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  • August 15, 2014 12:35 PM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    On Thursday August 14th the Shanghai Materials Engineering School Faculty meet with Dr. Richard Ross, Bill Bussey and several ODE staff. Dr. Chris Zirkle and Dr. Jim Pinchak hosted the visiting delegation who are here for two weeks to learn about Ohio's outstanding system of CTE.

  • August 13, 2014 8:03 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education is hosting six regional meetings, Sept. 22 through Oct. 17, focused on the significant changes impacting career-technical education programs and the resulting data and reporting requirements.

    Click here for dates, agenda  and registration information.  Registration is open through August 29.

  • August 13, 2014 7:51 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    An Ohio high school carer-tech graduate and Ohio ACTE 2013 Darrell Parks scholarship recipient is getting career-tech students to talk to other students through a new social media network, iAmCareerTech.com. This interactive site targets prospective, current and former career tech students.

    Click here for more information and to view the video.

  • August 01, 2014 2:10 PM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE's Annual Connections to Education Conference was a huge success this year! Career technical educators from all of the state came to hear up-to-date CTE news and information. This year's Conference featured more than 60 breakout sessions, 2 Pre-Conference opportunities and 4 general session speakers!


    Please click here for PowerPoint presentations and handout from our Conference presenters.


    Please click here for CEU Certificates.


    Check out pictures from the Conference by clicking here!  

  • August 01, 2014 8:42 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Beginning Sept. 1, Dan Coffman, Mid-East Career and Technology Center, will serve as Ohio ACTE President 2014 - 2015.  At the 2014 Connections to Education Conference August 1, Ohio ACTE members affirmed Tim Buschur, Tri Star Career Compact as Ohio ACTE President Elect and Dan Murphy, RG Drage Career Center, Treasurer for terms beginning Sept. 1.  For more information on the new officers, click here.  The current Executive Board of Directors  roster can be found by clicking here.

  • July 31, 2014 8:10 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)


    Career tech students presented awards to outstanding educators, school board members and CTE supporters during the 2014 Ohio ACTE Connections to Education Conference Awards program on July 31.

    For a complete list of winners, click here

    Nominations for 2015 winners is now open. Click here for the nomination form.




  • July 30, 2014 12:35 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    On July 30 at the 2014 Connections to Education Conference, this year's Daryl Parks Student Scholarship Winners were honored. Both Amanda Szampias and Krista Burrows were present at the Kick-Off Networking Reception and spoke about their career tech high school path and bright college future as they pursue careers in computer software programming and osteopathic medicine.


    Pictured here (from left to right) is Krista, Dr. Parks and Amanda.



  • 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.

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