For nearly 50 years, this Center has been a leader in what is now known as workforce development. The Center's long history attests to its ability to anticipate changing conditions and to evolve as the nature of work has evolved, while sustaining its focus on improving the workforce development system. The staff of the Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE) works to influence the dialogue among that system's four sectors — lifelong education and training, public policy, employers, and the labor pool — through an unparalleled array of expertise, experience, information, and technology, developed through 47 years of leadership and service.
Our commitment began in 1963 with the establishment of a national Center for Advanced Study and Research in Agricultural Education at The Ohio State University under the direction of Dr. Robert E. Taylor. Following the passage of the Vocational Education Act, the Center's research and development mission quickly broadened to include all of vocational education.
With the support of the U.S. Office of Education, the Center for Research and Leadership in Vocational and Technical Education was established in 1965. Known as the Center for Vocational and Technical Education (CVTE), the institution focused on providing viable solutions to significant workforce development problems through research, development, training, and dissemination.
In December 1977, the U.S. Office of Education designated the Center as the National Center for Research in Vocational Education, a designation it retained for 10 years. When the designation moved on, the Center became part of The Ohio State University's College of Education, with a new name — the Center on Education and Training for Employment — and a continuing dedication to enhancing the workforce development system.
Now a part of The Ohio State University's College of Education and Human Ecology, CETE continues to provide effective, quality products, services and leadership that promote workforce development, embrace the need for lifelong learning, and provide avenues to address complex issues affecting individuals, families, schools, communities, and organizations.
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