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History of CETE

For more than 50 years, our center has been a leader in what is now known as workforce development. The center's long history attests to our ability to anticipate changing conditions and evolve as the nature of work has evolved, while sustaining focus on improving the workforce development system. We at CETE work to influence the dialogue among that system's four sectors — lifelong education and training, public policy, employers, and the workforce — through an unparalleled array of expertise, experience, information, and technology, developed over more than 50 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 under the direction of Dr. Robert E. Taylor at The Ohio State University. Following the passage of the Vocational Education Act, the center's research and development mission quickly broadened to include all 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), it 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 commissioned the center as the National Center for Research in Vocational Education, which it retained for 10 years. When the designation ended, 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.

Established in 1980, CSNP provides professional support for national, regional, state, and local projects to increase social and educational opportunities for children with special needs. CSNP’s scope includes a broader focus on early childhood education and information resources as demonstrated by Measure Up, using data visualization to help school professionals understand their report card results.

CLEX originated in 2000 to assist organizations, collaborations, and communities in the efficiency and effectiveness of achieving outcomes. CLEX adds a specialization in collaborative problem-solving to CETE’s suite of services. Partnerships for Success illustrates CLEX’s expertise in building capacity to identify and prioritize critical community issues and manage the investment of resources to achieve optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families.

CSNP and CLEX joined CETE in 2013. 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 offer avenues to address complex issues affecting individuals, families, schools, communities, and organizations.