Equity in Career-Technical Education

A primary focus of the Ohio Perkins V State Plan is improving access, enrollment, engagement and performance for all students, with an intentional focus on students in special populations and subgroups. To support the educational community in ensuring students have meaningful access and are engaged in high-quality career-technical education programs, the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Career-Technical Education has made ensuring an equitable education for each student a priority.


Perkins V Special Populations

  • Students from economically disadvantaged families
  • Students with disabilities
  • Students preparing for nontraditional fields
  • English learners
  • Students experiencing homelessness
  • Youth who are in, or have aged out of, the foster care system
  • Youth with a parent in the armed forces and on active duty
  • Single parents, including single pregnant women
  • Out-of-workforce individuals (postsecondary only)

The Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Higher Education are pleased to announce awards for the Equity for Each competitive grant for School Year 2023:

  • Horizon Science Academy
  • Bridge Gate Community School
  • Sinclair Community College
  • Miami Valley Career Tech
  • North Shore High School
  • Stark High School
  • Buckeye Community School (Marion)
  • Buckeye Community School (London)
  • Gallia-Jackson-Vinton
  • Buckeye Community School
  • Cincinnati Technology Academy
  • Gallian County Local

The awards were made available in the Continuous Comprehensive Improvement Plan (CCIP) the second week of July with the substantially approved date of July 1, 2022. Thank you to all schools that applied for funding.


Equity for Each: Advanced Approaches for Improving Equity in Career-Technical Education Programs Competitive Grant 

The Office of Career-Technical Education uses the Perkins V reserve fund for the Equity for Each competitive grant. This competitive grant assists recipients and the Department in identifying and promoting promising practices for improving equity in career-technical education delivery. 

The grant prioritizes applications that:
  • emphasize collaboration between secondary and postsecondary schools, with,
  • employed strategies that focus promotion or expansion of programs of study aligned with state-identified high-skill, high-wage or in-demand occupations.
Additionally, the grant will support recipients in the ongoing development and alignment of local data collection systems to improve data-driven decision-making and strategic planning.

Grants range from $25,000 to $200,000 and must be used towards improving data-identified “equity gaps” in local enrollment, engagement, performance and outcomes for students in special populations as defined in Perkins V legislation.
Awards from previous grants have been used towards:
  • establishing an industry-recognized credential program for increased enrollment of economically disadvantaged students;
  • new support staff and equipment for increasing enrollment of students with disabilities into an agriculture pathway;
  • development of new supports and resources as a bridge to post-secondary education to increase engagement of English learner students;
  • establishing recruitment and enrollment supports to increase enrollment and participation from nontraditional students in an engineering pathway and industry-recognized credential program; and
  • expansion of lab capacity and providing additional supports to increase enrollment of economically disadvantaged students into a health care pathway.
The grant application can be found here in March 2023 for the next cohort. The 5th cohort of the grant will be open for applications April 1 – May 31, 2023.

Equity Ambassador Program

To support the educational community in ensuring all students have equitable access and meaningful engagement in high-quality career-technical education programs, the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Career-Technical Education is introducing the Equity Ambassador Program. Participants in the Equity Ambassador Program will collaborate with the state of Ohio in its commitment toward improving equity in career-technical education for special populations and subgroups. Equity Ambassadors will be provided access to professional development and invited to participate in equity activities facilitated by the Department. Equity Ambassadors will act as local equity experts for their Career-Technical Planning District.

2022 Equity Labs

Career-Technical Education administrators and instructors from each Career-Technical Planning District and every Career-Technical Education Equity Ambassador were invited to attend the 2022 Equity Labs hosted regionally throughout the state of Ohio. These labs provided each district with an Equity Data Report as well as providing guidance on accessing the Career-Technical Education reports from the Secure Data Center. 

During the equity labs, participants completed activities and exercises that are useful in fulfilling the requirements for equity in the Perkins V Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment and Local Application. Participants were encouraged to set achievable goals, collaborate on best practices and share resources to improve equitable supports for each career-technical education student in Ohio.

2022 Resources


2020 resources

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