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12/29/2014

Middle-Grade and Industry-Recognized Credential Courses for Seniors Webcast

Middle-Grade and Industry-Recognized Credential Courses for Seniors Webcast

On Dec. 16, 2014, the Office of Career-Technical Education recorded the Middle-Grade and Industry-Recognized Credential Courses for Seniors Webcast. During this recording, which is approximately one-hour long, Director Bill Bussey and Associate Director Jamie Nash outline these two important career-tech initiatives. The recording also includes the question and answer session that took place at the end of the presentation.

In addition to the webinar, the following links provide essential resources about middle-grade and industry-recognized credential courses.

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Career-Technical Education Middle School Programming
Middle-Grade and Industry-Recognized Credential Courses for Seniors Webcast

 


12/23/2014

Akron marketing teacher is a national new educator of the year

Akron marketing teacher is national new educator of the year

Eric Mathews, Akron Public Schools marketing teacher, is the American Association for Career and Technical Education’s new career-tech educator of the year. He received the award during the association’s national conference in November.

Mathews became a teacher five years ago after nearly 20 years in private industry human resource management. His previous employers include Wendy’s, Ford Motor Company and Goodyear. As advisor for the student DECA organization and marketing program, he coaches students for state and national competitions. He led an initiative to teach global competencies and served on a team to help students obtain and retain jobs. He also has participated in the Aspiring Principal’s Academy with six weeks as interim assistant principal.

 


12/18/2014

Ohio DECA, BPA select new officers

Ohio DECA, BPA selects new officers

Ohio DECA and the Business Professionals of America/Ohio Association, career-tech organizations designed for students in marketing and business programs, respectively, have 13 new state officers.  

The seven DECA 2015 state officers selected on Nov. 18 are:  Tyler Adkins, president, Western Brown High School (Mount Orab); Christy Wickiser, secretary/treasurer, Carey High School; Madison Kemp, executive vice president of community outreach, Milford High School; Brad Stubbs, executive vice president of leadership development, Lima Senior High School; Isaiah Brough, executive vice president of marketing, Fostoria High School; Evan Rymer, parliamentarian, Carey High School; and Brenna Franck, public relations representative, Penta Career Center/Oak Harbor High School.

The six Business Professionals of America state officers chosen on Nov. 19 are: Matthew Paluga, president, Northwest High School (Cincinnati)/Butler Tech; Michaela Frank, vice president, Stebbins High School (Dayton); Logan Emrich, secretary, Greenville High School; Brian Kurek, treasurer, Centerville High School; Caroline Moreno, Amelia High School Great Oaks; and Brenna McGovern, parliamentarian, Ellet High School (Akron).

For more information about Ohio DECA, go to www.ohiodeca.us/. For more information on Business Professionals of America, Ohio Association, go to www.ohiobpa.org/.


11/26/2014

Logan, Ohio, teacher among seven national PLTW honorees

Autum Barry, a Project Lead The Way medical intervention teacher at Logan High School, is one of seven teachers nationwide to receive the National Teacher of Excellence award for 2014. Barry and the other six teachers received the honor during the Nov. 12 Project Lead The Way national summit in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Logan Project Lead The Way program started eight years ago. The program contains four junior-senior-year courses aligned with college credit and embedded with real-world experiences. Barry’s other honors and accomplishments include being the biomedical sciences representative on the Ohio Executive Council and service on assessment writing teams.

Project Lead The Way is a non-profit organization focused on providing K-12 STEM programming through project- and problem-based curriculum. It exists in more than 6,500 elementary, middle and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


11/24/2014

Eastern Ohio Shale Academy prepares youth for industry

The Utica Shale Academy, located within Southern Local Schools in Columbiana County, is about to graduate its first student. Austin Sadler, the only senior in the academy, completes high school in several months with a diploma and three certifications for the oil and shale industry: Rig Pass, which is for safety; Drilling Instructors Training; and Well Controlled Certification.

Barely a year old, Utica Shale Academy is a blended-learning, charter school.  Traditional course work aligned to Ohio’s Academic Content Standards is provided by the Jefferson County Educational Service Center Virtual Learning Academy.  Industry-based curriculum is endorsed by the International Association of Drilling Contractors with materials from the Ohio Oil and Gas Education Energy Program.

An advisory board serves to give the academy added insight into the oil and gas industry and to prepare for changes in the job market.  According to the Academy’s Web site (www.uticashaleschool.com), Ohio employs more than 178,000 people in the industry, which is still in the drilling stage.

 


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