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November 2022 Edition


This month the region is thankful that you continue to read our newsletters and share them with your colleagues!

We're pleased to bring you a new edition of informative updates, stories, and professional development opportunities! If you want to see anything added to this newsletter, please submit it here!


Stark State College and the LeBron James Family Foundation Extend Opportunities for I PROMISE Students and Parents with Commitment of College Scholarships

Stark State College and the LeBron James Family Foundation are excited to announce a new and innovative partnership in support of undergraduate education that uniquely extends to both students and their parents or guardians. As part of the opportunity, students in the Foundation’s Akron I PROMISE Network plus two parents or guardians residing in the students’ homes will receive two academic years of free tuition, resources and focused attention at Stark State.

Eligible students will receive last-dollar tuition scholarships for any program, certificate or associate degree, bridging the gap between financial aid from grants and scholarships and the cost of tuition. For more information, go to or call Robyn Steinmetz at 330-494-6170 ext. 4599 or email

Next Steps... Secure Your Future!

On September 30th Lakeland hosted over 200 students for "Next Steps...Secure Your Future."  Tech prep students learned about earning certificates for in demand jobs and pathways to continue their education through degreed programs. The event featured a design thinking challenge and a food truck from a local vendor. 
Million Girls Moonshot

The Million Girls Moonshot is launching a nationwide search for their flight crew! They are looking for young people that will advocate for the value and importance of equity in STEM and learning STEM. The flight crew will get to participate in 8 months of developmental and public speaking training so they can share their STEM experiences outside of the classroom, end stereotypes, and get their peers interested in STEM!

To sign up, or get additional details, click the image to the left.
Career Field Updates

The 2022 DRAFT Technical Content Standards for the Business and Administrative Services, Finance, Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Marketing pathways have been posted in Excel format on each of the respective Career Field webpages.

As part of the Standards and Course Revision process, several courses have been removed from the C4, C5, S5 and G2 pathways. We highly encourage all currently approved Business, Finance, Logistics and Marketing programs to review the DRAFT FY24 Program Matrix to determine if your current program of study will be viable in the coming school year. Some programs may need to submit an updated CTE-26 application. If you have any questions or need assistance in reviewing your program of study, please contact a member of the Business Career Field Team.
Item-writing for WebXams has begun for revised Business Career Field courses. If you are interested in participating in these writing workshops, please visit

These updates may necessitate submitting a CTE-26 application for some programs earlier than expected, so please make sure you double check your program status!

Industry Credential Corner

Ohio Driver License as an Industry-Recognized Credential FAQ
1. If a student already possesses an Ohio Driver License, are they able to earn the one (1) point of industry-recognized credentials?
A student who has an Ohio Driver License is eligible to report the credential as earned no matter when or how they acquired the license. Given that a valid driver license is possessed, a student can earn one point of industry-recognized credential. If a student earned their license independently (without assistance of their district), than the district will not receive reimbursement for the credential.

2. What career fields is an Ohio Driver License approved within to be worth industry-recognized credential points?
Ohio Driver License is included within all 13 career fields valued at one point. A student earning this credential can combine it with other credentials earned in any one of 13 career fields. The driver license counts as one point towards the 12 total points of industry-recognized credentials required to reach the graduation requirement threshold.

3. How does a district confirm that a student successfully earned a valid Ohio Driver License?
When recording evidence of earning a driver license, districts will not have to submit evidence to the Ohio Department of Education. As far as students submitting evidence of having earned an Ohio Driver License, it is a local decision to determine acceptable evidence. If a district is not comfortable having copies of licenses on file, then students can submit alternative evidence. The Department does not have specific requirements, aside from the fact that districts must see some evidence of a license having been earned.

4. Can a student utilize an Ohio Driver License to earn one point of industry-recognized credentials AND a half of a credit of elective credits towards high school graduation requirements?
A student may not use the successful completion of a driver education course to earn both 0.5 elective credits and one point of industry-recognized credentials. Schools must choose which of these options to report to the Ohio Department of Education through the Education Management Information System (EMIS). Either option reported as earned by the student would apply toward their high school graduation requirements.

5. How many employers request that applicants have a valid driver’s license?
According to Lightcast (the global leader in data market analytics) within the last 12 months, the number of Ohio job postings that request candidates to possess a valid driver’s license has increased by 23%.

Office Hours

The Offices of Graduate Success and Career-Technical Education are dedicated to providing support to educators in implementing and expanding high-quality, work-based learning. Open office hours will be held the second Tuesday of each month from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and the last Friday of each month from 9-10 a.m. they began on Oct. 11.

Office hours will not have a formal agenda or specific topics but will provide time to ask questions and discuss best practices with Department staff and colleagues from across the state.

Sign up here to receive calendar invites for these open office hours.

Please contact with questions.

Are you looking for a more structured approach to work based learning?

Join us on December 12th, virtually, from 3:00-4:00 PM to learn more specific information about work based learning, strategies on how to best implement and report on it, and best practices from across the state!

Click the picture to register for the last opportunity!
Quality Program Review Workshops
The Ohio Department of Education, Office of Career-Technical Education, is facilitating Quality Pathway Review Workshops- Districts or pathways that wish to learn more about the Quality Program Review, Perkins V changes to the Quality Program Review, Work-based Learning and how to create Action Plans are encouraged to attend. For districts/pathways that choose to attend, it is strongly recommended that a teacher and supervisor/director for the pathway attend together. Please submit a separate registration for each individual attending.
It is highly encouraged for non-compliant pathways to complete the survey before attending a workshop. The survey should be completed by both a teacher and an administrator.
Each workshop will run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The dates, locations and links to register are as follows:  
If you have any questions, please contact Robert Kornack at 614-644-0627 or
You can see all upcoming professional development opportunities along with a comprehensive archive of previously recorded workshops on our website- however, here are a few opportunities in the region that we wanted to highlight- note that we have THREE quality program review workshops in the region, but you only need to attend one to obtain all information! 

We also have a virtual speaker series, so be sure to sign up for any of those that interest you!

The Ohio Department of Education is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws. To request a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Aleshia McNutt, ADA coordinator, at or (614) 387-2200 (voice) no later than 14 days before the date of the workshop.
Regional Work Based Learning Workshops!
If you are looking for an opportunity to connect virtually with other colleagues in the Northeast Ohio Tech Prep region on Work Based Learning Opportunities be sure to join as at any of the monthly workshops sponsored by the region and presented by some of our partners who are on the cutting edge of the area they are presenting on!

Click the picture to register for the first opportunity!
CTE-26 Workshops
Please also remember to sign up for one of our CTE-26 Workshops listed below, as with the Quality Program Review workshops, educators need only attend one session to get all necessary information:
NE CTE-26 Workshop Virtual Information Session
Date: January 12, 2023
Location: Virtual
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Registration Link:
NE CTE-26 Workshop Virtual Information Session (Community School Providers)
Date: Jan. 18, 2023
Location: Virtual
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Registration Link:
NE CTE-26 Workshop
Date: Jan. 31, 2023
Location: Corporate College East
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Registration Link:

Additionally, all of these dates, and more are listed in the calendar section of our region website- that page is frequently updated any time we get a new event!
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