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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • August 30, 2019 1:19 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education, in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, has released additions to its FY2020 Industry-Recognized Credential List. The methodology for building the list of industry-recognized credentials was updated with the passage of Ohio House Bill 49. Industry-recognized credentials may be added to the current list by approval from a committee of Industry Professionals convened by the State Superintendent of Education in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation.

    This year, a panel of industry professionals reviewed all currently approved credentials, as well as all credential applications received, in spring and summer 2019. The industry panel did not recommend removing any currently approved industry-recognized credentials from the 2019-2020 list. The updated FY2020 Industry Recognized Credential list will be posted in the coming weeks on the Ohio Department of Education’s Website, but you can view the approved additions to the list here.

  • August 27, 2019 2:17 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio requires districts to provide career-technical education in grades 7 and 8. However, if a local board of education adopts a resolution expressing the district’s intent not to provide career-technical education to grades 7-8 students that school year and submits that resolution to the Department, the Department will waive the requirement for that school year.

    Instructions for completing the Career-Tech Middle Grades Waiver form can be found here. Please email questions to Patti Guseman or call (614) 466-3076.

  • August 26, 2019 2:48 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    It is an honor to serve as the President of OhioACTE this coming year in collaboration with our Executive Director, Christine Gardner and Board Members - Past President Nick Weldy, President-elect Ryan McCourt, Treasurer Jamey Palma, and Secretary Christine Boucher.  OhioACTE has a proud tradition of representing the interests of Career and Technical Education in Ohio and nationally.  Our voice has been further strengthened as a result of the strong relationships developed in recent years with OACTS and CCS.  In the past we have not consistently engaged in ongoing and proactive conversations.  That has changed significantly.  Issues are now thoroughly discussed and vetted by those in leadership roles with member input to create strong positions that benefit all delivery systems. 

    Regardless of our role and perspective, it is vital that we all work closely with our organizations to ensure we are informed advocates for our students and CTE.  There are a myriad of issues on the table that require our attention - Perkins V, graduation requirements, licensure, industry credentials, EMIS, and mental health and wellness  - to name a few.  I urge everyone to take advantage of opportunities to serve on committees, participate in professional development and engage in networking opportunities. Share your ideas. Be at the table. CTE is “in”.  It is up to each of us, however, to ensure that we provide the expertise to ensure that services and programs are high in quality and truly reflect the needs of our students and our local communities.

    Ohio ACTE is able to positively influence career-technical and adult education in Ohio because of membership support.  Please remember to renew your membership in Ohio ACTE for this school year or join our organization so we can continue to effectively represent all career-technical educators.  Log in here to renew or check your membership status.

    Nancy Luce, PhD, is the Superintendent at Upper Valley Career Center.  Read more about Nancy and the other Ohio ACTE officers, click here.

  • August 25, 2019 7:39 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and Gov. Mike DeWine's office Friday launched a new website designed to provide schools information and resources on meeting student wellness needs.

    The website comes alongside the $675 million in Student Wellness and Success funding included in HB166 (Oelslager), the biennial operating budget, allocated to schools for use on mental health counseling, wraparound services, mentoring, after-schools programs, etc.

    “Ohio’s children are facing unprecedented challenges, and they are bringing these challenges into the classroom. That’s why I worked with the Legislature to create a new $675 million fund called Student Wellness and Success, designed to help meet the social and emotional needs of our students,” DeWine said in a statement.

    “This new website is designed to be a tool for schools as they begin their work with community partners designing Student Wellness and Success programs to meet their students’ needs.A student’s overall wellness impacts their ability to learn, and, with a new focus on meeting these needs, we can encourage a lifetime of success for Ohio’s kids.”

    Information on the website is meant to help schools develop student wellness plans that support the academic achievement of students. School are required to use their Student Wellness and Success funding in partnership with a community organization, such as a board of alcohol, drug and mental health services; an educational service center; a county department of job and family services; or a public hospital agency.

    “Today’s website launch provides a terrific opportunity for schools to access helpful information as they implement Student Wellness and Success Funding,” said Superintendent Paolo DeMaria. “I encourage school leaders and parents to check out the fantastic resources available to them on this site and to continue to engage with community partners and the Department of Education in our joint effort to support the needs of the whole child and their mental health.”

    The website can be found at The governor's office notes that it will continue to be updated as further guidance and resources become available.

  • August 22, 2019 6:26 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that he issued an executive order creating a specialized division of Ohio Homeland Security (OHS) devoted exclusively to the safety of Ohio’s students and schools.He held a press conference August 21 to announce the new Safety Center.

    As the new comprehensive, statewide office in Ohio focused exclusively on enhancing the safety of our schools, the Ohio School Safety Center (OSSC), will assist local schools and law enforcement in preventing, preparing for, and responding to threats and acts of violence, including self-harm, through a holistic, solutions-based approach to improving school safety.

    “Given that schools are often targets of violence, school safety proposals are a prominent part of STRONG Ohio, my 17-point plan to reduce violence with dangerous weapons and increase mental health treatment,” said Governor DeWine. “Having one office where the staff solely focuses on keeping our students safe and our schools secure, will allow analysts to nimbly assess threats, proactively address potential issues, and expertly train and support school faculty in a more streamlined manner.”

    Mirroring national trends, Ohio has experienced several incidents of violence in schools over the past seven years, including shootings at Chardon High School in 2012, Madison Junior/Senior High School in 2016, and West Liberty-Salem High School in 2017. In addition, suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults aged 10-24 years.

    The OSSC will be headquartered at the OHS offices within the Ohio Department of Public Safety in Columbus and will continue the current work of OHS staff to annually review approximately 5,500 school emergency management plans and offer free risk and threat assessments to schools throughout the state.

    Click here for more information.

  • August 21, 2019 1:26 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Career Path Less Taken

    An upcoming Ohio PBS special, “The Career Path Less Taken,” explores the transformation in education happening across the state and around the country.

    The documentary, which airs on September 5, is described as a way “to explore new ways of thinking about education and the world of work.” Co-produced by Ohio public media stations CET in Cincinnati, ideastream in Cleveland and WOSU Public Media in Columbus, the documentary is part of the nationwide American Graduate: Getting To Work initiative, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Great Oaks staff, parents, and students talk about their experiences and their journeys.

    Watch the trailer:

    Watch the entire video - click here

    Learn more about it - click here.

  • August 20, 2019 11:29 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Nancy Luce, Upper Valley Career Center, will serve as Ohio ACTE President for 2019-2020.  She is joined by Ryan McCoart, Great Oaks Career Campuses, President Elect and Past President Nick Welder of Miami Valley Career Center.

    Jamey Palma, Massillon CIty Schools will serve his second year as treasurer (two year term) and Christine Boucher, Eastland Fairfield Career Center will serve as Secretary for the next two years.

    Read more about each of the officers, click here.

    Pictured left to right, Christine Boucher, Jamey Palma, Nancy Luce, Nick Weldy, Ryan McCoart

  • August 19, 2019 10:13 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    State law has introduced new, permanent graduation requirements for the classes of 2021 and beyond. Preliminary guidance and resources now are available at the Ohio Department of Education links below.
    Students in the classes of 2021 and 2022 have the option to meet the requirements of one of Ohio’s original three pathways to graduation or meet the new permanent requirements for the classes of 2023 and beyond.
    Students in the classes of 2023 and beyond must meet the new requirements outlined in this preliminary guidance document, which offers an overview of changes to Ohio’s state testing system and high school graduation requirements.
    Also available are student handouts for the classes of 2021 and 2022 and the classes of 2023 and beyond. Finally, districts will find an overview of the graduation requirements and options by class year
    Department staff members are working to develop additional guidance, tools and resources to help schools and districts implement the new graduation requirements. Watch for more information in the months to come. 
    Please direct questions to

  • August 13, 2019 4:03 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Following is guidance to providers of Ohio’s Adult Diploma Program concerning the change of required WorkKeys® scores for students completing an industry-recognized credential for the 2020 fiscal year.

    Change of Required Scores

    Earning an industry-recognized credential is one of three pathways to earn a high school diploma. The Ohio State Board of Education approved programs requires students to achieve a workforce readiness score on the WorkKeys® assessment.

    The WorkKeys® assessment has three sections: Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents.  Students in the Classes of 2018 and 2019 must earn a total of 13 points across the three WorkKeys® sections; students in the Class of 2020 and beyond must earn a total of 14 points. Students must also earn at least three points on each section of the test.

    Impact for New and Continuing Students

    Students who initiated the process of enrollment prior to July 1, 2019 would be required to achieve a minimum composite score of 13 across the three test areas. For those students who began the enrollment process following July 1, 2019 must now attain a composite score of 14 points.

    Please share this information with your associate schools. Questions should be directed to Dean Scheiderer at or 614-387-2254.

  • August 09, 2019 7:25 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Beginning this fall, educators who work with students on their career choices have a new program designed to share important resources, networking, and specific information regarding Ohio’s required Career Advising Policy.   Every student in grades 6-12 should receive career counseling. A barrier to implementing this policy is that most educators have not had any training in providing career advising. 

    An online 8-week course with one face-to-face meeting (required) has been designed for administrators, counselors and teachers and others who guide students in career choices to learn more about Ohio’s Career Advising Policy, career counseling, career development, and available resources to meet the policy requirements and effectively guide students.

    The course was developed by Butler Tech and is available statewide through Ohio ACTE.  In the course, participants will learn how to guide students in considering all of their career options along with the training and education needed. An opportunity to network with other educators throughout the state is also an invaluable component of the course.

    Click here for more details.

    Click here to register for the session starting Oct. 14, 2019

    Click here to register for the session starting Feb. 3, 2020

    Click here to register for the session starting June 15th, 2020

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