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  • April 23, 2015 12:16 PM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    At this year's PACE & USO/TDN Spring Conference Bill Sounder, Columbus City Schools, was awarded the 2015 Bill Ruth Award. The Bill Ruth Award is the highest honor an adult educator can receive.


    Pictured here is Bill Souder (left) and Bill Ruth.

  • April 17, 2015 3:19 PM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    Upper Valley Career Center, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, (Architecture & Construction Career Cluster) and Lorain County JVS,  Culinary Arts Academy, (Hospitality & Tourism Career Cluster) received the Excellence in Action Award from the National Association of State Director of Career and Technical Education.


    Programs of study are selected for this award based upon their uniquely inventive and effective approaches to stimulating student learning, offering extensive work-based learning experiences, maintaining strong partnerships with industry and community organizations, and preparing students for postsecondary and career success.  


    For more information about the Excellence in Action Award and its Ohio recipients, please click here.  

  • April 02, 2015 2:12 PM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    Former Governor Bob Taft is a champion for career and technical education. In an opinion article in  the Columbus Dispatch, he  enthusiastically expresses support for CTE programs. Gov. Taft contacted Ohio ACTE to discuss CTE and also attended Ohio ACTE's Student Showcase on March 12, where he visited with CTE students.  


    "We are so grateful to Gov. Taft for his recognition of career-technical education and the opportunities it provides students and Ohio's economy," said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director. " As a former Ohio Governor known for his positive impact on education during his tenure, having him publicly express his support for CTE means so much."


    To read the full article, please click here.  

  • April 02, 2015 2:09 PM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)


    CTE is critical to the future of Ohio is the message from Rep. Bill Reineke from Tiffin.  In a recent column, he emphasizes the importance of the experience that CTE provides students as they begin their career or continue their education.  Rep. Reineke points out how CTE has changed and the “renaissance” of career-technical education, not to mention its importance to Ohio’s economy and filling the growing employment needs.


    To read Rep. Reineke's full article, please click here.

  • March 26, 2015 10:34 AM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    On March 25, 2015, the Ohio Senate passed Senate Bill 3 that would significantly modify the requirements for all participants in the Resident Educator programs.  Championed by Senate President Faber (R-Celina), the bill would allow all districts—including joint vocational school districts—to bypass assessment requirements in years three and four of the Resident Educator program and instead utilize OTES as the requisite form of assessment.


    Currently, all Resident Educator and Alternative Resident Educators must complete and pass the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA) in order to attain professional licensure.  Ohio ACTE representatives testified in committee that RESA significantly impedes the progress of new teachers and discourages new teacher candidates—particularly those coming from industry—from joining the profession.  The RESA process involves multiple submissions of required information that would be cumbersome for even the most experienced teachers, let alone new teachers.  Further, testimony indicated results on last year’s RESA tests were not provided in a timely manner from the California vendor that performed evaluations and provided little guidance for teachers who did not pass.


    Senate Bill 3 provides districts a choice of resident educator assessments: they may (1) continue using RESA or (2) assess participants in years three and four of the program through OTES.  Note this amendment covers all teachers taking part in the Resident Educator program, including career-technical educators in Route A and Route B licensure programs.


    SB 3 now moves on to the House for consideration.  Ohio ACTE will continue to advocate for this alternative to RESA in this bill as it moves through the Legislature.

    by Adam J. Schira, attorney, Dickinson-Wright, Columbus 


  • March 05, 2015 7:53 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio Senator and Senate Education Chair Peggy Lehner (R–Kettering) announced the creation of a Senate Advisory Committee on Testing. The committee will be made up of educational experts from across the state and will make recommendations to the Senate on state required assessments.


    The committee will be evaluating the administration of the new tests given to students in the 2014-2015 school year and make recommendations to the Senate on how to improve state testing.

    Committee members include the following:



    Dar Borradaile, Miami Valley Career and Technical Center

    Melissa Cropper, Georgetown Exempted Village Schools

    Amy Holbrook, Mad River Local Schools

    Kimberly Jones, Columbus City Schools

    Shari Obrenski, Cleveland City Schools

    Billie Sarich, Grandview Heights City Schools

    Kay Wait, Toledo City Schools



    Adrian Allison, Canton City Schools

    Jan Broughton, Fairfield Union Local Schools

    April Domine, New Albany Plain Local Schools

    John Marschhausen, Hilliard City Schools

    Keith Millard, Hamilton City Schools

    Paul Imhoff, Upper Arlington City Schools


    Curriculum and Testing Specialists:

    Cheryl Irish, Miami University

    Machelle Kline, Columbus City Schools

    Jim Mahoney, Battelle for Kids

    Char Shryock, Bay Village Schools

    Julie Sellers, Cincinnati City Schools


    State Board of Education:

    Michael Collins

    Todd Jones


    Other Educational Experts:

    Earl Oremus, Marburn Academy

    Andy Boy, United Schools Network

    Jessica Voltolini, Ohio Department of Education

    Chris Knight, Catholic Schools, Diocese of Toledo

    Parent representative, to be announced


    Senate Members:

    Senate Education Chair Senator Peggy Lehner

    Senate Education Vice-Chair Senator Cliff Hite

    Senate Education Ranking Member Tom Sawyer

  • March 04, 2015 3:17 PM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)



    Ohio ACTE members from Great Oaks present U.S. Senator Rob Portman  with the ACTE Policymaker of the Year Award at the March 4 Buckeye Coffee in Washington, D.C.  

  • March 04, 2015 2:50 PM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    (Pictured here left to right: Hayden Roberston, Superintendent Kim Wilson, Maria Grabill and Congressman Jim Jordan)


    United States Congressman Jim Jordan paid a visit to Tolles Career & Technical Center on Monday, March 9, meeting with Superintendent Kim Wilson and touring several career-technical programs that are key in helping Ohio solve the skills gap and strengthen the workforce. Congressman Jordan saw the progress of the new Robotics Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC) lab, which will serve both high school and adult education students interested in engineering and advanced manufacturing careers. RAMTEC is part of a $1.5 million grant Tolles received as part of Governor Kasich's Straight A Grant program. Jordan also toured the Welding & Fabrication lab and Global Logistics lab, meeting with both instructors and students.

    Ohio ACTE has increased its advocacy efforts at the Federal level to insure adequate representation of CTE and Ohio's efforts with our Ohio members of Congress.  For more information, click here.

  • March 03, 2015 11:04 AM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)
















    (Left to right:  Carrie Herringshaw, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, Superintendent Ron Matter)


    On Feb. 26 Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor visited Penta Career Center to promote career technical education in Ohio, and specifically to support keeping advanced manufacturing in Toledo's region.


    The Lt. Gov. has been visiting many career centers across the state and has spoken with numerous students and instructors within the auto tech, welding, and advanced manufacturing career fields. 

    For more information on the Lt. Governor's tour of Penta Career Center, click here to read the full article. 

  • March 01, 2015 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, 2015.

    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 Larry Hickman 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 April 15.

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