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  • Nancy Luce
  • Upper Valley Career Center
  • Executive Director
  • Thomas Applegate
  • 6628 Wild Rose Ln
    Westerville, Ohio 43082

2017 Legislative Seminar

January 18-19, 2017
   Sheraton Capitol Square
75 East State Street
Columbus, OH 43215
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Please contact Tom Applegate with questions at tomgobucks@gmail.com.

Ron Matter, Penta Career Center-Guest Editorial - Click here

Toledo Blade: Ohio's 49 Career Centers, including Penta, can help close the skills gap - Read the article/click here

Op-Ed article by a Penta Grandparent - Read the article/click here



Achieve Releases New Briefs Highlighting Career and Technical Education in Massachusetts and Ohio

Washington, D.C. - July 9, 2015 - Achieve today released two new briefs that profile several career and technical education (CTE) programs in Ohio and Massachusetts that have successfully integrated academic and technical programming as part of their strategy to prepare all students for college and careers. The briefs feature individual student profiles from specific schools and elevate the central role that state policy and implementation support can play in advancing high-quality CTE.

"The schools profiled in these briefs illustrate the meaningful role that states can play in ensuring that all students have access to rigorous academic learning content aligned to college and career and real-world expectations," said Alissa Peltzman, Vice President of State Policy and Implementation Support at Achieve. "Our education system must provide all students with access to well-defined, rigorous career and technical education programs with engaging learning opportunities, pathways to careers, and meaningful certification. Achieve applauds these schools' efforts to help all students graduate from high school ready for their next steps."

As "Seizing the Future: How Ohio's Career-Technical Education Programs Fuse Academic Rigor and Real-World Experiences to Prepare Students for College and Work," demonstrates, Ohio has developed strong policies for CTE programs to promote rigor. "We are 'mashing up' college and career. This is a shift from the past and one that we are serious about," said Steve Gratz, senior executive director at the Ohio Department of Education. To graduate, all students, including those enrolled in CTE, must complete Ohio's Course Requirements, in which Ohio's New Learning Standards are embedded. Ohio has also combined college and career pathways through investment in tech prep programs that create opportunities to earn college credit, developed partnerships with workforce partners, and created clear public-reporting systems.

David Ferreira, executive director, Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA), explains that the schools profiled are "the Cadillac model of the CTE world," due to the way they integrate real-world learning, foster caring relationships, and focus on continuous improvement in service of student success. Each profiled school is graduating nearly all of their students and touts strong MassCore completion rates and postsecondary outcomes. The brief highlights the state's policies that promote strong programming; Massachusetts encourages the completion of MassCore, the state's college- and career-ready course of study, incentivizes rigorous academic standards through school accountability measures, offers capacity-building support, and has fostered multiple workforce partnerships. 

The full reports are available at the following links: 

Award Recipients

Two of our member schools received an Excellence in Action Award from the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education.  They are: Upper Valley Career Center, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, (Architecture & Construction Career Cluster) and Lorain County Joint Vocational School Culinary Arts Academy, (Hospitality & Tourism Career Cluster)

These programs of study were selected based on their uniquely inventive and effective approaches to stimulating student learning, offering extensive work-based learning experiences, maintaining strong partnerships with industry and community organizations, and preparing students for postsecondary and career success.

For more information click on the following link:http://careertech.org/excellence-action-2015

Please see the Guest Column from State Representative Bill Reineke which was published in the Seneca Daily News.  Click Here

Harry Snyder, Great Oaks CTE CEO Guest Editorial. Click Here

Please contact Tom Applegate with additional questions at tomgobucks@gmail.com

About OACTS...


OACTS fosters relationships among Ohio's Career Center and Joint Vocational School Superintendents in order to share best practices and advocate for career-technical and adult education in Ohio.

The organization communicates and works with legislators throughout Ohio to foster an understanding of how career-technical and adult education impacts the lives of students and contributes to the workforce of Ohio by supplying skilled workers to help grow Ohio's economy.

I. Core Values
· Integrity
· High Quality
· Supportiveness
· Leadership
· Innovation

II. Purpose:

  • Achieving Ohio’s economic prosperity through excellence in Career-Technical school districts.

III. Mission:

  • To establish a recognized, high quality workforce development system that will lead all learners to post secondary credentials