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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • April 18, 2019 10:13 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education is looking for help from health educators and healthcare professionals to review and revise Ohio’s career-technical learning standards for the Health Science Career Field. This will have a direct impact on the skills students are required to learn as they pursue careers or paths to postsecondary education in the Health Science Career Field.

    Please follow this link to find the survey to review the standards. Please provide insight in your areas of expertise. Feel free to forward this request along to industry professionals or other experts you feel should provide feedback.

    The Health Sciences Standards Survey is open for public comment until May 10. Please email questions to Graham Wood or call (614) 728-2164 for further information.

  • April 15, 2019 7:12 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Recent Ohio law brought about changes to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES). The Ohio Department of Education plans an OTES pilot to gather feedback on the draft revisions to the OTES process. The 2019-2020 pilot based on the revised draft OTES now is open to all districts and community schools that want to take part.

    Districts and community schools that want to participate must submit completed Intent to Participate forms by June 1. These participating schools must bring small teams to three regional trainings throughout the 2019-2020 school year. Evaluators and teachers will use the components and forms associated with the revised draft OTES to inform possible changes to the OTES model, as well as help shape training for the 2020-2021 implementation. 

    News Item Link:

    OTES Pilot webpage:

  • April 12, 2019 9:35 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited Butler Tech on April 12, touring the campus and speaking at their Manufacturing Recognition and Signing Day Celebration.

    Participating students were recruited by 28 local businesses and will be signing their contracts during the private ceremony.

    Butler Tech is one of Ohio’s largest career school systems and has been praised for working intensively with local industry to develop the trained and certified employees they need.

    “We are excited that Education Secretary DeVos is joining us to celebrate our students who have obtained certifications and a set of skills through apprenticeships with local businesses,” Butler Tech Superintendent Jon Graft told the Dayton Daily News.

    You can read Secy. Devos' entire prepared statement here. Picture courtesy of the Journal-News.)

  • April 05, 2019 2:56 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    The Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Career Technical Education would like to announce the release of the FY2020 Manufacturing and Engineering & Science Technologies Course Outlines and Descriptions. These courses will be available for schools starting the fall of FY2020. An important change to note is the FY2019 Robotics (175004) course was expanded to include an additional course for higher-level competencies, Industrial Robotics course (176025). In addition, the AC & DC electronics courses were divided into two separate courses, AC Electronics (175100) and DC Electronics (175105). WebXams for Manufacturing and Engineering & Science Technologies courses with subject codes beginning with 175 and 176 will be in field-testing for FY2020. This means that no pretests will be available and tests will include 95 items instead of the usual 40. Please review the course outlines and descriptions as well as the draft FY2020 Program and Assessment Matrix

    to see all updates.

    If you have any questions, please contact Robert Kornack at

  • April 03, 2019 6:16 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The 2019 Connections to Education Conference session title, description and presenters is available here.

    Sessions include ODE information, STEM related best practices and career-technical and adult education topics, as well as keynote and featured speakers.

  • April 03, 2019 6:05 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the following Ohio ACTE Award winners who were chosen by the Awards Committee.  Click here for more information about the winners.

    Administrator of the Year - Kip Crain, Wayne County Schools Career Center

    Teacher of the Year - Thomas O'Neill, Butler Tech Ross High School

    Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year - Alan Zimmerman, Buckeye Career Center

    Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher - Matthew J. Ferrell, Washington High School CTE

    Career Guidance Award - Beth Marhefka, Knox County Career Center

    Outstanding Educator in Community Service - Angie Kovacs, Great Oaks Career Campuses

    Ambassador - Toby Prinsen, Apollo Career Center 

    Ambassador - Tom Rocklin, Member Live Oaks Business Council

    Business Image Award - Dante Bando, Butch Bando's Fantasy of Lights

    Outstanding School Board Members:

    Edward Bischoff, Delaware Area Career Center

    Terry Gibson, Great Oaks Career Campuses

    Dennis Doutt, Mid-East CTC

    Brandon Kern, Amanda-Clearcreek Schools

    Rick Ewing, Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center

  • April 02, 2019 2:50 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Members of the career-tech community, Bill DiMascio, Lakewood City Schools; Greg Edinger, Vanguard-Sentinel Career Center; Nancy Luce, Upper Valley Career Center; Brooke Click, Penta Career Center testified on various components of Senate Bill 89, which seeks to alleviate provisions that impact career-technical education.  Will Vorys, attorney with Dickinson Wright and legislative counsel for Ohio ACTE also testified in front of members of the Senate Education Committee.  Read a Committee report here.

    Watch the testimony here.  CTE portion starts at 20:20.  

    Click here for more information on SB 89

  • April 01, 2019 1:30 AM | 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, 2019 and election will take place at the Ohio ACTE Annual Connections to Education Conference or by mail ballot.

    For more information on expectations and time commitment, contact Ohio ACTE Executive Director Christine Gardner by email or phone at 614/890-ACTE.

    Letters of intent for Ohio ACTE officer positions are due  to Christine Gardner by April 15.
  • March 31, 2019 4:53 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

     The second annual In-Demand Jobs Week is May 6-10! In-Demand Jobs Week is a statewide celebration of jobs, industries and skills that are in-demand in Ohio. Business, education, and community leaders statewide are encouraged to partner to plan engaging events and activities that will inspire excitement and awareness among students and job seekers.

    What does In-Demand Jobs Week mean for you?


    In-Demand Jobs Week is an opportunity to open your doors to students and job seekers to increase interest in local jobs and build a talent pipeline.


    In-Demand Jobs Week is an opportunity to inspire students by focusing on in-demand careers and pathways in the classroom and beyond.


    In-Demand Jobs Week is an opportunity to identify like-minded stakeholders to partner, plan events and increase awareness about jobs available in the community.


    In-Demand Jobs Week is an opportunity to learn more through local events and activities about the rewarding and high-demand careers available right in your own backyard.

    In-Demand Jobs Week is not possible without you! Plan an event, tell a friend, or encourage someone in your community to get involved. To submit an event to the official Event Map, email details to:

    To learn more about In-Demand Jobs Week and to view the Event Map, visit

    With questions or other concerns, please email

  • March 29, 2019 11:13 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE is looking for graphic design students to submit cover ideas for the 2019 Annual Connections to Education Conference.

    Design the Annual Conference Program Cover:  Ohio ACTE is looking for CTE student designed submissions for the front cover of the 2019 Connections to Education Conference program. The program is distributed to all conference attendees, presenters and vendors, and the contest winner will receive recognition in the program and the Ohio ACTE website! Click here for more information. The deadline for submission is May 12, 2019.

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