Information Regarding Changes to the Ohio Careeer Information System (OCIS)

As mentioned in previous messages, effective July 1, the Ohio Career Information System (OCIS) will be transitioning to OhioMeansJobs K-12. The initial phase of this transition requires current OCIS users to print or save their Portfolios outside of OCIS. In addition, as of today, students can now register with OhioMeansJobs K-12 and create their Backpacks.

One feature of the Backpack allows a student to upload documents. Therefore, any files a student has saved from an OCIS Portfolio can now be uploaded to his or her OhioMeansJobs K-12 Backpack. This action will not be done automatically. A student will first need to print or save his or her OCIS Portfolio outside of the system. Then, visit to create an OhioMeansJobs K-12 Backpack. There are several resources available to support you and your students with this transition:

o   Click here to log in to your SAFE account and register for a session via STARS.

o   Enter “OhioMeansJobs” in the event name search box (no spaces).

o   Choose 9 a.m. or 3 p.m. on these dates: 4/18, 4/21, 4/23, 4/29, 5/8, 5/12, 5/13 or 5/15.

The documents above are accessible on the department’s website here or by visiting and searching for Career Connections. I encourage you to share this email with your colleagues and look forward to answering any questions you have during an online information session. You also may contact with any questions or concerns.


21st CCLC Student and Teacher Honored

The Partners in Education Academic All Star Award recognizes K-12 students who have exhibited academic achievement, community involvement, citizenship, and leadership in and out of the classroom. Lucy Stoller, a 7th grade student at Wayne Trace Jr./Sr. High School was recently named an Academic All Star by the Ohio Lottery. She is described as a “great kid” who tries her very best in class each day. She isn’t afraid to ask for help with the subjects that are difficult. She is involved in the school play. She is a hard working student that values her education. She is also a regular attendee of the 21st Century After School Program.

The Partners in Education Teacher of the Month award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers and faculty for their excellence in the classroom, leadership, creativity and community involvement and dedication on behalf of Ohio students. Mr. Zach Boyer, Special Education Teacher and 21st Century After School Program Tutor and Mentor was recently honored by the Ohio Lottery as a Teacher of the Month. He is described as being a “natural” who cares about the students and wants them to succeed both inside and outside the classroom. The students have a true respect for him. Mr. Boyer is also the WT baseball coach.

Both were nominated by Mrs. Jan Kohart, Site Coordinator of the 21st Century After School Program. For being recognized, they each received an assortment of Partners in Education merchandise from the Ohio Lottery along with a gift card.

If you know a teacher or student that you would like to nominate go to and download the nomination form.


Sneak Peek: OhioMeansJobs K-12

OhioMeansJobs is the state’s premiere job and résumé bank. Beginning fall 2014, OhioMeansJobs K-12 will offer comprehensive, career development tools, online training and resources specifically for students and teachers. This new system will allow students to learn more about their career interests and in-demand jobs, build résumés, search for college and training programs, create a budget based on future expenses, and develop meaningful academic and career plans for high school and beyond. OhioMeansJobs is available at no cost, which means we’ll truly have a “home base” for online career exploration and planning for all Ohioans. For a sneak peek of the OhioMeansJobs K-12 concept, click here.