The CTE community will focus on the following policy priorities during the 2022 legislative session with priorities established by OACTS, Ohio ACTE and Ohio CCS:
1) SB 166 Implementation: Passed unanimously by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by Governor DeWine in December of 2021 (effective March 23, 2022) SB 166 (in part) establishes tax and insurance incentives for employers that offer work-based learning opportunities to high school career-tech students. CTE leaders seek to ensure robust participation within the business community and full utilization of SB 166. The CTE associations will support state agencies as they work to implement the incentive programs, and seek to emphasize the following:
- Efficient approval of administrative rules that govern the SB 166 Work-Based Learning (WBL) tax and insurance incentives;
- Collaboration among government, business and education stakeholders to make use of SB 166 and spur the development of additional employer-driven WBL programs;
- Grant funding for Career-Technical Planning Districts through the proposed SB 166 Student Pathways for Career Success Program.
2) Support Ohio Technical Centers (OTCs): The state’s 51 OTCs offer recent high school graduates and adult students an affordable and efficient route to increase skills and employability and launch their careers. OTCs focus on the employment needs of local business industry, offering on-point, direct skill education. To ensure utilization of the state’s OTC infrastructure, career-tech educators recommend the following:
- Advance policies and legislation that encourage the OTC pathway for both high school graduates and adult students who seek to avoid debt and swiftly enter (or re-enter) the workforce;
- Encourage all post-secondary pathways for high school graduates, including Ohio Technical Center opportunities.
- Foster collaboration among higher education stakeholders.
3) Promote Ohio’s CTE Infrastructure: A recent research report revealed that career-technical education generates approximately $1.4B in Ohio economic activity. The average return on investment for a career-tech certificate after 5 years is 224% (757% after 10 yrs; 2,071% after 20 yrs).1 CTE leaders seek to build upon this progress and further enhance the utilization of numerous recently conceived state programs designed to incentivize career-tech, such as TechCred, Individual Microcredential Assistance Program (IMAP), Innovative Workforce Incentive Program (IWIP), Adult Diploma Program (ADP), SB 166 Work-Based Learning and Driver’s Education incentives, and Career Awareness/Exploration Initiatives (among others). The CTE Associations will focus on making sure schools, employers, and students are fully aware of these opportunities so that they can continue to deliver benefits to Ohio’s workforce.