OACTS welcomes Governor DeWine’s Budget Recommendations

The Ohio Association of Career Technical Superintendents (OACTS) and the Ohio Association of Career and Technical Education released the following statements in reaction to Governor Mike DeWine’s 2020-2021 executive budget proposal.

From Margaret Hess, Executive Director of OACTS

“Members of the Ohio Association of Career Technical Superintendents are pleased to see Governor DeWine’s proposed biennial budget enhance much-needed education and workforce funding that will bring greater opportunities for all students across Ohio. Governor DeWine’s long time support of the state’s career technical education system, and his understanding of the ways in which career tech educators prepare youth and adults for the changing workplace, is evident in the budget recommendations.

By increasing resources available to support growth in student credential attainment, and expanding funding for workforce training at Ohio’s Technical Centers, the Governor is showing a strong commitment to career-technical education. More than anything, this budget reflects the interests of students first and will expand preparation for future careers to ensure our youth and adults are prepared for Ohio’s future workforce needs.”

From William Bussey, Executive Director, Ohio Technical Centers

“Governor Mike DeWine’s biennial budget proposal is one of the strongest we have seen in nearly two decades as it relates to the adult education/ training taking place across the state. By substantially increasing OTC funding and expanding support for credential attainment, the proposed budget will provide more opportunities for adults to gain the necessary skills to facilitate a strong and stable income, without accumulating mountains of debt from their education. This investment will not only help unemployed and under employed adults, it will assist OTCs locally as they continue to develop technical training programs to respond to the regional needs of business and industry. All of this will put more Ohioans to work in good paying jobs, and close the skills gap.”

From the Ohio Association of Career-Technical Education:

The Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education (Ohio ACTE) executive director Christine Gardner issued the following statement in reaction to Governor Mike DeWine’s 2020-2021 executive budget proposal.

“Ohio’s career-technical educators are pleased that Gov. DeWine recognizes the importance of career-technical education as part of Ohio’s public education system. Gov. DeWine’s proposed biennial budget demonstrates a strong and clear commitment to expanding the diverse array of educational opportunities available for all Ohioans.

It is so important for Ohio students and citizens to gain critical skills, credentials and work habits that lead to career success in today’s workforce. Ohio’s career-tech educators serve all students: Middle grade students participate in career exploration and introductory career-tech courses and high school students work toward a workplace credential, certificate or skill they can use to prosper in the job market. Adult students also have the opportunity to take advantage of short-term, targeted education through their local Ohio Technical Center.

Gov. DeWine has long been a supporter of the work career-tech educators do every day across Ohio. His budget recommendations show further backing for career-tech ed, and generally serve to promote the career-tech options available statewide. Our community welcomes and sincerely appreciates such robust support.

Ohio ACTE leaders look forward to hearing more details regarding the Governor’s education budget recommendations, especially with respect to his focus on workplace credentials. We are excited to continue working with his administration, Ohio’s legislators, the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Higher Education on increasing student access to career-technical education.”