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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

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  • July 07, 2021 8:09 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    On June 25, 2021, the Ohio General Assembly passed its biennial operating budget bill (HB 110), which Governor DeWine signed (complete with a veto message) shortly thereafter on June 30.  The budget includes numerous provisions beneficial to career-technical education, including the Fair School Funding Plan—which recognizes the high value of CTE through its revised, localized base cost approach.  It also contains high levels of funding for high school and adult industry recognized credentials and Ohio Technical Centers (OTCs).    Shortly after passage, the legislature recessed for the summer and will not return until the (September) Fall legislative session.  Included below is a snapshot summary of CTE-specific provisions; Ohio ACTE counsel and the Department of Education will provide more information on the budget during the Ohio ACTE annual (July 26-28) Summer Conference. 

    Fair School Funding Plan:

    • Adopts the FSFP and establishes a six-year phase-in; after this period, schools are to receive full funding under the new framework.   HB 110 specifically allocates funding for the Plan’s first two years, but allows the legislature to determine any adjustments necessary at the conclusion of the biennium (during the next budget cycle), for purposes of funding the following four years.
    • Includes a revised, localized base cost approach that will vary from district to district.  The base cost per career-tech student is inherently higher under the Plan than that of a traditional student, with a statewide (CTE) average of appx. $8,300.  The Plan also maintains existing (“categorical”) career-tech weighted funding levels, but converts the (tiered) amounts to percentages of the base cost to allow for growth if/when the base cost increases.
    • Maintains $1.1B in Wellness and Success funding, but re-directs those dollars to the Disadvantaged Pupil Impact Aid Fund for distribution.  
    • Eliminates Caps/Guarantees after fully phased-in, but still contains a transitional guarantee for certain districts over the next biennium.
    • Maintains career exploration dollars and requires those dollars to flow through the CTPD for distribution to associate school districts.
    Funding for Industry Recognized Credentials:
    • Includes $41M in funding for high school industry recognized credentials (IWIP, Test Reimbursement)
    • Includes $58M for TechCred, which can in part be used to fund Individual Micro-credential Assistance Program (IMAP)

    Funding for Short Term Certificates:

    • Allocates $7M over the biennium for tuition assistance to OTC or Community College students enrolled in Short Term Certificate Programs

    OTC Funding Increase:

    • Increases the OTC line item by appx $2M over the biennium ($21.3M in FY 22 and $21.8M in FY 23)

    Expansion of Adult Diploma Program:

    • Expands eligibility for ADP by reducing minimum age from 22 to 20, and allowing ODHE to transfer additional dollars into the program if demand exceeds funding levels.

    - by Will Vorys, Dickinson Wright, LLC, Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel

  • June 09, 2021 8:12 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    On June 8, 2021, the Ohio Senate Finance Committee approved the chamber’s substitute biennial operating budget bill (HB 110), complete with an omnibus package of final amendments.  The full Senate voted to pass Substitute HB 110 the following day (6/9). The budget now heads to Conference Committee, where leaders from the House, Senate, and the DeWine Administration must settle their differences and negotiate final provisions by the statutory June 30 deadline.

                Similar to the House version, the Senate’s budget proposal contains numerous beneficial streams of funding for career-technical education, as well as numerous policy changes Ohio ACTE and other education stakeholders have advocated over the last several months.  Click on these links for a brief summary of the Senate’s budget, as well as a comparison document of all changes made to date by both chambers.

    CTE-related Senate budget provisions include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • A k-12 school funding formula that deviates from the House-Passed Fair School Funding Plan, and includes a statewide base cost per pupil of appx. $6,100 (rather than a localized base cost ranging from $7,000-8,500 per pupil).
    • In addition to maintaining CTE weighted funding at current levels, the Senate included a “CTE Lab Supplement” which by FY 23, provides an additional $1,050 per career-tech student to be spent by schools in the same manner as CTE weighted funds.
    • Eliminates the cap for CTE
    • Maintains allocation of new “career exploration” dollars for k-12.
    • Expands eligibility for the Adult Diploma Program (minimum age 20 instead of 22)
    • Maintains funding for TechCred
    • Allows JVSDs, Comprehensives, and Compacts to apply for and receive a “STEM School Equivalent” or “STEM Program of Excellence” designation
    • Maintains funding increases for Ohio Technical Centers

                “We greatly appreciate members of both the Ohio House and Senate for their recognition of the importance of CTE to students and Ohio’s workforce.  As the legislature and Administration deliberate on the final version of the budget in the coming days, we stand ready to assist and serve as a resource” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.”

                Ohio ACTE will continue to advocate policies that advance CTE and will keep members apprised as the budget moves through the Conference Committee process. 

  • June 09, 2021 8:00 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE annual dues are due Sept. 15, but you can renew now and take care of your dues for the next school year through Sept. 15, 2022.

    1. Log on to the web site in the upper right corner
    2. Click Renew
    3. Pay by credit card or choose 'invoice me'

    Thank  you to our organizational member schools who support Ohio ACTE through school membership, which provides individual membership to all their staff!

  • June 08, 2021 8:06 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Licensure renewal flexibility ends July 1 

    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with Ohio law, the Ohio Department of Education extended the renewal deadline for licenses and permits previously set to expire July 1, 2020. Those licenses and permits will remain valid until July 1, 2021. Educators should renew their credentials before the extension ends.

    Nonrenewable temporary licenses expire July 1

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department received authority to issue nonrenewable, one-year temporary licenses to applicants who met all other qualifications for licensure but were unable to complete their required licensure examinations. Candidates should make arrangements to take their licensure exams now to obtain standard or alternative licenses before their temporary licenses expire on July 1.

  • June 08, 2021 8:04 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    ODE and WebXam announce the WebXam testing calendar has been revised for the 2020-2021 school year. Several deadlines have been further extended to provide flexibility for districts.
  • June 07, 2021 12:37 PM | Anonymous

    Ohio ACTE is excited to announce the winners of the 2021 Darrell Parks Scholarship chosen by Darrell Parks! 

    Micah Latta attended Delaware Area Career Center's Welding and Sheet Metal Fabrication program.

    Mackenzie Martin attended Knox County Career Center's Early Childhood Education program. She will be attending The Ohio State University at Mansfield for Early Childhood Education.

    Read more about Mackenzie and Micah on the student scholarship page.

    Micah and Mackenzie will each be awarded $1,000 to further their education. Congratulations to our two student winners!

  • June 03, 2021 10:53 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE Assembly of Delegates

    Meeting Notice

    The Assembly of Delegates Meeting will take place during the 

    2021 Annual Conference

    July 26 – 3:00 – 4:00 pm

    Hilton Easton, Columbus - Room TBD

    Division Presidents are responsible for insuring Delegate attendance.

    Note: Members do not have to register for the Conference in order to attend ONLY to  serve as a delegate.  They cannot attend the rest of the Conference without registering.Click here for delegate counts

  • May 25, 2021 6:39 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The next round of TechCred opens on June 1st and closes on June 30th at 3:00 p.m.

    Ohio businesses can visit to apply and help their employees earn a short-term, technology-focused credential at no cost. Not only can businesses upskill their current employees, but they can upskill those they plan to hire as long as they are on the payroll at the time of reimbursement.

    More than 1,100 Ohio businesses have used TechCred, some having used it multiple times, creating the opportunity for 19,841 technology-focused credentials to be earned by Ohio employees.

    The results from the April application period will be announced in the near future.

    Visit to learn more!
  • May 21, 2021 3:57 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education today posted a new resource on the Reset and Restart Education website to assist districts and community schools as they develop American Rescue Plan Safe Return to In-person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plans

    This resource provides information about required elements for the plans as well as some practical advice for plan development.

  • May 14, 2021 1:44 PM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Chancellor Randy Gardner announced on May 12, 2021 that he has issued formal guidance to Ohio’s public colleges and universities allowing for the creation of a voluntary program that would offer student debt relief in exchange for re-enrollment. The guidance, branded as "College Comeback," would enable institutions to follow the example of public institutions who already offer these opportunities. Those known to currently offer student debt relief options include Cleveland State University, Clark State College, Lorain County Community College, Stark State College, and Zane State College.

    The guidance issued by the Chancellor clearly explains the legal authority by which Ohio’s public colleges and universities may offer debt relief for re-enrolling students who are successfully progressing toward degree or credential completion.

    “We know there are too many students who completed a portion of their higher education journey, but ultimately never made it across the finish line. Creating opportunities for these individuals to finish what they started is critical to Ohio’s workforce and economic strength,” Chancellor Gardner said. “With our College Comeback guidance, the DeWine-Husted administration is sending a clear signal that we support colleges and universities that take pro-student steps to reengage students who have some college but no degree.”

    The detailed College Comeback guidance outlines the critical need to help 1.5 million Ohioans who have some college, but no degree or credential. Among the barriers to re-enrollment for some students are past-due debts that block their ability to receive their transcript – which itself is a requirement for re-enrollment with credit for previous work. Today’s guidance addresses this issue by clarifying opportunities to overcome this barrier, for institutions that choose to participate.

    The College Comeback guidance is posted online at

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