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  • August 07, 2019 9:09 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    All Career Technical Education professionals are invited to join incoming Ohio ACTE President Nancy Luce, Superintendent at Upper Valley Career Center, for a day of learning, inspiration, and leadership at the 2019 Fall Leadership & Empowerment Meeting.  

    On September 18, 2019, Superintendent Luce, staff and other CTE leaders will discuss their unique, successful partnerships. The day will include the following:

    • Business/Industry Panel
    • Education Panel
    • Tour of new Vet Science building and other CTE Programs
    • Lunch - Information on UVCC Job Board
    • Global Partnerships/Apprenticeships
    • Post-Secondary Panel

    Registration is $75 for Ohio ACTE members and $95 for nonmembers and FREE for Organizational (School) members.
    Click here to register today!
    Ohio ACTE Fall Leadership & Empowerment Meeting
    September 18, 2019
    9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Upper Valley Career Center
    Piqua, OH

  • July 22, 2019 11:36 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    On July 17, 2019, the Ohio General Assembly passed the state’s biennial operating budget bill, HB 166 (the “Budget”)—which Governor DeWine executed / approved the following morning.  Below is a summury of   budget provisions impacting career-technical education:  

    • Freezes funding over the biennium (FY 2020 & FY 2021) for all school districts (including JVSDs, community schools, STEM schools, and ESCs) at FY 2019 levels.
    • Suspends the current formula for all categories of school funding, including CTE weighted funds, transportation, and special education—all of which are outside the current “cap and guarantee.”  But includes the following new (or enhanced) streams of supplemental funding over the biennium:
    • $675 million of “wellness and success” funding for schools to serve at-risk students
    • $50 million directly (and as cost reimbursement) to schools whose students earn high school industry recognized credentials
    • $30 million to supplement training costs associated with adult short term certificate programs, and to establish additional short term programs
    • $43 million to Ohio Technical Centers ($10mm increase)
    • $20.5 million for adult education programs ($4.5mm increase)
    • Requires ODHE to establish a plan (by June 30, 2020) to allow students to receive CTAG / Articulated credit on a college transcript in a manner comparable to College Credit Plus (immediately upon course completion, regardless of enrollment in a post-secondary institution).
    • Includes revised graduation requirements, mandatory for the class of 2023 and optional for the classes of 2018-2022.
    - by Will Vorys, Dickinson Wright, LLC, Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel.

  • July 03, 2019 6:29 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    After several days of marathon negotiations, June 29-30, the House and Senate failed to reach consensus and pass a state operating budget bill by the statutory deadline (June 30). To avoid a shutdown, they instead passed legislation granting a 17-day operating extension that will temporarily fund the government, as both chambers continue deliberations.

    The differences in the various budget proposals relate to a broad array of provisions addressing taxes, health care and education/school funding—including the level of funding for wraparound services; whether to allocate additional funds for high-growth / high-performing traditional school districts and school choice voucher programs; and whether (and how) to address academic distress commissions and graduation requirements.

    We expect the legislature to take the next week off from negotiations and return the following week of July 8, with a vote/Governor signature on the budget by July 17. Once finalized, we will summarize all provisions relevant to career tech.

    We anticipate the budget when approved to include:

    1) A freeze in funding for all school districts (including community schools, STEM schools, and ESCs) at the FY 2019 levels, The House/Senate/Administration's proposed budget suspends the formula for all streams of funding, including CTE weighted funds, transportation, and special education—all of which are outside the current “cap/guarantee”. We continue to emphasize the need to maintain CTE weighted funding for JVSDs outside the proposed freeze.

    2) At least $550 million over the biennium of “wellness and success” funding for school districts to serve at-risk youth.

    3) 50mm over the biennium for school districts to subsidize the cost of High School Industry Recognized Credentials

    4) At least 22.5mm over the biennium for schools (including JVSDs/OTCs) to subsidize Adult Industry Recognized Credentials

    5) Increased funding for adult career technical education

    Articles of Interest:

  • July 02, 2019 11:40 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Gov. Mike DeWine welcomed new members of the the Governor’s Executive Workforce Board in June, including chairman Pat Tiberi, and Ohio ACTE's Executive Director Christine Gardner, who were appointed on June 10, 2019.

    In his remarks, Gov. DeWine said The national spotlight will soon focus on the Midwest, , and Ohio should be in the lead when that happens.

    Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, giving opening remarks, discussed how he sees the economy moving from a reliance on various types of resources to being knowledge-based. Strong relationships between educational institutions and businesses will benefit both, he said, as businesses grow when they have the talent they need and that creates more opportunities and better quality of life.

    DeWine said that children need more information about pathways to higher education and employment beyond traditional four-year colleges, saying that as leaders they need to show all the possibilities. Citing his personal experience, DeWine also noted that while they can make suggestions, the children will ultimately make their own decisions. The board also heard from several young people who have benefited from those alternate pathways and the Choose Ohio First scholarship.

    "It is incredibly exciting to heave a seat at the table on the Governor's Executive Workforce Board," said Ohio ACTE's Christine Gardner. "Ohio ACTE is in a position to tout the dedicated, hard work of our members, bring information and ideas from the Board to our members, and help further strengthen workforce development throughout our participation in the Board."

    DeWine further told reporters that the past eight years have seen creation of a good tax environment in Ohio, and that now is the time to invest in the state’s future and workers and address infrastructure challenges. That, along with workforce issues, are very important to companies coming to Ohio or expanding existing operations. He also said the differences between his proposed operating budget and the House and Senate versions are “not monumental.”

  • June 05, 2019 6:12 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Miranda Vega, a 2019 graduate of the Buckeye Career Center is the winner of this year's Ohio ACTE Annual Connections to Education Cover Design Contest.  Her winning cover design will be printed on the cover of the 2019 Connections to Education printed program, distributed at the event.  Her instructor was Ms. Aubrey Gealsha.

    Congratulations to Miranda and thank you to the students who submitted entries!


  • May 31, 2019 11:25 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2019 Student Scholarship winners!

    Bella Jones, Auburn Career Center, Cosmetology
    Kristiana McDaniel, Pike County Career Technology Center, Business Management

    Bella and Kristiana were chosen out of more than 250 applicants. They will be recognized at the 2019 Connections to Education Conference and will receive $1,000 each towards their future education.

    Read more about the winners: click HERE.

  • May 29, 2019 10:02 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    All of your Career Technical Education educators, administrators, counselors, and board members are covered when you choose the Ohio ACTE School Organizational Membership.

    There is no limit to the number of staff and supporters that the School Organizational Membership covers, and each member will receive Ohio ACTE benefits, including:

    • Deep discounts on the Annual Connections to Education Conference (July 29-31, 2019)
    • Advance notification of the Connections to Education hotel block info
    • Savings on specific career-field professional development like the Success Series
    • Regular legislative updates directly from Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel
    • Early notification and invitation to the Student Showcase (biannually)
    • Recognition in Ohio ACTE publications, events, and on our website
    • Membership Decal/Use of the Ohio ACTE logo
    • Free job postings on the website, helping you find the most qualified candidates for open positions

    Schools Organizational Membership dues coincide with the school year, September through August, and are based on Career Tech FTE enrollment.

    • 1 - 599 FTE: $2200
    • 600 - 999 FTE: $4500
    • 1,000 - 1,500 FTE: $8500
    • 1,501+ FTE: $10,500

    School Organizational Membership covers teachers, administrators, school board members, and any staff member who would benefit from Ohio ACTE membership.  Join now, and the benefits begin immediately – giving your staff a discount to the popular Connections to Education Conference July 29-31!

    To begin taking advantage of a School Organizational Membership, contact Christine Gardner at

    A big THANK YOU to all of our 2018-2019 Organizational Members:

  • May 21, 2019 6:49 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Students in the class of 2020 may use a work or community service experience to satisfy a component of Ohio’s graduation requirements. For the class of 2020, state law directed the Ohio Department of Education to develop guidance for districts or schools to approve and verify students’ work or community service experiences, so these experiences can satisfy graduation requirements. 

    The Class of 2020 Work or Community Service Experience guidance document now is available here.

    The Department also has developed this Work or Community Service Toolkit that districts and schools can use to support implementation of this graduation option. The toolkit offers answers to frequently asked questions.
    Direct additional questions to
    Capstone project guidance for the class of 2020 and supporting materials will be available by May 31.

  • May 21, 2019 6:23 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Beginning July 1, 2019, ODE will issue a new substitute teaching license and will no longer issue or renew short- or long-term substitute licenses. After June 30, only one type of substitute license will be issued. Applicants will select teaching fields based on the post secondary degrees they hold. Please see the Substitute License webpage for more information and requirements related to the new substitute teaching license.

    According to ODE, the new career-technical workforce development substitute license will follow the same rules as the other new substitute licenses but are not valid for subbing in academic areas unless the individual also holds a bachelor’s degree.  It should also be noted that substitute licenses are not considered proper certification for the purposes of CTE course approval.

    Related question that is posted on the ODE website:

    Can a career-technical workforce development substitute teacher teach any classes outside of his or her teaching field for an unlimited number of days?

    If the license holder has education and experience in the career-technical workforce development area directly related to the subject of the class the license holder will teach, the individual can teach for an unlimited number of days.

    However, if the license holder does not have education and experience in the career-technical workforce development area the license holder will teach, the individual may teach for one full semester, subject to the approval of the employing school district board of education. A district superintendent can ask the board to approve one or more additional, semester-long periods.

    SB 89 also addresses career-tech substitute teaching licenses, among other related concerns.  It is currently in the legislative process.  Read more about SB 89 here.

    Click here for the ODE Web page on Teacher Preparation for CTE

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