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 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)

Recruiting Special Populations into CTE Toolkit

To achieve a more diverse career-technical landscape, students representing special population groups must have access to additional supports that could increase the enrollment and success in CTE programs. This toolkit supports the education community in implementing strategies that recruit and support special populations into programs that lead to high-wage, in-demand jobs. 


Equity for Each 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 for students in special population groups and subgroups. 

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.

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 support positions for transitioning economically disadvantaged pathway students from secondary to postsecondary education. 
  • adding aide positions to support students with disabilities in career-technical education.
  • new support staff and equipment for increasing enrollment of students with disabilities into a workforce development pathway;
  • development of new supports and resources as a bridge to postsecondary 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 request for applications must be completed and uploaded into the Continuous Comprehensive Improvement Plan (CCIP) beginning April 1 - May 15, 2023. 

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 2024:

  • Polaris JVSD CTPD
  • Columbus City Schools - OTC Adult Education
  • Brookfield Local
  • Stow-Munroe Falls High School
  • Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Ashtabula County Technical and Career Center
  • West Branch Local
  • South-Western Career Academy
  • Horizon Science Academy
  • Washington County Career Center District
  • Northwestern 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, 2023. Thank you to all schools that applied for funding.

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

Equitable Supports 

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