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Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

Byrl R. Shoemaker CTE Institute

The Byrl R. Shoemaker CTE Institute is named for career technical education pioneer, Dr. Shoemaker, who was a lifelong advocate for CTE and lead the ODE Office of CTE from 1962-1982.  Upon  his passing March 1, 2012 at age 93, the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education developed the Byrl R. Shoemaker CTE institute to honor his memory and help foster leadership in career-technical educators.

Check back for when the program will be offered in the future.  The 2021-2022 co-hort is full.

The Institute is open to anyone who wants to improve their leadership skills and learn more about career-technical and adult education.  The program provides an opportunity for participants to increase leadership qualities, develop leadership characteristics, expand their network of colleagues in CTE, and gain a holistic view of career-technical and adult education in Ohio.

This program represents an opportunity for extended professional development.  Completion of the program  will allow participants to grow and prosper as career-technical leaders and position their organizations to take a more active role in shaping the future of career-technical education.

Themes for 2021-2022: 

Heritage, Advocacy, Leadership and Personal Growth

Click here for the tentative schedule of events.

The program is designed to be both inspirational and transformational.  Individuals will grow both personally and professionally and develop ways to positively influence students, colleagues, their communities, and CTE stakeholders.  

College Credit is offered through Ashland University at an additional cost for college tuition.  Because the program spans a calendar year, the Shoemaker Institute is divided into two parts, with credits awarded per part:

6200 C1 - Shoemaker Institute 1:  Shoemaker participants must register prior to 12/1/2021.

6310 D1 - Shoemaker Institute 2: Shoemaker participants must register prior to 5/1/2022.


Nancy Luce, PhD, will be the facilitator/leader of the program and brings a wide range of education, career-technical education and leadership experience to share with participants. She recently retired as superintendent of the Upper Valley Career Center after serving over 42 years in education.  Prior to her twelve years as superintendent, Nancy served as the Executive Director of the Delaware Area Career Center.  She also worked for Delaware City Schools as a school psychologist, director of special education and director of pupil services.  Nancy served as president of the Ohio Association of Career and Technical Superintendents, serving on the Executive Board for eight years.  She is a past president of  OhioACTE. 

Nancy has represented CTE on numerous committees and workgroups, including the State Board of Education’s Graduation and the Standards, Assessment and Accountability Workgroups, the State Superintendent’s CT Advisory Council, the ODHE’s Ohio Technical Funding Committee, and the CTAG Credit Transfer Task Force.  Nancy also served on the BASA Legislative, Career and Technical, and the High Education committees.  She has been a strong advocate for CTE and has testified before the Ohio General Assembly committees on a variety of issues.

Nancy earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from The Ohio State University.  Her B.A. and teacher certification were from Marietta College.  She earned her superintendent’s license through Ashland University.

Expected Results

Individuals will develop an expanded commitment to the development and improvement of career-technical and adult education.  Individuals who complete the program will gain knowledge on career-technical education in Ohio, its benefits, challenges and resources.  They will develop leadership characteristics and be ready to better serve students in a 21st century environment.


The program will utilize both in-person and distance learning.  Distance learning will include both synchronous and asynchronous activities.  In order to receive a certificate of completion, participants will have to adhere to an attendance/participation policy that will promote maximum interaction.   Because of the use of technology and distance learning, it is expected that participants interaction will be increased. Only four or five  face-to-face meetings will occur during the program, and to the extent possible, will be scheduled with other Career Technical Education events.

Team/Group Project 

The participants will be divided into teams/groups of four or five participants each. Each team will choose a challenge facing CTE educators that they will address throughout the year, culminating in a final report and presentation at the Ohio ACTE Annual Conference.  

Participant Costs:

  • Membership Dues in Ohio ACTE
  • Registration for the program:  $850 (college credit may be available through partner institutions)
  • Registration to the Legislative Seminar
  •  Registration to the Ohio ACTE Conference
  • Registration to Issues Forums (2 per year; approximately $55 each)
  •  Hotel costs, travel expenses for meetings must be paid by registrant. Some meals will be provided, others at the participants’ expense.
  • Books, materials – provided, except for optional reading list.

Application Process:

Potential participants must complete an application/registration and mail in supporting materials including: 
  • A letter of support/recommendation from the applicant’s supervisor indicating approval of participation.
Upon acceptance, applicant is expected to pay the full registration cost prior to the first meeting.  No refunds for those who drop out or do not complete the program.

“The Shoemaker Leadership Institute has enhanced both my professional and personal life in a myriad of ways. The networking opportunities to meet and build connections with Secondary and Adult Career Tech Education Leaders across the State, as well as our legislative partners, has empowered me as a young professional in the field. It is fulfilling to meet with other Institute participants to brainstorm about ways that we can support, improve, and grow Career Tech Education in Ohio. I would strongly encourage anyone who wants to grow as a critical thinker and leader to apply to be a part of this amazing group and Institute!” – Beth Starrett, member of the 2015-2016 Shoemaker Institute.

Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

38 Commerce Park Dr. Suite D, Westerville, Ohio
(614) 890-ACTE (2283)
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