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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • January 10, 2022 12:20 PM | Anonymous

    The Ohio General Assembly passed Senate Bill 166, which will enhance career-technical education in the state of Ohio by incentivizing employer-driven work-based learning opportunities, as well as driver’s education and training. Click here for the finalized legislation, along with bill summaries and committee testimony. 

    Signed by Governor DeWine in late December 2021, SB 166 will be effective March 23, 2022.  For a full analysis, click here. 

    Ohio ACTE leadership is working with legislative counsel and business stakeholders to develop guidance regarding how to effectively utilize the SB 166 tax and insurance incentive provisions.  We expect this guidance to be released in late January to provide members guidance.

  • January 07, 2022 12:20 PM | Anonymous

    Due to current conditions and concerns with staffing, travel and in-person meetings, the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Career-Technical Education, has made the decision to postpone the Quality Program Review Voluntary Workshops, previously scheduled for next week (January 11,13). The new dates are listed on the registration links below.

    Please note that you will need to complete another registration to sign up for these workshops. 

    Please contact Frits Rizor with any questions. or 614-387-7592

  • December 29, 2021 10:18 AM | Anonymous

    Thank you to Ohio career-technical programs, career centers, schools and organizations who support the mission of career-technical and adult education in Ohio.  Through organizational membership in Ohio ACTE, we are able to boast almost 5,000 members, representing teachers, instructors, administrators, school board members, counselors and all professionals concerned with career-technical and adult education.

    Click here for a list of this year's Organizational Members!

    Interested in pursuing organizational membership?  Ciick here for all of the benefits.

  • December 29, 2021 9:31 AM | Ohio ACTE

    Do you have an innovative or new program that you have recently launched at your school?  Do you have a new way of handling classroom routines that has been effective?  Is there new technology that has made you more productive?  If so, please consider sharing your knowledge and expertise at the 2022 Ohio ACTE Innovation and Impact Conference, July 25-27 at the Hilton Easton, Columbus.

    Click here to submit your application.

    Presenters will be chosen in February, so submit your application TODAY!

  • December 28, 2021 1:32 PM | Anonymous

    As 2021-2022 Ohio ACTE President, I want to wish you all a very successful 2022!  I know it’s been a challenging past couple of years, as we have navigated some very complicated and complex situations with the goal of keeping our students and our communities safe and healthy, and I am so proud of all of my colleagues in career-tech and adult education for their actions. 

    Career-tech educators share some strong values; we believe in providing all students with the skills and education they need to be successful in life and protecting CTE opportunities for future students.   We value innovation, workplace and real-world learning, as well as collaborating with our business partners to provide education that meets their needs as employers.  We track our students beyond graduation, to celebrate their success as well as inform future career-tech ed efforts. 

    As we start another new year, educators continue to face uncertainty due to COVID-19.  But we have faced the challenges presented by the pandemic in the past and will continue to provide students the best career-tech education options we can.  I like to focus on the positive, and I am focusing on the passage of legislation, SB 166, late in 2021 that will help us deliver career-tech more efficiently. 

    Looking ahead to 2022, progress is underway to implement the provisions in HB 166 and work with our colleagues and the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and our legislators to secure new resources and develop innovative ways to deliver career-technical and adult education.  Not all educators may agree on “how” all this gets accomplished, like anything, there are ups and downs, pros and cons, but we all agree that student success comes first.

    As you rise to the challenges already being presented this year in regard to career-tech education, please be assured that your Ohio ACTE leaders and I are here to work on your behalf and improve and highlight career-technical and adult education options. 

    And, if someone has not told you lately:  You are making a difference.  You are helping students realize their career goals.  You are a mentor, educator and role model.  I walk the path with you every day as career-tech director for my compact.  Thank you for all your efforts to impact the lives of students; today, tomorrow and every day.

    Bill DiMascio, Ohio ACTE President, West Shore Career Tech  Coordinator

  • December 28, 2021 1:08 PM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Department of Education Office of CTE staff has chosen the following five outstanding career-technical senior (Class of 2022) students to be recognized as part of the US Department of Education National Presidential Scholars Program, Ohio nominees:

    • Isabella Baird, Mahoning County Career & Technical Center - Public Safety Program
    • Fiona Kanzig, Polaris Career Center - Construction Technologies
    • Alexander Kennedy, Ashtabula County Career and Technical Center- Architecture and Engineering Design Program
    • Quinci Voisard, Upper Valley Career Center - Medical Career Academy
    • Cianna Woltz-Yarnelli, C-Tec Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County - Architectural and Engineering Design

    This is the seventh year that career technical students will be represented among the US Presidential Scholars. Out of all the applicants nationwide, 20 CTE students will be chosen for national honors and recognized this Spring.   Each state may submit up to five scholars.  Click here for more information

    For more information about the Presidential Scholars Program, click here.

    • Isabella Baird, Mahoning County Career & Technical Center - Public Safety Program
    • Alexander Kennedy, Ashtabula County Career and Technical Center- Architecture and Engineering Design Program
    • Quinci Voisard, Upper Valley Career Center - Medical Career Academy
    • Cianna Woltz-Yarnelli, C-Tec Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County - Architectural and Engineering Design
  • December 20, 2021 6:03 PM | Anonymous

    banner for story 'Jan. 1-31: Nominate teachers for TORCH honors'

    In the month of January, the Ohio Department of Education will be accepting nominations for the Teachers of Ohio Representing Character and Heart (TORCH) recognition. The TORCH program honors five teachers from across the state each year who model strong personal character and concern for their students, colleagues and communities.

  • December 10, 2021 11:38 AM | Ohio ACTE

    Nominations for 2022 outstanding educators is now open for Ohio ACTE's annual Educator Awards!   Nominate a deserving colleague for recognition.

    For more information and to access the nomination form, visit the Educator Awards Nomination Page to submit your nomination.

    Read about the 2021 Educator Award Winners here.

  • December 10, 2021 11:23 AM | Ohio ACTE

    Wishing all our members, business partners and colleagues happy holidays!

    Ohio ACTE staff and leadership want to thank you for your support of students and our association this past year and wish you and yours a very happy holiday season.

    As your professional organization, Ohio ACTE strives to offer many services, advocacy, professional development opportunities and useful information to help guide your career-technical and adult education students along their career path.  You are the key to helping them reach their goals for a life of professional success!  Ohio ACTE would like to thank you for all that you do and wish you and your family a very happy holiday season.  We look forward to serving you in 2022!

    Your Ohio ACTE Officers

  • December 10, 2021 9:29 AM | Ohio ACTE

    Next Application Period Opens on January 3rd

    Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced the results of the October round of TechCred, which will provide the opportunity for Ohioans to earn 2,997 tech-focused credentials.

    The next TechCred application period opens Monday, January 3rd and closes Monday, January 31st at 3:00 p.m. Businesses with employees who have completed their TechCred training should submit proof of credential completion to receive reimbursement at

    “TechCred helps businesses of all sizes upskill current and prospective employees with the tech skills they need to compete in today’s economy,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “As Ohio continues to create jobs faster than we can fill them, it is important that TechCred adapts to the needs of employers. We are implementing updates to the program that will streamline the process for businesses, helping more Ohioans learn new skills that can lead to a higher wage.”

    The October round of TechCred marked the eleventh round of the program. Lt. Governor Husted announced that 252 Ohio employers were approved for funding, resulting in Ohio employees earning up to 2,997 technology-focused credentials. Businesses of all sizes are utilizing the program, with 93 new employers joining the program for the first time this round.

    With the approvals announced, a total of 1,615 Ohio employers have been approved for funding, supporting the earning of 32,269 tech-focused credentials by Ohio employees.

    Starting with the January round, the following updates have been implemented to provide additional flexibility for businesses:

    • Grant agreements will no longer be separate documents; they will be incorporated into the online application portal.
    • Training for approved credentials may start on or after the first day of the month immediately following the last application period. Training programs must still be completed in less than 12 months from the award date.

    “The continued success of the TechCred program is a product of the continued need for the program,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner. “Having nearly 100 new employers join for this latest round speaks well for the future of the program, the economy, and Ohio’s workforce.”

    You can learn more about the program at

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