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  • November 13, 2012 9:22 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Task Force Offers 20 Student-Focused Recommendations for Increasing Degree Completion

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     Improving Ohio’s competitiveness in a global economy, creating greater economic opportunities for its citizens and increasing the percentage of Ohio adults with a degree or certificate were the primary goals that Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro had in mind when he convened a Complete College Ohio Task Force.


    The task force, which was divided into three working groups (Ready for College, No Time to Waste and Help Me Cross the Finish Line), was charged with developing a set of strategic recommendations for reaching the aforementioned goals. After several months of research and meetings, the task force has released its Complete College Ohio Report as part of today’s Complete College Ohio Conference at Columbus State Community College.


    “Student success was first and foremost in our minds when we convened this task force,” Petro said. “Our focus is to increase the number of Ohioans who complete college. To ensure a prosperous future, our students and our state need to see significant improvement in college completion.”


    The task force lists 20 recommendations in its report, directed to institutions of higher learning as well as policymakers. The recommendations are offered as a menu of options for consideration, customization and action.


    The recommendations detailed in the report are as follows:

    • Require institution-specific Campus Completion Plans.
    • Adopt a consistent, statewide definition of “college and career readiness.”
    • Adopt a consistent, comprehensive statewide definition of “college completion” and uniform statewide requirements for common college credentials.
    • Establish stronger collaboration and tighter alignment across the P-16 education continuum.
    • Establish a new system of high school assessments to improve preparation and readiness for college.
    • Intensify engagement of students and families prior to students’ enrollment in college.
    • Broaden awareness of connections between college completion and career opportunities.
    • Enhance financial literacy and planning for students and families.
    • Expand opportunities for earning college credits that count toward a degree or certificate before graduating from high school.
    •  Increase opportunities for adults to earn college credits for meaningful knowledge and skills documented through Prior Learning Assessments.
    • Adopt more holistic college placement assessments and policies.
    • Redesign and personalize remedial education course content and policies, especially for adults returning to school.
    • Develop comprehensive, mandatory orientation and first-year experiences, as well as robust support and interventions for all students.
    • Develop institutional systems that accelerate students’ connection to clear and concise degree pathways, track progress toward academic goals and intervene when help is needed.
    • Implement “intrusive” advising supported by robust academic support systems and services.
    •  Devise more flexible, innovative scheduling, registration and degree-granting policies and practices.
    • Strategically expand and enhance Ohio’s articulation and credit transfer programs.
    • Expand programs for rewarding and leveraging meaningful “packages” of academic program work that have been completed, or nearly completed, but not formally credentialed.
    • Expand and diversify financial opportunities and incentives for achieving critical benchmarks and timely completion.
    • Mount a comprehensive statewide communications strategy about college completion.

    The task force concludes the Complete College Ohio Report by suggesting next steps in the completion process and asking the Board of Regents to work with campus and state policy leaders to bring the recommendations to fruition.


    For more information on the Complete College Ohio initiative and report, log on to
  • October 10, 2012 9:53 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Mark Kvamme will leave JobsOhio on Nov. 1.  Kvamme, a JobsOhio board member and the entity’s interim chief investment officer, will resign from both positions. He will be succeeded as president and CIO by John Minor, currently a managing director.  JobsOhio is the privatized economic-development agency Kvamme  helped create with Gov. John Kasich.

    Read more in the Columbus Dispatch.

  • September 05, 2012 10:27 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE hopes your school year has started off well and thanks each and every career-technical and adult educator for the role you play in helping students meet their full potential.   Real work, hands-on learning and the positive impact CTE makes in the lives of students and Ohio’s economy is the message Ohio ACTE shares with the public, regulators and our lawmakers. 

    Collectively, career-technical educators serve 23% of Ohio’s 550,000 high school students.  Of those, 13% are enrolled in advanced courses, and 18% have a disability.*

    Did you know that Ohio high school Workforce Development (WFD)  graduation rate is 98%, and  WFD students exceeded state performance targets in academic areas, with 93% achieving proficiency in reading, language arts and 92% in math?* 

    Please keep up the good work and know that Ohio ACTE is working to insure adequate funding and recognition of CTE so that you can focus on what is important – your students.

    On behalf of the Officers and Leadership of Ohio ACTE, thank you for all you do!

    Christine Gardner,  Ohio ACTE Executive Director

    *ODE Career-Technical Education Fact Sheet, created January 2012. See the complete Fact Sheet.

  • August 07, 2012 9:51 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction, Stan Heffner submitted his resignation Saturday, Aug. 4 to the State Board of Education, according to an article in the Columbus Dispatch.The State Board of Education is planning an ad hoc meeting on Aug. 20. He’ll be replaced on an interim basis by deputy Superintendent Michael Sawyers, according to the Dispatch.  His resignation is effective Friday, Aug. 10

    “Supt. Heffner was very supportive of career-technical education,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.  “Ohio ACTE leadership and members will have to work hard to make sure his replacement is aware of all the options available and everything we do for our students through career-technical education,”  she said.

  • July 27, 2012 9:50 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio career-technical students collectively placed first in the nation in the SkillsUSA National Conference held July 25-27 in Kansas City, Missouri.  Ohio students received a total of 53 medals in 81 contests.

    Two Ohio students were elected national officers:  Natasha Osborne from Upper Valley Career Center was elected Region 3 Vice President and Marical Ryan of Warren County Career Center was named Parliamentarian.

    There were approximately 300 student attendees from Ohio, which ranked third overall for grades.

    Specific contest results can be found here.


  • July 18, 2012 12:03 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    A big player has arrived in Ohio to promote the benefits of shale energy.

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said today that it is launching a media campaign in Ohio to show how oil and gas drilling can transform the economy, and act as a counterpoint to environmental advocates who have raised concerns about the drilling process.

    “Our campaign is focused on advocacy and education,” said Christopher Guith, vice president for policy at the chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy.

    He spoke at a Downtown news conference announcing the initiative. He declined to give specifics about how much money the national business organization is spending, only that it would be a “multimillion-dollar” effort.

    The chamber plans to advertise on television, radio and print, and hold public events across the state.

    Guith said the campaign will provide a pro-business perspective that goes beyond the advocacy by the oil and gas industry, and will show how shale energy can help Ohio manufacturing and other industries.

    “It’s a tremendous, tremendous opportunity for our young people and young adults,” said Bill Bussey, superintendent of the Mid-East Career and Technology Centers, a job-training agency based in Zanesville. He was one of several business and community leaders who also spoke at the event today.

    Click here to read the full article from The Columbus Dispatch.

  • July 10, 2012 1:05 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

     As a tribute to Dr. Byrl Shoemaker, the Byrl R. Shoemaker CTE Institute has been formed to provide the opportunity for all individuals involved with CTE to gain a broader knowledge and understanding of career-technical education, as well as develop personal and professional leadership characteristics that will benefit their schools/organizations and CTE in Ohio.

    Applications are now being accepted from individuals interested in participating in this extended professional development opportunity.  The program will include 3-4 face-to-face meetings per year, a team project, and utilize distance learning/communication tools.  The kick-off meeting is Sept. 14-15 in Columbus, Ohio. 

    Application deadline is August 17.  The online application and more information is accessible here.

    Details on the Shoemaker CTE Institute can be found on the Ohio ACTE Website, but if you have any questions, please contact Christine Gardner. 

    Byrl R. Shoemaker Institute Partners to Date:  Ohio ACTE, ODE Office of CTE, Ohio Association of City Career Technical Schools, Ohio Association of Career-Technical Superintendents

    Advisory Committee Members:  Steve Bialorucki, Nancy Brown Steve Gratz, Mike McDaniel,  Harold Niehaus, Rebecca Parker,  Jim  Pinchak,  Jon Quatman, Mary Jane Stanchina

  • June 26, 2012 3:28 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Thinking of a job after high school? Perhaps you should reconsider how to get there.

    With average college debt per student topping $22,000, more students are turning to certificate or hands-on programs that get them into better paying jobs at a fraction of the price.

    About 22 percent of post-secondary awards, including college degrees, are certificates, up from 6 percent in 1980, according to Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce.

    On average a certificate will help someone earn $34,946 a year, 20 percent better than a high-school only graduate. But compared with an associates or bachelor's degree, its 17 percent or 36 percent lower, respectively. For many it's a stepping stone.

    Click here to read the full article from the Deseret News.

  • May 31, 2012 11:36 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio Secondary Career-Technical Education Class of 2012 "Top 20" Honorees


    Agricultural and Environmental Systems

    Alina Schroeder,  Medina County Career Center


    Arts and Communication

    Kaitlyn Matthey, Warren County Career Center

    Nilyshia Johnson,  Choffin Career and Technical Center


    Business and Administrative Services

    Joshua Jenkins, West Shore Career Technical District/Lakewood High School


    Construction Technologies

    Greg Kozel, Milford High School/Live Oaks Career Campus

    Leanna Calton, Pickaway-Ross JVSD


    Education and Training

    Ashley Dickman, EHOVE Career Center


    Engineering and Science Technologies

    Mike Music, Sylvania Northview High School



    India Erby, Eastland Career Center


    Health Science

    Alfreen Alvi, Penta Career Center

    Jesse Shepherd, Great Oaks/Diamond Oaks Campus


    Hospitality and Tourism

    Jordan Cusumano, Lorain County JVSD

    Ceslie Eblin, Tri-Rivers Career Center


    Human Services (cosmetology)

    Krista Frost, Miami Valley Career Technology Center


    Information Technology

    Brittany Dayton, Coshocton County Career Center

    Jacob Comer, C-TEC


    Law and Public Safety

    Nick McCullough, Penta Career Center


    Manufacturing Technologies

    Andrew Melrose, Mid-East Career and Technology Centers



    Dominic DiCamillo, Washington Courthouse High School


    Transportation Systems

    Kris Chamberlin, Jackson-Milton High School

  • May 24, 2012 10:01 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    Marion's efforts to create a robotics hub are getting recognized as work continues toward building a training center at Tri-Rivers Career Center.

    Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee used the proposed robotics training center as an example of education spurring job creation while he spoke to the Marion Rotary Club on Tuesday. He also toured RobotWorx where employees showed him two robots that will be donated to the center.

    The center will be housed at Tri-Rivers but will be a collaboration between Tri-Rivers, Marion Technical College and The Ohio State University at Marion. Its focus will be on training area residents to work with industrial robotics and automation, considered a need by local industries for which company officials say they can't find enough skilled employees.

    Gee spoke to Tri-Rivers Superintendent Chuck Speelman on Tuesday and complimented him on his work on the center.

    Click here to read the full story from the Marion Star.

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