reviewing graduation requirements and consider alternative approaches met Feb. 1.  Career technical education is represented by Nancy Luce, Superintendent, Upper Valley Career Center and Greg Edinger, Superintendent, Vanguard-Sentinal Career Center. The workgroup is lead by State Supt. Paolo Demaria and formed at the request of the State Board of Educations Standards and Graduation Committee

    The workgroup followed its initial presentation on workforce needs with a discussion of college readiness at its meeting on Feb. 1, though the researcher leading the briefing stressed the two realms should not be seen as "mutually exclusive."

    Susan Therriault, director of the College and Career Readiness and Success Center, said students will need a set of transferable, higher-level skills that enable repeated retraining through life, regardless of whether their post-high school plans are to enter the job market directly, attend community college or seek a four-year degree.

    "They need to be able to either enter a career or enter post-secondary education and training several times throughout their careers," she said. "Adult retraining is going to be the norm."

    Therriault also said discussions of college and career readiness standards need to include a focus on equity of opportunity, noting current statistics show low-income and minority students generally are exposed to comprehensive preparatory curriculum at lower rates, and are less likely both to enroll in post-secondary education and to attain a degree or credential.

    Therriault also said her research into other states' efforts to revisit their graduation requirements and college-career readiness benchmarks show struggles with the same issues that Ohio is facing now. Raising standards generally is difficult because it highlights existing inadequacies in schools, including the performance gaps among subgroups of students. And raising the standards is likely to have a disproportionate effect on students already at risk.

    On the flip side, lowering standards often only delays those hard decisions, sometimes repeatedly. "So when you lower a higher standard that you've already established, typically it stays low," Therriault said.

    Creation of the graduation workgroup stemmed from just such a discussion. The State Board of Education considered a proposal to lower the point threshold for performance on end-of-course exams that would enable students to earn a diploma, but ultimately pulled back in favor of further study via the workgroup. The workgroup is to present recommendations back to the board on how to proceed by April.

    A catalyst for the debate was concern from local school officials that too many students are at risk of not graduating on time when the state's new standards kick in for the class of 2018. Ohio Department of Education (ODE) officials presented data to the State Board of Education last year showing about 30 percent of students are at risk of not accumulating enough points on end-of-course exams to earn a diploma. However, the officials stressed that those figures don't provide the full picture, given that end-of-course exams are just one of three pathways to earning a diploma, among other caveats.

    The workgroup closed Wednesday's meeting with small group discussions to develop key takeaways from the day's presentation as well as that of the first meeting two weeks ago.

    Among the takeaways shared were the following:


    - While there needs to be some kind of minimum standards, students are not all the same and need customized approaches.

    - Though it's assumed the career-technical education graduation pathway gives students more time to explore careers, in fact they are subject to the greatest number of assessments, since they must take those in their pathway plus those required for the other two pathways.

    - Students should be exposed to niche areas to give them an idea of different work and career opportunities available.

    - The speed of business is accelerating, increasing the importance of students' learning "soft skills" for employability at the high school level.

    - The terminology and definitions of the career-college readiness discussion need to change so that people don't assume pursuing higher education means pursuing a four-year degree.

    - Equity and access to resources are important

    - Alternatives for students are important so they can explore, discover and lead the way in their education.

    Click here for the entire article

    The workgroup next meets at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the ODE offices on Front St. in downtown Columbus. Superintendent Paolo DeMaria said the next meeting will focus on a detailed review of the state's three graduation pathways.

    Upcoming meetings:

    - Wednesday, Feb. 15

    - Wednesday, March 1

    - Wednesday, March, 15

    - Wednesday, March 29

    -Wednesday, April 5 (if needed)

  • January 31, 2017 11:14 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Legislature has named the members of two committees important to career-technical education. 

    The Senate Education Committee will be chaired by Peggy Lehner, as appointed by Senate President Larry Obhof.  Click here for a complete list of members: http://ohiosenate.gov/committee/education

    The House Education & Career Readiness Committee will be chaired by Andrew Brenner.  The "and Career Readiness" was added to its name for the first time this year.

    Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger named the 2017-18 House Education and Career Readiness Committee members.

    For a complete list of Committee Members, visit http://www.ohiohouse.gov/committee/education-and-career-readiness

  • January 20, 2017 11:30 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    On January 18-19, 2017,  Ohio ACTE hosted the annual Legislative Seminar at the Sheraton in Columbus - Capitol Square. This event gave Ohio ACTE members the opportunity to meet with their legislators and hear updates on policies that affect career-technical education.

    The seminar began with the legislative priorities of career technical education in a presentation by Ohio ACTE's legislative council Will Vorys from Dickinson Wright and Dee Smith from Pappas and Associates, followed by House Representative Ryan Smith’s biennium budget outlook presentation.

    Superintendent DeMaria

    Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, Cliff Rosenberger spoke of the importance of building Ohio’s workforce while giving his legislative viewpoint.

    Paolo DeMaria, Superintendent of Public Instruction, followed by speaking about the promising future that is in store for career tech.

    Ohio Speaker of the House, Cliff Rosenberger

    From Left, Dan Murphy, Ohio ACTE President, Paulo DeMaria,State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director

     Ohio ACTE then recognized this year’s Presidential Scholars Semi-Finalists, Carlos Boyd, Esmeralda Carachure, Helena Faulder, Madison Wright, and Dylan Young. Dan Murphy, Ohio ACTE President and Kristen Plageman of CCS awarded these students for their achievements in career technical education.

    From left, Christine Gardner, Dylan Young, Carlos Boyd, Dan Murphy, Madison Wright, Helena Faulder, and Esmeralda Carachure

    After breaking for lunch members had the opportunity to meet with their legislators in their offices, as well as at the reception later that night.

    Thursday morning began with the Policy Maker of the Year Awards, given to Senator Keith Faber and Representative Andrew Brenner for their work in advocating for career technical education.

    Then, Joyce Malainy (Superintendent C-TEC) Lauren Massey (Director of Adult Education C-TEC) Cheri Hottingerger (VP Commercial loans- Park National Bank) Representative Scott Ryan, and Ben Fullen (AFPSL Program Manager) gave a panel about meeting Ohio’s labor marker needs as part of Project Prepare.

    Ryan Burgess, Director of the Governor’s office spoke about the transformation of today’s workforce in relation to career tech, and Representative Robert Cupp finished off the event with his presentation on the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Education.

    Director Burgess

    The 2017 Legislative Seminar showcased the outstanding work that our career-tech educators, students, and legislative supporters have done in 2016, while highlighting the goals for 2017.

    Thank you to our sponsors, Buckeye Educational Systems, Dayton/Cincinnati Technology Services, NaviGate Prepared, RedTree Investment Group, and William Blair Municipal Finance. 

    Do you have pictures from this event that you would like to share? Email them to us at communications@ohioacte.org or contact us on Facebook or Twitter 

  • January 11, 2017 12:33 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio was one of 10 states chosen to receive the New Skills for Youth grant  for planning and early implementation of long-term career readiness education programs that prepare Ohio’s youth for and align with in-demand jobs. Ohio  will receive up to $2 million each over three years to help execute the plans they developed in the first phase.


    New Skills for Youth state grants are one piece of a $75 million, five-year initiative developed by JPMorgan Chase, in collaboration with CCSSO and Advance CTE, aimed at strengthening job-readiness, starting in high school and ending with postsecondary degrees or credentials aligned with high-skill jobs that are in-demand with Ohio’s businesses.

    From the left - Dennis Franks, Pickaway-Ross Career Center Superintendent and Governor's Executive  Workforce Board Member with Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Paolo DeMaria, State Superintnedent and Steve Gratz, ODE, at the New Skills for Youth Grant announcement at Kokosing Inc. in Westerville

  • January 08, 2017 10:23 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Roots of Career-Technical Education Established 100 Years Ago Through the Smith-Hughes Act


    It was 1917 when Congress formally adopted policies to fund vocational education at the secondary level through the Smith-Hughes Act, also known as the Vocational Extension Act.  Policy makers 100 years ago recognized the need for Americans to develop skills in order to develop the labor force needed in a country that was experiencing rapid industrialization.

    It is from the roots of the Smith-Hughes Act that career-technical education has grown and changed to meet the needs of today’s economy, including both employers and students.  The Smith-Hughes Act was the precursor to today’s Carl D Perkin’s Career and Technical Education Act, currently winding its way through the re-authorization process at the national level.

    Career-technical education has changed drastically in 100 years.  Some of the changes include the expansion of programs offered (in 1917 there were only three major areas: trade and industrial, agriculture and home economics).  Today, students choose from numerous pathways and many courses aligned to Ohio’s economic needs.  Another change is the highly technical nature of all careers and the need to keep up with advances in every career field.

    One of the biggest changes is that career-technical education now includes an emphasis on academics as well as career-specific learning.  Critics of the Smith-Hughes Act say it created the dichotomy between skills and academic learning.  Subsequently, the Perkin’s Act has increased accountability and the connection between academics and career education. It recognizes that today’s career opportunities require both technical skills and knowledge to be successful.

    In the book “A History of Vocational and Career Education in Ohio” Drs. Darrell Parks and Byrl Shoemaker say it best when they wrote that career-technical education transitioned from a “hands on to a head and hands on” education model.

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