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  • July 07, 2014 11:11 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Governor Kasich signed House Bill 487, or the “Education MBR,” into law on June 16.  The final bill includes several changes to the version passed in the Senate last month.   The most relevant language from a CTE standpoint – the expansion of  CTE courses to grades seven and eight – remained intact. 

    Other major initiatives impacting career-technical and adult education include:

    Career Readiness Graduation Pathway

    The final version of the bill includes  “career readiness” graduation pathway for students entering ninth grade on or after July 1, 2014 that is separate from the new end-of-course and college admissions exam pathways.  These provisions were all added by conference committee at the end of the legislative process.  The MBR enables such students who satisfy the necessary course credit requirements to qualify for graduation if they (1) earn an industry-recognized credential or state license to practice in a vocation and (2) attain a score demonstrating “workforce readiness and employability” on a State Board-approved, nationally-recognized job skills assessment.  Ohio ACTE supports WorkKeys as a qualifying assessment and requested the Ohio State Board of Eduction consider it as an appropriate job skills assessment instrument.   Districts will administer the job skills assessments to students utilizing the career readiness pathway, but the Department of Education will reimburse districts for all such administration costs. Click here for more information on graduation requirements.

    Opt-Out for Course Requirements for Graduation

    Ohio Course Requirements for graduation, the Legislature retained language extending of the opt-out provision for students who enter ninth grade between July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2016 (previously, only students entering ninth grade between 2010 and 2014 were eligible).  However, the final version of the bill will require students who opt out pursuant to this extension to complete three units of science with laboratory experience (lab not required under current law); five (previously six) elective units; and four (previously three) units of mathematics, one of which must be in the area of statistics, computer programming, or applied mathematics.

    College Credit Plus

    The College Credit Plus (CCP) program language in HB 487 remained mostly unchanged, but the final bill includes a provision allowing districts to reach agreements with postsecondary institutions to provide courses for below the $40 floor amount.

    GED Requirements

    The bill also incorporates language from House Bill 343 that permits eighteen year olds to take the GED without a superintendent sign-off if they have withdrawn from school and not received a diploma.  Students between the ages of sixteen and eighteen may take the GED with written approval from a parent, guardian, or court official.  Only sixteen to eighteen year olds who take the GED would count as dropouts on the report card of the last district or school of enrollment.

    Teacher Evaluations

    Finally, the General Assembly removed the references to teacher evaluations from the MBR and instead addressed that issue in House Bill 362, which also passed last week.  HB 362 makes several changes to the evaluation system that, generally, provide boards with more options when creating an evaluation system framework and allows boards to elect not to evaluation teachers are who are retiring, on leave, or have scored accomplished or skilled on the most recent evaluation.  Click here for more information on the changes to the Teacher Evaluation System.

     

    The majority of the provisions in the bill will become effective on September 14, 2014 90 days after the Governor signed it into law.

    Ohio ACTE will continue to work with legislators and regulators to make sure career-technical and adult education is represented in decisions regarding information.


     

     

  • July 07, 2014 12:00 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Students, teachers, business owners, community leaders, K-12 educators, and CTE administrators gathered in a lab at Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development to meet with US Senator Rob Portman on July 7.  Portman, who is preparing to introduce a Perkins reauthorization bill, asked for the meeting to learn more about how well career-technical education works.

    The themes were familiar to most CTE educators:  Business owners spoke of good jobs being given to CTE graduates.  Students described the skills they are learning and the opportunities they have.  And all expressed frustration in trying to help parents, students, and community members understand the value of a career-technical education.

    A dual path for college and careers was also mentioned frequently.  “When these graduates go into industry they have options,” said one panelist.  “They can stay and make good money as machinists or they can go into engineering often with tuition paid by their employer.” 

    Senator Portman said that he had more experience with the Workforce Investment Act but saw the need for secondary CTE education.  “The more I get involved, the more I go back to the high school level and how we can get more high school students into career training.”

    As the meeting broke up, two clusters formed:  One group gathered with the Senator to continue the discussion, while precision machining employers introduced themselves to the two senior students who hadn’t yet committed to an internship for the year.


  • July 06, 2014 5:38 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Four Ohio ACTE members are 2014 Region 1 finalists for national ACTE recognition.  The following educators were named Region 1 Award winners and will be considered for national recognition in these categories:

     

    Teacher of the Year Award

    Tim Michitsch, Lorain County Joint Vocational School

     

    Postsecondary Teacher of the Year

    Adam Schussel, Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development

     

    Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher

    Eric Mathews, Akron Public Schools

     

    Career Guidance Award

    Doug Nagle, Coshocton County Career Center

     

    ACTE Region 1 is composed of 13 states one of five regional finalists from throughout the country will be chosen in each category for national recognition in November.

     

    All Ohio ACTE Award Winners will be honored at the 2014 Connections to Education Conference July 30 – August 1 at the Hilton Easton, Columbus.

  • July 06, 2014 2:54 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    US Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) praised the passage on June 25th of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). "I am pleased that the Senate passed my reforms along with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, bringing the federal government’s primary workforce development programs into the 21st Century,” Portman said.


    The bipartisan, bicameral legislation also passed through the House of Representatives July 9 415-6 after passing the Senate 95-3 last month. It will now travel to the President’s desk, where it will await his signature to sign the bill into law.


    WIOA, which has not been reauthorized since 1998, modernizes and improves existing federal workforce development programs to be more responsive to the needs of employers, more efficient with taxpayer dollars, and more effective in connecting the unemployed with good-paying jobs.


    All four key components of bipartisan workforce development legislation authored by Portman, known as the Careers Through Responsive, Efficient, and Effective Retraining (CAREER) Act, are reflected in the final package.

    “For too many Americans, the only jobs that are available are those they don’t have the skills or qualifications to fill,” Portman said. “This has created a skills gap that is hurting unemployed workers and businesses, and is holding back the economy. For the past three years, I have worked in a bipartisan fashion to help these workers get back on a career path by bringing critical reforms to the federal government’s inefficient and outdated workforce development system."

    The final WIOA package includes all four of the CAREER Act’s primary provisions:

    First, the CAREER Act called for a reduction in wasteful and inefficient overlap among the federal workforce development programs. To that end, WIOA consolidates 15 programs from our nation’s federal workforce development system.

    Second, the CAREER Act called for an increased focus on helping unemployed workers attain high quality credentials that make them more competitive in their local job markets.

    Third, the CAREER Act called for new and innovative accountability in the federal workforce development system called “Pay for Success.” Currently, workforce development programs often provide funding regardless of performance, so long as certain rules are followed or input requirements are met.

    Fourth, the CAREER Act called for access to better data to make it less difficult and expensive for state and local officials to assess the effectiveness of their training activities in real-time, and WIOA includes a study pushed by Portman that will report to Congress on how access to better data can help the federal workforce development programs deliver better results for taxpayers and the unemployed.


    For more details, click here

  • July 01, 2014 3:23 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

     MFG DAY is a nationwide career-readiness event.  Manufacturers across Ohio, and throughout the entire country, are holding open houses designed to showcase manufacturing in action and to highlight manufacturing’s vital role in regional and national economies.  You and your students are invited! Register to attend one or more open houses by visiting www.mfgday.com.  Check this list often as new open houses are added daily.  Students under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult or participate as part of a school group.

     

    Here’s what educators have said about MFG DAY . . .

    “Students and teachers see how math, science, engineering, and problem solving tie into real-world applications.”

    “I can see the relationship between STEM and manufacturing and what types of careers are available in the manufacturing field.”

    “I can go back to the classroom with teaching activities I can use with my students.”

    “This will help me build a relationship with the industry.”

     

    Make plans now to participate in national MFG Day on October 3.
  • June 18, 2014 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.

    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.

    The application deadline is August 15.  Please click here for the application and return the completed form to membership@ohioacte.org by August 15.

    Since the inception of the program in 2009, more than 100,000 protective eyewear pieces have been distributed.  Programs benefiting from this partnership include: Automotive, BioMedical Science, Arts, Building and Grounds, HVAC, Dental Assisting, and more.

    For more information, contact Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director  at Christine@ohioacte.org.

  • June 02, 2014 7:29 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Register now for the Annual Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education Conference.  Don't miss break out sessions and opportunities to interact with colleagues from all areas of CTE at the only statewide conference for all career-technical educators.

    Register today!

  • May 30, 2014 6:39 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    US Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is one of three Senators urging President Barack Obama to establish a Presidential Career and Technical Scholars Award program to better recognize and value the efforts of American students who have chosen CTE pathways.

     

    "Career and technical education (CTE) programs are a proven method to prepare secondary and postsecondary students with the rigorous academic and technical skills needed to compete in today’s global economy and to further their education,” the Senator wrote. “It is in our national interest to not only provide all students access to rigorous CTE programs of study, but to also encourage high attainment by CTE students.” 

     

    The current U.S. Presidential Scholars program, which was created by President Lyndon B. Johnson by Executive Order in 1964, honors graduating high school seniors for academic excellence, artistic accomplishments, and civic contributions but does not recognize excellence in career and technical education programs.  Portman is a  strong supporter of expanding CTE programs and recognizing the importance of better equipping American students with the skills needed to succeed in today’s 21st century workforce.

     

    Read the text of the letter to President Obama here.

  • May 30, 2014 6:11 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Pioneer Pipe, Inc. in Marietta has a unique apprenticeship program, cooperating with local schools, including Mid East Career and Technical Center and Washington Career Center.  In its second year, the program has been successful due to the cooperation with the schools, great instructors and involving parents, said Dave Archer, Board Chairman of Pioneer Pipe.

     

    The program provides advanced welding training for seniors selected by the schools and provides training that leads into an apprenticeship and future employment.

     

    On May 28, Mid-East Career and Technology Center Educators hosted local legislators Sen. Troy Balderson (R-20) and Sen. Lou Gentile (D-30) to meet with Pioneer Pipe business leaders and students to learn more about the program and its impact on the local economy.

     

    Pictured here with Mid East CTC students are (from left) Pioneer Pipe COO and CFO Matthew Hilverding, Sen. Balderson and Sen. Gentile (on right) with Pioneer Pip Board Chairman Dave Archer.

     

  • May 28, 2014 11:51 AM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    2014 graduates set to take on the world and it's challenges equipped with their career-technical education that will provide a foundation for their future success.

     

    Read about their success and plans for the future.

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