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History of CETE

For more than 55 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 55 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.

In 2013, the Center for Special Needs Populations (CSNP) and Center for Learning Excellence (CLEX) merged with CETE. Established in 1980, CSNP provided professional support for national, regional, state, and local projects to increase social and educational opportunities for children with special needs. CSNP’s scope included a broad focus on early childhood education and information resources. CLEX originated in 2000 to assist organizations, collaborations, and communities in the efficiency and effectiveness of achieving outcomes. CLEX illustrated its 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 through projects such as Partnerships for Success.

Now a part of The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology, and under the Department of Education Studies, CETE conducts scholarship; supports faculty, staff, and students engaged in research and development effort; and creates learning opportunities within the context of education, workforce, and community development.