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  • June 05, 2018 12:29 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    2018 Student Scholarship Winners

    Out of more than 225 entries, Mackenzie Hudock of Tolles Career and Technical Center and Emily Forsthoefel of Tri Star Career Compact were chosen as the 2018 Darrell Parks Student Scholarship Recipients!

    Mackenzie Hudock, Tolles Career and Technical Center

    Mackenzie Hudock completed the art designs and communications program at  Tolles Career and Technical Center. During high school, Mackenzie was the Marketing and Communications Officer for Interact Club, where she was in charge of sending out all email communications, updating Social Media pages, and she took part in many service projects. She was also a member of National Honors Society. In addition, she volunteered as a Reading Buddy with the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Mackenzie will be attending the University of Cincinnati in the fall and plans on majoring in communication design.


    Emily Forsthoefel, Tri Star Career Compact

    Emily Forsthoefel (pictured here with Brenda Speck, Instructor) graduated from the Tri Star Career Compact MedPrep program. As part of the program, she learned about anatomy and physiology, as well as patient care and leadership. Emily held many positions while in the MedPrep program, including Vice President of SkillsUSA, head nurse for her team, and a supervisor in her class. In addition, she traveled with her classmates to Haiti and helped at a hospital. Emily plans on attending college and majoring in medical imaging and radiology. She hopes to work in the field as an X-Ray Technician and eventually continue her education in ultrasound.


    Each year, Ohio ACTE awards up to two Darrell Parks Student Scholarships, which provide $1,000 toward the continuing education of career-technical graduates.  The winners are chosen by Dr. Darrell Parks, former director of the ODE Office of CTE and past Executive Director of Ohio ACTE. 

  • May 24, 2018 8:40 AM | Kelsey Kerstetter

    An Aligning Opportunities report done by Team Northeast Ohio found that there is a misalignment in Northeast Ohio regarding skills, education, and training needed to fill high-demand occupations.

    According to Jacob Duritsy, vice president, Strategy and Research for Team NEO, the objective of the findings is to provide secondary and post-secondary educational institutions in Northeast Ohio a tool to help them evaluate (and re-evaluate) their professional and technical education programs. The report also found that manufacturing, IT, and healthcare are the most in-demand sectors, and within the 19 occupation categories studied, only three are aligned with supply and demand.

    Read the full story here.

  • May 15, 2018 11:23 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    President Donald J. Trump on May 14 announced his intent to nominate the following:

    Scott Stump of Colorado, to be Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the US Department of Education.

    Stump is the Chief Operating Officer for Vivayic, Inc., a learning solutions company based in Lincoln, Nebraska. Previously, he served as the Assistant Provost for Career and Technical Education with the Colorado Community College System. In 2014, he served as President of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education consortium, now called Advance CTE.  Stump holds a B.S. in Agricultural Education from Purdue University.

  • May 04, 2018 1:34 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Creating Quality Technical Educators Act was introduced April 24 by Sens.  Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc. and Tim Kaine, D-Va.,  Sen. Portman is a co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus.

    "Quality CTE teachers play a key role in expanding access to high quality programs and making sure more students and parents recognize the value of a CTE education—all of which helps lead to more and better job opportunities for students," Portman said.

    The bill would create "partnership grants for the preparation of career and technical education teachers" that are open to both mid-career professionals and those seeking initial licensure to teach CTE. They're also open to current educators without subject-matter expertise in CTE.  Program participants would need to commit to working with a mentor teacher for two years, and get continuing professional development for three years. Those who are trained through the grants would have to serve as full-time CTE educators in a "high need" district for at least three years. 

    The legislation would act as an amendment to the Higher Education Act. 

    Click here to read more.


  • May 02, 2018 3:23 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE and the Ohio Ophthalmological Society are partnering once again to offer FREE safety eyewear for students in programs requiring the use of eye protection.  This program is possible as part of a grant from the Ohio Department of Health to  promote eye safety and to encourage students to use protective eyewear in activities outside of the classroom as well.

    Click on this link to be taken to the online order form and note that there is a link in the order form to view eyewear choices:

     http://www.playhardgear.com/applications/acte-and-oos-vocational-application/

    Applications must be completed by May 31, 2018.  Letters will be sent in early June to each applicant to let them know how many pieces of equipment to expect.  Equipment will ship in August to the address provided. 

    In order to participate, schools must agree to provide safety information to students and participate in a survey.  It is open to all schools and is not needs-based.

    Since the inception of the program in 2009, more than 200,000 protective eyewear pieces have been distributed.  Programs benefiting from this partnership include: Automotive, BioMedical Science, Arts, Building and Grounds, HVAC, Dental Assisting, and more.

  • May 02, 2018 8:10 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    May 7-11 is In-Demand Jobs Week, when communities, educators and businesses focus on the jobs, industries and skills that currently are driving Ohio’s economy. The week encourages educators, job seekers, and students to all come together to learn more about the many jobs and careers that are in-demand in the state.

    Schools and educators can take part by planning events that inspire students to explore these careers in their local communities. Watch this video to learn more, and visit the In-Demand Jobs Week webpage to find resources, including the planning guide for educators

    Students and their parents, as well as current job-seekers, can also visit the webpage to learn more about the hundreds of in-demand jobs. From accounting to engineering, administrative positions and veterinary technicians, this is a great opportunity to learn what skills and qualifications are needed for different positions and discover new career opportunities you may not have considered before.

    Educators, community members and job-seekers can view all the week's events on the Facebook event page.

  • May 02, 2018 6:51 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Nancy Luce, Upper Valley Career Center Superintendent, and Jamey Palma, Career Technical Director at Massillon City Schools will join the Ohio ACTE officer team on Sept. 1, 2018.  Beginning Sept. 1,  Nancy will serve as President Elect for one year, and then President for one year and then Past President of Ohio ACTE.  Jamey will serve a two-year term as Ohio ACTE treasurer.   They join the current Ohio ACTE officers, click here.  

    Terms change Sept. 1, 2018 when Nick Weldy, Miami Valley Career Center Superintendent will become Ohio ACTE President, after serving this year as President Elect.

    Read more about Nancy and Jamey's background here.

  • April 30, 2018 4:04 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    Teacher Appreciation is Week May 7-11. During this week, please help us thank Ohio’s remarkable teachers!
  • April 30, 2018 3:39 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Barb Wagner was named the 2018 Bill Ruth Award Winner from the Ohio ACTE PACE Division on April 10 during the PACE Annual Conference Bill Ruth Awards program.  Longtime adult director at Upper Valley Career Center, Barb passed away July 13, 2017.
    Barb started out as a Home Economics teacher, after teaching for several years and serving as K-8 and High School Principals, she became the Director for Adult Workforce Education at Greene County Career Center in Xenia. After serving at Green County she became the Adult Division Director at Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua.  Barb retired in 2017 with the intention of (as Barb put it; focusing on organic heirloom gardening, raising chickens, wide open spaces and spending time with her family). She was always a great advocate for Adult Workforce Education and shared her talents and expertise by being an active member of many committees for OACTE-PACE, the Ohio Board of Regents, and ODHE, according to her colleagues.  Barb was an inspiration to students, staff and colleagues and is greatly missed by everyone who knew her.


    Scott Nail, Adult Director at Upper Valley Career Center (right) and Barb Wagner's husband accepted the Bill Ruth Award at the April 10 Bill Ruth Award Program.




    Other Award winners honored:
    OACTE-PACE Division - Pacesetter Award:
    Recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership or innovative program achievements through service to Ohio ACTE.
    2018 Awardees:
    Tiffany Thayer, Financial Aid Officer, Ehove Career Center
    Recognized for her willingness to step forward and guide the financial aid and student service groups at the annual spring and summer conferences. She goes above and beyond for both her school’s financial aid recipients and her fellow financial aid peers. The work she does to coordinate and pull together the financial aid training at our conferences demonstrate her leadership and are very much appreciated as they help make all our programs stronger.

    Lauren Massie, Adult Director, C-TEC Career and Technology Education Centers
    As a new Adult Director, Lauren was recognized for taking a lead on getting our Ohio Technical Center’s in front of our legislatures. Her knowledge of the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Higher Education have proved very helpful in the work of defining OCTs. Her leadership in legislative initiatives, and active participation in the PACE conference planning, combined with her willingness to share best practices with colleagues; demonstrate her commitment to service for Ohio ACTE. She provides a positive example for customized training, career programs and secondary partnerships that help strengthen and support Adult Career and Technical Education throughout Ohio.

    OACTE-PACE Division – Distinguished Service Award:
    Recognizes an individual who has made the highest contribution to improvement, promotion, development and progress of career technical and adult education.
    2018 Awardee:
    Tiffany Thayer, Financial Aid Officer, Ehove Career Center
    Tiffany was recognized for the professional commitment that she has shown throughout the years in assisting the PACE Division members. She is always present at conferences and has ideas that contribute to the success of Ohio Technical Centers. She keeps up-to-date and is constantly aware of changes that affect our work and shares that necessary information with other members throughout the state.


  • April 23, 2018 8:45 AM | Kelsey Kerstetter

    In a recent article reporting on a study looking at the characteristics of CTE students, researchers found that students who take career-tech education courses were more likely to graduate from high school, earn more by their mid-20s, and be more likely to work full-time by young adulthood than peers who were not enrolled in CTE courses.

    The federal study tracked 15,000 10th graders from 2002 to 2012, and found that certain stereotypes about CTE students were simply not true. The study also found that students who take CTE courses work harder and have stronger non-cognitive skills, also known as “soft skills.”

    In summary, the study states, “CTE course takers have on average higher non-cognitive skills, compared to otherwise-similar students. This conclusion belies the image of these students as unmotivated and unfocused, and it belies the stereotype that CTE programs recruit substandard students. To assess the true value of CTE programs, one should look beyond their participants' test scores."


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