Call to Action: Be an Advocate for Tech Prep!

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12-May-2017

 

With Ohio's proposed state biennium budget (House Bill 49) currently making its way through the Ohio legislature, we are monitoring the status of renewed funding for Career-Technical Education and, specifically, continued support for the six Ohio College Tech Prep regional centers. The proposed state budget severely cuts Tech Prep funding.

Tech Prep/CTE education is a win-win for Ohio’s citizens, its K-12 and postsecondary educational institutions, and business and industry. It is vital that our legislators hear from their stakeholders as to how Ohio College Tech Prep and its network of regional centers are significantly impacting the lives and careers of Ohio youth and adults and the economic health of our state.

Our legislators need to hear firsthand how Tech Prep is helping to forge streamlined career pathways from school to college and/or the workforce. We also need to make them aware of the significant cost and time savings to students and their families and how Tech Prep education accelerates the timeline from education to employment. Every $1.00 invested in Tech Prep returns an estimated $4.00 in cost savings to Ohio students and families.

The Tech Prep funding issue is currently before the Ohio Senate Finance Committee Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education, chaired by State Senator Cliff Hite. We encourage you to express your support for Tech Prep in the state budget by contacting the chair and committee members. Their contact information is:

Cliff Hite, Chair: (614) 466-8150, http://ohiosenate.gov/hite
Vernon Sykes, Vice Chair: (614) 466-7041, http://ohiosenate.gov/sykes
Troy Balderson: (614) 466-8076, http://ohiosenate.gov/balderson
Matt Huffman: (614) 466-7584, http://ohiosenate.gov/huffman
Peggy Lehner: (614) 466-4538, http://ohiosenate.gov/lehner
Gayle Manning: (614) 644-7613, http://ohiosenate.gov/manning
Joseph Schiavoni: (614) 466-8285, http://ohiosenate.gov/schiavoni

In addition to these committee members, we urge you to contact your state legislators to express your support for Ohio College Tech Prep. Share your and your students'/children's/families' success stories with them and urge that they continue to fund programs that directly and meaningfully contribute to the quality of life and work in Ohio.

Your state legislators' contact information can be found at:

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislators/find-my-legislators

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Northeast Ohio stakeholders for their continuing support to keep Tech Prep moving forward in our region. Special thanks go to William (Bill) DiMascio, Coordinator of Career-Technical Education at West Shore Career-Technical District, for his April 6 testimony in support of Tech Prep before the House Finance Committee. Additionally, we commend the leadership of Ohio ACTE for their advocacy on behalf of Ohio College Tech Prep at the state level.

Together, we can work side by side with our legislators to ensure that Ohio remains economically competitive by fielding the best-trained workforce possible. Programs such as Ohio College Tech Prep make this goal a reality - every day - in the lives of the students they serve.

If you have any questions, or if you have any suggestions on how we can effectively advocate for preserving Tech Prep funding, please contact Andrew Cox at (216) 987-0496, or by email at Andrew.Cox@tri-c.edu.