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  • January 18, 2022 7:50 AM | Anonymous

    Just under 423,000 Ohio children lived in poverty in 2020, representing a child poverty rate of 16.8 percent, according to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

    The Center for Community Solutions (CCS) said Ohio's 2020 child poverty rate was the lowest figure since the 2000 decennial census, which reported the share of children who lived in poverty in 1999.

    The data comes from the Census Bureau's 2020 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Experimental Data. In an analysis of that data, CCS writes that ACS 1-year estimates always carry some amount of uncertainty, but explains that COVID-19 disrupted data collection in 2020 in ways which may have undercounted low-income households.

    "The Census Bureau made statistical adjustments, released only a limited set of data which met their stringent standards, and took extra time for the analysis. They also advise against comparing the 2020 Experimental Data with previous years. Therefore, we are not able to determine if changes are statistically significant. Even with the challenges, the 2020 experimental ACS data remain the best estimates of income and poverty in Ohio and across the country, and a drop in child poverty is consistent with other sources of information," CCS said.

    While 2020 also saw record unemployment levels and remote school for many children, CCS said it appears the federal government's financial aid to the public helped families. The available ACS data does not allow for the examination of the reasons for the decline in child poverty, but other models have found that government intervention during the pandemic blunted the toll of economic disruption, CCS noted. The ACS relies on household income to calculate poverty status, which in 2020 would have included Economic Impact Payments, otherwise known as stimulus payments, and any additional unemployment compensation for parents.

    The two rounds of stimulus payments in 2020 moved 3.2 million American children out of poverty, CCS said, and the actual benefits of the government's actions could be much larger because some other interventions, such as tax credits, help families make ends meet but are noncash, so they are excluded from these poverty calculations.

    Among adults, the experimental estimate from 2020 showed a poverty rate of 12.4 percent for working-age Ohio adults between the ages of 18 and 24, which is the same as the 2019 ACS estimate. The poverty rate for older adults appears to be slightly higher than in 2019, but the change is small. Even if these data could be compared directly, none of the differences would be statistically significant, CCS said.

    "Time will tell if the promising drop in child poverty is an anomaly or the beginning of a trend. Continued emergency food assistance and improvements in the Child Tax Credit certainly helped families in 2021 but have either ended or are expected to end this year. Unfortunately, policy decisions must move faster than data collection and analysis of their real-world impact. The 2020 child poverty estimates provide an indication of the positive impact timely and targeted government action can have on breaking cycles of poverty," the center said.

  • January 16, 2022 8:51 AM | Anonymous

    $5 million available to increase enrollment in high-demand Commercial Driver’s License programs

    Ohio students seeking to earn a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) now have the opportunity to receive financial aid thanks to a new program announced today by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE).

    The Commercial Truck Driver Student Aid Program is meant to promote and encourage job growth for Ohio’s commercial drivers through educational training in programs related to employment opportunities. Funds awarded to eligible institutions through a competitive application process will be disbursed in the form of grants and loans to students who enroll in approved CDL training programs at those institutions. The Student Aid program was originally enacted in the state’s biennial budget bill (HB110), with additional parameters of the program set forth in SB166, signed by Governor DeWine last month.

    “Commercial truck drivers are a vital part of Ohio’s economy, and this program will allow for the growth of this in-demand occupation,” said ODHE Chancellor Randy Gardner. “I am grateful for the leadership of Governor DeWine and the General Assembly in addressing this critical need and providing the funding to help Ohio students succeed.”

    Students receiving funds to complete a CDL program must commit to reside and be employed in Ohio for a minimum of one year upon completion of the program. A total of $5 million in funding is available through the program over the next two years, and eligible institutions can request a maximum of $200,000 per year to support their CDL programs.

    The application period for institutions is open.  Application materials can be found on the ODHE website at https://www.ohiohighered.org/cdl.
  • 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.

    Frits.rizor@education.ohio.gov 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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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.

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