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  • February 08, 2011 10:15 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Governor John Kasich appointed Robert Sommers, former CEO of Butler Tech, director of the Governor's Office of 21st Century Education.  In this position, he will be Gov. Kasich's chief education adviser and serve on the Governor's cabinet, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

    Sommers served as Ohio ACTE President-Elect and most recently was CEO of Cornerstone Charter Schools in Detroit.

    Read the Columbus Dispatch article.

  • February 02, 2011 12:06 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    As part of Ohio ACTE’s ongoing advocacy efforts, we have developed the CTE Champions program.  This is an effort designed to involve students, parents, business partners and anyone who supports CTE in our advocacy efforts.  Our best advocates are students, parents, alumni and others who have benefitted from CTE and have a positive story to share. Please join “CTE Champions”  on Facebook  …and becoem a "Friend" of CTE.

    ALSO, encourage your students, alumni and others to share their success stories…in their own words.  These stories will be used to share with our legislators and lawmakers the value of CTE in Ohio to students and Ohio’s economy.  

  • February 01, 2011 12:54 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Community College and Career Training Grant Application Now Available 

    On January 20, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced the availability of applications under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program. Applications are due on April 21. Adult Career Centers are eligible to apply for this grant.

    The Department of Labor will award $2 billion in grants over the next four years ($500 million per year) to eligible institutions, which include institutions of higher education as defined in Section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002) that offer programs that can be completed in two years or less. These institutions include community and technical colleges, proprietary institutions and postsecondary vocational institutions.

    Grants must be used by institutions "to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers program, and prepare program participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations."

    Individual grants will range from $2.5 million to $5 million for single institutions, and $2.5 million to $20 million for consortium applications. Each state is guaranteed to have winners that receive at least $2.5 million each year.

    When asked what the program would achieve, Secretary Solis answered, "It's simple. We're looking to help American workers gain the skills and knowledge they need to compete for good jobs. The program also underscores President Obama's commitment to help every American have at least one year of postsecondary education, and it furthers his efforts to ensure that by 2020 the United States -- once again -- has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world."

    More details are available on a Conference Call Audio, in the Federal Register, and in the Department of Labor's "Grant Applications 101: A Plain English Guide to ETA Competitive Grants."
  • January 31, 2011 5:03 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    On the evening of Feb. 23, the two groups will conduct video training delivered live to your school if you wish to participate and have videoconferencing equipment. Thanks to technology, the program’s speakers will be coming to your schools from career-tech centers across Ohio.


    OSBA and OACTE are providing this professional development at no cost as a member service.


    The initial concept behind this convenient training program is to allow you to host your newly appointed career-tech board members at your building and have you join in the program so you will know just what the board members are learning. This will complement your own board orientation efforts.

    The goal is to help your new leaders become better career-tech board members quicker.


    We are expanding the invitation for this teleworkshop to all Ohio K-12 board members who might be interested in learning more about career-technical education (CTE). This will allow other school board members to gain a better understanding of the differences in governing CTE and K-12 school districts. It also would provide you with an additional opportunity to showcase your programs to the rest of your area school board members and develop relationships with those board members you do not see regularly.

    OSBA will send e-mails to all superintendents, treasurers and board members announcing this innovative training. We will be telling people to contact you to register. Once the event has concluded, if you send OSBA a list of those who completed the session, they will receive credit for the OSBA Award of Achievement.


    The program features experienced and respected superintendents and treasurer, and veteran dual board members.

    Click here for agenda and registration information.

  • January 22, 2011 8:48 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    While biomedial and other high-tech careers will be in demand, growth as well as a retiring workforce, is expected to require more middle-skill workers in the future according to Government statistics. 

    Click here to read the entire article.

  • December 16, 2010 9:22 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Earlier this afternoon, the House cleared S. 3447, the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010, by a vote of 409-3. Since the Senate had approved the bill by unanimous consent on Monday, it now goes to the president to be signed into law. Passage of the legislation is a late victory for CTE advocates just prior to the end of the 111th congressional session.

    This bill expands institutional eligibility for students using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to include non-degree granting institutions, such as area CTE centers, as well as apprenticeship programs. This change will give veterans the opportunity to use their tuition benefits at the full range of high-quality CTE providers around the country, and to have access to both the housing allowance and book stipend that is provided under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The new institutional eligibility provisions will go into effect on October 1, 2011, in order to give program administrators time to prepare.

    ACTE worked very closely with Congress on these amendments and has been advocating for this bill throughout the year. Our activities have included direct communication with key Members of Congress working on this issue, as well as numerous letters and e-mails in support of the bill. We will continue to follow the implementation of the legislation to ensure that appropriate steps are taken leading up to enactment date and that the interests of all CTE programs are represented.

    We would like to thank ACTE’s Educational Institution Members and others who were instrumental in advocating for passage of this legislation. Also, please be sure to thank your Members of Congress for this important action
  • December 14, 2010 9:41 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)


     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai

    December 14, 2010                                                            703-683-9312; 


    ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) today released an Issue Brief called, “CTE’s Role in Worker Retraining” that describes how career and technical education (CTE) programs play a pivotal role in retraining adults and providing them the skills needed to re-enter the workforce or advance along career pathways. CTE worker retraining programs not only focus on local employment needs, but are also tailored to fit the needs of the adult population.

     It is critical that unemployed and underemployed workers have access to education and training in order to develop new skills or update current skills to compete in today’s changing economy. Recent numbers by the Bureau of Labor Statistics report that nearly twice as many workers were displaced between January 2007 and December 2009 as in the previous two-year period, and fewer of these displaced workers have been able to secure employment. However, the number of job openings nationally increased by 30 percent between July 2009 and July 2010.

     These new employment opportunities usually require knowledge and skills that unemployed workers either don’t possess or have not developed because they weren’t needed in previous positions. Adults participating in CTE worker retraining programs can earn industry certifications, certificates or degrees through short-term and accelerated programs and flexible learning approaches that allow them to compete in today’s workforce.

     “Our economy is facing a critical juncture in the recovery process, but unfortunately, many unemployed or underemployed workers lack the skills necessary for the new high-demand jobs that are available,” said ACTE Executive Director Jan Bray. “It’s important for education leaders and policy makers to recognize that CTE retraining programs are essential to providing adults with the skills and knowledge necessary to assume key roles in the global economy. The Issue Brief provides excellent examples of how area CTE centers and community and technical colleges are developing unique programs to meet the needs of business and industry.”

     “Maintaining a competitive advantage in today's workplace is hinged on the training and retraining of the workforce. Re-skilling is critical to transforming America’s economy,” said Gateway Technical College President Bryan Albrecht. “This issue brief describes models that have demonstrated success in connecting careers with worker training and provides engagement strategies that we can all learn from.”

     To obtain a copy of the paper, please visit ACTE’s Web site.


  • December 13, 2010 2:05 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The federal Office of Vocational and Adult Education in the U.S. Department of Education recently announced three goals for 2011-12 focused on the links between education and economic opportunity:

    • Goal 1: All youths and adults are ready for, have access to, and complete college and career pathways.
    • Goal 2: All youths and adult students have effective teachers and leaders.
    • Goal 3: All youths and adult students have equitable access to high-quality learning opportunities on demand.

    Below are some quotes from the OVAE newsletter announcing these goals:

    • "Enhancing our approach to career and technical education to prepare students for high-growth careers, we are particularly supportive of rigorous, relevant programs of study that span the secondary and postsecondary systems and that apply classroom-based instruction and work-based learning to meet academic, employability, and technical industry standards."
    • "We are also committed to strengthening our adult education system to prepare adults for college and 21st century careers. We will create stronger linkages with the workforce system, require the use of college- and career-ready standards, and increase employer engagement in career pathway models. We support improving teacher quality and effectiveness, evident at the first-ever Adult Education Symposium on Teacher Quality and Effectiveness in October. We also support innovation in adult education, especially through college and career pathways."
    • "To reach the president's goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020, significantly more degrees must be earned by adult learners. Community colleges will play a central role by serving at least 8 million additional college students in the next decade... OVAE's community college initiatives are designed to:
      • build public support for community colleges as centers of innovation and providers of excellent education and training that are affordable and accessible to all Americans;
      • facilitate the dissemination of timely and actionable guidance on community college education for teachers, administrators, students, parents, and employers; and
      • promote the development of strategies that support students in the completion of their postsecondary certification and degree programs."
  • December 03, 2010 2:43 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The AEM Construction Challenge, sponsored by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and presenting sponsor Volvo Construction Equipment, is a one-day event requiring only 6-8 hours of pre-event research on infrastructure issues: roads, bridges, drinking water, and sewers. On Jan 15, 2011, 50 teams at 8 locations (Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Seattle, Toronto, Enid OK, and Dallas) will compete in 3 hands-on challenges designed and managed by Destination ImagiNation.


    Challenge 1: Hands-on transportation infrastructure. Challenge 2: Hands-on water infrastructure. Challenge 3: Teams present research on a local infrastructure problem. Teams bring a small tool kit and all other materials are provided. Work is done at the Rally with lots of energy and excitement building throughout the day.

    Unlike other "engineering" or "science" events, the Construction Challenge is based on students developing and using their creativity, teamwork and problem solving skills. This ensures the event is rewarding and fun for all students, not only for those who excel in math and science, and it represents a more complete picture of the entire spectrum of skills necessary in the construction sector.


    The top teams are invited to the Championship Finals held in Las Vegas during the largest North American construction conference in March, 2011. Winning teams raise money for their flights to/from Vegas, while their industry sponsor pays for the Championship Finals and the team accommodations and most meals.


    Team registration is $125 (USD), and consists of 5-7 high school students with one adult manager. Schools, youth groups, neighborhoods, homeschool groups, etc., can register directly at (Teams register for the Regional Rally most convenient for them.)


    Each Rally can only accommodate 50 team - so register soon to ensure your team's spot at the January 15, 2011 Regional Rally.

  • December 01, 2010 1:18 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    2010 Report of the School Funding Advisory Council (SFAC) was delivered, as required by statute, to members of the General Assembly, the State Board of Education, and the general public on December 1, 2010. Below is links to the Report and to the Report of the Traditional Public/Community School Collaboration Subcommittee as an addendum to the 2010 SFAC Report.

    Click here to download the Report

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