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Career TEchnical AND Adult Education News

  • April 02, 2013 1:55 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    On March 29 the Ohio Board of Regents held officer elections for the next two terms. Elected were Vinny Gupta as Chair, Lana Moresky as Vice-Chair and Tim Burke as secretary.

    According to Dr. Stephanie Davidson, Interim Chancellor of OBR, Gupta, Moresky and Burke did well as board members and demonstrated leadership and dedication. She is pleased that they can continue their work as officers and on issues affecting higher education.

    Additional business at the meeting included the swearing-in of a newly appointed Regent, Tom Humphries. He replaces James M. Tuschman.

  • April 02, 2013 10:08 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator) News, Weather

    Clay High School, in Oregon, Ohio, was featured on the Toledo News for its brand new HAAS VF1 Vertical Milling Center that was unveiled on March 19.

    VIsit the school's Web site for more inforamation.

  • March 22, 2013 8:47 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    On March 22, Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor addressed attendees at the Ohio Career Technical Administrators Conference.    She said Industry and educators need to speak candidly and often together about the needs and resources to create a stronger workforce in Ohio.


    Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor with Harold Niehaus (left), Miami Valley CTC and Dan Murphy, Massillon City Schools and Ohio ACTE Treasurer.



    Among inroads Taylor cited are a recent collaborative with the insurance industry and 117,000 jobs created in the state since Governor John Kasich took office.  Among barriers to a healthier economy are: 1) the perception that all students must go to college to be successful; 2) lack of career education information in the earlier grades when parents are more actively engaged; 3) the negative image that career-technical education isn’t as good as a traditional high school education; and 4) competitiveness that hinders sharing for stronger inroads to workforce development. Ohio secondary career-tech leaders at the conference asked the Lt. Governor to consider reinforcing the message that apprenticeships are equal to college and that the branding should be preparing students for “careers” instead of “careers and college” to alleviate the double standard. Taylor also talked about the Common Sense Initiative (

    Comment on this article on the Ohio Department of Education Office of Career-Technical Education Web site

  • March 15, 2013 9:03 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director, was included as one of the “20 to Know in Education” published in the March 15 print issue of Columbus Business First. Those selected will also participate in a discussion on education.  The list and profiles can also be found online .

    Others included on the list are:

    Aimee Kennedy, Metro Early College High School

    Ann E. Schiele, Mount Carmel College of Nursing

     Barbara Mattei-Smith, Office of Ohio Governor John Kasich

     Paolo DeMaria, Education First Consulting

     Michael Bowers, Columbus State Community College

     Dr. Christopher Washington, Franklin University

     Dr. Terrell Lamont Strayhorn, Ohio State University

     Katina Fullen, I Know I Can

     Lolita Augenstein, Columbus Council of PTAs

     Lois Carson, Columbus City Schools

     Andrew Boy, United Schools Network

    John Mackenzie, Columbus Academy

    Elizabeth Martinez, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio

    James Lower, St. Charles Preparatory School

    Sue Testaguzza, LifeCubby

    Liza Lee, Columbus School for Girls

    Mary Lou Langenhop, Children’s Hunger Alliance

    Bob Boltz, Fahlgren Mortine

    Suzanne Coleman-Tolbert, COWIC


  • March 14, 2013 1:37 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    A the March 5 meeeting of the Ohio House of Representatives Finance Subcommittee on K-12 Education, career-technical educators testified on behalf of CTE. 

    Joyce Malainy, Superintendent at C-Tec and Chris Renn, Career Technical Director at Millstream Career Center testified regarding the proposed Stte budget.

    Bassam Homsi, President and CEO of AUTOTOOL provided testimony that emphasized the importance of career-technical education to local business and manufacturing in finding skilled employees.

    Read their complete testimony:

    Bassam Homsi

    Chris Renn

    Joyce Malainy


  • March 10, 2013 10:17 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Governor John Kasich attended the 2013 Ohio ACTE Student Showcase on March 7 in the Statehouse Atrium.  The purpose of the Showcase is to show legislators and lawmakers the projects and programs that students work on through career-technical education and the value of CTE to Ohio’s students and economy.

    Gov. Kasich spent about half hour at the Showcase, talking to students and viewing their displays.    He also addressed the 150 students, teachers and guests in attendance.

    The event was also covered by the local news media and a segment aired on the news that evening, said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.

    “The whole event was a home run,” said Gardner.  The students did an excellent job showcasing their work and talking to legislators and the Governor, she said.  “We could not have hoped for a better event or more positive publicity for CTE - students are our best advocates,” Gardner said.  

    The timing of the Showcase was set to coincide with State budget process as lawmakers review the Governor’s proposed budget, which includes a new education funding formula that will impact CTE.

    Click here to view the news segment.

    Educators and a business partner have also been advoacting for CTE by testifying in the legislture on behalf of career-technical education and funding.  See their testimony here.

    Governor John Kasich with Vantage Career Center Students.

    Governor John Kasich and Speaker of the House William Batchelder with Mid-East Career Technology Center students.

       Senator Cliff Hite with Tri-Rivers Career Center Robotics student.
  • March 10, 2013 9:57 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The US Department of Education issued a letter March 4 indicating that Career Centers must seek new accreditation in the next 18 months if they are accredited by NCA CASI.   In the meantime, schools may develop new programs and submit them to the DoE’s  Federal Student Aid (FSA) office.   FSA will review the program and approve in appropriate circumstances for Title IV.

    “This is great news for our adult career centers,”  said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.  Many people helped with this issue, including staff members in the office of our US Senators, Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, she said. 

    “Ohio ACTE President Joe Dannemiller, Harry Snyder of the PACE Division and I traveled to Washington DC in December to meet with DoE and explain our challenges to the Department,” Gardner said.  Our efforts paid off, and with NCA-CASI’s withdrawal,  DoE was quick to act, she said.

    Career Centers must seek alternate certification in the next 18  months, according to the DoE letter.  Ohio ACTE and the PACE Division have been working with accreditors to help streamline the process.

    Last fall, adult directors held a meeting with Council on Occupational Education to learn about their accrediting process and a meeting is planned with Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) on March 26-27 in Columbus to learn more about their process.

    Click here for more information on the ACCSC meeting and view the DoE March 4 letter by clicking here.

  • February 14, 2013 8:03 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    By Terrence O’Donnell, Esq., Bricker & Eckler, LLC

    Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel


                On February 13, 2013, one day after the Governor revealed his proposed state budget bill, two of his top education policy advisors, Barbara Mattei-Smith and Richard A. Ross, testified before the Ohio House of Representatives Finance Committee to outline proposed changes to the state’s K-12school funding formula.


                Formula, Generally:  The formula appears to provide a base level of funding to every district (“core opportunity funds”) on a “per pupil” basis.  Next, the formula seeks to target resources to those districts with relatively lower income and property values.  The core funds and the targeted resources, together, provide funds for the general operation of the school.  The formula then makes available additional dollars based on “unique needs” of students such as those with disabilities, those not yet proficient in English, economically disadvantaged students, gifted students, etc. 


                Career Tech:  In recognition of the fact that career technical education is indeed more costly than traditional school, the formula retains what is commonly referred to as “weighted funding.”  Ohio ACTE is pleased the Governor’s budget acknowledges this reality as the preservation of weighted funding was a major goal of the association.  At the same time, the formula revises the amount of weighted funding to support career tech.  Under current law, career tech funds are weighted an additional 57%.  Under the Governor’s proposal, the weights are not a percentage of the whole but rather a fixed dollar amount.  In addition, the proposed weights are not uniform across CTE as they are today at 57%.  Rather, the career tech weighted funds as proposed in the Governor’s budget are allocated according to career field and are grouped in five categories as follows:

    • 1.      $2,900:  Environmental & Agricultural Systems, Construction Technologies, Engineering & Science Technologies, Finance, Health Science, IT, Manufacturing Technologies
    • 2.     $2,600:  Business & Administrative, Hospitality & Tourism, Human Services, Law & Public Safety, Transportation Systems
    • 3.     $1,650:  Career Based-Intervention
    • 4.     $1,200:  Arts & Communications, Education & Training, Marketing, Workforce Development Academics, Career Development
    • 5.     $900:  GRADS, Family & Consumer Sciences   

    Career tech superintendents, treasurers, administrators, and others are actively testing this formula, running the numbers, and simulating the proposal’s fiscal impact.  While the Governor’s Office released a spreadsheet simulating the impact of the formula on JVSDs, the spreadsheet did not appear to take into account the changes to the weighted funding system.  (It appeared to only calculate the changes to the base amount). 


    Guarantees:  Finally, at least for the next two years, the proposal also continues the “guarantees” seen in other recent school funding formulas whereby the State will provide base resources to a school not less than the resources received in the past year to avoid budget “destabilization” in the short term.  However, future legislation could certainly eliminate the guarantees and simply allocate dollars strictly per the formula without a safety net.  Should this occur, it is expected that districts with declining student populations could see their funding levels decrease accordingly.          


        As Ohio ACTE representatives and leadership continue to meet with the Governor’s Office and key legislative leaders and gain additional information about the impact of the budget proposal, we will keep members informed.


    Read the full testimony of Barbara Mattei-Smith

    Read the full testimony of Dick Ross



  • February 13, 2013 8:57 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    For more information on the proposed budget and education funding, including School Funding Spreadsheets for Primary and Secondary Education Preliminary Estimates - FY 2014, visit the  Ohio ACTE Legislative Information page. 

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